Alexander Skarsgård covers Interview Magazine

Posted on June 01, 2011

We’ll be honest with you, kittens, because that’s just the kind of bloggers we are: We never really got on the Alexander Skarsgard Love Train. Good-looking? You betcha. Sexy? When he’s not on True Blood? Enh. Oh sure, there have been times, when he’s looked particularly good in a picture or on a red carpet, that we couldn’t help but utter a “Damn,” as in, “Damn, that tall, blond drink of water has some killer baby blues.” But truth be told, we can mostly take him or leave him. Or at least, we could.

Alexander Skarsgård on the cover of the June 2011 issue of Interview, photographed by Steven Klein.


We’ll get to the baser responses later. First, Alexander wants to share some of himself with you.

On spending some time in Texas as a kid: “Well, I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father [Stellan Skarsgård] shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat. Then I got back to Sweden in September to go back to school, and I was so proud of my cowboy boots. I told my mom and my dad, “I’m going to wear these bad boys to school today, and all the kids are going to love me. I’m going to be the coolest kid in school.” Then I showed up and everyone was like, “Dude, why are you wearing ladies’ boots?” They didn’t really work in Sweden. I wore them that one day, and then I ran home and cried and never wore those boots again.”

On still loving playing a vampire: “No, I still love it. I think the writing on the show is so good that it keeps me interested. I was nervous when I first started True Blood because if you do a play or a movie, you know the complete arc of the character. You can see the end. But with a show like True Blood, you don’t know what’s going to happen. We’re shooting season four, and I don’t even know how it’s going to end because they write it as we’re shooting it. So I was nervous. I didn’t know how it would be to live with a character for years, because I’ve never experienced that before. What happens if you wake up after two years, and you’re like, “Oh, God. I’m over this guy”? But the writing is so good, and they keep surprising me. Plus, we only shoot for six or seven months out of the year, so there is time to try other things as well. That gives me a chance to not only go home and see my family, but also work on movies or do a play where I can dive into a different world and then come back to True Blood kind of rejuvenated.”

That’s fascinating, dear. Do go on. We’ll be over here looking at your  pictures (which are potentially NSFW because girlnipples, you guys!).


Okay, yeah, they get progressively weirder with each pic, but damn if he hasn’t finally mastered “smoldering,” which, let’s face it, is not something one normally says about the Nordic folk. Of course, we have to be bitchy and point out that they essentially made him look superhot and sexy by making him look totally unlike himself. We absolutely think he’s gorgeous but we’ve rarely ever seen him look, well, interesting. And “interesting,”  for us anyway, is a big part of “hot.”  We realize we’re the cheese that stands alone on the Skarsgard sexiness issue, but for us, these pictures blow the far more conventionally “sexy” GQ spread (beach setting, shirt open to the navel, deeply sensitive puppydog eyes; it was like a Prince Matchabelli commercial, for God’s sake) out of the water. We’ll take dirty Alexander over probably-smells-like-lavender Alexander any day of the week.

[Photo Credit: Steven Klein,]

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  • Paige Mano

    Uh…I guess he’s smoldering.  The weird greasy hair just isn’t doing it for me.  And that last pic made me literally LOL.

  • Paige Mano

    Uh…I guess he’s smoldering.  The weird greasy hair just isn’t doing it for me.  And that last pic made me literally LOL.

  • Anonymous

    What’s with the bat in bed? Unpleasant.

  • Anonymous

    What’s with the bat in bed? Unpleasant.

  • Dora B.

    These pics melt my eyes.

  • Dora B.

    These pics melt my eyes.

  • Ruth Thompson

    While I love me some smoldering Alexander Skarsgard, these pics are just plain weird. And not in that well wasn’t that was interesting weird kinda way.

  • Terence

    The last pic tells me that he’s been used and abused by his mistress.  A thorough BDSM work out.

  • Dina dV

    I normally don’t find the Nordic god look appealing because it’s usually just so pristine, but I rather like the fact that for all his good Swedish looks that Skarsgard is kind of goofy.  That trait may not show up in his photos, but watching him interview Denis O’Hare for last season’s premiere, and watching how breezily he shows his dorkiness, is what I find attractive about him.

    Plus, he’s lost a lot of his youthful “prettiness” and is settling nicely into handsome.

    • Anonymous

      Even though he looks really hot in these pics, I have to say that I much prefer pictures of him smiling. He does have a beautiful smile, that man. *swoons*

      • Stalker Katie!!!

        Wait he smiles… lol he is really hot… actually he is beautiful!!!!

  • gillian holroyd

    Wake me up when there’s a cover of his father.

  • MinAgain

    Never did it for me, either.  Now his daddy, OTOH…

  • Anonymous

    Ooh, edgy. Fuck interview.

  • Anonymous

    I, too, prefer Dirty Alexander, which sounds like a sex position or a trendy drink. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

    • Anonymous

      “OMG!  Then he totally wanted to Dirty Alexander me and I said, NO!  I’m not that kind of girl!”  Yep, that works.!  LOL!  Thanks

  • Anonymous

    I thought he was cheesy on TB until he cut his hair.  Then I went to the station and bought my ticket.

    • Paige Mano

      SO MUCH WORD!  When he showed up with the short hair I was like, “Who is THAT? He’s cute.”

      • Anonymous

        Oh my god!  “Do I have blood in my hair? Pam is going to kill me!” where poor Lafayette is chained in the basement – horrible, horrible, I know… but that’s when I fell for him.

    • Shinobi

      I was SO sad when he cut his hair, but I’m a sucker for long hair on a guy.  Especially a super hot guy.

  • Jean

    I’m not normally into the Nordic thing, but I added Mr. Skarsgard to the definitely would do list a while back. These pics are weird, but interesting. I think adding commentary like “I’m sorry dinner was late” to the pics would make them more fun.

  • Joseph Guarino

    No, I’m sorry. I’ve been on the Skarsgard train since season 2.

  • Anonymous

    I could take him or take him. 

  • Anonymous

    Holy shit.

    …  wait, there’s an interview? What.. I didn’t..

    Holy shit.

  • Joshau Norton

    When his character was first introduced and he had a mop of blond hair in his eyes my initial reaction was “meh”. But when he finally got a haircut and started parading around in a tank top, I was hooked.

    Hellooooo Mr. Northman. Voulez-vous hubba hubba?

  • Anonymous

    Nah, I was one of the first passengers on the train, because he’s a goofball and hot, which is what equals sexy to me. The dirty, smoldering, meh. He looks good, because he just is, but I’m not into the greaseball thang. But props for the Prince Matchabelli reference, that made me laugh!

  • MilaXX

    LOl, You guys crack me up.  I’m the odd duck that’s not into True Blood. I like the pictures, but then again I like when a guy goes through a dark and dirty (not to be confused with unsanitary) phase.

  • Anonymous

    Yummy a dark and dirty Alexander! Just bath him and bring him to my tent.

  • Anonymous

    “Oh, HEL-lo Mr. Skarsgard!  Wait, what?  You want to do WHAT with that bat?!  Um,…. ok.”  I need to be alone now.

  • up with pod people

    YES to neat evil lighting and wet hair, NO to creepy warehouse bed. I agree this is the best he’s looked, but then, my type is best described as “Ming the Merciless meets Buddy Holly.”

  • Anonymous

    I’ll take him any way I can get him (mostly), but this smoldering slightly dangerous and detached version is pretty exciting.

  • Anonymous

    “they essentially made him look superhot and sexy by making him look totally unlike himself”

    In ‘real life’ (as if the public ever sees actors in real life unless they live on the same block) he’s just too averagely nice looking to be impressive. Here, they have corrected “averagely nice looking” with a vengeance.

    • Anonymous

       I’ve seen him in real life (at Coachella) and if “average” people actually looked like he did nothing would ever happen because we’d all just be too busy having sex with ourselves.

      • Anonymous

        I bow to first-hand viewing. Some people are just irresistible in person.

  • Anonymous

    The woman appears to be totally unfazed by the whole thing. “You want me to do WHAT with this bat?” “beat yourself unconscious, jeeze, listen to me, you weird little Viking”

  • Anonymous

    I am worried by how much the greasy serial killer thing is turning me on.

  • scottyf

    Home from work. Can look at pics now…

    Conductors T&Lo said…
    ” We never really got on the Alexander Skarsgard Love Train.

    Aesthetically, a very beautiful man. But I got out of my Ken doll phase a while ago.

    To me, if something is smoldering, then at some point there has to have been at least a little browning before the flame went out. So, for eyes that stop me in my tracks, I’ve had a commuter ticket on the Terrence Howard Express for a long time now.

    Still, I wouldn’t push Mr. Skarsgard out of my Pain Dungeon.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t get him at all.  Don’t find him good looking and he lacks any serious MALE vibe, even in the first two (dirty) photos.  He holds his cigarette like a woman, seems confused about the baseball bat, and that last photo is just silly. 

  • Katherine Lavender

    WOW. How is that even the same guy? I… what? No. Definitely shows what a good photographer can do! His cigarette picture’s the best – could do without the last two, frankly. Begins to look too Midsomer Murders.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve never been able to get past how differently he looks from how I saw that character in my mind’s eye when I read Charlaine Harris’s books.  Just not quite right.

  • skadi1

    okay, the last pic was weird, but the first one more than makes up for it.  wow.

  • Anonymous

    sorry abut that…..

  • Eliana Alger

    Ok ok…the last 2 pics should go…but the other ones..uhhhhhhhh!!! Perfectooo!!!

  • vmcdanie

    My pants and I find him plenty interesting.

    True Blood is kind of a mess but I never miss it. And not just because of the naked man action.

  • siena Mystic

    I felt like one of the few people who didn’t see him as Eric when the casting was announced – I think I had in mind somebody beefier, like Hemsworth looks in “Thor” right now – but he’s definitely got screen presence out the wazoo. I think I like him better in motion than still, though.

  • Vaniljekjeks

    He kind of reminds me of my husband.  I think that’s why he does it for me in every spread I have seen him in.  

  • Samantha Ritchie

    I. Love. Him.

  • Kathryn P

    I’m studying in Sweden this Fall. This has got me so excited.

  • Bethany Fairbrother

    He reminds me of a young Viggo Mortensen….only not as pretty and without the whole artist, musician, poet thing going on….sigh! 

  • s

    is that crystal renn?! girl is skiiiinny

  • s

    is that crystal renn?!? that girl just keeps getting skinnier!

  • Sara Munoz

    Reminds me of Crispin Glover in that second pic.

  • Paige Boerman

    We realize we’re the cheese that stands alone on the Skarsgard sexiness issue
    ^^ I’m the cheese standing with you guys. He doesn’t really get me going.

  • { edi } ilovetrash

    i dont know why i think these things & i am sure i’m the only person to think this, but:

    do kids {in sweden, no less} really refer to objects as bad boys, particularly when talking to their parents?

    {chalk this comment up to taking a celebterview too seriously. i dont know why–these things always jump out @ me [sort of like the unmissable international commentariat’s unmissable commentary re justin bieber’s hand on selena gomez’ head, i guess]}.

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  • JoannaOC

    I’m not a fan of these pictures, but I love his sly sense of humor. I also think the magazine got Win Butler (Arcade Fire) to interview him because they are both 6’4.”

  • peter ryan

    That’s a Bond villain waiting to happen.

  • tw125

    I didn’t realize Stellan was his dad.  I just assumed it was coincidence that they had the same last name.

  • Anonymous

    I literally gasped when I saw the cover.

  • Marshal Hartman

    No comment on Crystal Renn’s appearance in the spread?!

  • Anonymous

    HUZZA. Love the first two pics. The rest….eh, not so much. He can look rather smoldering on True Blood. Yes, I got sucked into it (sorry) but haven’t seen it in a long time. 

  • Anonymous

    I will take him any way he is served… including dirty shoeless curled up on the floor Alexander.

  • Chason Dailey

    Most of the photos I could take or leave, but the one of him smoking in the zip-up leather gloves… Sweet Lord…

    I want to see Cowboy Skarsgard: tight Wranglers, big belt buckle, spurs, the works. 

  • Anonymous

    I like the smoking pic – rest are just red.

  • sonictofu

    the more I look at it, the more the one with the bat makes me laugh.  He has a look on his face like, “what do I do with this?”

  • Anonymous


  • Anonymous

    T-Lo. Forget Alex in TB. You need to see Alex in GK (HBO’s Generation Kill):

  • Susan Pietras Smith

    I love Alexander Skarsgard, the hotness is always there for me, but, I am a sucker for big blue eyes.

  • Anonymous

    What a wacko editorial. I think I’ll take a nap here on the floor in my trench coat! LAME.

  • Svanhild Salmons

    Agree.  Except for the last shot, this says “my superpower is making you beg to fuck me”

  • Ann Taowarodom

    Check him out in Generation Kill. He’s so much better as an actor, and hotter, than in True Blood. 

  • Coelha

    I might as well say I’m the driver of said train, but GOD is this guy gorgeous!
    It’s not even about the baby blues… it’s the package that comes around them.Pretty creepy photo shoot though, I feel like there’s some kind of BDSM theme going on… but honestly that’s what I like most about him as an actor, he’s willing to try almost anything. I like open minded 😀 

  • Stalker Katie!!!

    that first picture actually took my breath away