Alexander Skarsgard Looks Forward to Returning to True Blood

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Bullett Media has a new interview with Alexander Skarsgard talking about looking forward to returning to True Blood, as well as his experiences working in New York and filming Melancholia (currently available on [easyazon-link asin=”B005TJ7EFG”]video on demand[/easyazon-link]).

In what ways has your experience on True Blood been different from those of the films you’ve been shooting?

I was worried it would get redundant—that was my fear when I started the show—but the writing is so good. If I do a play or a movie, I have the script, and I can see where it’s going, how the story will evolve and how my character will grow. True Blood was completely different, obviously. I was like, How the fuck will I sustain this? What will happen in two, three, four years? Will I be like, Ugh, I’m so over this guy?

It’s a bit of a double-edged sword. You want the show to have continued success, and you owe much of your mainstream popularity to it, but it’s also a huge commitment.

Absolutely. And, of course, I’ve missed out on some amazing opportunities because we shoot for seven months of the year. I’ve been offered some fantastic projects, but if they don’t fit into the window of our five-month hiatus, then I have to decline. That’s just the nature of the beast. I was disappointed, of course, but I’m so fortunate to be working on True Blood. Plus, I have two more years on the contract and then I can freelance if I want.

How does that work?

I signed a six-year contract, so they have the option to keep me for those six years if they want.

If you decided to leave at the end of your contract, they’d have to find a way to kill off your character—but he’s already dead.

[Laughs.] It’s true! By the same token, they’re not obligated to use you for the full six years. I could be written out of the show at any time, although I hope I’m not! I love my character. I loved his storyline this year, the stuff I got to do on the show, and the phenomenal people I work with. Plus, I do get time off every year so I can go home and see my family in Sweden. Last year I shot Melancholia, which was one of the most amazing experiences. I did [Peter Berg’s] Battleship right after that, which was also a great experience but completely different obviously. Each season, I come back to True Blood refreshed and excited to be there.

It’s pretty uncommon that costars on a show get along so well.

It feels so cheesy, but it’s true. You always hear actors who are like, “We love each other.” But the vibe on True Blood really is that fucking awesome. There are no egos and we really care about each other.

(Read the full interview…)

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  1. Bethany

    October 21, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Oh how I hope that he doesn’t decide to just leave after the 6 years is up. I mean, the show just would not be the same without him, and Eric is so pivitol to the show that recasting him after the AMAZING job he has done would be simply impossible. I have enjoyed watching his work for years, but when they were brilliant enough to cast him as Eric, there is NO OTHER.

    Thanks for posting the interview. I got myself another small booster shot to tide me over til next season starts. (How long til that countdown clock starts again??? I know we don’t know the actual date, but its always June, so we could start there??? he he he Unrealistic, but a gal can always hope.)

  2. Sookieeleana

    October 22, 2011 at 5:29 am

    I’ve always thought there would be 6 seasons. I hope for more but not sure we will get them. I’d be very, very surprised if the show continued without Eric. If they do decide to go on they’ll pull out all the stops to keep him in some way, but I’m resigned to getting 6 now so if we get more it will be a nice surprise. If we do end on 6 then that will be the same year the books end – talk about withdrawal symptoms. Mel and Liz will have to start doing therapy sessions.

    • Mel

      October 22, 2011 at 10:15 am

      You mean we’ll have to attend therapy sessions! 😀

      Alex is signed to a 6 year contract, as is the rest of the original cast. That’s standard for any television show and why you see stories about talent negotiating new contracts toward the end of a show’s sixth season. Nothing to worry about!

  3. CassyM

    October 22, 2011 at 8:25 am

    It’s good to know that he is still enjoying playing Eric. He is a complex character for sure so hopefully they’ll find ways of keeping him interesting for Alex and give him something good to sink his teeth into. My wish was for 7 or 8 good seasons and if the ratings stay high they might renegociate. I guess if Alex is contracted for 6 then the others are too?? But I agree Sook they couldn’t do it without Eric (or Sookie or Jason for that matter either) and I don’t think it’s the type of show that would get other actors in to play a main character if someone wanted to leave.

    • esw45

      October 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      Eric is a great character as an actor to play….women love him because he is sexy, confident and surprisingly loves very deeply and men like him because he is soo cool in black and don’t take no mess from anyone! He has grown since we first saw him into a much more developed character. I look forward to what they are going to be doing with him next season and beyond.

      I do hope we get to see him have a relationship with Sookie one of these seasons…it would be interesting in many ways!!!