‘True Blood’s’ Alexander Skarsgard Hated Being A Teen Icon
First Published: April 21, 2010 6:47 PM EDT Credit: Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin/VMAN
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- As a youngster, “True Blood” hunk Alexander Skarsgard was Sweden’s equivalent of Justin Bieber – a teen icon.
After a number of starring roles on Swedish television as a pre-teen and later a teenager, Alexander found himself with a flood of girls outside his home.
“I was suddenly different from my best friends and I didn’t like the feeling,” the star told writer Jacob Brown for a new VMANN cover story. “Thirteen is already a weird age. Puberty, your body, all that… If we would go out and play [soccer] and a girl would watch my friend, he would think it’s exciting…but to me it started being like, ‘Oh sh** she is staring ’cause she watched that silly movie.’”
Alexander left acting for a while — even spending some time enlisted in the Swedish marines — but after years of auditions in LA, he found fame playing Eric Northman, a vampire sheriff based in “True Blood’s” Bon Temps.
While his part on the HBO hit has increased his profile, Alexander said he is worried about being a “celebrity.”
“I have a fear of the whole American celebrity thing,” he told the mag. “I’m not sure if I could act in an interesting way if I became too swept up in that.”
His comments may explain his behavior over the weekend at California’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival In Indio, Calif., where he was photographed being talked to by a police officer after he became angry at the paparazzi. One reason for their interest in the star had to do with Alexander’s cuddly moments with rumored girlfriend Kate Bosworth.
Luckily, the actor said regardless of what happens with his career, he has a good support network.
“I know the people I grew up with support me — they couldn’t care less what roles I am getting,” he said. “Back home my friends are carpenters or whatever. They have nothing to do with the movie industry.”
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