photo-credit: GERT KRAUTBAUER for Syfy, True Blood on the German Syfy Channel.
Here is a translation of the interview back to English (the original interview was in English and then translated into German)
Interview: Ulrike Bretz
Alexander Skarsgård talks “nudity is no big deal”
He smiles like prince charming Daniel [translator’s note: husband of crown princess Victoria of Sweden], has the body of an underwear model and is one of Sweden’s most famous actors: “True Blood” actor Alexander Skarsgård about vampires, Lars von Trier and Lady Gaga’s outfits.
Alexander Skarsgård was born in 1976 in Stockholm and he is one of the seven children of the famous Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard (Breaking the Waves, The Hunt for Red October, Good Will Hunting). He worked in front of the camera in numerous films in his native Sweden before moving to California in 2004. Two years ago he was known for his role in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill in the U.S. In the successful HBO series True Blood by Alan Ball (Magnolia, Six Feet Under), he plays the thousand year old Viking vampire Eric Northman. The third season of the award-winning series will be broadcast starting today on German television. A fourth season is planned.
sueddeutsche.de: The Twilight Saga, Vampire Diaries series, True Blood – don’t you think that viewers are going to get tired of bloodsucker movies?
Alexander Skarsgard: True Blood is more than a vampire story – 80 percent of the characters are not vampires, but other creatures or even people. The show has other qualities. There are interesting characters and interesting relationships, the series has many depths.
sueddeutsche.de: Unlike the Twilight saga, the most successful thing of the vampire hype?
Skarsgård: I haven’t seen the films so can’t compare them. I’m no expert in this genre; I’m not going to watch the other films.
sueddeutsche.de: You play a thousand-year-old vampire and do not look at your competitors?
Skarsgard: I am aware of the vampire hype very well; most films of this kind are for teenage girls. When I first heard of the role of Eric – a Viking vampire – I thought it was very trashy and tacky.
sueddeutsche.de: Why did you accept the role?
Skarsgård: Because I heard that Alan Ball was the creator of the series. I knew about Magnolia and Six Feet Under – and I knew then that I wanted to do the series. Ball is an outstanding artist and intelligent man; I wanted to work with him.
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