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Alexander Skarsgard Covers 'GQ' June 2011

Alexander Skarsgard Covers 'GQ' June 2011

Alexander Skarsgard heats up the June 2011 cover of GQ, on newsstands May 24.

Here’s what the 34-year-old True Blood star shared in the “Here Comes The Viking” cover feature:

On his dad, Stellan, who’s also an actor: “I don’t think I came to acting to compete with my father. But, you know, he wasn’t around as much as normal dads, and seeing his passion … Maybe it was a way to get his attention. I mean, if anything, we’re trying to take care of him. He’s over the hill.”

On life in L.A. and the entertainment industry: “Hollywood can be like kids playing marbles on the schoolyard. Everybody wants the shiny marble until one kid says he doesn’t. Then nobody will touch it. So it’s important that I make good decisions now.”

Straw Dogs director Rod Lurie on co-stars and real-life couple Alexander and Kate Bosworth: “In the beginning [of filming the rape scene], Kate would be crying after every take and Alex would try to comfort her. By the end, everybody got really raw.”

For more of Alexander‘s interview, check out!

FYI: Alex is wearing an IWC Pilot’s Watch Mark XVI and Dockers‘ SF Tapered Khaki.

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Photos: Carter Smith/GQ
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  • k simply amazing !!!!!!!

    jared your handsome as alexander s , and me handsome like leo dicaprio

  • kitty

    …it’s all about the second photo

  • kitty

    plus….Kate crying after every take? ….actually sounds quite she shouldn’t even have signed up for it.


    He’s hot but he really needs to stop wear such tight fitted shirts. It just draws attention to his slender upper body and also they make him look feminine. But it was probably the stylist’s fault not his.

  • Swedish-American Girl

    ““I don’t think I came to acting to compete with my father. But, you know, he wasn’t around as much as normal dads, and seeing his passion … Maybe it was a way to get his attention. I mean, if anything, we’re trying to take care of him. He’s over the hill.”
    AWWWW This made me sad to read. His dad traveled a lot when he was young and he didn’t get to see much of him. He mostly raised by his mom. But atleast he got some great tallness from his dad. ;]

  • Mlef

    Too much jean kills the jean….and the

    Come on, why not naked, who gives a sh@t about

  • Kristie

    I’m loooooving the pic in the white tank – he looks so manly. YUMMMMMERS

  • Abigail

    Woooooh. Someone needs to air it out. It’s too hot in here!

  • Kellie

    “In the beginning [of filming the rape scene], Kate would be crying after every take and Alex would try to comfort her. By the end, everybody got really raw.” —— OMG I’m no KB fan but I feel sorry for any girl put in that position. She shouldn’t have taken that role. That could be fcukin traumatic for anyone.

  • Great second pic

    Great second pic but third pic with that blue denim shirt is awful – he looks a a gay James Dean.


    Askars just gave a way a HUGE part of the movie which I wouldn’t have minded if JJ would have given us a warning. It wasn’t clear that there would be a rape scene. But now we all know. Talk about needing a SPOILER ALERT, JJ. How unprofessional to write up this post and not even warn your readers.

  • Lindsey

    So he basically just admitted his daddy was a only a paycheck father during a larger part of his childhood. A lot of people have mentioned this before but I guess now we know it’s true. That sucks cuz my dad was the same way – he financially supported us but was never around. He’s gotta have some resentment for his dad. No doubt about it. But hopefully it will only serve him to be a better dad if he ever should have kids. LOVE YA, ASKARS.

  • Gabby

    Dang I gotta admit even I feel kinda bad for Kate after reading the rape scenes made her cry. And trust me I’m no fan of hers. Must have been super akward and tense. And I also think JJ shoulda put a SPOILER WARNING.

  • Deborah

    Can’t believe he went into acting just to get some attention from his dad. That’s super sad and makes me just feel bad for him. Sniff sniff. Chin up, sweetheart.

  • Alishia S.

    @Great second pic: “Great second pic but third pic with that blue denim shirt is awful – he looks a a gay James Dean.” ——> BWAHAHAHAHA SO TRUE. I thought exactly the same thing. Gay.James.Dean.

  • Not Good

    i loved Stellan in POTC but i have to admit this interview doesn’t exactly make him look good. it makes him sound like a distant cold man who put his career over his own family. i’m sure they love each other but it doesn’t help his dad’s image.

  • ka simply amazing !!!!!!!

    if yo dont want to be alexander ok take pen badgley


    Alex never said his dad was a deadbeat – he just said his career required a lot of traveling. I can see how Stellan might look bad b/c he married a much younger woman who could be his daughter after impregnating her and he badmouthed the author of Angels and Demons after co-starring in the second movie. But I’m sure that now they have a good relationship. They seem to have gotten closer as Alex got older.

  • Canuck

    Sounds like they had to film that scene over and over and over.

  • Jacqui in Miami

    I’m sorry but I get a major DOUCH vibe from Stellan Skarsgard. I don’t think it’s ‘the haters’ that say he’s a douche. I just think a lot of people genuinely think he is. Even Jimmy Fallon said on his TV show ”WHO THE HELZ DOES THIS MAN THINK HE IS – HE AIN’T EVEN FAMOUS IN THE U.S.” after Stellan began talking crap about the Angels/Demon author.

  • Peanut Gallery

    Nom,nom. Pass me a beer…. & a Skarsgard

  • Natalie Portman diss

    I’m a PF forum poster and even though it’s not the popular thing to say I always felt like Askar’s dad was cold and pompous and had a cruel streak in him. He did a movie with Natalie Portman and during an interview he was asked what it was like to work with her. He said how he thought Natalie Portman is beautiful and talented but too bad she’s a vegetarian and how he lost respect for her or something like that. How condescending. I mean, how is her diet any business of his and why talk about it publicly. If you don’t agree with her lifestyle choices just shut up. You can look it up online.


    Wow – this interview is soooo much better than all the other cookie cutter ones he’s done in the past with the same recycled stuff over and over. I’m actually INTERESTED in reading it this time. : }

  • Alessandra

    looking great in white tank pic but the other two look kinda gayish

  • Something good came of it

    Well if it wasn’t for his dad being a paycheck daddy who was never around then Askars wouldn’t have gotten into acting in order to get some love and attention from him and we wouldn’t have the Askars we have today ….. So let’s look at the bright side okay ….. LOL

  • Natasha, Veggie for years

    @Natalie Portman diss: That really sucks that Stellan would pick on someone for being a veggie!!! I’m a vegetarian and it’s nobody’s business why I choose to be and it’s nobody’s business what I eat. That’s like me criticizing others for eating red meat or for their personal choices in life. He’s not better than anybody else to be all judgmental like that. In fact, from what I’ve heard this man has tons of flaws in his personality that I can pick on. He sounds like a rude old man who thinks he’s better than everybody else!!!

  • POTC fangirl

    I’m not a vegetarian/vegan but I respect those that are and I think what they’re doing is actually pretty noble because they respect all forms of life. It’s possible that Alex’s old man was just playing around. That’s what I hope. Because if he was serious then that’s pretty fcuking rude.

  • Ladybug

    @JJ NEEDS SPOILER ALERT WARNING: It’s a remake, therefore it’s not exactly a spoiler.

  • Louisiana Gal

    @GREAT NEW INTERVIEW: HAHAHA So true!!! Can ya’ll imagine what True Blood would be like without Alex as Eric Northman??? The show would suck. People certainly wouldn’t watch it just to see Beeehl who looks like he’s a HUNDRED years old!!! So maybe we owe a big Thank You to his swedish absentee father for not being such a good dad to him.

  • Liz

    I like that he said Anna is like a sister to him.


    Geez I cant believe he and Kate could have hanky panky after filming those scenes. I know the man is hot but I woulda felt seriously creeped out.

  • Get over it

    @Natalie Portman diss:

    This has nothing to do with Alex. Nada.

  • Luis

    This is what happens when actors try to be “CONTROVERSIAL” – they end up getting themselves into difficult situations they then regret. Kate was trying to be different and edgy and in the process had to endure reshooting those horrible scenes. Bad decision on her part. And also bad decision on him for choosing to play a rapist. As a man, I honestly wouldn’t be able to do that.

  • Angela

    Isn’t this like the THIRD TIME he’s played a rapist?? Give it a break already, there’s no need to do it once much less three freakin times. I’m sure he’s a nice guy but those characters just creep me out.

  • L.A. surfer girl

    I love that in this interview he’s a little more intimate and open with his fans. Some celebs are so phoney the way they try to portray their families as perfect. So even though he doesn’t portray his dad in the best light here, I’m just glad he’s BEING HONEST and is sharing some of his life with his fans. That’s really refreshing.


    @Ladybug: “It’s a remake, therefore it’s not exactly a spoiler.” —–> They said time and time again that it was very different from the original Straw Dogs. Askars said so himself in an interview. He said the whole script was different. Some people were thinking there would be an ATTEMPTED rape scene but that it would be interrupted. Now it looks like it will be a full rape scene. So YES IT WAS A MAJOR SPOILER. Not JJ’s smartest move.

  • Reality

    @Liz: “I like that he said Anna is like a sister to him.”
    OH PUHLEASE. You actually believe that? In every video of them she acts so weird around him. Lost of people say she has a bit of a crush on him and that he actually liked here at the beginning of shooting TB but that Stephen Moyer beat him to it and asked her out first. And Askars didn’t even go to their wedding. Actors just say these things to be nice and make everything look all glossy and pretty.

  • Kimberly

    I also read that comment about Stellan dissing Natalie Portman for being a vegetarian and it kinda made me cringe. It was from a few years back. I think Askars takes after his mom more than his dad. I could never see her making douchey comments like that. And Askars seems to be respectful like her.

  • Tracey

    Wow flattering airbrushed pics

  • Ladybug

    @Reality: “lots of people” What a wonderfully weasly phrase. Was AS even at the beginning of filming, since Eric doesn’t show up until episode 4?

  • Boston girl

    Take it from someone who grew up without a dad, atleast Alex’s dad was around some of the time rather than no time at all. But I still feel kinda bad for Alex. I can relate wanting that love and time from them

  • Hannah2


    how do you think she got him?

    I sure she told him she was abused or raped.

  • Janet

    It’s obvious Stellan chose to make his career a priority over his kids when Askars was younger and I’m sure it was difficult for Askar’s mom to be the primary caregiver… but the past is the past. And Askars can learn from this and not make the same mistakes. Let’s just hope it’s not KB who he has kids with!!!

  • Mommy of two Pugs

    Ooooh good interview! I love new stuff. Stellan seems to be trying to be there for the new baby b/c I don’t see him working as much. It must not be easy for a man of his age to be caring for a little one. And it can be stressful to know you might not be around to see them get married. So he probably wants to be there as much as possible now.

  • Hmmm…….

    It’s great that Stellan seems to be more of a hands-on dad now to his toddler but it’s a shame that he wasn’t there for Alexander. That part of the interview made me sad. And it also seems kinda disingenuous that he’s taking more of an active role until now just because he’s old and won’t be able to have as long with his new kid. That just seems more about him than about the child.

  • Yummy

    i dont really care about stelen or whatever his name is. he’s just a senior citizen who’s not even remotely famous here in the u.s. not even my celeb crazed friends know who he is. all i care about is alex. and that smoking hot white tank he’s wearing!! ROWR


    @Yummy: LOL I never thought I’d say this but I’m actually jealous of that white tank!!

  • Beeehl

    Anybody see the trailer for Season Four in the previous JJ post? Beeeeehl is dressed up like some kind of rock musician. But Stephen Moyer looks pretty old so he looks more like one of those retired ancient rockstars {like Mick Jagger}. But I don’t think “retired rock star” was the look they were going for!!! HAHAHAHAHA


    @Beeehl: yeah i noticed that. ROFL. and also alcide’s body = WOW OH WOW! if i could find a man with alcide/joe m’s body and Alexander skarsgard’s face i’d be the happiest woman in the world!

  • Canuck

    Love the white tank pic, the others are kind of foppish looking :(. And too much photoshop, it’s nice when he looks like Alex, not some overly prettified version of himself.

    Loved the interview. I’d have been yelling “f’ing awesome!” too after landing on the deck of an aircraft carrier, that’s got to be a huge adrenaline rush.