8/25 ‘Dusk’ tonight’s #dusk #brphotoaday  (at City of Benton City)

8/25 ‘Dusk’ tonight’s #dusk #brphotoaday (at City of Benton City)

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New Alex Interview with Refinery29.com:
Alexander Skarsgård Sobbed Through The End Of True Blood
by Jordan Riefe
It is, as they say, the end of an era. Six years ago, in the summer of ‘08, Alexander Skarsgård joined Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer to reinvigorate summer TV with the shocking, sexy campfest of HBO’s True Blood. It helped put Skarsgård on the map, not just as crowd favorite Eric Northman, but as an actor who took fearless roles that might intimidate a lesser talent. 
Since then, the actor has continued to take the more difficult road, choosing smaller indie ventures with complex, troubled characters, like Melancholia and The East. He finally has a giant YA blockbuster under his belt (which is, like, a rite of passage in Hollywood these days) with The Giver. He’s not the lead — that honor that went to newcomer Brenton Thwaites — but he plays his father instead, a character who is tasked with an unthinkable duty. Yet, the world of The Giver erases morality and sentiment, which allows Skarsgård to still be likable and sympathetic. Though, those icy blue eyes don’t hurt, either. 
What drew you to playing the father in the movie? 
“I thought it was a pretty interesting challenge to play someone who is, in many ways, a robot — someone who doesn’t understand the concept of love or death or suffering. The things Father does in the film are horrific, but he’s not a monster.” 
Can you talk about the vibe on set? 
“The vibe on and off set was unbelievable. It was all because of Jeff [Bridges]. This project was his baby. He’s tried to make this movie for so long. I only had a few scenes with him, but he was always around the set. He’s the coolest guy. It was very inspiring to see someone like Jeff Bridges, an icon, be so humble and curious. He really wanted that collaborative process.” 
Would you rather live in ignorant bliss the way the characters do in the movie, or would you rather suffer with knowledge? 
“I think that pain and suffering helps us. It’s only through that that we can experience real joy, and real happiness, and real love, you know? To me, it’s a nightmare if you end up feeling nothing, if everything is just a flat line. You need those high and those lows to really appreciate life.” 
Do you think it’s possible to create a utopia without sacrificing our freedoms? 
“I would say so, yeah. I think it’s a question we need to ask ourselves considering we live in a big brother, surveillance society. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to feel safe? It’s important to constantly revisit and think about what kind of society we want to live in — especially what kind of society we want our children to grow up in.” 
And, about the end of True Blood… 
“Well, I can’t give anything away. There’s only a few episodes left, so I don’t want to say anything about the plot, but I can talk about how difficult it was to leave the show. I had to leave two months before the other guys because of Tarzan, which I’m shooting in London now. It was incredibly emotional, sad, and weird saying goodbye to, not only a character that I played for seven years, but to the show’s dynamic — the cast and the crew.” 
How did you stay connected to your True Blood character, Eric? You’ve certainly managed to not define yourself by him.
“First of all, I was very fortunate that the two first jobs I booked in Hollywood were Generation Kill and True Blood. After a season of True Blood, I creatively searched for something different, something challenging, something I was interested in. All the characters I’ve played — between Melancholia, Disconnect, What Maisie Knew, The East or even The Giver — are very different from Eric Northman. I kept searching because I wanted to come back to the show after a five-month break excited to playing Eric again.” 
Tell us a bit about what you’re doing in Tarzan. 
“I’m playing Lord Greystoke. He lives in England with his wife, Jane. The story is obviously based on the novels, so he was born and raised in the Congo. He starts in England as a very well-adjusted British lord, but goes back to the Congo. It’s there that the adventure begins down. The suit definitely comes off pretty early on in the story. [Laughs]” 
(Source:  Refinery29.com via CoutureCryssy, Photo credit:  Original:  Zimbio)

santress:

New Alex Interview with Refinery29.com:

Alexander Skarsgård Sobbed Through The End Of True Blood

by Jordan Riefe

It is, as they say, the end of an era. Six years ago, in the summer of ‘08, Alexander Skarsgård joined Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer to reinvigorate summer TV with the shocking, sexy campfest of HBO’s True Blood. It helped put Skarsgård on the map, not just as crowd favorite Eric Northman, but as an actor who took fearless roles that might intimidate a lesser talent. 

Since then, the actor has continued to take the more difficult road, choosing smaller indie ventures with complex, troubled characters, like Melancholia and The East. He finally has a giant YA blockbuster under his belt (which is, like, a rite of passage in Hollywood these days) with The Giver. He’s not the lead — that honor that went to newcomer Brenton Thwaites — but he plays his father instead, a character who is tasked with an unthinkable duty. Yet, the world of The Giver erases morality and sentiment, which allows Skarsgård to still be likable and sympathetic. Though, those icy blue eyes don’t hurt, either. 

What drew you to playing the father in the movie? 

“I thought it was a pretty interesting challenge to play someone who is, in many ways, a robot — someone who doesn’t understand the concept of love or death or suffering. The things Father does in the film are horrific, but he’s not a monster.” 

Can you talk about the vibe on set? 

“The vibe on and off set was unbelievable. It was all because of Jeff [Bridges]. This project was his baby. He’s tried to make this movie for so long. I only had a few scenes with him, but he was always around the set. He’s the coolest guy. It was very inspiring to see someone like Jeff Bridges, an icon, be so humble and curious. He really wanted that collaborative process.” 

Would you rather live in ignorant bliss the way the characters do in the movie, or would you rather suffer with knowledge? 

“I think that pain and suffering helps us. It’s only through that that we can experience real joy, and real happiness, and real love, you know? To me, it’s a nightmare if you end up feeling nothing, if everything is just a flat line. You need those high and those lows to really appreciate life.” 

Do you think it’s possible to create a utopia without sacrificing our freedoms? 

“I would say so, yeah. I think it’s a question we need to ask ourselves considering we live in a big brother, surveillance society. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to feel safe? It’s important to constantly revisit and think about what kind of society we want to live in — especially what kind of society we want our children to grow up in.” 

And, about the end of True Blood… 

“Well, I can’t give anything away. There’s only a few episodes left, so I don’t want to say anything about the plot, but I can talk about how difficult it was to leave the show. I had to leave two months before the other guys because of Tarzan, which I’m shooting in London now. It was incredibly emotional, sad, and weird saying goodbye to, not only a character that I played for seven years, but to the show’s dynamic — the cast and the crew.” 

How did you stay connected to your True Blood character, Eric? You’ve certainly managed to not define yourself by him.

“First of all, I was very fortunate that the two first jobs I booked in Hollywood were Generation Kill and True Blood. After a season of True Blood, I creatively searched for something different, something challenging, something I was interested in. All the characters I’ve played — between Melancholia, Disconnect, What Maisie Knew, The East or even The Giver — are very different from Eric Northman. I kept searching because I wanted to come back to the show after a five-month break excited to playing Eric again.” 

Tell us a bit about what you’re doing in Tarzan. 

“I’m playing Lord Greystoke. He lives in England with his wife, Jane. The story is obviously based on the novels, so he was born and raised in the Congo. He starts in England as a very well-adjusted British lord, but goes back to the Congo. It’s there that the adventure begins down. The suit definitely comes off pretty early on in the story. [Laughs]” 

(Source:  Refinery29.com via CoutureCryssy, Photo credit:  Original:  Zimbio)

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pammynorthman:

I think I’m going to cry!

"In prep for this Sundays grand finale of @TrueBloodHBO I give you… big john and some other people. #TrueBlood."
-LaurenEBowles twitter

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pammynorthman:

I think I’m going to cry!

"In prep for this Sundays grand finale of @TrueBloodHBO I give you… big john and some other people. #TrueBlood."

-LaurenEBowles twitter

santress:

"Answers 2 top 3 questions I get about this man:

1)Yes, he’s lovely

2)No, we don’t hangout

3)No, he’ll never do a TB convention.”

-LaurenEBowles twitter

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Alexander Skarsgård Talks True Blood, The Giver, Taylor Swift and Those Pesky Katie Holmes Rumors

Alexander Skarsgård is already missing True Blood.

The hit HBO series comes to an end tomorrow after seven seasons.

"It was the saddest moment of my career, for sure," Skarsgård told me from London (where he’s shooting Tarzan) about his last days on the set. "I was ready to move on creatively. I thought it was time, so I was sort of prepared for it, but I cried like a baby. It was so sad. The last couple of weeks leading up to my final scenes that I shot were extremely emotional. I’m already missing it."

However, he didn’t think of taking a memento home with him. “But then I was talking to Kristin Bauer van Straten a couple of weeks ago,” Skarsgård said. “I was already in London, because I wrapped before the other guys to start Tarzan, and she said that she took her fangs. I thought, ‘That would probably be fun to have,’ so she’s got my fangs waiting for me in L.A.”

Skarsgård can currently be seen in The Giver, director Phillip Noyce’s movie adaptation of the young adult best-seller about a world where everyone has been stripped of their emotions and memory.

He actually wasn’t familiar with the novel. “I went to school in Sweden and it’s not really part of the canon there, but I’ve always been since I was a teenager a fan of the Orwellian, dystopian genre,” Skarsgård said. “I read the script and I thought it was fascinating.”

No surprise, but playing Katie Holmes’ husband in the movie meant false tabloid speculation of a possible on-set romance. “I don’t even think about them,” Skarsgård said. “I don’t pay any attention to them. I don’t read those magazines. I don’t read the stuff online. I don’t even know 5 percent of what’s said about me out there.”

Besides, he was having way too much fun making The Giver to worry about gossip. Weekends and days off included dinner parties and jam sessions with co-stars Jeff Bridges and Brenton Thwaites as well as Taylor Swift , who has a cameo in the movie.

"I wasn’t that familiar with Taylor’s music," Skarsgård said. "Obviously I knew she was a big pop star, but I got to knew her before knowing her music. She’s really awesome and down-to-earth and so much fun to be around. She has great energy and she’s a very talented actress."

(Source:  EOnline.com, Photo credit:  Eric & Pam in True Blood Season 7, Episode 10:  Thank you, Original:  HBO.com)

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"These past six, seven years have been…it’s been an unbelievable journey. 

Being part of True Blood has meant…I don’t even know where to begin.  

It’s just changed my life.”

-Alexander Skarsgård

(Source:  TrueBloodHBO @ instagr.am)

Watch the series finale tonight at 9PM.

#RIP True Blood #True To The End #True Blood

santress:

A fan kiss for tomorrow’s birthday boy!
"Universe damned pic. One of my Prince Charming, so we got a small light kiss just like that."
-stephanieroese @ instagr.am
*August 24, 2014, Sweden
**thanks, a_sussan, for the translation!

santress:

A fan kiss for tomorrow’s birthday boy!

"Universe damned pic. One of my Prince Charming, so we got a small light kiss just like that."

-stephanieroese @ instagr.am

*August 24, 2014, Sweden

**thanks, a_sussan, for the translation!

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Alex at the Hammarby game (August 24, 2014, Sweden):
"Alex Skarsgård in neat BF-cap. Of course!"
-isopeter twitter

santress:

Alex at the Hammarby game (August 24, 2014, Sweden):

"Alex Skarsgård in neat BF-cap. Of course!"

-isopeter twitter

santress:

More pics of Alex at today’s Hammarby game (August 24, 2014, Sweden)

"Söder brothers glows# Alexander Skarsgard #hollywood #bajen #hammarbymtimiseladanieltheorintcguldborg I Still Believe!."

-andreasgarphammar @ instagr.am

"May not be enough. Baby."

-stephanieroese @ instagr.am

"Lucky me."

-vanesapiinones @ instagr.am

*that’s Valter in the background on the left!

santress:

(Top) “Retweet if these two are your favorites. #Hair Game Strong.”

(Bottom) “#France #Flashback with @BauervanStraten and @LadyGwright. #RIP Sylvie – I feel you girl. #Im Dead Too #The True Death.”

-JessTuck twitter