This is a really great new interview where Alex talks about moving to NYC (got mah bus tickets ready….), Tarzan, TB and The Giver.
As the oldest of eight siblings, Alexander Skarsgård has always had a way with kids, which may have helped him on the set of The Giver, an adaptation of Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel that arrived in theaters this weekend. Playing a character known as Father, he’s responsible for taking care of genetically engineered babies before they are placed into their assigned family units. Of course, if any of these infants fail to thrive right away, Father gives them “release” — something that Eric Northman, the vampire he has portrayed on True Blood for seven seasons who refers to children as “teacup humans,” would refer to as the True Death. While Father doesn’t recognize the concept of death, Eric has confronted it many times over — but it’s not the prospect of his own death that troubles him anymore now that he has been cured of Hep-V. With Bill (Stephen Moyer) refusing to take the cure himself, effectively deciding to commit suicide, Sookie has grown increasingly distraught, and Eric does not like his love interest to be distraught. Skarsgård, who has spent the last two months shooting Tarzan, called Vulture up from London to chat about dispensing death, his racy scenes on True Blood, and what he’s going to do next.
The Giver is out in theaters today! The movie is getting meh reviews, but at least Alex did well (I’mma need you to stop being the good thing in meh movies).
Like Jonas’ father — Alexander Skarsgard, who more than anyone in the cast finds a way to embody Sameness while being unmistakably human [x]
Let’s give props to Skarsgard for being the sole adult besides The Giver to show tiny glimpses of feeling and dissent…Skarsgard infuses his character with depth and kindness. [x]
Jonas’s father, equally skillfully portrayed by Alexander Skarsgard, features prominently in “The Giver’s” most disturbing sequence [x]
Not to be overlooked, True Blood’s Alexander Skarsgård is nothing short of hypnotic as Jonas’ dad/sympathetic caregiver [x]
Most effective is Alexander Skarsgard as Jonas’ father, with a key scene that shows just how effective an actor can be portraying a character completely following the rules of this society [x]
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“I really liked how we leave Eric at the end of this show. I’m very happy with it. Hopefully fans will be as well.”
When he’s not sucking blood and casting smoldering glares as vampire Eric Northman on HBO’s True Blood, now wrapping up its final season, Alexander Skarsgård is happily enjoying utopia in The Giver, in theaters Friday.
Or maybe it just seems that way: the film, based on Lois Lowry’s young-adult classic, is set in a community seemingly free of suffering, but full of painful secrets. Skarsgård plays the father of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites); when Jonas learns what his dad is really up to at work, he tries to save the community from its own rules with the help of Jeff Bridges’ titular wise elder.
Here, the Swedish actor talks with TIME about the young-adult classic, hanging out with Taylor Swift (who has a small but vital role in the film) and what True Blood has in store for Eric Northman.
Here’s a nice (and new!!) little interview with Alex from People.
Alexander Skarsgard is best known for playing True Blood’s resident bad-boy vampire Eric Northman, but he found his role as the kindly Father in The Giver to be a welcome departure.
"It was definitely a character I hadn’t played before," the 37-year-old tells PEOPLE. "Every year, when we wrap up a season, I look for things that are different from Eric Northman.
"It was a real challenge because he is a character who does horrendous things, but that said, he’s not a bad guy," adds Skarsgard. "He just doesn’t know any better."
The Giver features a bevy of big-name stars like Jeff Bridges and Taylor Swift, but there was one actress in particular the True Blood star was excited to work with: Meryl Streep.
"It was a small supporting role, but how could I possibly turn down the opportunity to work with Meryl?" he says.
Unfortunately, though he shares a scene with her, Skarsgard never crossed paths with the actress thanks to their tight shooting schedules.
"We were never able to overlap, so that was quite disappointing," he laments. "But I’m still in the same movie as Meryl Streep!"
He did bond with his other cast members, however, enjoying joint dinners on their downtime.
"It was a lot of fun," Skarsgard laughs. "Jeff is a very social guy. He’s a great musician, so there’s a lot of singing and guitar playing.
"All that kind of stuff is so important, especially when you play a character that’s quite difficult," he adds. "It was really nice on weekends to hang out with the cast and crew and Jeff, he was the anchor of the group."
Fellow castmates Katie Holmes and Swift provided delicious sweets for the cast and crew, but Skarsgard stayed away from baking.
"There were definitely some cupcakes on set," he says. "Unfortunately, I didn’t bake. I probably should’ve returned the favor, but they would’ve all gotten food poisoning."
And, for the record, no he is not dating Holmes, despite what the Internet says: “Katie’s a dear friend and I really loved working with her. She’s a sweetheart and a great actress. But no, we’re not dating,” the actor clarifies.
As the end of True Blood approaches, Skarsgard admits he already feels nostalgic for the HBO series.
"I remember shooting my last scene with Kristin Bauer [van Straten, who plays Pam]," he says. "I knew that it was going to be very emotional, I knew that it was going to be difficult, but I had no idea how hard that would hit me the second they yelled cut on our last take together."
He adds: “In that moment, we just looked at each other and burst out crying.”
The Giver opens in theaters on Friday.
Here’s the first picture of Alex and Kristen Wiig in The Diary of a Teenage Girl