Alexander Skarsgård for GQ Style Australia

Posted on August 31, 2012

We know he has plenty of panting fans, but the more we look at him, the less Skarsgård does for us.

‘True Blood’ star Alexander Skarsgård covers the Fall/Winter 2012 issue of GQ Style Australia photographed by Steven Pan.

It doesn’t help that he’s constantly asked to pose for editorials and then serves up shot after shot looking like he’s about to burst into tears at any moment. The cover says that he’s “hot-blooded,” but every picture says “Could I borrow a sweater?”

We’re all for the sensitive types, but stop touching yourself and stop with the pleading facial expressions, Alexander.


[Photo Credit: Steven Pan]

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  • Sobaika

    The cover is hilarious. He looks both heartbroken and constipated.

    • DeborahJozayt

      It’s like he douses his eyes with visine before every shot to get that heartbroken look.

      • Ligia R. Whitefield

        I don’t like the cover at all – it’s how he’s scrunching his       But I love the insides shots. Mmmm… Skarsgard..

    • RebeccaKW


    • TieDye64

      I know, it literally has me cracking up! Ah well, I needed a good laugh (and this provided a REALLY good one).

    • Jennifer Peters-Ahnberg

      That is the perfect description.

    • schadenfreudelicious

      maybe if he stopped clenching and flexing things might ease up?? :)

    • piecesofconfetti

      Haha, I think he’s quite an attractive man and I liked him on True Blood (before the show went to shit a couple seasons ago and I stopped watching) but that cover photo may have put me off him forever. What were they thinking?

  • formerlyAnon

    Gotta say, there’s not a lotta sexy for me in that cover shot.

    • muzan-e

      Not only is he damn near cross-eyed, someone’s photoshopped his arm into a mutation. 

      Actually. The more I look at it.  Did you ever have a Ken doll, right, and its arms came off? And then you tried to get them to fit back on at the shoulders like they used to, but it never quite looks right anymore?  Yeah.

      • formerlyAnon


      • jenno1013

        OHMIGOD my Ken doll’s arm came off ALL THE TIME!  I thought I was the only one!

  • BazoDee

    Oh but his arms are so pretty! 

    • Deitra S.

      Yes, his biceps seem to be the feature of the photo shoot and everything else is just an accessory.  I’m not complaining, but it is intriguing.  

    • maggiemaybe

      Also hands. Wow.

    • TropiCarla

      THIS! Exactly what I was going to say. I barely look at his face because I am so mesmerized by his arms and overall physicality. Admittedly though, I have a distinct weakness for tall, lean men with broad shoulders and well-defined arms.

      • Esz


  • call_me_schmeg

    he’s pleading — pleading! — for me to take off my pants. 

    • carpediva


    • AthenaJ

      …and its so hard to say no to that face :)

  • mjude

    i get it but he is not my type

    • RebeccaKW

       Same here.  I can understand the appeal, but he doesn’t do anything for me.  His arms are nice to look at, but that’s about all I can work up.

      • sisterb67

        Frankly, I’ve always found his father Stellan to be infintely sexier (sort of like the Donald/Kiefer Sutherland conundrum). But of course, one’s mileage may vary.

        • friedalighthouse

           That’s exactly what I was going to say! Stellan has far more depth and mystery.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Oh my goodness.. chuckle chuckle.  What is that face on the cover?  Bad senior portraits??

  • Imasewsure

    He is no model. He just looks confused and kinda dumb… and not dumb in a hot way either…. just dumb…

    • snarkykitten

       kinda like most models, but they hide it better.

  • elirt

    I have the opposite reaction. I don’t like the cover at all – it’s how he’s scrunching his eyes. But I love the insides shots. Mmmm… Skarsgard…

    • Jen Hughes

      Agreed. I don’t know why they picked that for the cover. It is kind of hilarious. The inside shots are delicious though. 

  • StellaZafella

    Cute but…if I saw him the “day after” I might have to ask him his name again.

    I like to think up dialogue for photo shoots:

    Cover shot he’s saying: “So…wait…what were you saying just now? I was busy picking the scab off my new tat…”

  • homofascist

    The face may be a little funny looking but those arms and that hairy chest scream YES YES YES!

  • rawrgrowlrawr

    He is my Rhaegar Targaryen. For that, he has earned my eternal lust. 

  • bookish

    The inside photos are fine, but his expression on the cover is *ridiculous.*

  • n a

    If they’d lose the shirt, they could leave his face out of these, for all I care. 

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Speaking of biceps… I miss Joe Manganiello

    • TieDye64

      I second that.

  • everest19

    I’m curious as to what the “myth” about Marc Jacobs is…

  • Chuck Barthelme

    I think the problem with these shots is that the look doesn’t seem to suit him that well. I’d see him in a Ralph Lauren ad before a deep v tshirt…especially with all the chest hair. I think you have to be a hipster skinny guy, or totally smooth shaven to pull of the deep v that well. But a chunky sweater, jeans, boots, and tousled hair would totally be him.

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Maybe not his best pictures, but as a card-carrying member of his Panting Fan Club, I don’t care. Photos of him always brighten my day.

  • Chase

    Hasn’t Fassbender done any new editorials lately?  Bring on the Fassbender!

  • Snarky_Amber

    Oh well. More for me.

  • MilaXX

    He’s nice looking but he doesn’t really get my blood boiling.

  • cam_lo

    i love him, but he is like a modern-day, real life zoolander. 

  • kristel

    He’s one of those people I find more attractive on film than in photos.

  • aristida_girl

    He is wounded deeply, I must fly to his rescue :)

  • muzan-e

    Alexander Skarsgård is not sure where he’s woken up or how he got there in the first place. But now that they’ve turned the lights on, he can just about make out the camera over


    Yeah? No? Goddammit.

    …. here?

    Aw shit…

  • Pants_are_a_must

    He looks like a kid who just got a tetanus shot on that cover. Since when is a 6’5” Swedish ice king supposed to look like that, I ask you.

  • snarkykitten

    that cover shot. whaaaaaaaaat. 

  • another_laura


  • lalahartma

    The last one reminds me of his role in Zoolander.  :)

  • mellorcr

    I’ve seen him on talk shows, and I think the problem is his character on “True Blood” is pretty much exactly the opposite of his real personality (a cross between Richie Cunningham and Howdy Doody)… Apparently he can manage to pull off “blue steel” with a script to follow, but not in a photoshoot.

  • Julie Chase

    I don’t mind. I’ll wash away his tears with my pantaloons. 

  • marlie

    He doesn’t do anything for me. Give me his costar Joe Manganiello any day (any time, any where, PLEASE).


    I lovelovelove him…and Joe M, but they certainly have definite facial expressions they fall back on.  I prefer the deeply wounded look to Joe M’s hard math question look!  
    Thanks for the pretty TLo!!

  • Sandra Oh

    He’s hot.  May not be your cup of tea but then again, who currs.

  • SayWTH

    Incredibly horrible shots! Who was his photographer – a 12 year old girl with her first camera?

  • Rand Ortega

    His father’s the hot 1 as far as I’m concerned.

  • Nazzzy

    Who needs more than one facial expression when they have arms like those? My lady bits are quivering in need.

  • guest2visits

    Not loving the white pants. Last pic is not so bad.   

    Right now I’m all about the Southern Comfort Beach guy; (youtube).  One look and I’m laughing all day long.

  • Shawn EH

    Last shot is the best. Still touching himself.

  • la_lala

    My preference is men of color (no particular ethnicity, just beautiful and brown and not pasty like me), but he is one of the two blond-haired, blue-eyed white dudes who make my ovaries tingle. The other being Becks, obv.

  • MGMcD

    Yeeeah…while he’s doing less for you guys, he can do more for me. Would still hit it like it was my damn job.

  • Markatha

    I think he’s a cutie.  Nice body parts.

  • Carli Maree

    Aw, poor baby’s in pain and vulnerable!

    The last photo is, “Okay, I’ve done the precious schtick, have you had enough? Cos now I’m about to get all manly and have my wicked way with you…”

    Of course, nobody else gets to see that. 

    I’ll be in my bunk….

  • SatelliteAlice

    He is just so pretty….

  • kbshee

    I don’t care what anyone says. I lurve him.

  • NCDFan

    He looks whiny.

  • quiltrx

    The cover looks like he just said “What??????” in a really pleading whiny voice, wanting to know what he did wrong.

    Yeah, he needs to look more like he wants to sex the viewer up, not like he’s lost his kitten.

  • Bozhi


  • Vera

    He’s a beautiful man, but a bad model.

  • Heather

    The last photo looks like he’s about to slap someone. I’m sure it wasn’t intentional, but it scares me.

  • jjfg

    He must have a helluva character on that vampire show he’s on because I don’t get the attraction to this – milquetoast.  Yes, he has nice arms but I need only go to the gym to see guys with nice arms.  (And, I do.  : )  )  Hot blooded?  Yeah – no.

  • kingderella

    oh be quiet you guys. hes a dream.

  • Hildegerd Haugen

    Looking like an ordinary norwegian man. 

  • dharmabum8

    Askar haz a sad.

  • Jessica Brams-Miller

    He looks EXACTLY like the Norwegian exchange student who lived with my family for the year I was in France.  The resemblance is UNCANNY.

    • Hildegerd Haugen

      Yes, there are plenty of guys that looks like this here in Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Finland.

  • alwaysanswerc

    I think I need to watch True Blood and see him in motion, because in photos he does nothing for me and I don’t understand him at all.

  • Joey Melliza

    carson kresley

  • theredheadd

    it’s the arms.  i wan to lick those biceps!

  • enchanted216

    Gorgeous man….hiddy pictures!