Alexander Skarsgård

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Alexander Skarsgård

Born

8/25/1976, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Birth Name

Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Alexander Skarsgard
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9.6
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Biography

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Alexander Skarsgrd, known to television fans as Eric Northman, the undead owner of Fangtasia, on HBO's vampire drama True Blood, is a Swedish actor and director born into an acting family from Stockholm, Sweden. Alex made his acting debut in the 1984 award-winning drama by Allan Edwall, kemore

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Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Alexander has a trademark of wearing a necklace with a charm containing two anchors.

    • The character of Angel in the film X-Men: The Last Stand was almost going to be played by Alexander, however Ben Foster ended up getting the role.

    • Alexander is a fan of hockey. In the Swedish Hockey League he follows the team, Luleå.

    • Alexander is attached to his iPod and brings it along with him on all his traveling trips.

    • Alexander is a fan of rock music. Amongst his favorite bands are Van Morrison, Ebba Grön and The Clash.

    • One of Alexander's biggest pet peeves is people who are not open-minded.

    • Alexander loves music and would love to be a rock star, but he says he does not have the musical skill to make it happen.

    • Alexander has said that he will pose for a Playgirl centerfold for a chicken burrito and a pint of strawberry ice cream.

    • Alexander is of Agnostic religion.

    • Alexander's favorite food is moose stew.

    • Alexander's favorite subject at school was Geography.

    • Alexander has a tattoo of a green bird on his left leg, that was drawn by his 7-year-old brother.

    • Alexander doesn't smoke cigarettes, but he does like snuff.

    • Before he became famous, Alexander worked at a coffee shop.

    • Alexander's favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla.

    • Alexander's favourite comic book character is Spiderman.

    • Alexander supports the Stockholm based football club, Hammarby IF.

    • Alexander briefly dated actress Evan Rachel Wood when they met on the set of True Blood in Summer of 2009. Alex is now (as of 2010) dating actress Kate Bosworth.

    • Even after finishing Generation Kill (2008), Alex has kept close ties with the miniseries' cast members like Straw Dogs co-star Billy Lush, whom he still gets to hang out with.

    • In support of International Fund for Animal Welfare's Tails for Whales campaign, Alex and True Blood co-star Kristin Bauer posed with their hands as a petition calling for stronger whale protection. Alexander also supports Amnesty International, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Human Rights and Animal Rights.

    • In his spare time, Alex enjoys sailing and fishing.

    • He was named as one of the 12 Actors to Watch in 2009 by About.com along with Twilight's Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. He was also listed as one of Entertainment Weekly's 14 Hot Vampires for his role as Eric Northman on True Blood.

    • Skarsgard played the lover of Lady GaGa in her 2009 video, Paparazzi.

    • A typical breakfast for Alex consists of tea and orange juice plus oatmeal with banana and berries. He is a non-vegetarian, drinks beer, and considers Mexican as his favorite food.

    • When he was in Africa for the filming of Generation Kill, Alex would spend his free time just sleeping. He would love to go back someday to explore the continent further.

    • If he wasn't in the acting business, Alex would have wanted to become an architect. Also, he could not imagine himself having accounting as a profession.

    • His work on stage includes performing in Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2002) at Södra Teatern in Stockholm, Sweden and portraying Leonardo in Bloodwedding (2003) at Gothemburg State Theatre.

    • Awards & Nominations:
      2003 (N) - Best Supporting Actor, Guldbagge Awards, for Hundtricket
      2003 (W) - Grand Prix, Odense International Film Festival, Att döda ett barn, shared with Björne Larson
      2003 (W) - Press Award, Odense International Film Festival, Att döda ett barn, shared with Björne Larson
      2009 (W) - Best Villain, Spike TV's Scream Awards, for True Blood

    • While Alex has been renting a place in Los Angeles, California, he still has an apartment near his parents' home in Stockholm, Sweden.

    • Film and TV Movie Credits:
      Metropia (2009) as Stefan
      Järnets änglar (2007) as Stefan
      Exit (2006) as Fabian von Klerking
      Cuppen (2006) (TV) as Micke
      Kill Your Darlings (2006) as Geert
      Never Be Mine (2006) as Christopher
      Om Sara (2005) as Kalle Öberg
      The Last Drop (2005) as Lt Jergen Voller
      Som man bäddar/Double Shift (2005) as Nisse
      Hjärtslag/Heartbeat (2004) as Piloten
      Hundtricket/The Dog Trick (2002) as Micke
      D-dag - Den færdige/D-dag - Editors Cut (2001) (TV) as Lise's papsøn
      Zoolander (2001) as Meekus
      Drakarna över Helsingfors/Kites Over Helsinki (2001) as Robin Åström
      Vingar av glas/Wings of Glass (2000) as Johan
      Järngänget/White Water Fury (2000) as Anders
      Judith (2000) (TV) as Ante Lindström
      Dykaren/The Diver (2000) as Ingmar
      D-dag - Lise (2000) (TV) as Lise's papsøn
      Hundtricket (2000) as Micke
      D-dag (2000) (TV) as Lise's papsøn
      Happy End (1999/I) as Bamse Viktorsson
      Hunden som log/The Dog That Smiled (1989) as Jojjo
      Idag röd (1987) (TV)
      Åke och hans värld/Åke and His World (1984) as Kalle Nubb

    • Alexander's favorite actress is Isabelle Huppert from the movie The Piano Player while his favorite actor is Gary Oldman. He is also a fan of actor Daniel Day Lewis and would like to somebody work with him in a film. Duck Soup is his favorite movie.

    • Alexander started acting at the age of seven. He stopped when he was 13 and only acted again seven years later.

    • Alexander has worked with a dialect coach to become more Americanized to avoid being stereotyped. He is fluent in English and Swedish. Alex also knows a bit of German and French.

    • Alexander was voted sexiest man in Sweden five times. In 2009, Access Hollywood named him its Rising Star to Watch.

    • He is the son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and My Skarsgård, a doctor. His siblings are Sam Skarsgård, Bill Skarsgård, Eija Skarsgård and Valter Skarsgård, and Gustaf Skarsgård. Bill, Gustaf, and Valter are also actors. Alexander also has a half-brother Ossian born 26 April 2009.

    • Aside from being an actor, Skarsgard is also a director. In 2003, he co-wrote and co-directed the award-winning drama short Att döda ett barn (To Kill a Child).

    • Alexander is 6' 4" (1.93 m) tall. He has brown hair and green eyes. He has a tattoo of a bird on his leg.

  • Quotes

    • Alexander: (on what he would change about the world) I would remove a bunch of idiots and bring in some honest angels.

    • Alexander: I have never smoked and I think it smells like a b****, but I like cigar smoke, it reminds me of my grandfather.

    • Alexander: I don't want to sound like a cliché but my hobbies are boating, fishing, lying in front of a fire and drinking red wine.

    • Alexander: (On what he looks for in a woman) I don't go for really dressy woman. My family has a small cottage in the middle of nowhere in Sweden. It has no phone, TV or shower. You have to swim in the lake to wash. I love it. Taking a girl there is a good indicator of whether she's right for me. A sense of humor is number one for sure.

    • Alexander: There's not a single young girl that I know in Hollywood that I have not been paired with. But that's what happens if I get into a taxi with a girl, suddenly we're married.

    • Alexander: (On his character Eric on True Blood) I was inspired by a tv documentary on lions that I saw. The way the male moves–confident, graceful, calm and quietly menacing. Make a wrong move and you're dead. In his heart, Eric is a lion, an animal.

    • Alexander: I think Swedish directors are cowards. They know what works and then they only go after that. As an actor that is suicide. It is also why Swedish movies are going downhill; they are like semi warm bland milk, they don't have their own language. My character situation at home was not interesting.

    • Alexander: As an actor, I believe the character has to be born with you, and come from within you. It has to be that organic. As human beings, we have all those characteristics within us. I don't believe in good people and bad people. I think we are a combination of both.

    • Alexander: (creed he lives by) To always be curious. Because curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

    • Alexander: (on preference between doing movies or TV; in a 2009 interview) I think the quality of television today with HBO and Showtime are... it's so good. So it doesn't really matter. I don't care if it's movies or television, what's important is the quality of the script and the people you work with.

    • Alexander: The celebrity culture is very different in America. There are no paparazzi in Sweden, so I'm not harassed. It's a socialist country, so you shouldn't think you're special. It's not like L.A., where people drive around in their pimped-out Bentleys. In Sweden you're supposed to drive your Volvo and shop at Ikea.

    • Alexander: I know some actors are very comfortable spending hours online, Googling their own names, while reading the blogs and forums where they're about True Blood and their characters. It's just, I don't know, I'd get very self conscious if I did that. And I would read something bad and I would be like, 'Oh really... maybe... oh shit, is that true?' So, I think it's better for me to stay away from that.

    • Alexander: (on whether he will become a film star diva) Yes, I will glide around with a feather boa around my neck and wear white fur. No, *laugh*. I have no ambitions to sit locked in a house in Bel Air with security guards, but I'm hoping to get the opportunity to hand pick the jobs I want, with something that challenges me.

    • Alexander: (on the nudity in "True Blood") I'm Scandinavian God dammit. We love to be naked.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • erics reveiw from 14year old

    10
    he plays his character very well season 3 is my favorite so far but his relation with Pam is so respectable while showing authority and off screen Alex has a great bond with her. he is a sex god in my opinion prefer his new haircut i have a bias view as bill just doesn't do it for me and never has but im a bit young to have an opinionmoreless
  • 50 shades of Grey

    9.5
    He is a good actor and yes, I would love to see him play Christian Grey. It's like a character tailor made for him.
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