Alexander Skarsgard: Interview Transcript

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Updated 05.29.10: True Blood fans can now enjoy Alexander Skarsgard’s interview via the video player below, in addition to having the transcript available. We’ve used the audio from our chat with Alex and added pertinent photos to enrich the experience. Enjoy!

Interview Transcript

This is Mel and Liz from True-Blood.net Radio and today we are chatting with none other than Alexander Skarsgard, who plays Eric Northman on True Blood. Welcome to our show!

Alex – Thank you very much. Thank you.

Mel – We’re so excited to get a chance to talk to you!

Alex – Well, I’m happy to be here.

Mel – Well, we have a lot of questions for you. We wanted to know first how far along in the book series have you read?

Alex – I’ve read the first 5 books.

Mel – Was that before – had you read them before you even got the part?

Alex – No, I read a couple when I was doing research, when I got the part right before we started season one, and then, once we started, I found that it was kind of hard to read the books simultaneously, as we were shooting, because you’re reading one book and your working on season one, which is, obviously, book one, so I found, when I’m on hiatus, I read. But now, we started season two just a couple weeks ago, so I’m not going to read anything until we’re done in June or July because it confuses me a lot.

Mel – I’m sure!

Alex – Yeah, ‘cuz we have all these scripts and this story line, and we’re working on Living Dead in Dallas right now, and reading another book is just – it’s complicated enough to know just where we are on the storyline in the script.

Mel – I’ll bet. Well also, at that point, you should have the next book ready to read too. Book 9 comes out in May.

Alex – Oh really? Oh, I didn’t know that. Well then I have four books to read over the next hiatus.

Mel – That’s your homework right?

Alex – Exactly.

Liz – Will he do it? There’s the challenge.

Alex -(laughs) Yeah.

Mel – There will be a pop quiz later on.

Alex – Ok, well let’s do that after the next hiatus and we’ll see.

Mel – All right. So, you started reading them after you got the role. How has that informed your portrayal of Eric, because, of course, in the first book, he’s there, but he’s not a really major player. But then as we move in – and I’m trying to stay away from the spoilers here – as we move through the series, Eric becomes a bigger and bigger part of the books. I think that’s safe to say. So did it help you to have read ahead?

Alex – Yeah, I mean, of course it did, because when I read the first book, I mean, he’s barely in the first book. But it helped a lot to read a couple of the others. And then as an actor, you have to make the character your own. You have to pay respect to Eric and who he is in the books, but also he had to become a part of me so at a certain point you need to, kind of, step away from the books and make the character your own, and make your own decisions, and your own choices, based on what you already have, and not stay too true to the books and not let that confine you in any way.

Mel – Well I think your doing a good job so far.

Alex – Thank you. Well, Eric is not a very… he’s not heavily featured in season one, so I didn’t do very much.

Mel – Well, but he was memorable. There are a lot of fans who haven’t read the books, but they are eager for more of Eric, when are we going to find out more about Eric, and I think that’s a testament to how you portrayed him.

Alex – Well that’s very flattering. I didn’t know that. That’s interesting.

Mel – Yeah, there’s a huge Eric Northman fan base out there.

Alex – Oh really?

Mel – Oh yeah!

Alex – (laughs)

Liz – I bet your scared now. (laughs)

Alex – I’m terrified. ( laughs) I don’t know, it feels weird. I’m terrified and flattered at the same time.

Mel – You better get used to it.

Alex – Yeah.

Mel – So, how do you feel about, you’re on the edge of a cultural phenomenon, I think?

Alex – I don’t know…

Mel – Speechless?

Alex – Yeah, really? Honestly, I don’t read those blogs on the internet about True Blood, or those forums they have, because I don’t think it’s going to be good for me. We’re shooting season two right now and I know that I’m gonna read stuff that I don’t wanna read, and that’s going to get stuck in my head, and I’m going to get self conscious and worry about that. So I’m trying to stay away from that.

Mel – Ok, well, we’ll quit flattering you then. From now on it’s nothing but criticism.

Alex – (laughs)

Mel – Whatever we can do to help.

Alex – Yeah, no, I mean, obviously, I realize that the show is doing very well and that there’s tons of fans out there, and that means a lot. Without that we wouldn’t be able to do a second season, you know. So I’m very grateful about that and I know that comes with a tremendous responsibility to all the fans out there. But that being said, I’m just saying that I know some actors are very comfortable spending hours online, Googling their own names, while reading the blogs and forums where they’re about True Blood and their characters. It’s just, I don’t know, I’d get very self conscious if I did that. And I would read something bad and I would be like, “Oh really… maybe… oh shit, is that true?” So, I think it’s better for me to stay away from that.

Mel – So you don’t second guess yourself?

Alex – Exactly.

Mel – Well, with that in mind, what do you see ahead for Eric? I mean, obviously, there are things being written for you, and they’re being guided by the books, but as you are deciding how to play Eric, what direction are you taking him in as we move into season two?

Alex – Well, I don’t want to talk too much about the direction. I can say, I know that some people that I’ve talked to feel that Eric… they’re like, “Oh, he’s the bad guy”, and I’m trying to make sure that people realize that he’s more complex than that. He’s not a bad guy. So that’s important for me this season to show more sides to his personality and a bit more depth than just the bad guy, you know. Because that’s not how I see him.

Mel – I wouldn’t have called him a bad guy from season one, just mysterious. Because you never really know what his true motives are.

Alex – Exactly, and hopefully maybe you’ll know a little bit more of that when season two goes on.

Mel – We spoke with Kristin Bauer last month, and we asked her this question and it was really quite an interesting story, and we’re wondering if you would have the same answer. What was your most memorable scene to shoot in season one?

Alex – Well to me, it was the one in episode 4, my first scene, and Kristin’s first scene as well. I mean obviously, this was my very first scene, the first time I met the rest of the cast and the crew and my first scene playing Eric. It was a pretty big scene. An important moment for me. So that was very memorable.

Mel – Which scene was it that you were filming first?

Alex – It’s the one when Stephen and Anna comes to Fangtasia for the first time. It’s in episode 4. She comes to question me about these girls that have died or got killed, and I’m up on my little throne there, and she shows me pictures and stuff. And I realize that there’s something quite interesting about this girl, the first time I meet her, so, that was a very memorable scene to shoot for me.

Mel – It was a pretty iconic image really the first time we see Eric up there on his throne, surrounded by the very stoic Pam, and then all there’s people trying to get his attention, and he’s just so…

Liz – Stuck on himself?

Mel – …and uninterested in anything else.

Alex – Yeah, he’s kinda like, “Been there, done that.” You know, he’s been around for over a millennium so it’s kind of hard to impress a guy like that. I would guess that Kristin said that the most memorable scene was when we were flying. I don’t know, is that the one?

Mel – Yeah, that was it. (laughs) That was a pretty funny story there.

Alex – Yeah, it… (laughs) We had a lot of fun.

Mel – Skateboards and ropes and…

Alex – Yeah.

Mel – Pretty glamorous life you got there.

Alex – It didn’t look very cool. In a back lot in Long Beach.

Liz – Well it transferred well. We got it.

Alex – I think it took a lot of work in post production to make that look ok. Because our balance, I mean, my balance is terrible and I had to deliver these lines and look kinda of mysterious and cool and it was just – it was not easy, I tell you that.

Mel – Well, it came off cool.

Alex – Well thank you.

Mel – So which scene would you like to forget filming – that one?

Alex – No, I mean it felt ridiculous. It was hard to do it, but I mean, we’re still talking about it and that was more than 6 months ago, so I guess it was kind of a you know, it was a fun experience. I honestly don’t have a scene that I feel like, “Oh I really want to forget this.” I mean, knock on wood, so far so good. I don’t have a terrible experience like that. Yet.

Mel – That’s probably because you weren’t laced into a leather corset.

Alex – Probably, yeah that might be – I’ll get back to you guys when I have a scene where I have to wear a corset.

Mel – You had the easy part of the job, I think.

Alex – Yeah, definitely. When it comes to costumes, definitely.

Mel – Yeah, so far, Eric’s just been jeans and t shirts basically.

Alex – Yeah, that’s it. Like flip flops and sweat pants and stuff like that. He’s very casual in a way.

Mel – He is, he’s quite laid back.

Alex- Yeah.

Mel – Does that hark back to that he’s not that impressed by much, therefore, he doesn’t need to impress?

Alex – Yeah, well I talked to Audrey, the costume designer, a lot about that. I kinda like the idea, especially when he’s, like, roaming around his office – chillin’ back there. I kinda like the idea of having him in just sweat pants and flip flops even though he’s the most powerful vampire in Louisiana. I just wanted to get away from him walking around in big leather coats and being all menacing all the time. I thought it would be more interesting if he’s kind of casual. He doesn’t have to, you know – he knows he’s powerful, he knows he’s got all the attention and people will obey him. He knows that, and he doesn’t have to try too hard, you know.

Mel – Well that’s the innate coolness, I guess.

Alex – Yeah, you know, he doesn’t care.

Liz – Well, that being said, how are you and Eric similar? Or different?

Alex – Well, I think we’re both quite stubborn. Well, I know we are. (laughs) And different? Hopefully, I’m a little bit more compassionate than he is.

Liz – What do you like most about Eric? What do you think is his coolest feature?

Alex – I think his honesty and his loyalty are (garbled) yea he’s very honest and loyal.

Mel – Loyalty, that’s an interesting word. Loyal. How are, mmm, I don’t know how you can answer my question there. I was going to say how are we going to see that come out? What are you referring to when you say loyal?

Alex – (laughs)

Mel – Or is that a wait and see?

Alex – Yeah. Well he is, he stands by his word. Yeah, I think loyal is a good word for Eric. And he expects loyalty in return as well.

Liz – Well, he certainly has a loyal, um, subject? Friend? Follower? in Pam, I think. What are your thoughts about Eric’s relationship with Pam? Have you guys talked about it, the two of you?

Alex – Oh yeah, we talk a lot about it, and Kristin is a very good friend of mine, so we hang out a lot and we have fun together and hopefully that will… I mean I think Pam is like his spoiled daughter. And she gets away with more than anyone else around Eric. It’s kinda like, Eric, you know if you had a big CEO of a huge company and people around him all day, they’re all like, “Yes sir, yes sir,” When he talks they nod and when he tells a bad joke they laugh and then he comes home to his little daughter and she’s like, “Dad you bought the standard version of the little mermaid!” and he’s like, “Oh I’m sorry, honey! I’m sorry! I’ll get the right one!” I think it’s a little like that, you know. He’s bossing people around all day, and you… he… when it’s important she’ll do whatever he tells her to do. But she definitely gets away with way more than anyone else, and he respects her a lot. She’s very important to him. More important than anyone else.

Liz – Whereas Bill, he kinda likes to treat as the kid brother that he likes to push around.

Alex – Yeah, because Bill is doing his own thing and mainstreaming and hanging out and he’s more like a renegade. Pam’s more by my side. I’m definitely not as tight with Bill as I am with Pam.

Liz – Ok I wanted to go someplace else with that but I know you’ll probably have to kill us so. You have experience in writing and directing, but it seems you do more acting than anything else. Do you… would you want that to change in your future? Would you like to do more writing and directing?

Alex – Yeah I think. So I’ve been… I did that back in Scandinavia a bit. I went to Africa two years ago to do another HBO show, and before I got that job I was working on something that I wrote in Sweden and I was about to direct there. So it’s just been kind of hectic the last two years. With Generation Kill, the show we did in Africa, and True Blood, but as soon as I get a break, I’d love to go back and continue working on that project for sure.

Liz – It’s on the back burner for now, though, huh?

Alex – Yeah well, right now I’m too busy, but it’s definitely something I want to explore more, and I’m curious to work more behind the camera definitely.

Liz – Do you prefer working on movies or television shows?

Alex – My last two jobs were both television shows and both of them are like, I mean the people I work with on both Generation Kill and now True Blood are, I mean they’re amazing. So I think the quality of television today with HBO and Showtime are… it’s so good. So it doesn’t really matter. I don’t care if it’s movies or television, what’s important is the quality of the script and the people you work with.

Liz- You were mentioning Generation Kill. We’d love to hear you talk about your experience with shooting that. It was a fantastic series.

Alex – Thank you. Yeah we spent, for those who haven’t seen it, it’s a mini series about a platoon of recon Marines in Iraq in ’03. You follow these guys throughout the first five weeks of the invasion in the spring of 2003. We shot that in Africa last year, or in 07 actually. We spent seven months out there, shooting that in the desserts of Namibia, So. Africa, Mozambique. So it was, I mean, it was a very intense job. It was tough because you spent so much time away from friends and family, and you’re very isolated. But at the same time, the show was created by Ed Burns and David Simon, who created The Wire and the cast was amazing so to me. It was definitely the experience of a life time. It was an amazing job.

Liz – I had to, when I was watching it, I had to watch it with my husband, he’s an ex-Marine, and he had to translate a lot of the terminology being used because it’s, just some of the terminology that Marines use. It’s Marine-talk and you don’t understand it.

Alex – I know. Believe me, the first time I read the script, I was like, “Whoa, what’s going on here?” I didn’t understand half the words. So it took a lot of… I had to work a lot on understanding what I was talking about… the lingo there. But that’s what I really liked about the script as well. It’s not so accessible, it’s not, you know, sometimes it think they explain too much. You know, they do a movie about Marines but they kind of cater to a broader audience, so they always explain every single word. Which takes away from the authenticity of the project. I kind of like when you don’t understand every thing. I’m a big fan of The Wire and it’s the same thing. Sometimes you don’t really understand what they’re talking about, or you don’t understand some of the words, but you kind of feel like you’re a small fly on the wall. Because you’re not supposed to understand every single word, because you’re not used to that environment, that kind of language.

Liz – That’s what appealed to him, my husband, speaking of, when he was watching. He tends to, we both do, we tend to shy away from movies that deal with the military, war, things like that, but this one was so real and it was so, it was true to the story and how things really are in the Marines, and that’s what appealed to him. He was petty proud, actually.

Alex – Well that means a lot. We obviously made the show for guys like your husband, the people who are out there. And it was important for us to tell their story. Because it’s not really being told, you don’t see much about what’s going on over there. And you know, it’s very censored, what you see in the media, and you don’t really hear much about ‘going on from the boots on the ground. So it was very important to make it real, make it legit, and hopefully make those guys proud, yeah.

Liz – Well it worked, and there were some elements of fun it looked like. Of course, I saw some of the behind the scenes stuff and there was some stuff that was there, the part where you guys were singing songs. Did you have, did you know those songs? Did you have to learn those songs or did you already, did you guys…some of those songs were like really old, like, older than you.

Alex – Yeah, it was I mean we sang a lot. Some of it was kind of improvised, us coming up with stuff. Some of it was scripted. Some of the scripted songs I knew and some of them we had to work on, or I had to work on the lyrics. You know, quite often we were, you know, when you do stuff like that, when you drive around, it’s kind of like a road trip, in a way, and there is boredom, you know. They spent hours and hours just driving and they’re not supposed to know the lyrics. You know what it is, you’re in you’re car and you just sing along and someone starts, and you just, you know… if you know every 10th word that’s it, you know. That’s good enough. You just hum, you know?

Mel – That’s how I sing.

Alex – Exactly.

Mel – It’s lalalalaaa!

Alex – Yeah. So we kind of helped each other and we just had fun with that.

Liz – Road trips – we know road trips. Try doing it with children. Small children.

Alex – Well it kind of felt like that. We kind of talk about that when we shot it, it kind of felt like we were family, with me and PJ up front and Lee and Billy in the back seat, like the kids, always going, “Are we there yet? Are we there yet?” Yeah I was the stern father and PJ was the sensitive mother.

(laughing) Liz – So can we expect to hear, or can we expect to see an “Alexander Skarsgard’s Greatest Hits of 2008” anytime soon?

Alex – Um, I don’t even know what that means. (chuckles)

Mel – The CD compilation?

Alex – Oh, you mean like songs from Generation Kill?

Liz – yeah, that’s probably what I should have called it.

Alex – Yeah, you’re right! That’s actually a great idea, I should talk to the guys. We should tour the country and play live.

Mel – You should!

Alex – I’ll do that!

Mel – That reminds me, there’s a scene in True Blood where you are hijacking Bill’s bathroom, taking yourself a bath, and listening to some old Swedish music on the radio, or is it a cd? Must be a cd.

Alex – On the iPod there.

Mel – On the iPod. We know that that was an original composition for the show. Were you involved in that at all, in composing it, or was that just Nathan Barr coming up with it?

Alex – I was not involved in that. I was talking to Alexander Woo, who wrote the episode, a lot about trying to find something in Swedish that’s very old, but it’s obviously hard to try and find something from 10 or 11 hundred years ago.

Mel – Right, from Eric’s childhood.

Alex – Exactly, so I wasn’t involved. We actually, when we shot the scene, we hadn’t found anything yet. So that was done in post, you know, they added the soundtrack afterwards.

Mel – We got so many emails people requesting that tune. They were hoping for an iTunes version of it.

Alex – Oh yeah?

Mel – Oh yeah. But then Nathan said…

Alex – I don’t know, then, maybe he’s working on it, I don’t know.

Mel – Yeah he’s going to work on getting it available for release, so, we’re still waiting on that, Nathan.

Alex – Is he really? That’d be great.

Mel – The music in True Blood is incredibly popular. We always get emails about that after a new episode airs. We have all the songs listed on our website, but we get lots of questions about what song was this, and… it’s interesting how they mesh, the music and the songs with the storyline.

Question was, who inspires you? who is your inspiration?

Alex – Oh, for getting into acting?

Liz – Getting into acting, or do you have anybody who inspires you right now?

Alex – Well I think everything, it sounds kind of pretentious, but everything in life, everything around you everything you experience and see and do is helpful in your acting. I mean my father is an actor, so getting into acting, I don’t know, that might have played a part. I mean he was working on stage and I was sleeping, when I was a kid, so I spent most of my childhood running around backstage. So I kind of grew up on theater so.. I get inspired every time I see a good movie or performance, I’m inspired. It’s not like I had one I had a poster of someone all in my ,and I light a candle for every time I go to bed.

Liz – Ok, I’ll take those off of my wall as soon as I can. Sheesh! Gosh!

(laughing)

Alex – I’m definitely inspired every time I see a good movie with quality acting in it.

Mel – If you weren’t in the business, what would you be doing?

Alex – Well when I was a teenager, I didn’t want to act at all. I was a child actor in Sweden, but I quit when I was 13 and then I spent 7 years not acting at all. And I kind of wanted to be an architect.

Mel – Oh. Does that still interest you? Architecture?

Alex – Yeah, yeah!

Liz – So maybe we’ll see you building some of the sets around True Blood, hmm?

Alex – I don’t know about building, I’m not very good at that.

Mel – Designing?

Alex – I might make the drawings or something.

Mel – There you go. What profession would you not like to do?

Alex – Accounting. I would be a terrible accountant.

Liz – Ok we’ll cross that off my list too! Gee, you’re killin’ me, here!

Mel – I guess that means we shouldn’t send you our tax info.

Alex – No, no. I get a headache when I see that stuff. I’m a terrible accountant.

Liz – Do you have a creed or a motto that you live by? We’re getting into the ‘getting to know Alexander Skarsgard’ area.

Alex – Yeah, to always be curious. Because curiosity is insubordination in its purest form.

Mel – That is an interesting quote. “Curiosity is insubordination in its purest form”.

Alex – mmhmm

Mel – A bit of a rebel then?

Alex – I wouldn’t say that. I don’t know. (laughs) Just because of insubordination?

Mel – Uh-huh.

Alex – Well I don’t know how much of a rebel I am because I’m curious. I just think that’s important.

Mel – I agree, curiosity is vital to have an interesting and full life.

Alex – Yeah because if you lose that, I think, you lose everything.

Mel – Well next in our James Lipton Inside the Actor’s Studio list is what’s your favorite word?

Alex – This really is like Inside the actor’s Studio! (laughs)

Liz – Now you don’t have to go and do his show.

Alex – Exactly.

Mel – Or you could count this as a rehearsal.

Alex – Yeah, I’ll call James after this and tell him no thank you.

(laughing)

Mel – Sorry, done it!

Alex – Um, mun . I like that. It’s the Swedish word for mouth. It’s spelled m-u-n but it’s pronounced moon.

Mel – And what’s your least favorite word?

Alex – Greed.

Mel – Deep thoughts from Alexander Skarsgard.

Alex – Wow! (laughs)

Mel – You had no idea what was going on here, did ya.

Alex – (laughs) No!

Liz – And we just learned how to say something in Swedish.

Alex – Yeah!

Liz – I wonder what we, you know, if we sounded like, what we would sound like if we were to repeat something in Swedish. Would we…Kristin Bauer had an interesting comment to say about that.

Mel – Yes she did. When you were teaching her how to speak Swedish, and you told her she sounded like a Russian prostitute. And we just wanted to know how you knew that.

Alex – (laughing) – Oh, I’m busted!

Liz – See, now, she told us you would say that! She didn’t really.

Alex – (still laughing) – Ah, sweet Kristin. In Swedish crime series’, the victim is always a Russian prostitute. And Kristin, she was perfect…her accent sounded very much like those actresses.

Mel – Oh ok. I think we can accept that.

Liz – As far as we know. I think we just got Kristin in trouble.

Mel – We did, sorry Kristin.

Alex – Yeah. (laughing) You did!

Liz – No she really had nice things to say about you. She did. As far as you know.

Alex – Yeah, ok.

Mel – It seems like you guys have a really good off screen friendship and it translates so well on screen.

Alex – I’m glad to hear that. Kristin is one of my best friends. She’s so much fun. I’m very fortunate to work almost every day with her. It’s fantastic, it really is.

Mel – Are you able to discuss the length of your commitment to the series?

Alex – Well I don’t know, so much can happen, I guess. Who knows. We never know. We shoot a season at a time and then in the summer, when season two airs, we’ll find out if it’s going to go into a 3rd season, and if my character is still in it. I don’t know, I kind of focus on one season at a time. I know that we’re going to try to do 12 episodes now, and I’ll be working on that, and who knows what’s going to happen in the future.

Mel – Well we’re crossing our fingers for 9 seasons. Or however many books Charlaine Harris writes.

Alex – Yeah, well, so do I right now because I’m having a blast.

Mel – What other projects have you been working on? I know you’ve been, boy, setting up this interview you were here there and everywhere working on things.

Alex – Yeah, I was, during the hiatus, I was in NY shooting a movie called “Thirteen”. It’s a remake of a French movie called “Tzameti -13” by the same director, Gela Babluan. It’s a movie about Russian Roulette.

Mel – Oh, interesting!

Alex – Yeah.

Mel – Does it involve Russian prostitutes?

Alex – (laughs) No, no Russian prostitutes, just roulette. Not a lot of female parts in it at all, actually. So I did that, and then I did an animated movie called Metropia. It’s kind of like a distopia about Europe in the future. A Europe not run by governments but by big corporations. And they manipulate their citizens. So it’s kind of a dark animated movie for, definitely for grown ups. And then I did another, well we started, we were going to finish it this year. Also a French movie called Trust Me. I’m going to finish that as soon as I’m done with True Blood over the summer.

Mel – Wow! So you are a busy guy!

Alex – Yeah, yeah, it’s been a busy year.

Mel – well that’s awesome. I know you have so many people who are being introduced to your work thanks to Generation Kill and to True Blood, so, I think they’re going to look forward to seeing these other projects that you’re working on.

Alex – Well I’m glad to hear that.

Mel – Well we want to thank you for taking the time to talk with us today. We kept you longer than we intended.

Alex – It was my pleasure. Have a good day!

TB.net – You too!

Over-night fan (almost literally) of the Sookie Stackhouse series since early 2008. Co-owner of True-Blood.net. Anxiously anticipating season 6.

97 Comments

  1. Nada

    February 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Thank you!

    • Jacalyn Famiano

      November 24, 2009 at 11:05 am

      Alex, your a doll off and on screen, yes i’m alot older then you, but hey i’m old, not dead, keep up the great work

    • Dana

      January 2, 2010 at 11:11 pm

      I wish he would read what the fans are saying about him! We love him!!!!

  2. valkyrie4eric

    February 6, 2009 at 9:54 pm

    Thank you for posting this. I loved the interview–he sounded very laid-back and comfortable answering your questions. Although, I have to agree that he seems a bit surprised by all the fuss we are making about him–so genuinely humble.
    Hope you are able to interview him again in the future, too.

  3. Goldie

    February 7, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thank you for the interview and this transcript. You ladies did a phenomenal job – very good questions that really drew him out. Will be looking forward to another one in the future!

  4. Caporali

    February 7, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you so much!!! Alexander Skarsgard is such a sweetheart… I wish him all sorts of wonderfully good stuff! 🙂

  5. Ericismine

    February 7, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you ladies for such a wonderful and most pleasurable Interview! I appreciate you trying so hard to make Alex real comfortable and relaxed. He seemed a bit nervous at first but you warmed him and brought him out of his little shell. Hearing his sweet voice literally made my day! I hope that his popularity and fan base, (which is huge, more than he can possibly imagine), doesn’t intimidate him too much. He has nothing to fear from us. We love him dearly and hold him in the highest esteem. We don’t have a single bad word to say except that we don’t get to see enough of him. All of our comments about him are good and should make him feel confident, loved, appreciated, wanted, admired, etc.

    Once again, thank you so very much for bringing Alex to us today. It was a true treat! One for the Yum Yum Tree! We hope to hear from him again real soon.

  6. Tosha

    February 8, 2009 at 11:09 am

    Hi ladies great job on the interview, I was able to catch only a part of the interview on the live show. Thanks for providing the transcript and can’t wait for the next interview you have lined up for us!

  7. AdoreBill

    February 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Great job Ladies! I listened live to the broadcast and enjoyed they show very much! It was interesting to learn that he doesn’t read about himself on the various forums or websites for fear of reading negative comments. I hope Alex and the other actors on the show realize they have a huge fan base and that people wish them success and appreciate their hard work on the show. Once again ladies thank you for the interview and the transcipt. All True Blood fans appreciate your hard work!

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  10. Kai Sanders

    February 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    This was a nice interview, as I have found most of your interviews to be.
    His quote on curiosity rings true. My take on that is that i find curiosity the fan that feeds the flame of insubordination! Sounds like an interesting man.

  11. MikkiNorthman

    February 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Thank you for posting the interview.

    As a “Team Eric” fan, I was thrilled to hear Alex say he’s been attempting to make sure people realize “Eric” is complex and not a bad guy; he said it’s important for him to show more sides of Eric’s personality in Season 2.

    I say bring it on, Alexander. Your fans and those belonging “Team Eric” are waiting!

  12. Keyse

    February 11, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Wow, you guys did an awesome job! I was swooning the whole time 🙂

  13. Lauren

    February 19, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I seriously haven’t read any place where anyone’s said a bad thing about his portrayal of Eric. I think it’s spot on with the books and then some.
    Alex is incredible, some of the facial expressions he does just KILL me lol. fantastic actor

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  15. Amanda

    February 24, 2009 at 12:38 am

    i love love love this guy he’s soo cool and sweet. I cant wait to watch the second season!!

  16. Laura

    April 9, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    That was too cool I only wish he ventured online to see what people say about him. I have not ever read one bad comment about him or the way he acts out his characters. Besides it would be cool to think he looks at what we all write about him. I wonder if that means he doesn’t do fanmail either… Muwah!

  17. Team Eric

    June 7, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    He’s so adorable. I love his sense of humor!

  18. Gypsy

    June 15, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Wow, this is awesome! ladies you did a great interview! Thank you for the interview. I love Eric Northman in the series and so i love Alexander Skarsgard!! He is so cool!!! I wish I can have his autograph.

  19. Sandra

    June 16, 2009 at 11:06 am

    Alexander Skarsgard is just amazing!!! He makes Eric just all that he can be… I can’t wait to see more from him…

  20. Blain

    June 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    I’ve only just read this interview, so I’m a little late to the party. Can I just say what funny and cool people Liz and Mel are?! I think I liked them as much as Alexander Skarsgard. What a fun interview.

  21. Joanne

    June 19, 2009 at 12:00 pm

    Liz and Mel, how hard is it for you to interview an actor that you have no preference for. You’re not a Skaragrd fan, so are the number influencing you to actual watch his performance?

    • Liz

      June 19, 2009 at 12:19 pm

      Who said we weren’t Skarsgard fans? We have NEVER said that, and we never will. That was quite unfair of you to say. We started a Skarsgard fan site so that we had a dedicated place to post news about him.

      WTF?

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  23. miggie

    June 25, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    Lovely interview, ladies. Thanks for sharing it! Alex is great in interviews.

    Now, could you please mind your grammar for the next transcript? It rubs the wrong way to read “your” (possesive) instead of “you’re” (contraction of you are).

  24. kaye

    July 1, 2009 at 5:02 am

    I love this interview. He seems like such a great guy and a wonderful actor.
    Thanks !

  25. Rebecca

    July 5, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    You have to admit Alexander makes one sinfully sexy,it should be a crime vampire.

    • Brittney

      July 22, 2009 at 2:44 am

      I couldn’t agree with you more

  26. Michelle

    July 24, 2009 at 11:31 am

    I think Alexander Skarsgard is amazing as Eric. I think he gives him very much depth. I really hope he and Sookie get together like in the books, b/c they just make a great couple. Both fiery, strong willed, determined. It will be awesome to see the sparks start flying. Alex Rocks!!!

  27. Becksa

    August 2, 2009 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks, this was awesome!
    And I think what he says there (where it says (garbled)) is great traits… maybe? I think thats what it sounds like anyway =D x x x

  28. Brenday

    August 8, 2009 at 4:44 am

    When I first heard he was playing Eric I was like WTF who is he and why did they pick him. Well let me tell you, I started looking up a little more into him as an actor, I Watched The First Season and then GK. I now couldn’t see another man playing Eric, Every time I re-read one of the books or a new one comes out, I picture him. Of course most of us woman picture our selfs as sookie, while Eric is running down the road naked and the sexy shower parts 🙂 Alex isn’t just a gorgeous amazing actor, but seems like the type of guy you could go out for coffee with and have a great time. Great Interview Lady’s

  29. Charlie

    August 13, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Wow, could he get anymore adorable? Alex is such a…well kind of a down to Earth kinda guy, yet this really cool on the side kinda guy. I would have loved to been there and met him in person myself, so pardon me if I say Liz, I am so jealous ya got to be hangin’ with our darling Alex! You lucky girl you! lol I truely thought the interveiw was sensational and I look forward to seeing all his movies and projects he does. What a great actor and sweetheart he is, not to mention my fave on “trueblood”! All I can say about Alex S. is, CHARMING just absolutely charming! He could charm me anyday! hehe

    • Liz

      August 13, 2009 at 9:09 pm

      Oh boy do I wish I could say that this interview was done in person. Alas, I was about 1800 miles away from him. He’s safer that way. 😉 But you’re right, he is very sweet and had a great sense of humor that just put up with Mel and I. You can listen to this interview as well. Just click above where it says “here” and it will take you to our radio show that aired this interview. Have fun!

  30. TBxlover

    August 14, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    i love how he plays eric he’s so good at it…..plus he’s a hottie XD

  31. Paxton

    August 15, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Eric’s so tall! He towers over everyone! You have GOT to admit that’s pretty cool! Not to mention the wicked romantic scene in Timebomb when he leans in close to Sookie and says, “Trust me.” I just love it! I think Eric is better with Sookie than Bill is. Bill looks like an idiot, and old and… ugh. Go Eric! The young-looking wicked sexy vampire who is all-powerful! Ya’ know, it’s not safe running around looking all hot ‘n’ sexy and being so powerful! ….. AT least not the people who hit on him……. which is, like,….. everyone probably.

  32. Sara

    August 18, 2009 at 6:52 am

    well i love Alexander character in True Blood.. he is awasome, he plays the character so well. love him as an artist.

    Sara.

  33. Jessica

    August 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    I loved this interview! I am all about Team Eric, and I think that Alexander Skarsgard is a perfect match. He also seems to have his head on his shoulders and a good sense of humor, which only makes him even hotter! 😉 This interview showed that he was more than just a pretty face. Thanks, Liz & Mel!;-)

  34. Lina

    August 21, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Could this man get anymore cooler? He plays a great Eric and the man himself is humble and relaxed. I think his fan base would drive up double after that interview. Great job ladies…to hear that voice, yummy LOL. I agree, he wouldn’t be safe in a face to face interview with me either. I’d tackle him, vamp speed LOL. Loved it, great transcript and hopefully we’ll all get our Eric fix. No wonder his character is becoming so popular, the man himself makes the character that much more appealing.

  35. Kaci Rooker

    August 23, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I love you on the show!!!!

  36. olivia

    September 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

    good interview….i have never seen anyone post anything bad about him..so he shouldnt be afraid to peek once in a while. hes a very good actor..my favorite!

  37. Viktoria

    September 5, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    Haha!!! Im from Sweden and when I heard Pam speaking Swedish in True Blood, I was thinking “She sounds like a russian who tries to speak swedish”. Its fun that he thought so too xP
    Alexander Skarsgård is the greatest..Im glaad that he is hitting in America..but I never thought he would do that cuz Ive only seen him in swedish movies in small parts. But Im happy for him 🙂

    • Nina

      October 13, 2009 at 3:54 pm

      I agree, it sounded weird to her Pam speak swedish.
      I am also swedish and I have seen Alexander Skarsgård since he first begun with acting. I meet him once in Stockholm and he is really, really tall. I felt like a child next to him 🙂 I have seen many movies with his father Stellan och they are so much alike.
      Wish him nad his father all the best in USA 🙂

  38. Johanna

    September 6, 2009 at 5:00 am

    haha i’m from sweden too and i love when you talk swedish in the episodes. 😉

  39. HelloCatty

    September 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    I just love Alexander Skarsgard. He is such a terrific actor and steals the show. Poor Eric and Pam please.

  40. HelloCatty

    September 9, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    oops typo… MORE Eric and Pam please. LOL

  41. Tara

    September 9, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Thanks all, I wish he would read all that is posted about him, Everyone loves Alexander Skarsgard, I haven’t came across one bad post, So tell him that please.
    True blood made him and a lot of people popular, or should I say they made True Blood popular,
    I appreciate his acting and sense of humor on the show, He makes me laugh every time, along with Jessica, She’s another funny one.

  42. sunny

    September 10, 2009 at 12:15 am

    I am excited about the novels. the subject of vampires in China almost none. Personnaly I like eric , like his Smiling moment.

  43. Desiree

    September 18, 2009 at 10:46 am

    This was an interesting interview.
    Thanks!

  44. yathink103

    October 2, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Gr8 job. Eric is a very important part of the series and I am sure he will be having more input in season 3!

  45. Sally

    October 5, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    Eric is amazing! I am in love with Alexander Skarsgard now. I am really hoping that he begins filming more movies over here. I am sure you all are dying for the next season, as am I. You all should read the books. They are awesome. I’m just starting the 7th one and I am addicted. It is passing the time with no True Blood and I’m getting me Eric fix 🙂

  46. genesis

    October 7, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    alexander estoy enamorada de ti….=)

  47. SANDRA

    October 8, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    I wish true blood was on all the time I love the good looking guys on it if I had HBO but I DO’NT Ilove read it on line but see it would be nice.

  48. Lauren Elaine

    October 29, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    The more interviews I read of him, and the more I learn about him, the more interested I become. He seems like such a cool and down-to-Earth guy. What an extremely talented actor. I can not wait to see more from him and to watch his career progress. He deserves all jobs and praise that will be coming his way.

    Thank you ladies, for the wonderful interview!!

  49. Amy

    December 4, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    Hey, that was a brilliant interview (:
    bless his cute face (:
    didn’t know he had a lot of fan attention (:
    awww, i’d probs say he has the most fan attention :p
    well compared to other true blood characters :p
    I love him (:
    and thanks for the interview (:
    great site btw
    xxxx

  50. Sune

    December 10, 2009 at 1:24 am

    Alexander måste säga du är grym längtar till S.3 Ha det bäst nu M.V.H Sune Katrineholm

    • katy

      January 4, 2010 at 9:37 pm

      I love your comment, sune . 🙂 because i really think we need more male fans from Katrineholm and other places here, to acknowledge his talent.
      but, for the ladies, i know, he’s hot and not just talented. 😀 But he is a great actor! brilliant , fun and always captivating to watch.

      tycker med alexander är grym. ha det bäst!