Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard has been a busy man both professionally and otherwise. His second wife, 35 year-old Megan Everett, is pregnant with their second child together. They also have a son, Ossian, who turns 3 in April. Stellan has six children from his previous marriage, the oldest of whom is actor Alex Skarsgard, 35, of “True Blood” fame. So Stellan, 60, is married to a woman who is the same age as his oldest son and is about to welcome an eighth child at a time when most men his age are having grandchildren. This news is from the Swedish press and has not yet been picked up by US outlets that I can find.
I know Stellan from Good Will Hunting and he’s worked very steadily since. He appears in Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in which he plays a supporting role. I was looking through his interviews promoting Dragon Tattoo and he doesn’t give a lot of personal information and sticks to talking about his role and the film. He did share this story that I found touching and wanted to repeat. It doesn’t have a lot to do with his wife being pregnant, but I thought I may as well include it:
When asked what moment of his career stood out, Movie Fanatic got the most personal of answers. “There was something that changed my attitude towards a lot of things. I did a film called Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg. I played Wallenberg, who saved Jews in Hungary during World War II. We were shooting in the old ghetto there, night shoots, freezing cold. Out of the houses came all these Jews that had lived there and had met Wallenberg. They came up to me and touched me and cried. Suddenly, it became something different for me. I didn’t care if this became a good film. I don’t care if my performance is a good piece of art. The only thing that is important is that in some essence or way, what I do is true to those people and their lives,” Skarsgard said.
“The strange thing was what came out of that was I suddenly could do pure entertainment films because they were just as unimportant as the serious films to me. In a way, it made me more lighthearted in my approach. I was not so pretentious. Now I’m doing the dark stuff and the light stuff and I’m having a good life [laughs].”
[From Movie Fanatic]
That was a moving story. Good Evening, Mr. Wallenberg came out in 1990 so more people who lived through the Halocaust would have been alive at that time.
Well I don’t know much about Stellan apart from slavishly following his very hot son, but he seems to keep his personal life on lockdown. Alex talked about that in a GQ interview last year, saying that we’re “never going to see a television show The Skarsgards.” He also joked that his dad was “over the hill.” He’s not too old to have more kids though apparently. So Alex will have a half brother that’s 35 years younger than he is. I’m sure that happens in a lot of families, but it still strikes me as strange.
Update: gratuitous Alex Skarsgard photos.
Thanks to Bee for the tip! Photo of Stellan and Megan are from 12-12 and 12-14-11. Credit: WENN.com. Alex photos are from 2011 credit: WENN and Pacific Coast news