Alex skarsgard dating 2016
"'Alright…'" Skarsgard is sitting cross-legged, wearing funky socks and no shoes, in an armchair in New York's Crosby Street Hotel. ' and they were like, 'Probably not, but we'll try.'"Just before heading home to Stockholm to hang out with family, Skarsgard got into the specifics of his Farrah Fawcett-ish costume with us (spoiler alert: "There's some weird kind of underwear situation where you just like pull it—I'm not going to get too graphic here, but let me just tell you: it's torture"), working out like Tarzan, and how he ended up in Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" music video. S., and it kind of just fell into your lap while you were on vacation. AS: My dad, who's an actor, was working in Hollywood, and I was visiting him.It takes a certain kind of jeu d'esprit, and physical agility, at 6'4" to sit cross-legged in an armchair, but the Swedish actor is delightfully goofier than you might expect of Eric Northman, the 1000-year-old Viking vampire that catapulted Skarsgard to instant superstardom as the lead in the cult hit Meekus (you remember him: Ben Stiller's model roommate who dies in a freak gasoline fight accident), arguably his big rentrée into the performance world after quitting his child acting career, and a central role on the more upmarket HBO miniseries Since turning 1000, it's been one critical success after the next for the 39-year-old actor, who is now dating model Alexa Chung. HB: How often do people say, "Earth to Meekus" to you? I'd just started acting in Sweden, and his agent basically said, like, "Do you want to try, do you want to go to an audition?One idea I had was to approach him as if he was a teenage boy, in a way, really holding on to his youth, so that even though he's older than Minnie, there are moments where they're just like two teenagers in love. Wait, no it wouldn't be fun—my god, I just realized. There's some weird kind of underwear situation where you just like pull it—I'm not going to get too graphic here, but let me just tell you: it's torture. It was important to find moments where the connection was real and beautiful, and from which he would have to pull himself out and go, "Stop—what am I doing? HB: What inspired you to attend the premiere in drag? Most recently, he seduces his girlfriend's 15-year-old daughter in the '70s-set, , whose August premiere was the talk of the town when Skarsgard showed up in drag. " I was like, "Well, that'd be a fun story to tell the boys back home." I'd never auditioned out there before, I didn't have any reference points, I didn't know what it was like, so I walk into a room, and there's Ben Stiller. AS: It was really weird, because when I came back to Hollywood three years later or something, after doing theater in Sweden, I was expecting it to be super easy to get a job."It sounded like so much fun, and I got so excited," Skarsgard says of his reaction when director Marielle Heller proposed turning the screening into a drag queen-hosted night. Two weeks later I'm in Manhattan driving down Broadway singing Wham! You know, you just walk in in flip flops, meet Ben Stiller, read a couple of lines, and then you fly to New York. I desperately tried to find other things to do, but I kind of ran out of options, so, like… I was thirteen, and I did a movie that got attention, and got attention, and I didn't like it—it made me uncomfortable—so I just quit.
The film premiered at last year's Sundance Film Festival and was well received by critics, with a current rating of 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Skarsgård stars again in a leading role, and gives a sensitive and nuanced performance.
Another gritty and masterful movie that shows Skarsgård is equally adept at blockbusters and independent, emotive storylines.
But then it hit me, like, "Oh shit, it's quite competitive out here."HB: Did your father's acting career play a role in any acting ambitions or hesitations? [Laughs]HB: You acted as a child and then took time off. And then I was trying to figure out what to do and was worthless at everything, so I was like, "All right, I'll try acting again."HB: Another one-off that you became quite known for was your appearance in Lady Gaga's "Paparazzi" music video.
Did you just meet Lady Gaga in flip flops on vacation too?