Alexander Skarsgard is using his time away from playing Eric Northman on True Blood wisely, by playing diverse parts in several movies.
“It’s not like, ‘Hey look at me I’m versatile,” he insisted in an interview with The New York Post. “It’s just creatively to stay true to myself.”
The Swedish actor followed up his role in the indie drama What Maisie Knew with a part in the thriller Disconnect. The part called for the normally buff actor to look a little softer. “If I feel that a guy that I’m about to play looks a specific way, I have to stay true to that,” he said. “I can’t be like, ‘Hmm, I’m a sex symbol, so what are the fans going to say?’ It’s not like, ‘Oh, look at me! I can actually play ugly!’ F—k that.”
But the 36-year-old will have to go back to rock-hard abs if the rumors are true about him playing Tarzan in David Yates new adaptation. Either way, Skarsgard still thinks of the True Blood cast as his true home.
“Coming back to True Blood after six months of that, I am very fulfilled creatively,” he said. “It’s actually nice to come back to the crew and the cast, [who] have kind of become a little surrogate family in LA, thousands of miles away from my family in Sweden.”
What Maisie Knew and Disconnect are both currently playing in limited release. The sixth season of True Blood will start airing on HBO on June 16.