Alexander Skarsgård
Actor, director
Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Johan Hjalmar Skarsgård is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
Biography
Alexander Skarsgård's personal information overview.
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What’s on TV Saturday: ‘The Legend of Tarzan’ and ‘Planet Earth II’
NYTimes - 4 days
Alexander Skarsgard shows off his physique in “Tarzan.” And “Planet Earth II,” with David Attenborough, takes nature photography to spectacular heights.
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Of Orgies and Dream Teams (or How to Survive the Trumpocalypse)
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I have a confession. My wife Kate hates orgies. There, I said it. She hates orgies - doesn't care for them, doesn't want to participate in them, isn't orgy curious - just generally not a fan of orgies. Kate's primary concern with orgies is that the people she expects would participate would not be of the highest, how do you say... quality. But that got Kate thinking - what if she could choose which people would be in the orgy? So a few years ago, Kate came up with the idea of an Orgy Dream Team™ - essentially a list of people she would need to be involved in the orgy for her to want to participate. Alexander Skarsgård, Idris Elba, and Hud-era Paul Newman all feature highly on any orgy dream team she would want to field. The roster changes frequently, often based on which vampire show she happens to be watching at the moment. Around the same time, Kate started thinking about other dream teams that might come in handy. And, because she'd been watching a lot of Doomsday Preppers and ...
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Britney Spears Sings Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' on Helium, Opens Up About Dating Life - Entertainment Tonight
Google News - 5 months
Entertainment Tonight Britney Spears Sings Taylor Swift's 'Shake It Off' on Helium, Opens Up About Dating Life Entertainment Tonight The 34-year-old singer made an appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show this weekend, where she was challenged to sing a song on helium -- and it turns out she's got some love for Taylor Swift. WATCH: Britney Spears Says Her 20s 'Were Horrible': 'I'm in ... Britney Spears Plays Spears Pong, Kisses Alexander Skarsgard on 'The Jonathan Ross Show'PopCrush We Could Watch Britney Spears Singing 'Shake It Off' On Helium Till The World EndsHuffington Post Britney Spears on Dating: 'It's Silly'Celebuzz Yahoo News -hellomagazine.com -Hamilton Spectator -Metro all 18 news articles »
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Readers react: Why Tarzan is the real-life hero that young boys need
LATimes - 8 months
In praise of real-life human heroes There is a great message in Amy Kaufman's interview with Alexander Skarsgard [“The New King of the Jungle,” July 3] in which he says his hero is Tarzan, not some animated figure shooting spiderwebs from fingers. I think boys need real-life heroes instead of Ninja...
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Stars out for 'The Legend of Tarzan'
Reuters.com - 8 months
After nine months of intense workouts and meal plans to get into the strapping shape of vine-swinging jungle hero Tarzan, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard found a fitting way to decompress with his famous father, veteran Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard.
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Stars out for 'The Legend of Tarzan' European premiere
Reuters.com - 8 months
Alexander Skarsgard, Margot Robbie and Christoph Waltz hit the red carpet in London for the European premiere of 'The Legend of Tarzan'. Rollo Ross reports.
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Alexander Skarsgård Opens Up About Filming 'Incredible' Gay Sex Scenes
Huffington Post - 8 months
For Alexander Skarsgård, playing a pansexual vampire for seven seasons on the HBO smash, "True Blood," was a "profound" experience. The show's Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning run, of course, regularly made headlines for its love scenes, many of which involved characters of the same sex. Skarsgård, however, wasn't fazed by the steamy scenes between him and co-stars Theo Alexander and Ryan Kwanten, he said in a new interview with PrideSource.   "It was just one of the most profound experiences ever. Just liberating. Even though there's sh*t loads of nudity on the show, it never felt gratuitous," he said. As for the man-on-man love scenes, he noted, "You just have to embrace it... They're incredible scenes." Ultimately, Skarsgård is proud of having been a part of a series that was so willing to push the envelope when it came to portraying sexuality on the small screen.  "What was so interesting about the show was that it wasn't on the nose. It's obviously a cultural reference ...
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Alexander Skarsgard gets ripped for Tarzan
Reuters.com - 8 months
Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgard explains how he got Tarzan's 8-pack as the latest iteration 'The Legend of Tarzan' hits cinemas. Rollo Ross reports.
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Alexander Skarsgard is excellent in the otherwise awkward 'The Legend of Tarzan'
LATimes - 8 months
Like its titular character, trying to reconcile being both the fifth Earl of Greystoke and the once and future King of the Jungle, “The Legend of Tarzan” wants to be both modern and traditional, hip and classic. It’s a tough balance to strike, and this film can’t manage it. Which is too bad, because...
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Snapshot: Alexander Skarsgard, of Sound Mind and Body to Play Tarzan
NYTimes - 8 months
Mr. Skarsgard stars in “The Legend of Tarzan,” opening on July 1. Here, he talks about the hard work of preparing for the role.
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You Wouldn't Know It From The Oscars, But Women Directed Films Last Year Too
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In the Oscars' 88-year history, only four women have been nominated for Best Director, and this year's ballot prompts another damning Hollywood statistic: Of all the non-documentary narratives up for an Academy Award, only one -- Deniz Gamze Ergüven's "Mustang" -- was directed by a woman. What gives? Well, a lot of things: As of 2012, the Oscar voting pool was 77 percent male. And in 2013 and 2014, women made a mere 1.9 percent of the 100 highest-grossing movies. In other words, it's a vicious cycle for female auteurs. But it's not one that's impossible to remedy. Almost half of the movies nominated for the Oscars' two screenplay prizes (adapted and original) were written or co-written by women, which is fantastic. And ladies did direct movies in 2015, no matter what awards season might imply. We have a list of 11 that are worth a watch, and here's to hoping the 2017 Oscars will be a far more hospitable place for people of all genders, races and sexualities. "The Diary of a Tee ...
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You Wouldn't Know It From The Oscars, But Women Directed Films Last Year Too
Huffington Post - about 1 year
In the Oscars' 88-year history, only four women have been nominated for Best Director, and this year's ballot prompts another damning Hollywood statistic: Of all the non-documentary narratives up for an Academy Award, only one -- Deniz Gamze Ergüven's "Mustang" -- was directed by a woman. What gives? Well, a lot of things: As of 2012, the Oscar voting pool was 77 percent male. And in 2013 and 2014, women made a mere 1.9 percent of the 100 highest-grossing movies. In other words, it's a vicious cycle for female auteurs. But it's not one that's impossible to remedy. Almost half of the movies nominated for the Oscars' two screenplay prizes (adapted and original) were written or co-written by women, which is fantastic. And ladies did direct movies in 2015, no matter what awards season might imply. We have a list of 11 that are worth a watch, and here's to hoping the 2017 Oscars will be a far more hospitable place for people of all genders, races and sexualities. "The Diary of a Tee ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Alexander Skarsgård
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 39
    Skarsgård starred in the 2016 film The Legend of Tarzan, portraying the title character, opposite Margot Robbie as Jane.
    More Details Hide Details He has been in a relationship with British model and fashion journalist Alexa Chung since 2015.
    Skarsgård played Tarzan in the 2016 film The Legend of Tarzan.
    More Details Hide Details Alexander Skarsgård was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the eldest son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My Agnes, a physician. He has five younger siblings: Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers, Ossian and Kolbjörn. Gustaf, Bill, Sam, and Valter are also actors. A friend of his father, who was a director, gave Skarsgård his first film role when he was seven years old. He played Kalle Nubb in Åke och hans värld (Åke and His World). In 1989, the lead role in the Swedish television production Hunden som log (The Dog That Smiled) made him famous in Sweden at the age of thirteen. Uncomfortable with being recognized, he quit acting for the next seven years. At age 19, he applied to do his national service. He served in the Swedish military for 18 months, in a unit that dealt with anti-sabotage and anti-terrorism in the Stockholm archipelago.
  • 2013
    Age 36
    Alongside Prince Harry, West and several wounded soldiers, he successfully made it to the South Pole on December 13, 2013.
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    Skarsgård starred alongside Brit Marling and Ellen Page in Zal Batmanglij's 2013 film, The East.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    In 2012, Skarsgård appeared alongside Taylor Kitsch and Rihanna in Peter Berg's Battleship, an adaptation of the Hasbro game.
    More Details Hide Details He also starred with Julianne Moore and Steve Coogan in Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s film, What Maisie Knew, an adaptation of the Henry James novel of the same name. He was also part of the ensemble cast in Henry Alex Rubin's thriller, Disconnect, playing opposite Paula Patton.
  • 2011
    Age 34
    Skarsgård appeared in two 2011 films.
    More Details Hide Details Melancholia, an apocalyptic movie directed by Lars von Trier and starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Kiefer Sutherland, premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Skarsgård appeared in Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, as Charlie Venner. The remake's director, Rod Lurie, transferred the small town setting from Cornwall to Mississippi, and described Venner as "an ex-football star gone to seed". The film co-starred James Marsden and Kate Bosworth and was released September 16, 2011.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    He covered the September 2010 issue of Rolling Stone with his True Blood co-stars, Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.
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    Suit maker Hickey Freeman chose Skarsgård to model a new look it debuted in 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Annie Leibovitz photographed the ad campaign which appeared in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ and Details.
    In 2010, Skarsgård portrayed Terje, a gay Norwegian trekking to the North Pole, in the British mockumentary Beyond the Pole.
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  • 2009
    Age 32
    He was the voice of Stefan in the 2009 animated film Metropia, directed by Tarik Saleh.
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    In 2009, Skarsgård appeared in the music video for pop singer Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi".
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2004
    Age 27
    He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 but continued to work in Sweden.
    More Details Hide Details His break came when he was cast as Sergeant Brad "Iceman" Colbert in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Generation Kill. An adaptation of journalist Evan Wright's book of the same name, Generation Kill follows the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the early part of the Iraq War. The part of Brad Colbert was the closest to a "lead" in Generation Kill, and director Susanna White and executive producer David Simon at first disagreed about casting Skarsgård. White wanted to cast him but Simon was not convinced he could pull off the American accent. After four auditions in three cities, Skarsgård learned the part was his just 36 hours before he had to board a plane for Namibia where the project was filming. The cast and crew filmed for seven months in the desert, shooting six days a week. Skarsgård worked with a dialect coach to master the American accent.
  • 2003
    Age 26
    In 2003, his work in Hundtricket-the Movie (The Dog Trick) earned him an Guldbagge Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
    More Details Hide Details He was named the Sexiest Man in Sweden five times.
  • 2001
    Age 24
    Upon his return to Sweden, Skarsgård began picking up acting jobs, working in film, television and theatrical productions. While on vacation in the United States, he auditioned for and landed the role of Meekus in the 2001 film Zoolander.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    After seven years away from acting, he started to consider it again. In 1997, he enrolled in a theater course at Marymount Manhattan College and moved to New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He returned to Stockholm after six months, but the time he spent studying theater showed him that he wanted to act.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    After completing his service in 1996 he left Sweden and attended Leeds Beckett University in England for six months.
    More Details Hide Details He enrolled to study English but admits he did not study much and "had a blast" instead.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1976
    Born
    Born on August 25, 1976.
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