Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Thursday Thirteen - 189 - 13 Ways to Admire Alexander Skarsgård

1 - Following in the footsteps of his Viking forebears, Sweden's Alexander Skarsgård strides victorious over any territory he chooses to conquer.

2 - Alexander Skarsgård - currently appearing as Eric Northman on True Blood

6' 4"

Eyes - Blue

Hair - Blonde

Type - Athletic / Mid-30's

He works as an actor / Director

Works in television / Film / Stage

3 - Alexander grew up in Stockholm, the oldest son of Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and his mother My Skarsgård, a doctor. He has five younger brothers and one younger sister.

Appeared in several films as a child actor, including Åke och hans värld
(Ake and His World)

Became a teen heartthrob after his role in Hunden som log (The Dog That Smiled) (1989)

Had an extensive credit list in Sweden before his first North American role in Zoolander as an airhead model (2001)

Appeared as Sgt. Brad Colbert in the HBO series Generation Kill, which follows an American marine unit in Baghdad (2008)

Next photo is straying into Not Safe For Work territory...

4 - Alexander keeps in tiptop shape - apparently, just because. His credits aren't as heavily weighted with the same amount of fight sequences as the previous hotties from my Thursday Thirteen Eye Candy series have had.

5 - The very delicious Mr. Skarsgård is technically still available, ladies. Though he is currently attached to California-bred actress Kate Bosworth, known for her roles in Superman Returns and 21.

6 - Alexander no doubt drew on his own experiences when he played Sergeant 'Iceman' Colbert in Generation Kill, having served with the Swedish Navy as a Patrol Leader.

7 - He has appeared for three seasons as vampire Eric Northman on HBO's True Blood, based on the bestselling novels by Charlaine Harris.

He's just my type of gray character. Willing to pursue Sookie when she is clearly involved with Bill. Willing to suffer to save his Maker. Not above dealing in vampire blood when that is forbidden. Not too proud to serve the King of Mississippi, if it means he can avenge his human family's demise at the king's hands.

8 - Remember my soft spot for a man in chains?


True Blood occasionally gives us a tied-up Eric, but his role as Sheriff of Louisiana's Area 5 keeps him more often in the dominating position.

As in the photo below, where Eric scornfully chides the Vampire King of Mississippi to die with dignity.

9 - And Alexander is an awesome crier.

10 - Alexander has worked hard to avoid typecasting, which apparently has not been easy. His early teen heartthrob status and his five-time win as Sexiest Man in Sweden make certain roles offered to him unavoidable. But Alexander persists with more fascinating choices, such as this cad character from the Swedish film Om Sara (About Sara).

11 - Recently Alexander competed against True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer in the Battle of the Fang to raise money for charity. The results were very, very close:

Team Bill Compton: $35,043
Team Eric Northman: $34,223

But Alexander dutifully wore the shirt designed for him by Stephen:

'Bill's Bitch'

12 - When asked by Polish FILM magazine about the fascination with vampires, Alexander answered:

"Maybe it’s because they have strength and perfection unreachable for us, the mortals. Gigantic life experience gives them wisdom and knowledge impossible for humans to even imagine during their short lives. There is both mystery and suffering in them. I do not find this fascination strange at all, I succumb to it as well."

- Alexander Skarsgård

13 - When asked about his look, Alexander replied:

"I dress myself, I do shopping myself, no stylist has ever helped me. I still bring most clothes from Sweden: Acne, Fifth Avenue Shoe Repair, Whyred. I feel good in such clothes. Perhaps I look a little bit strangely European, Swedish in California."

- Alexander in Polish In Style magazine


Naquillity said...

i've caught glimpses of Alexander in True Blood and like his acting quite well though i'm probably in the minority when i say that i hate the show. loved the tension between the realtor in About Sara and Alexander. i got the impression he and that woman had some sort of attraction at one time. hope all is well.

Travis Cody said...

I did enjoy aspects of Mr Skarsgard's interpretation of the Eric character. However I prefer the books to the HBO series. I prefer to leave some things to my imagination based on the written word, rather than have HBO put all of it right there in front of me.

Oh...I have no idea why it never occurred to me that Alexander might be related to Stellan, whom I also enjoy. DOH!

Jennifer Leeland said...

Wow. He is gooooorgeous.
I haven't seen True Blood but I love his reasoning why people are fascinated by vamps.