Alexander Skarsgård Talks Freeganism, “The East” and “True Blood” With Grub Street

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Alexander Skarsgård was interviewed by Grub Street, where he talked about “The East” (in which freeganism is practiced), “True Blood” and what he loves to cook!

What is freeganism? (You might want to wait to read this on an empty stomach, because this will probably make you sick.) Freeganism is: avoiding waste by reclaiming and eating discarded food. (Ewww…)


No offense meant towards anyone – if any of you are freegans. I just don’t understand…what about bacteria and diseases which are spread through unsterilized surfaces?

Anyways MOVING ON…

This post might contain mild spoilers…so be warned.

East Cast NYC premiere 5.20.13 (5)

Check out the interview below.

Buy Nothing Day, an international protest against consumerism, inspired Alexander Skarsgård’s new film, The East. In the thriller, some of the characters practice freeganism: avoiding waste by reclaiming and eating discarded food. Off-camera, Skarsgård’s actually quite fond of freshly cooked food, and he became the chef of the cast (which includes Brit Marling and Ellen Page). At Monday’s screening of the film at Landmark’s Sunshine Cinema, Skarsgård shared his go-to recipes, thoughts on waste, and why his True Blood character, Eric, no longer just sees humans as food.

Brit [Marling] says that you’re actually a fabulous cook.
I enjoy it. What’s my thang? It’s different to cook for these guys, because they’re all vegans. I like to cook stews like beef bourguignon and coq au vin. I made them a lot of pasta and veggies. Zal [Batmanglij] and Brit had a house in Shreveport [Louisiana], and we would go and hang out there on weekends. We would hang out and cook and drink wine and dance and occasionally get some work done.

One of the interesting ideas the film brings up is how much food is wasted in this country. Do you have a rule for how long food is on the floor before you don’t eat it?
I come from a very big, large family with tons of kids, so I’m pretty used to eating off the floor. With seven siblings, you grab whatever you can. We throw away so much good food in this country, and we don’t even think about how much we waste. We’ve created a society where we consume so much — not just food, but everything. And I’m not judging. I’m part of that system. It’s good to be aware of it.

I’m hoping Eric gets something to do with the whole Warlow conspiracy on True Blood.
We’re shooting the last two episodes, and he might get involved in that. We’ll see. I’ve had a great time this year. It’s a big war going on. Humans are fighting back. They’ve figured out a way to actually be a real threat to vampires. They’ve always just been food to Eric. So, for the first time, he’s got to fight.

There you have it…Alex is handsome. He can act, cook and he doesn’t mind eating off the floor!

What’s this about a possible Warlow conspiracy Eric might get involved in? I think my ears suddenly perked up after hearing that. This is GOOD NEWS for us, Eric & Sookie Lovers…this might mean we’ll get more Eric and Sookie interaction than we first thought! YAY! I’ll try not to get my hopes up too high…but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll enjoy it.

What are your thoughts? Please share ’em below!

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6 comments on “Alexander Skarsgård Talks Freeganism, “The East” and “True Blood” With Grub Street

  1. It would be nice to have some Eric and Sookie interaction this season. I have to tell you though, I’ve had my fingers crossed for so long, over hoping for things to go our way,my fingers are permanently cramped.

  2. If there is interaction, it probably won’t be until the end like last season.

  3. That is stupid if there only interaction is at the end of the season because the highest rated episodes were the ones where Eric and Sookie were together interacting with each other…..bit whst do we know?

    • It’s just a guess that they’ll only have interaction in the beginning and end, but hopefully they’ll meet up somewhere in the middle.

  4. This is a good sign!!

  5. […] this delicious interview where Alex talks about Freeganism, True Blood and The East – plus what he loves to cook as […]

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