Alexander Skarsgard on being so handsome: ‘Vanity can be a creative suicide’

Alexander Skarsgard is back in Sweden, getting drunk and leading Viking chants for his favorite football (soccer) team. I feel like Alex spends his time in Sweden getting drunk a lot, eating all of his favorite foods and spreading his Viking seed in the hearty Swedish wombs scattered throughout the Swedish countryside. Alex gave a phone interview to Metro UK and he pretty much admitted as much at the beginning of the interview – he was out of breath when he called the reporter and she asked him if he’d just been to the gym. Alex replied, “Ha, ha, quite the opposite! 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.” Mm. German pork. What?! Here’s more from the interview:

Whether he’ll come to True Blood now that his contract is done: ‘We don’t know what will happen in the future.’

Growing up: ‘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.’

His father was always naked & drinking wine: ‘I am proud of him for doing that,’ Skasgård insists fondly. ‘I love him for how crazy and wild he was – still is.’

Meeting Steve Coogan for the first time: ‘I shouted ‘Dan! Dan! Dan! [an Alan Partridge catchphrase] when I saw him. I was definitely not cool.’

He wants to do more comedic roles: ‘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.’

Is he handicapped by his good looks? ‘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.’

On Ellen Page: ‘just good friends’

Being linked to every female friend: ‘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 doesn’t want to be on Twitter: ‘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.’

His adventures: ‘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.’

Is he single right now? ‘Yes,’ he says, to a collective sigh of relief from Twitter.

[From Metro]

So now he and Ellen Page are just good friends? Eh? Okay. But does he bang his good friends? That’s the real question. Because I think he considers himself single and he’s probably got several ladies who are his “good friends” and he bangs them often enough. Alicia Vikander, Ellen Page, probably a few others. But at the end of the day, I think Alex probably wants a family life like he had growing up. When it comes time for Alex to “settle down” he’ll find a nice Swedish girl and he’ll marry her and they’ll raise their kids in the artsy-bohemian community of Stockholm.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Sixer says:

    Germans sure do love their pork and the various sausages it makes. There’s a German side dish made with onions that they call “mit musik” because it makes you fart. I love that.

    I like this guy. I’d only hit it in a half-hearted way, but he’s all real person, ain’t he?

    • Dinah says:

      I have a hard time finding him knock-me-out sexy (bulbous nose, closely set eyes), but I like men tall, so taken as a whole package, he’s pretty good! 😉

    • Tig says:

      I adore German food, but can’t eat much of it at one sitting. Envy AS for having the “space” to really chow down. He seems like a nice guy- hope he enjoyed his visit back home.

  2. T.Fanty says:

    I’m still not feeling the biscuit-tingles, but the more interviews I read on ASkars, the more I love him. I’d like to hang out, drinking German beer and eating sausage with him. And that isn’t a euphemism.

    • Sixer says:

      This is how I feel about him.

      • Maureen says:

        I’d do it if he put a paper bag over his head. His body is amazing!!

      • Jan says:

        Really? Before I quit True Blood I distinctly recall being subjected to an extended shot of his very flat arse. My roomies and I spent the rest of the evening discussing lunges and how to trick your bf into doing them.

        I still shudder at the thought of those sad buttocks.

      • Linet says:


        Co-sign. The buttocks are indeed a sad sight. Lol. Someone introduce him to Brads personal trainer circa Troy.

      • Nik says:

        Face 5/10

        Body 7/10

        Total 6/10

      • Maureen says:

        His butt fits the rest of his body, though. He is a very slender guy. A big ol’ bubble butt would look weird on him.

        Face 4/10 (the 4 is only brecause he’s got gorgeous eyes)
        Body 9/10
        Total 6/10

      • Max says:

        Awesome! A thread about the bum. We should have more of these very important discussions, everyone knows the bum can make or break a crush. My love for Gosling nosedived after I saw that droopy bum in Blue Valentine, for instance. How bad is Askars bum situation?

      • Maureen says:

        @ Max

        Here it is from TB. I really, really think this works for him. I’m talking proportion-wise. I also think the “dimples” above his cheeks are really cute.

      • Max says:

        Thanks Maureen! Found some GIFs on datalounge too, a very fruitful Friday it has been.

        I’m gonna have to go with “meh” on the butt, theres just no junk in that trunk, lanky frame notwithstanding. Squats with light weights could help, although it will never be as magnificent as Scott Caans, the bum gold standard.

      • Maureen says:

        I don’t care for bubble butts myself, but in any case Scott Caan is also 5 feet tall and thick all around. Total opposite body type.

    • Anna says:

      Add being naked all the time. I want a naked Viking in my life.

    • Tiffany27 says:

      Agree T.Fanty. I do not want to f*ck him at all, but we can get drunk and viking chant all day!

    • Kiddo says:


    • UsedToBeLulu says:

      Agreed! Neither his face or his body inspire me, but his personality does. I shall start learning some Viking chants for the next time he and I get together to down some shots throw some spears.

      Oh dear, I forgot I was supposed to keep our ‘friendship’ on the down low…

  3. Caro says:

    I wish he’d do more comedy too. This ridiculous Swedish movie called “Hundtricket” from like 10 years ago is one of my favorites. It’s so stupid but totally endearing and hilarious.

  4. Maureen says:

    Am I the only one who finds it incredibly annoying when actors are talking about themselves but use the pronoun “you”? And even worse is when they switch back and forth between “you” (when they mean “I” or “me”) and the appropriate “I”. They all do it! Drives me crazy.

    And Askars, you’re only hot from the neck down, honey.

    • Sixer says:

      Surely “you” used like this is a replacement for “one” or “we”? It’s intended to express something in common with the listener or reader or to express something that’s true for actors in general. In which case, it makes perfect sense to distinguish between things particular to the Viking and things that other people will do/say too. It might not be correct, but “you” sounds less snotty than “one”.

      • Maureen says:

        @ Sixer

        Yes, but if you really read the text you’ll see it doesn’t work. It never works.

    • Lettie says:

      It’s weird that you know so much about a guy you obviously dislike. It’s blatant what your real name is and hiding behind “Maureen” can’t mask it.

      FYI everyone uses pronouns that way, not just actors.

    • Sixer says:

      Oh. Have I stumbled in on an ongoing somethingorother? If so, ignore me. I don’t wish to join in. Sorry.

      • Maureen says:


        You have only stumbled onto one of Alex’s fangirls who accuse anyone who criticizes him of being “other people” and “trolls”. They have an entire fangirl movement devoted to doing this. They did it to me in another Alex thread on Celebitchy as well. FWIW, I don’t have any other identities here or anywhere else. I comment on Celebitchy in all kinds of threads including Benedict, Miley, CZJ and others. I’m not a stalker of Alex posts, but that’s what his fans will accuse people of when they want to discredit someone.

      • Sixer says:

        Maureen. Leave me out of it, please. Not interested.

    • Caro says:

      It’s not just actors, everyone who speaks English does that….

    • Ashling says:

      Alex seems to have let you down bitterly.

  5. bettyrose says:

    Poor baby. The heavy burden of those smoldering good looks…. I’ll soothe your hurt
    Over here. This way.

  6. bammer says:

    The man had a thing with Kate Bosworth and assorted models who seem to be the vain Hollywood types he claims to not want to be part of. I just can’t figure out this glaring contradiction.

    • Caro says:

      do you know any of those women? A long time ago he dated model Caroline Winberg, and he’s still very good friends with her. But just because she’s a model doesn’t mean she’s vain. She used to be a football player but had to stop because she got too tall.

      • bammer says:

        What’s the Kate Bosworth excuse?

      • Jade says:

        Caroline seems like a nice enough girl but she is very vain, and superficial, vapid and dizzy, Besides modeling, all she really does is party with other rich and beautiful people. It’s also rumored that she’s now banging Alex’s friend Fares Fares.

      • Maureen says:

        Caroline is totally shallow. A good look at her Twitter reveals this. Shallow and vapid girl with nominal modeling career who follows celebrities around. Probably a good FWB for Alex because he likes to hit it and quit it with his women, no commitments.

    • kessa says:

      I think Kate B has a long reputaton for
      ensnaring men with a fake, nice down to earth girl BS..then after a while they catch on to how pompous and fake she is and they leave as exhibited by Skasgard,Bloom, Rousseau. Polish is just happy to be getting 30 year old tail and hopes she’ll help his pathetic career..and they are both so vain they dont notice..Ilove the twitter comment by Alex..he likes to maintain provacy..meanwhile Kate and Polish tweet about going to the bathroom for chrissakes!

      • Nik says:

        Excuses. Excuses.

      • Maureen says:

        That’s right. Blaming Beige for snaring poor, unsuspecting _34_ year old Alex is just excuses. He knew who she was and he chose to be with her for close to 2 years anyway, including at least 2 trips to Sweden, meeting his family and close inner circle, doing events with her family Stateside, attending numerous public events (concerts, etc). He knew.

    • Jade says:

      That’s because he’s just playing the PR Hollywood, like most of them do, but he can only play it for so long.

    • milk says:

      How many times has he actually been photographed out and about with a woman since Bos? Whats he gonna do when he actually meets someone?

      Never understood why he didn’t say Kate is my girlfriend but I don’t want to talk about it.

  7. Ann says:

    Standards for men are REALLY low if he’s considered handsome.

    • bammer says:

      Lol I think he’s very handsome and has screen presence. I didn’t really get the hype about him before but now I think he’s smoking hot. I’m not normally into blonde guys either.

    • Bijlee says:

      His face reminds me of a mouse and a fish. He seems like a nice guy though.

      • Applapoom says:

        I think he seems like a nice guy too but always wonder whether he would be considered that hot if he were average height?

    • Samtha says:

      I can never figure out if he’s attractive or not. His head and body don’t seem to fit together.

    • another nina says:

      He used to be good looking when he was in his 20s. He probably has not yet realized that he has aged…To me, he looks now like an average Swede, on a taller side. But he is a cool dude, a little condescending though – but it’s expected, he is probably an artistic royalty back at home…

  8. Elle says:

    He’s back in L.A now (there are papz shots of him on other sites) and, I’m sure I’m projecting, but he looks so sad. Like he’s really missing his family/friends/German pork/whatever.

  9. lucy2 says:

    That’s funny he said that, because after the pics of him and Alicia just standing there talking, there was an article about how they’ve been dating for a year (same thing as said about Ellen) and that they were contemplating marriage. LOL.

    I find him ridiculously hot. And likable, which is always nice.

  10. Jade says:

    Lol, if he really wanted a ‘nice’ Swedish girl, he would be with one by now, but that doesn’t seem like his type. He’s been famous and a sex symbol in Sweden since he was 21 and has a rep there for being a player.

    • kessa says:

      I have to agree with the writer on this one..he doesnt have a wife yet because he’s not done having fun or doing single stuff, like going up a swedish glacier, getting loaded at football games etc. When he’s ready he will marry a swedish girl and have kids with her, probably one just like his mom..with her own identity but willing to put it on back burner for him and family. Those married stories about Bosworth used to make me howl..there is no way he would marry an american girl…he’s too proud of his viking blood!

      • Jade says:

        You seem really invested in your fantasy of him, so I’ll let it be, but I tend to think a lifetime of actions speak loader then what he says he wants in a few interviews.

    • erin says:

      I agree with you Jade. If he wanted to settle down, I think he would have done it by now. I mean the guy is 37.. one would think that he got everything out of his system by now. But maybe he is going the Clooney route. and that is totally fine. Not eryone wants marriage and kids. And lets face it, why should he stop playing the field if he can get everything in fame-hungry L.A.

      • callie says:

        37 is not old

      • Roo says:

        I don’t think he’s necessarily going the Clooney route at all. He has no problem being single, and doesn’t need arm candy. My very lovely, successful and charming brother didn’t marry until 47. He was too busy with his career before that.

      • Jade says:

        it’s not so much the age, it’s more that he’s been playing the field for nearly 20 years now, and not with the nice Swedish girl next door type that people think he wants to be with.

      • springisnear says:

        Do not think he is going the Clooney route, Clooney doesn’t hide his girlfriends.

    • milk says:

      Didn’t realize he had a rep for being a player there, thought that happened when he got more famous in the states.

  11. mollie says:

    In a few more years he might sort of get close to being as sexy as his father….but Stellan is still tops.

  12. merski says:

    “Mamma Mia! star Stellan Skarsgård”…. OUCH!!! That’s a low blow… 🙁

    • Lauren says:

      Oh man, I know it’s just because that’s the film American audiences are most likely to have heard of… but that is some SHADE.

      • Samtha says:

        They could have used Thor or The Avengers! Or Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Or Pirates of the Caribbean: Whichever Ones He Was In. Or even Good Will Hunting. They had to stretch for Mamma Mia!

      • LostinSpace33 says:

        I watched one tonight called Goya’s Ghosts, where he played 18th Century Spanish painter Francisco Goya (opposite Javier Bardem). His performance was really impressive!

      • J. Mann says:

        I would have said Insomnia. Among the best films I have ever seen.

  13. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    I’ll be his “good friend” any day.

  14. grabbyhands says:

    Oh god, can we stop banging the Ellen Page-ASkars drum?

  15. Ashling says:

    I want him to settle down and give us baby cuddling pics…and videos of cooing in Swedish.

  16. Mario says:

    I don’t hate him I just think he’s an example of a lot of things that are wrong with being a celebrity. First he grew up rich and with connections, so its not like he had to try too hard to be an actor. Second, he’s basically what all straight white men are expected to look like-a walking Ken doll. There are men with severe eating disorders and messed up body image because only certain types of men are labeled “attractive”. People should really try and think what show business tells people about how they should feel about themselves and others and how messed up that can be.

  17. Ceebee says:

    Good grief. That does it. Officially in love with this man. The Viking chanting, the chugging beer and sausage- the NOT twittering every F’ing thing in his life. Love him. Handsome as hell too.

  18. M.Fargus says:

    Why do some people here feel the need to have him married off in his 30″s, and so what if he doesn’t want to settle down yet, it’s his choice. Also no one knows what type of woman he will end up with if does ever marry. I am an American Who married a Norwegian, Who is very much into his Vikingness. People marry when they feel like it to Who they fall in love with. No one knows what Alexander S. will do in the future, if he goes the Clooney route that would be ,having one marriage , then divorcing ,then dating for years, but so what. Alexander seems like a nice, honest man, enjoying his life. Love the guy. Hal da

  19. TheRealTea says:

    I don’t care what none of y’all say, I still love him!!!! lol!! I love a sexy man w/ an intelligent sense of humor. I’d hit that HARD.

  20. anet says:

    i just wish he wasn’t gay in real life. other than that, he can be as vain and pathetic as he wants to. man is still hot.