Alex Skarsgard: fans who think they know everything about you are flattering

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True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgard is the cover boy for the June/July issue of Interview Magazine, and as we’ve heard so many times from Alex in the past he’s just incredibly gracious when it comes to dealing with his fans and with fame in general. Alex was being interviewed by Arcade Fire’s Win Butler, and you can read more of the story on Interview’s site. It comes across as a nice conversation between two dudes getting to know each other. Here’s just a small segment:

BUTLER: [laughs] How burned out are you being a vampire? Or do you still love it?

SKARSGÅRD: No, I still love it. I think the writing on the show is so good that it keeps me interested. I was nervous when I first started True Blood because if you do a play or a movie, you know the complete arc of the character. You can see the end. But with a show like True Blood, you don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re shooting season four, and I don’t even know how it’s going to end because they write it as we’re shooting it. So I was nervous. I didn’t know how it would be to live with a character for years, because I’ve never experienced that before. What happens if you wake up after two years, and you’re like, “Oh, God. I’m over this guy”? But the writing is so good, and they keep surprising me. Plus, we only shoot for six or seven months out of the year, so there is time to try other things as well. That gives me a chance to not only go home and see my family, but also work on movies or do a play where I can dive into a different world and then come back to True Blood kind of rejuvenated.

BUTLER: There’s always a thing with actors where people think they know you because they’ve seen you play a character for so long. It’s different from what happens with musicians. I know that when I was a teenager and I was in New York, you’d recognize someone from a film and be like, I think I know this person because you know their face. How do you deal with that? The small amount of it that I’ve had to deal with drives me crazy.

SKARSGÅRD: Well, I think that meeting fans who feel like they know you and they know everything about you is actually very flattering. It means a lot to know that what you’re doing actually means something to someone. But the thing that I feel to be a problem potentially is that you become that character, that in the industry, people associate it too closely with who you are and what you can do. I do get a lot of scripts sent to me where they basically want me to play Eric from True Blood, but just a different name in a different movie. That’s not interesting to me. I don’t want to play a character that I’ve played for four years on a television show, change the name, and make him a zombie instead of a vampire.

BUTLER: You either need lots of hits or no hits. The middle ground is not good.

SKARSGÅRD: No, it’s not good at all. But that’s a problem in Hollywood because producers want to pigeonhole you. They say, “All right, this is what works, this actor in this type of role.” And when someone says, “Let’s put him in a comedy instead,” they’re like, “No, no. He’s the mysterious bad guy. You can’t do that.” But I assume that 99.7 percent of actors want to play different characters in different types of projects. That’s kind of the reason you become an actor. It’s not much fun to play the same character in 25 different movies or plays. There’s got to be something new, something fresh. I want to almost be intimidated when I embark on a journey. I wouldn’t say there’s a fear, but I do get slightly nervous in the beginning when that happens, and I like that feeling. That triggers me a lot.

BUTLER: I think failure is underrated.

SKARSGÅRD: Failure is awesome. There’s a Beckett quote, where he said, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail better.” I love that quote. I think that’s what it’s all about. Failure is definitely underrated. Just fail again. Fail better.

[From Interview]

I love how he was asked a question about fans bothering him and he turned it around, said they flattered him, and never uttered one complaint about fans or even the paparazzi. Then he turned it into a discussion about getting pigeonholed as an actor. This is one gracious, classy guy. (With piss poor taste in women, but we’ll skip over that.)

Plus he’s so incredible looking. Skars is all wet and shiny in these photos, looking like he’s about to hurt you in some glorious sadomasochistic ritual. (There are more here, on Interview, and he’s wearing long rubber gloves and brandishing a bat.) You could pose the guy any old way and he’d look gloriously hot. He’s game for anything and he doesn’t mind that we think he’s like Eric, as long as we’re paying attention to his performances. So many of us are.

True Blood Season 4 premieres on June 26th. They better put every episode on iTunes by the next day or I will throw a fit.

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Magazine photos courtesy of Interview. Other photos are from 5/24/11. We actually haven’t run these before, Alex just likes to wear black and grey clingy shirts. Credit: Fame Pictures

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  1. mia girl says:

    I find this guy so f’in hot that not even his nasty “girlfriend” can kill any of the “I so want to f**k you in twenty different ways” vibe I have for him! Did I overshare?

  2. smith says:

    Re: pic #2

    “Oh that I was a glove upon that hand that I might touch that cheek.”

  3. Kaboom says:

    *facepalms*

    Yeah right, there’s really no way of knowing where this story might go that is based on a long series of books …

  4. Devon says:

    He makes me so fucking giddy & just a lil’ bit turned on. Want to do some very naughty things to him. I love, love, love him. Is it June 26th yet?

  5. the original bellaluna says:

    I don’t need him to think I know everything about him. I just need him to know I’d f*ck him 8 ways to Sunday and back again.

    The man is dead sexy.

    (And Skeletor Bosworth wouldn’t stand a snowball’s chance against me!)

  6. Oh Yeah says:

    @mia girl – lol. My sentiments exactly! He’s the creme de la creme of hot.

  7. Samigirl says:

    Christ. I feel for him as Kaiser does for Clive and Fassdong. Gosh, he is…amazing.

  8. Rita says:

    @MiaGirl

    “I so want to f**k you in twenty different ways”

    Twenty might be over sharing but I would appreciate your insight into the best ten, if you please.

  9. Jez says:

    I wish you had posted the anecdote he told about his cowboy boots, CB. That one was gold.

  10. hairball says:

    Cannot wait for Season 4. They better have lots of sex and scenes between Eric and Sookie..!

    (And make Bill hot again!)

  11. Lala11_7 says:

    I’d do him…

    And his Daddy too…

  12. TQB says:

    Intelligence, graciousness and sense of humor are SEXY. The words are as hot as the photos!

    I wonder if his attitude towards fans is what actually makes him compatible with she-who-shall-not-be-named. She’s a famewhore and he genuinely likes his fans. Ugh.

  13. RHONYC says:

    GRRREAT COVER!!!

    LMMFAO @ Lala11_7 :lol:

    awesome!

  14. Brittney says:

    Oh LORD. That face. That interview. Why doesn’t he appear more often (read: every time) on my mental list of celebrity crushes?

  15. almond says:

    From the neck down he is complete and utter sex. However, I can’t quite get over the fact that he’s blond. So, I guess I’d do him in some very specific positions. TMI?

  16. MariPily says:

    I’ve never watched True Blood ( vampires scare me, well most vampires except the Twilight ones, lol) but I have a co-worker who loves this actor. She has pictures of him plastered all over her cubicle. I never saw the appeal, until I saw those cover pictures and read the article excerpt. Intelligent, humble and handsome?! I think I have a new celebrity crush.

    So excuse me, while I go swipe some pics from her cubicle…I think she may be on lunch right now, lol.

  17. JM says:

    Me, Askars & The Kama Sutra…*sigh*

  18. hairball says:

    I’m not attracted to blond guys either. But I am definitely attracted to Eric.

  19. Canuck says:

    @Kaboom: There are an awful lot of non-book things that go on in the show, and an awful lot of book things that the show doesn’t have.

    This man needs to have my babies, LOL

  20. Gwen says:

    I love the interviews he gives. Well, that and others things *sigh*

  21. Amanda G says:

    Hmmm…it’s interesting that he thinks the writing is so good. I think that is what is lacking in the show. I seriously only watch because of him. He is HOT. Tall, handsome, great build..mmmm. I’m usually not attracted to blondes, but he does it for me.

  22. dj says:

    And Bradley Cooper is getting all the “hot” (giggle) guy roles? Unbelievable!

  23. mia girl says:

    @Rita
    Well, I do not want to turn this thread into something X-rated – but suffice it to say that my best ten with ASkars would involve multiple positions, varying as well as the combination of our bodily appendages and the destruction of all furniture in the immediate area.

    Or as @JM mentioned – we just might have to cover the entire Kama Sutra

  24. BellaLuna says:

    Im in mad lust. Must have now. I still cant believe he is with bobblehead??? Seriously? YUCK

  25. Mika says:

    Going through “Generation Kill” for the second time. He’s not as hot in it as he is in True Blood, but it’s a great piece of work and he’s wonderful in a very understated way

  26. sapphire says:

    Kbos doesn’t even rate a slutshank-qa toothpick would do it. Or maybe I’d just flatten her with the door as Skars carries me into the bedroom.

  27. dj says:

    Love Generation Kill. He’s hot in an all American way in that. The Iceman!

  28. Rita says:

    @MiaGirl

    So basically, you’re talking about a substantial increase in your insurance premiums or hotel bill, depending on where the performance takes place.

  29. SB82 says:

    @ Kaboom who said “*facepalms*

    Yeah right, there’s really no way of knowing where this story might go that is based on a long series of books … ”

    Well the tv show is *loosely* based on the books and, quite frankly, is much better written. I consume both the books and the shows as separate entities.

  30. Solveig says:

    Nice interview, an he looks good in those magazine’s pictures, probably because he doesn’t look like he’s having a “sinus infection” as usual.

  31. mia girl says:

    @Rita

    YES! Plus $s spent on additional hydration for the multi-day marathon event.

  32. Harley says:

    @ smith – Love, love, LOVE!!!! Your Shakespeare reference! (I’m a dork, I admit it!) but I finally sat and watched all of TB season 3 this weekend (bad break up + Ben & Jerry’s= lusting after undead beautiful man) and fell totally for Eric! Love Alexander! More please!

  33. B says:

    I think Bosworth is cute. i like her different colored eyes.

  34. Linda says:

    @ everyone……..you guys are funny and i agree with all your comment.

  35. LittleDeadGirl says:

    Hot damn indeed. I am so excited about Season Four I can’t even tell you …

  36. Camille says:

    Sigh. What is not to love about this man. Yum.

    I also really, really, really love this quote:

    “But I assume that 99.7 percent of actors want to play different characters in different types of projects. That’s kind of the reason you become an actor. It’s not much fun to play the same character in 25 different movies or plays. There’s got to be something new, something fresh. ”

    I guess Aniston is in that .3% :lol: .

  37. Beth says:

    I don’t like the S&M pics, but the close-up wet face one is pretty amazeballs. Nothing will ever beat the shower pic of him with his eyes closed. It haunts my dreams. Thanks for posting Alex stuff whenever it comes up, it feeds my obsession wonderfully.

  38. Crash2GO2 says:

    Am I supposed to be aroused that I can see every pore and hair on his face?

  39. Becca B says:

    He’s incredible. I love him.

  40. Ria says:

    too bad I can’t get through one episdoe of True Blood, this guy intrigues me

  41. gobo says:

    @Crash2GO2, what, you prefer men who are airbrushed to oblivion? yeuch.

  42. Jez says:

    Crash2GO2, considering both men and women have pores and hair on their faces I don’t see why not.

  43. Crash2GO2 says:

    Guys, I’m referring to the fact that the photos are done in such a way to emphasize them them. Relax. I suppose if you are smitten it might do it for you. But otherwise, too much, too close. :D

  44. wifeyskarsgard says:

    This guy is so HOT, I can’t wait for the new TrueBlood. Now if only he gets rid of that emaciated girlfriend of his.

  45. really says:

    he is just baby-daddy material at its best!!!! Love him!!!!! all that swedish yum yum yum..

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