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Alexander Skarsgard Metro Interview

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Alexander Skarsgard has given his first post-Season 6 interview to Metro UK.

Unfortunately for the fans who are hanging on to analyse every little snippet they can get about Eric Northman’s Season 7 fate, it looks like Alex is going to be a big Swedish tease and not give anything away. His only comment was….

 ‘We don’t know what will happen in the future,’

The rest of the interview is pretty standard stuff, and the interviewer doesn’t ask about any upcoming or future projects.

I’m by the phone waiting for Alexander Skarsgård to call, feeling like some lovelorn Bridget Jones. At least I’m not alone. I Tweet: ‘What question would you most like to ask True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård?’ Male or female, the answer is identical and instant: ‘Will he marry me?’

Voted Sweden’s sexiest man five times running, the 6ft 4in 36-year-old actor is in hot demand from every corner of the globe.

No wonder, when my phone finally rings, he’s out of breath. ‘Are you working out?’ I ask, imagining him pumping iron in an LA gym. ‘Ha, ha, quite the opposite!’ he guffaws heartily. ‘I’m back in Sweden, walking home after an intense German meal with German Beer and about three kilos of German pork. I am kind of struggling.’

It’s an appropriately carnivorous repast for the actor who portrays Eric, the 1,000-year-old Viking vampire hero of HBO’s hit series True Blood. Series six recently ended with Skarsgård full frontal naked (yes, you see it) before he dramatically bursts into flames – a climax guaranteed to leave Eric fans slavering for more.

However, Skarsgård’s six-year contract is now at an end. ‘We don’t know what will happen in the future,’ is his only, tantalising response.

True Blood reportedly earned Skarsgård a cool $275,000 (£177,000) per episode, allowing him time and money to pursue random projects of his choosing, be it snogging Lady Gaga in her video for Paparazzi or low-budget independent projects such as his latest film, What Maisie Knew.

In this affecting divorce drama, Skarsgård becomes the younger husband of Julianne Moore’s ageing rock chick and finds himself playing stepfather to Maisie, her neglected six-year-old daughter.

Skarsgård’s own parents divorced late and ‘amiably’ but, as the eldest of six siblings, he shared something of Maisie’s rock’n’roll upbringing. ‘My dad is an actor [Mamma Mia! star Stellan Skarsgård] and we had this bohemian home filled with a community of actors, poets and writers. There was always lots of people and wine and… other things around. I loved it.’

Even when your dad reportedly walked around naked, swigging wine in front of your high-school girlfriends? ‘I am proud of him for doing that,’ Skasgård insists fondly. ‘I love him for how crazy and wild he was – still is.’

What Maisie Knew also stars Steve Coogan – much to Skarsgård’s excitement. ‘I shouted ‘Dan! Dan! Dan! [an Alan Partridge catchphrase] when I saw him. I was definitely not cool.’

Skarsgård became an Alan Partridge acolyte while studying English at Leeds Metropolitan University. Here, a 21-year-old Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård spent less time cramming grammar than necking pints on the infamous Otley Run pub crawl. And his heavy Swedish accent almost cost him the lead role of US marine Brad Colbert in Generation Kill, the Emmy-Award-winning HBO mini series that made his Hollywood name.

Since then he’s embraced a crazy diversity of genres from big silly action blockbuster (the much-panned Battleship) to highbrow Euro art house (Melancholia), with one omission: romcoms. ‘I had a small part in Zoolander [as a male model] that was my first job after my stage work and I would love to do another comedy.’

Does he ever hate being handsome, I wonder? Is it a handicap in creative terms? ‘It could be, I guess, because you could get pigeonholed and vanity can be a creative suicide. When you read a script, you imagine the character, and if your vision of him is not handsome, you can’t not do it because you are worried you are not going to be considered sexy if you play it that way. That is just very important to me.’

Needless to say, Skarsgård is constantly ‘linked’ to his leading ladies from Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs – they dated for two years) to Ellen Page (The East – ‘just good friends’), much to his exasperation. ‘If you have lunch with any girl friend – and I mean just a platonic friend – there’ll be a story like you’re in a serious relationship or whatever. There’s nothing you can do about that – so I try not to let it affect me.’

He wasn’t always so sanguine. Aged 13, he shot to early childhood fame in Sweden as the star of a TV show called The Dog That Smiled but soon quit showbiz.

‘I wasn’t comfortable with the media attention, with people knowing so much about me,’ he explains. It’s why he’s not on Twitter – ‘I try so hard to keep something in my life private.’ Instead, Skarsgård groupies are most likely to hunt him down in the wilds.

‘Work is so intense and hectic that, to recharge, I like adventures completely disconnected from everything – where you don’t have phones or email,’ he says. ‘Last year, I sailed across Europe and recently I went on a week-long hike up some Swedish glaciers with a friend.’ A ‘friend’, eh? Time for that all-important question.

So, are you currently single? ‘Yes,’ he says, to a collective sigh of relief from Twitter. What you waiting for? Get those hiking boots on and go get him.

This could be a one off little interview or hopefully Alex will be doing a few more over the coming weeks, and someone, somewhere, might be able to prise a little more useful information out of him. But I’m not holding my breath on him giving too much away about True Blood. A cliff-hanger is meant to be a cliff-hanger after all!

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14 comments on “Alexander Skarsgard Metro Interview

  1. Shit! Thanks Evie for sharing. I love reading interviews with him, even if he doesn’t give us anything!

  2. lol this is very very funny! thanks for the share. I’m sure you all already knew but I checked it out on another article on Metro the reason season 6 only had 10 episodes this time was because of Anna and that she had just given birth so basically her and her mommy stuff. There’s no idea how many episodes there will be for 7 only that it’s confirmed and commissioned.
    Do you know if 7 is the last? I”m dying to find out lol. I know that season 7 of SOA will be the finale of the series.

    • There has been no definite announcement yet. HBO will agree to finish after either 7 or 8 seasons before the writers return next week, but we may not find out straight away what the decision was.

  3. Thanks for sharing,great interview.
    we know that since this interview was done Alexander WILL be back!!!
    We all hope that there will be the regular 12 episodes instead of the 10
    we got due to Anna’s being pregnant last year.
    Her babies are turning a year old next month!!

    Also there had been talk of seasons 7/8 on the TrueBloodwiki before it went down.
    I’d love to see a season that dealt with just Sookie/Eric.
    I’ve had enought of Bill Compton.

  4. This was my first year to see, True Blood. I wanted to see, Eric & Sookie’s love affair. The books are full of that, but not on the show. Why, because, there is plenty of it in the books. That is the main reason I got, HBO. There are still plenty of stories to be told, in the books. Please put, Eric and Sookie back together, in season 7.

  5. Ditto to all of the responses above. Although I was very surprised when I read that Alexs’ contract was for only 6 years, I thought he signed on for 7 like Anna and Stephen did!!! Other than that, I hope HBO and TB pay him a boatload of money to come back for season 7 cause if he doesn’t come back they know that they themselves slit TB’s throat.

    I too, would love to see Alex in a RomCom as I think it would be great to see that side of him come out more. Hopefully, he’ll get a shot at one soon.

    • ^^^ THIS! I’m surprised by the 6 years too. Hope they’re able to renew it with him…at least for one more year.

      I would LOVE to see Alex do a RomCom! :D Please, Hollywood producers…MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

      Thanks Evie for posting this. :) It was a cute interview to wake up to read first thing in the morning.

      • We know Alex has already agreed to appear next year – Brian Buckner would never have told fans Eric would be back otherwise.

        But if they want to give him a new contract with tons of money, that’s fine too :)

  6. Best of all this, SINGLE! He prefers to be in the company of his family and friends ….

  7. I love this interview . Alex is yummy !!

  8. I read the whole thing and the only thing that stuck to my slippery mind is “SINGLE” … I am the worst kind of mindless fan here :) :)

    But, great interview as always…I love his interviews. He is so unconventional and sounds so normal…I really really want to see him in some superhero gig. I mean the guy has the perfect body for that and he is a great actor. I’d love to watch him save the world :)

  9. I wish people would ask him something real. What’s the last book he read. What’s on his iPad? What’s his favorite wine? He loves concerts – who is his favorite band? Is he having a real designer work on his house or decorating it himself? We already know he won’t admit to being in a relationship. Ask if he’s ever going to direct an episode of True Blood – S. Moyer has.

  10. I really hope he comes back. Please Alex, come back!!! Please come back. We fans need you back on True Blood!!! True Blood would be boring without you.

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