In his new film Battleship, Alexander Skarsgård plays a rugged naval chief trying to save the world from evil aliens. But in real life, the devastatingly handsome, quietly captivating, and surprisingly introspective True Blood star would rather command an audience than the USS Sampson. As he sprints through the streets of New York, dodging cars and pedestrians, Idil Tabanca does her best to keep up.
While sipping an espresso at Fat Radish, a dimly lit restaurant on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, Alexander Skarsgård speaks with deep admiration about An Iliad, an off- Broadway restaging of Homer’s Trojan War classic featuring a well-reviewed performance by his True Blood costar Denis O’Hare. “If you’re into acting-acting, this is just the thing for you,” Skarsgård says, sounding like someone who’s into acting- acting. He looks down at his watch, worried that he’ll be late for the performance at the New York Theatre Workshop. “Do you want to run there with me?” he says, as he gulps the espresso like a tequila shot.
Once outside, the 6’4″ actor races across Houston Street, towering over the other pedestrians on the sidewalk. “We shot What Maisie Knew in Chinatown, out on the street,” he says, referring to the upcoming family drama, in which he stars opposite Julianne Moore. “It’s life, it’s real, it’s chaos, but it’s lovely,” says the 35-year-old Skarsgård with an accent that has all but disappeared after years spent embodying all manner of characters. “Let’s go for it, the light is green,” he says. We start to run across Second Street, when a car grinds to a halt inches away from him. “Shit, I’m going to miss the show,” he says, as he checks his watch again, ignoring the car that nearly turned the famous Swede into roadkill.
With broad shoulders, dirty-blond hair, and blue eyes, Skarsgård looks like a superhero—or at least a Homeric warrior—which has served him well in his portrayal of Eric Northman, the darkly sexual vampire of HBO’s True Blood, a supernatural drama loosely based on Charlaine Harris’ popular Southern Vampire Mysteries book series. In Harris’ first installment, Dead Until Dark, Sookie Stackhouse (played in the series by Oscar winner Anna Paquin) describes Eric as a “hunk—kind of like the guys on the cover of romance books.” But Skarsgård brings more to the role than come-hither fangs and a set of killer abs. There’s heft to his character’s brooding, which is no easy task given that he’s playing a 1,000-year-old vampire in a fictional world overrun with werewolves, shape- shifters, maenads, and witches.
At the end of season four, which aired last summer, Sookie, who’d been playing a competitive game of emotional ping-pong with Eric and Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), suddenly removes herself from the show’s central love triangle when she breaks up with both of them. In the season finale, Eric’s protégée Pam (whom he turned into a vampire) hinted at the plot twist when she said, “I am so over Sookie, and her precious fairy vagina, and her unbelievably stupid name. Fuck Sookie!”
But that doesn’t mean the party is over. “Bill and Eric have to set aside their disputes and team up. They bond in the process; they have no choice. There’s definitely a bit of a bromance going on there,” says Skarsgård, smiling. “It’s a little like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” referring to the Wild West outlaws immortalized on screen by Paul Newman and Robert Redford.
Their unexpected alliance is not the only surprise bond that Alan Ball—the show’s creator, head writer, and producer—has in store for season five, which begins airing in June: He’ll also welcome a new inhabitant to the topsy- turvy world of Bon Temps, Louisiana. “Eric runs into someone very special,” says Skarsgård, referring to the new character, Nora (played by British actor Lucy Griffiths), Eric’s sister and a member of the Vampire Authority, a council of powerful bloodsuckers who control institutionalized vampire-dom across the globe. “There aren’t a lot of human people who Eric really cares about—he’s only loyal to a few,” Skarsgård says. “We saw his passion with his maker Godric, with Pam, and with Sookie. Nora is definitely just as important; she’s played a significant part in his life. She still does.”
The next day, during his BULLETT photo shoot, Skarsgård swaggers down Canal Street in a blue Bottega Veneta suit, parting the crowded sidewalk like the Red Sea. He walks alone, ignoring the double takes from gawkers who change direction to follow him. As we arrive at the entrance to the Manhattan Bridge, Skarsgård walks up to the gate and waits for the light to turn red, only to leap onto the street with the photographer sprinting after him and snapping away as he tempts fate on the temporarily empty bridge. The light turns green, and they each race back to safety just in time for cars to continue whizzing by.
The oldest of seven children, Skarsgård was born into a Swedish family with strong ties to the film industry. They lived in Södermalm (many of them still do), an artsy area of Stockholm, where the patriarch, Stellan, was already an established actor. Describing his upbringing as “bohemian and artistic,” Skarsgård says, “I grew up in a very secular society. I have atheist parents. My morality never came from religion or from scripture, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have the same values or ethics.” Instead of Sundays in church, family time consisted of playing in Dad’s dressing room while Stellan performed in local theaters. “He would rehearse one play during the day and then perform the other at night, so I didn’t see him much,” he says. “He was on stage working with Ingrid Bergman, and I’d be in the makeup room, playing with all the prosthetic noses and wigs.”
Though Skarsgård initially had no interest in following in his father’s footsteps, at 7 he landed a role in the film Åke and His World. By 13, he was starring in a Swedish TV series, The Dog That Smiled, but the overwhelming attention from its success led him to quit acting. In his late teens, he joined the military, not to defy his liberal upbringing, but because he didn’t know what to do with himself. “I just needed a challenge,” he says. “I come from the city. Growing up, we were never out in the wilderness, and I wanted to do something completely different.” Skarsgård signed up for the anti-sabotage unit. “The stuff they got to do in this unit, it just sounded cool.” The experience came in handy when he later spent months dramatizing the U.S. invasion of Iraq for the HBO miniseries Generation Kill (and later still, while playing a commanding naval officer in his latest film, Battleship). It’s even come in handy in real life: “I definitely complain less,” he says humbly, “and I appreciate more.”
His military days behind him, Skarsgård began putting his life into perspective. While on vacation in the U.S., the then-25-year-old auditioned for Zoolander on a whim. Despite his brief screen time, his portrayal of the dimwitted male model Meekus, with his fashion pout and moronic philosophical debates that resolve themselves in a cry for “orange mocha frappuccinos,” turned heads. With its bumper sticker–ready quotes, the film became an unlikely cult success. Skarsgård returned to Stockholm and kept building his résumé, and was included on multiple “Sexiest Man Alive” lists, including People’s.
His return to American audiences came in 2008 via Generation Kill. “The writing felt so real. There are no cliffhangers—it’s not heightened at all,” says Skarsgård of the project, which required him to live in Africa for seven months. “War is 90 percent waiting, 10 percent action, the same as making movies. It’s the whole concept of hurry up and wait. ‘Get ready!’ And then you sit for hours.”
While working on Generation Kill, Skarsgård became aware of True Blood, a new series being developed by HBO. He auditioned for the role of Bill (which eventually went to Moyer) and instead landed the part of Eric, a Viking vampire who lusts after Sookie. When asked why he cast Skarsgård as Eric, Ball quips, “Aside from the fact that he looks like a Viking god?” The True Blood creator, who recently announced that the show’s fifth season would be his last as showrunner, believed that Skarsgård had the rare ability to bring Eric to life, so to speak. “Eric’s a tricky character,” says Ball. “He’s done some really horrible things, but we still have to like him. Alex can make Eric ruthless but at the same time totally captivating and even sympathetic.”
And he isn’t Eric’s only cheerleader. Of the roughly five million viewers who tune in each episode, a sizeable chunk do so to follow Skarsgård’s brilliantly executed portrayal of the conflicted antihero. Besides T-shirts emblazoned with Eric’s smug mug—“Vikings Do It Better” and “Team Eric: Because Being Dead Never Looked So Good” are some examples—there are countless beer glasses, key chains, action figures, earrings, pens, iPad covers, and other VILF-inspired paraphernalia devoted to the character.
Using the success of the show as a stepping stone, Skarsgård soon began appearing in art-house dramas that would solidify his reputation as a serious actor. “I spend seven months just playing Eric on True Blood,” he says. “But when I’m on hiatus, when I get my five months off, I’m not looking to play the same character again.”
Skarsgård’s determination to escape typecasting was apparent when he accepted the part of Michael, a passive groom-to-be, in Danish auteur Lars von Trier’s critically lauded 2011 apocalypse drama Melancholia. The role proved to audiences that he could excel at playing the victim just as much as the predator. “It was quite far from most characters I’ve played before,” he says of Michael, who gets spurned by Kirsten Dunst’s Justine at the altar. Skarsgård also got to share some screen time with his father, who’d collaborated with von Trier before. “I was waiting for someone to come up and be like, ‘We were just kidding. The real guy is here now so you can just go home.’ It was surreal.” He then took on the role of Charlie, an aggressive alpha male, in Rod Lurie’s retelling of Sam Peckinpah’s 1971 revenge classic, Straw Dogs, where he was tasked with filming a rape scene with his then-girlfriend Kate Bosworth.
Bolder and braver than ever, Skarsgård filled up his recent hiatuses from True Blood with even more diverse projects. Battleship, based on the classic Hasbro combat game of the same name, marks his first attempt at toplining a major studio movie. In it, he plays strong-jawed naval commander Stone Hopper, who—alongside a cast that includes Taylor Kitsch and Liam Neeson—must fight off an alien invasion at sea. Peter Berg, the film’s director, had been ambushed by the women at his office, who’d practically begged him to cast Skarsgård in the film. “I was a big fan of True Blood— that’s why I started thinking about him,” says Berg. “One day, a gang of women who heard that came into my office—there were about seven of them—and told me it was not negotiable.”
Before signing his contract, Skarsgård did some negotiating of his own. He wanted to make sure that the story would take precedence over special effects, and that Berg, who’d sharpened his teeth on less bombastic fare like Friday Night Lights, wasn’t a slave to bottom-line studio executives. “He sat me down and said, ‘The studio trusts me. They know I’m good with actors. If you have ideas, talk to me. We’ll make it work,’” says Skarsgård of their partnership. “Pete cares about the characters and their relationships. He wasn’t like, ‘Just say your lines so we can get to the awesome aliens and explosions.’”
The action flick, which was released on May 18, also marks pop sensation Rihanna’s debut as an actress. “God, I thought I worked a lot,” says Skarsgård. “We would shoot until late Friday night and she would jump on a plane and go to L.A. to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards in front of a billion people, and then get straight back on the plane and fly to Hawaii, and go to set Monday morning with a smile on her face.” It didn’t hurt that she was working alongside Skarsgård, whose most distinctive personality trait is his contagious sense of humor. “Alex is a serious actor, but when the cameras are off, he’s the one making everyone laugh,” says Ball.
According to breakout screenwriter Brit Marling, the actor was constantly cracking jokes on the set of director Zal Batmanglij’s upcoming eco-thriller The East, starring Marling and Ellen Page. Skarsgård can’t hide his fascination with Marling, who recently co-wrote and starred in Another Earth, and has been pumping out some of the most original screenplays in the industry. The East stars Skarsgård as Benji, the strong- headed leader of a radical environmentalist collective that Marling’s character infiltrates. Marling’s search for the key part took an unexpected turn when she saw True Blood. “I remember thinking that the show was so fantastical, and yet he made me believe it,” she says. “He believes, therefore the audience believes—you find yourself willing to accept these completely preposterous things.” She wanted to cast a person who would “make you walk away from your desk job and go into the forest with them to start an insurrection.” Needless to say, it’s a hard role to pull off. “Alex was so ‘it’ from the beginning because he has this gravitas, this deep well of soulfulness and feeling. You would follow him into the woods.” On the second day of shooting, the cast was naked in frigid water, bathing one another for a scene. “When something like that happens on the second day, it cuts through all the insecurities and everyone gets really close, very quickly. The experience was so raw and intense.”
Opting for something entirely different from the theme of eco-anarchy, Skarsgård then took on the multi-plotted Internet drama Disconnect, which explores relationships affected by technology. Skarsgård plays an ex-marine reconnecting with his wife (Paula Patton) as they try to find the cyber criminal who stole their savings. “In the beginning, their marriage is not working,” says Skarsgård. “He feels like he’s not a man because he can’t give her a kid. He feels emasculated. He’s been out of the military for 10 years, but suddenly he has a mission again, so they slowly start to reconnect.”
Shortly after that, he filmed What Maisie Knew, which centers on a 6-year-old girl caught in the middle of a custody battle between her fading-rock-star mother (Julianne Moore) and her father (Steve Coogan). Skarsgård plays Lincoln, the girl’s stepfather. “The story is based on Henry James’ 1897 novel, adapted to contemporary New York,” explains Skarsgård. Although he says Moore’s involvement was his main draw when accepting the part, he admits, “I fell in love with Onata [Aprile], the little girl who played Maisie. In Hollywood, a lot of child actors are so professional that they don’t have the natural raw energy we needed. You meet 6-year- olds who have headshots and can tap dance. They are drilled to memorize the names of every casting director in Hollywood. Onata is just a regular kid with amazing energy.”
Back on set with BULLETT, Skarsgård radiates a similar magnetic energy as he takes off his shoes and sits down on the floor to eat with the team. He nuzzles his face into his photo partner, a baby lamb wearing a blue tie-dye shirt to keep warm during setups. “You’re the cutest!” Skarsgård says, cradling it in his strong arms. Looking her square in the eye, he whispers, “But I just had lamb stew last night.”
Styling by Melissa Rubini.
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We’ve already glimpsed the marauding swarms of aliens in Battleship, with their shiny armor and sinister goatees. (In fact, if you live outside the United States, you’ve already seen it.)
But the aliens in Battleship could have been a lot more bizarre than just humanoid creatures in spaceships. We spoke to the film’s writers, Jon and Eric Hoeber, and they told us some of the alien ideas they and director Peter Berg had toyed with. Plus they explained why this film needed to have aliens.
Battleship could have been more like The Thing
The Hoeber brothers went through a few different ideas for Battleship’s alien threat before they settled on the alien soldiers you see in the film. At one point, they considered having an aquatic monster of some kind, that lived in the water and could attack these naval vessels.
They also considered having the monster be “a creeping alien mold, but that didn’t last long,” laughs Jon Hoeber. The idea behind this was, “What if you took a The Thing-type alien, that was disembodied and would take them over and have them fight [each other’s] ship and start to change and metamorphise our indigenous technology.”
Adds Eric Hoeber: “So essentially, they’re cannibalizing us and our ships for their own nefarious purpose. So we’re, in a certain sense, fighting each other. That was an idea we explored early on, but it wasn’t really as conducive to the big action kind of stuff. It was more of a horror movie. So at the end of the day, we thought that’s a fun idea, but it’s not going to be for this picture.” Considering lots of different kinds of alien monsters was part of the fun of putting this project together.
But ultimately, they wanted a movie that allowed for lots of ship-on-ship combat action, and a certain amount of homage to the sort of war movies that used to be made in the 1940s and 1950s, which you don’t see any more.
Why a Battleship movie needed aliens
The notion of putting aliens into Battleship was director Peter Berg’s idea. They worked much more closely with the director than they usually do with movie assignments, and he threw out the concept of an alien-invasion movie right when the brothers joined the film as writers. “That was something we really ran with,” says Jon Hoeber.
And the reason why this movie needed aliens? That’s simple. Explains Jon:
In reality, there’s very few people in the world who would be a fair match for the U.S. Navy at this point in a sea battle. So I think part of it wa just the idea of making a big summer movie, and part of it is just [asking], “Who could these guys credibly fight?”
Of course, you could have the Navy fight the Chinese, or Somalian pirates, or terrorists at sea, but then it becomes something more like Black Hawk Down on the water, which was never the goal.
In order to create a fun action movie with believable stakes, you need a threat that is huge “but not absolutely dominating,” and that’s where these aliens come in.
The brothers actually got to see the Navy up close, going on board some of their ships and interviewing lots of sailors. “The hardware they have is absolutely awesome, the sailors are absolutely awesome,” says Jon.
When aliens invade, you need to turn off your brain a bit
In real life, if aliens were advanced enough to travel all the way to Earth, they would kick our ass. The movie even acknowledge’s this, by having a SETI employee discuss Stephen Hawking’s theories that aliens who came to Earth would be hostile and overwhelming. But in this case, the aliens are just a scouting party (more on that below) making them beatable.
Jon Hoeber says there’s never been an alien invasion movie that stood up to determined scrutiny. “I’ve always loved big summer action films, and when it comes to alien films, it’s so funny. There are certain things you have let go and embrace and enjoy the fun of.”
You see this in every movie that’s ever been done, in terms of aliens. In Independence Day, is a computer virus really going to do take down [the mothership]? Really? Battle: L.A., I mean that whole thing is just stupid! [But] oh my god, I love it… That’s the thing, I love those movies. [But] if you pick something apart hard enough, it’ll fucking unravel.
Both brothers seem pretty happy that Battleship has a 50 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, which is “actually not kind for this kind of movie,” laughs Eric. The 50 percent of critics who enjoy Battleship are the ones who are willing to let go and enjoy the ride, adds Jon,”versus people who are really trying to nail you to the wall for how it’s unfolding. And I think the tone Pete [Berg] captured is a good balance of rock ‘n’ roll, muscley, tongue-in-cheek, and ‘how the fuck can this be happening?’”
On the other hand, he wants the characters to be the most important part of the film, and he always applies this test: If you take away all the action and explosions, is there still a good movie here? He also wants the film to be true to the military hardware and to the reality of the Navy. The movie spends a surprising amount of time with its characters before the aliens ever actually show up.
Says Jon, “Is this a movie that’s going to change the world? God, I hope not. That’s not what we’re going for.”
As we mentioned above, this is an alien expeditionary force, not a full-fledged invasion. If the aliens showed up in force, we’d be screwed. (Although both brothers are hopeful that this film will get a sequel, so you never know what we’ll see next time.)
“We definitely get the feeling that if they sent more than a scouting mission, we’re toast,” says Eric. “We’re attempting to contain the scouting mission. That’s the point of the film.”
Also, the alien scouting mission runs into some problems on its way to us — on their way down to Earth, one of their ships runs into a satellite, gets damaged, and winds up crashing. “Even for a little scouting mission, they’ve had a bunch of bumps before they ever encounter us.”
The brothers promise we learn quite a bit about the aliens over the course of the movie, and they’re a “complete race” with a lot of explanation as to their backstory. They come from a “goldilocks planet,” just the right distance from its sun, and they are “very water based.” They’re obviously humanoids, and they’re very tech-savvy — most of their prowess comes from their use of technology, although they do have a couple surprising biological powers too.
Not a Transformers clone
This is definitely a Hasbro joint, and the brothers point proudly to Hasbro’s track record with the Transformers films as well as G.I. Joe. At the same time, they think the meme that this film is another Transformers has been played up too much because of the Hasbro connection — the main things the films have in common are Hasbro, the U.S. military, extraterrestrials, and music by Steve Jablonsky.
“There are some of the same people involved,” says Eric, but the ships look different. “From our point of view, we didn’t feel we had to go there at all.” One huge difference between Battleship and Transformers? Pretty much all the people in Battleship are in the military, or connected to the military — there’s no teenage civilian in the mix.
A major difference between Battleship and the other Hasbro movies is that there’s never been a cartoon of Battleship, the brothers point out. The Transformers and G.I. Joe movies were based on the 1980s cartoons, more than the actual toys. Because of the lack of a cartoon, “we got to create all that stuff,” says Eric. The only thing people know is the title and maybe the game — and the movie does include a few little homages to the game.
“People are going to see the movie, not because they like the game Battleship, but because they think it’s going to be a cool movie,” Eric adds.
Red 2 will have some surprising new stars
The other project the brothers have in the pipeline is the sequel to Red, which they hope will start shooting in the fall. “If the last one was domestic, this one’s going international,” says Jon.
Adds Eric: “Pretty much all the original cast is back. All the surving cast. So John Malkovich, Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Mary Louise Parker, they’re all back. And we’re going to be introducing a couple other stars of that Oscar-winning caliber, who will be additional characters whom we’ll see. Not quite locked down, but we’re close. The script is written, but we’re doing some last-minute tweaking.”
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Alexander Skarsgård. Alex is covering the #2 issue of Stayhard magazine, a magazine from his native Sweden.
Tack to evelinaajansson and Beerwolf for the find!
Tack to Annika for the translation!!
Swedish male actors have mostly been playing eastern-European criminals in American movies. Alexander Skarsgård is an exception. Our Swedish star is the new favorite actor in Hollywood. He has proved to be able to play very different roles, as to a pretty teenage boy in Swedish comedy movies, a sexy vampire in the American TV-serial True Blood, some sci-fi drama in Melancholia from Lars von Trier, and now in the new movie Battleship where he plays an American navy officer speaking perfect American English.
Alexander enters the conference room at Universal Studio in LA in a dark Burberry shirt and in a pair of dark jeans from Whyred. My first question, as he sat down, was if girls often ask him to bite them. -Sometimes girls ask me to do that but I have not yet done it. How would that look like in a paparazzi picture, if I would play to be a vampire biting young girls, haha.
Alexander is one of the most asked actors and as such a part of the Hollywood-machinery – all that is included. But even if he is surrounded by different managers, publicist and personal assistants, it has not gotten into his head. On the contrary, he seems to take it all pretty cool. He is exactly as cheerful, openhearted, nice and polite as he was when he for the first time arrived to LA.
Thanks to True Blood, Alexander is now a superstar and he has lived for almost 10 years in the USA. In the beginning nobody recognized him in LA. – That was very nice after being recognized everywhere in Sweden. My father is a celebrity and I have been acting since I was a child. So it was a very learning and healthy experience for me to come to the USA and learn to stand on my own feet without being recognized by anybody. It developed my personality as well as an actor and my private me. But now the publicity is sometimes overwhelming and it still feels strange to be recognized everywhere I go. But of course it feels good and I´m happy that True Blood is so popular.
At this very moment Alexander is busy making the actual season of True Blood. He has a couple of free hours for interviews. -The work schedule is hard, he tells. Long working hours with little sleep. -The life in LA is not actually that glamorous as one would think. Most of my time I spend working and I very seldom go out. Bars and clubs are not that fun in LA either. They are actually quite cheesy and because everybody is driving a car, most of the places close already at 1.30 am. Also they mostly play bad music. Those times I go out I go out to listen for a band.
In True Blood Alexander plays the vampire Eric Northman. Sex plays a big part in the serial and his character has become a sex icon all over the world. But Alexander says that he tries not to think about the character to be sexy, it has to come naturally, otherwise it does not work. – If you just try, it goes all wrong and everything feels like a fake. For me, Eric is like a lion. A male lion can lay in the shadow and look tired and bored. At the same time though, he is fully concentrated and can react anytime with all his power, if needed.
Eric has a cool style and Alexander cooperates a lot with the dressers to decide how he should look. – I like his style, Alexander says. – It looks good with black, leather and silver jewelry. I like fashion and clothes but my private style is comfortable and plain.
When Alexander was a teenager he used to borrow the suits of dad Stellan, if he was going to official parties. Now he has his own closet full of handsome designer suits. Mostly he wears suits from Tom Ford, who is his favorite designer. – Tom Ford is, I think, an American but I still like his style. Otherwise I´m mostly interested in Scandinavian design, with straight lines. I like those clothes, which most of the Swedish guys like.
Alexander´s style is famous and his plain Scandinavian style works also for the Americans. When American guys tried before to make an impression with expensive clothes and accessories, they now see Alexander as a role model with his relaxed style with T-shirt and sneakers. Alexander shows that style and taste must not be expensive. He often combines different outfits with cheap and expensive clothes. Even if he likes fashion he does not see himself as a slave of fashion. – Fashion is fun and I like cool clothes but I do not pimp me up, like 15 hours, just to grab milk from a food store.
Alexander has previously said in interviews that vanity is the death of an actor. He explains what he means. – You are heading the wrong direction if you as an actor are thinking more of how good do you look for the public instead of playing the role believable.
Have you ever thought of making yourself uglier than you are? – Haha, I could try but it will be difficult. No, just kidding, when I was living in Sweden I got always to play this kind of roles as “the pretty guy”. In the USA it´s different, I play different roles and here you have more options than in Sweden.
Alexander’s actual movie is called “Battleship”, his first big budget movie. He plays an officer of the USA Navy who gets into a conflict with mean aliens together with his brother (Taylor Kitsch) and some others. Battleship is based on a classic Hasbro game and the film is directed by Peter Berg.
- It was fun to be a part of such a big Blockbuster-movie. A movie where the aliens are taking over, only works in the USA. To make a similar movie in Sweden with the Swedish Navy would not be that big. I know what I´m talking about since I made my army time in the Swedish Navy, haha!
The more popular Alexander becomes the more women want to be his friend – and girlfriend. But if you ask him about his love life he shuts down like a shell. This is something he wishes not to discuss with journalist
- There is a lot of false things in LA. A lot of people want to be a friend with a celebrity. I pay attention and I can see very quickly if somebody only wants to be friend with me just because I´m popular. I like to meet new people but I find out very soon if they only want to hang around with me so I could take them with me to fancy party or premiere.
Lives in: LA
Family: Mother My (doctor), father Stellan (actor) and six younger siblings, i.e. Bill and Gustaf who also work as actors.
Girlfriend: Secret. Has been seen together with Elizabeth Olsen. Has been dating Kate Bosworth.
Background: Started his carreer as a child actor in Sweden with the movie “Ake and his world”. His first USA role was a cameo in Ben Stillers “Zoolander”. His international breakthrough were the TV-series True Blood and Generation Kill.
Movies: The Diver, Wings of Glass, Hundtricket, How You Make Your Bed, Kill You Darlings, Angels of Steel, 13, Melancholia and Straw Dogs.
Right now: Battleship.
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