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Alexander Skarsgard: Love Scenes Take a Lot of Acting

Alexander Skarsgard: Love Scenes Take a Lot of Acting

Alexander Skarsgard wears his usual Nike workout gear while heading to Equinox to work on his fitness on Thursday (May 19) in West Hollywood, Calif.

The 34-year-old True Blood actor got in a workout the day before at Runyon Canyon where he was spotted on a solo run.

Alex recently opened up to GQ about filming love scenes on his hit TV series.

“It’s really clear to Steve [Moyer] and to everybody else what the deal is—which is that Anna [Paquin] is like a sister to me,” Alex said. “Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually. A lot of acting.”

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FoolishLars @ 05/20/2011 at 12:40 am

I’d look p!$$ed too if Lars von Trier just screwed a movie i was in.

# 2

@FoolishLars: Yeah this whole thing sucks for AS. I don’t think Lars is really a Nazi, but that was a very stupid thing to say. I think he was just making a very very bad joke, and now everyone’s gonna brand him a Nazi for the rest of his life. Unfortunately all of his backlash will completely overshadow Kirsten and Alex’s performances!

# 3

Hes saying that he doesnt find her attractive

# 4

@Attention – if he were covering up he was gay, he would be especially careful NOT to say something like that. I wouldn’t care if he was gay, but he’s not – he’s just completely comfortable in his sexuality and very European in his attitudes towards sex. I do think the statement comes off a little rude to Anna, while we all know she is with Stephen Moyer it seems keeping a little mystery there is better than emphasizing how challenging it is to be with her. But perhaps he didn’t mean to come off that way…context is everything,

# 5

@FoolishLars: Actually he couldn’t get better publicity if he’d payed for it, and @Attention: seriously?
Heja Sverige!

# 6

@Ana: Yeah, that was kind of rude, but I don’t think he meant it to be. Besides, you can think someone’s attractive w/ out wanting to sleep w/ them. If I had to make out with a married person, no matter how attractive they were, I would feel really uncomfortable.

# 7

@Rachel – Yes, but as an actor (and I do think he is an incredibly talented actor) your job is to be convincing in the part, whatever that may be. So starting the new season of True Blood, a season which has the Eric/Sookie love scenes as a key theme, with a major interview casting a shadow on that dynamic just seems a little odd. So I’m guessing the words were taken out of context and sound worse than they should!

# 8

Aaaaaack!! I just saw on TMZ [the tv show] Thursday night that Melancholia director Lars Von Trier was going on and on about the Nazis and he did a major foot-in-mouth when he said he could relate to them and that he himself was a Nazi!! Poor Kristen Dunst – she was literally sitting next to him as he went off on this Nazi rant and she even giggled nervously. I felt so sorry for her. I really hope this doesn’t affect Alex or Kirsten or the movie’s success but I’m sure it will. Click on my name if you want to see the TMZ video.

# 9

@Julie: “Hes saying that he doesnt find her attractive”
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No, Julie. Alex is saying that there’s nothing sexual going on between Anna Paquin and himself but he wasn’t trying to say that she’s unattractive or ugly. In fact, there are a lot of rumors from supposed “insiders” that he had a little crush on her when he was just starting out on True Blood. I think he’s just trying to keep a friendly atmosphere because I’m sure it’s difficult for Stephen Moyer when Anna and Alex film love scenes. Stephen has said so himself in interviews. So by Alex saying that she’s just like a sister to him it helps diffuse the situation to easy any tension or bad feelings. But I get the feeling that he does consider Anna to be very pretty.

@LARS VON TRIER: OMG I saw TMZ as well! I felt horribly bad for poor K Dunst. I get that nervous gigglyness just like she does. And I just cringed when I saw that. It was so funny how in the video they put captions of what she was thinking. LOL

I can’t believe they kicked LVT from the Cannes Festival!! They literally escorted him out. BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

@Leslie: Yeah I got the feeling that he was just trying to make things easier for everyone by saying that Anna and him were like siblings. Poor Beeeehl. It must be hard to watch your wife film sex scenes with Askars!! But Anna is a hottie especially when she gets all dolled up for award shows and events. I doubt he would ever think that she’s ugly. And she has a WAAAAAY better body than Kate BONEsworth. Anna actually looks like a woman.

It seemed to me like Alex was OVER EMPHASIZING how he’s soooo not attracted to Anna. Maybe he does actually think she’s really cute but he was trying to cover it up? Hmmmm…..

Doth do protest too much @ 05/20/2011 at 1:56 am

@Brian: EXACTLY! Me thinks the gentleman doth do protest too much.

Cassandra @ 05/20/2011 at 2:00 am

well Anna would be a major step up from KB. she actually has a brain and meat on her bones. it’s too bad Beehl got to her first. i actually think Anna and Alex woulda looked really cute together. i’m feeling real bad for Alex and Kristen and this whole Nazi fiasco. what an idiot this director is!!

@Ana#9: I see what you’re saying, but I don’t think TB fans need to think that Alex and
Anna are attracted to each other to buy that Eric and Sookie are into each other. The comment won’t affect the way I see the show at all. I am glad to here that Alex isn’t lusting after his friend’s wife though!

@Rachel(): Didn’t mean to post twice.

These directors and actors get very artsy sometimes and they forget that they still need to filter what comes out of their mouths b/c it could be very offensive and hurtful to others. Just like when Askars and his father were talking about the “best rape scene” in Straw Dogs. They probably didn’t mean to condone rape but it still came off as offensive. I think Lars Von Trier was speaking FIGURATIVELY when talking about Nazis. I don’t think he was being literal (atleast I hope not). But he went overboard with the liberal artsy farsty tone of his speech. Sometimes there’s such a thing as being “too liberal” and he just proved that to be true.

@Rachel(): “I am glad to here that Alex isn’t lusting after his friend’s wife though!” —> I disagree, Rachel. I think he probably thinks Anna is a beautiful woman but he seems like a decent enough man that wouldn’t want to break off a marriage [unlike KB who was making out with Gwyneth's hubby]. Of course he’s going to say they are good friends and more like brother/sister. What do you expect him to say?

speculation about Anna and Alex are disgusting

@Patricia:
Yup! I’m sure Anna and Alex are only friends but I think if Alex would have met her first before Stephen did, their friendship might have possibly led to more. Actors that work together often develop romances. They are both very attractive and there’s not such an obvious age difference between Anna and Alex like there is with Anna and Stephen. They also have less baggage since neither has been married or has kids. But unfortunately we’re stuck with Kate now.

I bet he didn’t have to do “acting, a lot of acting” in that film he did with his gf Kate Bosworth.

@chicca: “speculation about Anna and Alex are disgusting” … WTF??? Nobody’s saying they are cheaters or having an affair. A lot of True Blood fans think they make a cute couple. That’s all. We never know what would have been had he started shooting his scenes earlier and met her before Stephen did. I actually think that would have been a lovely couple.

@LARS VON TRIER: Seriously though, it was a distasteful joke. He thought he was a Jew until he was in his 30s, when his mom told him on her death bed that he had a different father. He doesn’t hate Jews. He just lacks tact.

SPEAKING OF LACKING TACT: Why the crap is JJ randomly putting this semi-insulting quote as the header of this post?
If I were Anna that statement would hurt my feelings. While I don’t think that was ASkar’s intention, why would JJ highlight it?
I thought he was supposed to be the “nice” gossip columnist who all the celebs love b/c he uses exclamation points and gushes about how great they are!
Do you think KB paid him a little extra to make this dig at the cute, fun girl who spends so much time making out w/ her “boyfriend”?

@Rain: Ewwww u mean u think he enjoyed the rape scene?! Oh My Gawd I really hope not. I’d like to think he’s a decent man but you never really know what goes on inside someone’s head. But everyone that knows Alex says good things about him. So I think that he’s a nice person who took that role in Straw Dogs b/c he doesn’t want to get typecasted as the cute sweet boyfriend in every single movie.

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