Does Alexander Skarsgård Get Fatherly Advice?

January 15, 2012 by  

Stellan Skarsgård Speaks Briefly About His Son’s Career:

Alexander and Stellan Skarsgård in MelancholiaStellan Skarsgård (father of True Blood’s sexy viking vampire, Alexander Skarsgård, otherwise known as Eric Northman) sat down with Mike Ryan of to talk about his roles in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Thor, his dissatisfaction with The Avengers and his apparently famous scarf in Good Will Hunting.  During the interview he stated:

“I never help my kids and I never encourage them and I never give them any advice.”

He thinks it’s up to them to make a name for themselves.  I found his laissez-faire attitude kind of surprising when you think about other celebrity families who have successful parents whose children also become famous.

Speaking of famous children, he shares his guess as to how his son, Alexander Skarsgård, came to be known in the States, by way of his role in Zoolander:

“Yeah. I wasn’t even involved in it. So he probably met my agent and that’s how it happened — and suddenly he’s on fire at a gas station.”

Skarsgård also mentioned that he doesn’t keep up with the True Blood seasons.  He tunes in every once in awhile, enjoys the writing, but doesn’t have time to follow it.  This came as another surprise to me considering the show’s obsessive fan base.  I think it’s a bit funny that I watch the show religiously, but the father of one of the main actors couldn’t care less.  At least that was my impression. Although he does think:

“It’s very well written. And I think Alexander is having a lot of fun doing it.”

Truebies, check out the interview here and let me know if you agree with my conclusions in the comments section!


Photo: Melancholia/Zentropa Entertainments