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Alexander Skarsgard Quit Acting As a Kid

Alexander Skarsgard Quit Acting As a Kid

Alexander Skarsgard walks back to his hotel after having lunch at Cafe Habana on Wednesday (August 10) in the Soho neighborhood of New York City.

The 34-year-old Swedish actor revealed during an appearance on Live with Regis and Kelly that he initially quit acting after breaking into the business as a kid.

“I did something and when I was 13, it got some attention and I didn’t like being famous. I didn’t want to be recognized, I was insecure, I didn’t like the attention, I didn’t want people knowing who I was; so to hear people on TV, radio talking about who I was and what I like was kind of confusing,” Alex said.

While studying at Leeds University, Alex decided to give acting another try.

“I don’t know, I just missed it. I was 20 years old, I’d lived in Leeds and I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, and thinking about reasons for quitting, it was nothing to do with being onstage or in front of the camera,” he said.

FYI: Alexander is wearing an IWC Pilot Chrono watch.

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Credit: Tom Meinelt; Photos: SplashNewsOnline
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  • Lena

    I was wondering where the daily Skarsgod post was, lol. I’m becoming too addicted, I wonder how I’ll cope when the regular photo updates stop.
    Poor man, I know he hates the paps, but come on Alex, all us lovely ladies who’ll never meet you have to at least get something to brighten up our days :)
    Btw, do I even need to say how hot he looks…

  • again??

    again??????
    please stop!

  • Darling

    @again??: Please don’t ever stop. I have no problem checking him out everyday. Thanks JJ. xoxox

  • Camille

    Wow I go away for a couple days and Alex is out again looking hot as always. I so wish I was in NYC right now.

  • Looking Great

    What a great looking guy. He’s got to be the #1 Eligible bachelor in Hollywood right now. Go forth and prosper!

  • gonebad

    old news but catchy title
    and some nice pics so won’t complain

  • Anna

    Ahhh. Gorgeous man! So happy for you XXX love love love….

  • Molly

    I guess, a Kate Bosworth post now…

  • Molly

    @Holic:
    Tell us how you really feel!!!
    :D

  • Dani

    @Camille:

    IKR Camille! lol

    I seriously cannot imgaine my familes Swedish friends in Stockholm don’t know him somehow, they have to have some connection somewhere lol
    I already told them I am coming over & they need to help me find him lol

    Anyway, who was he having lunch with JJ?? details…
    Also anyone know who else is cast in the new movie What Masie Knew, can’t be just Alex & Julianne Moore & Steve Coogan.

  • http://Ja Slig o lambert ^___^cute

    Hahahaha i know look at camera hahahah with sunglass

  • Kate Bosworth’s leftovers

    @Yo-Landi:
    “can you imagine being in bed with that hunk XD”

  • gonebad

    @Yo-Landi: duh! obviously we can!

  • Camille

    Apparently this is from the set, the first day of filming. Alex looks to be in costume I think. His hair is definitely different. They must be shooting a school scene.

    http://images.yuku.com/image/jpg/eb526d26f889f4ccdf6fd999ed5489d4547e253c_r.jpg

  • Camille

    A new picture of Alex from when he was in Leeds to get his doctorate. He looks beautiful here. You can see all the gorgeous angles of his face.

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_lpqma6lHoT1qa2ovmo1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1313110789&Signature=B7g4G%2BIUu7vaNL4wSDxrIWNpezk%3D

  • gonebad

    @Camille: it’s not from leeds it’s a new photoshoot

  • PurpleSamantha

    Can anyone else totally picture him as a dad?

  • The IT guy

    Alex is not a papwhore. He’s in high demand, a creature of habit and the paps know where to find him. Kate on the other hand seems to have pap GPS. They can find her in the dead of night in the middle of bum f*ck nowhere. Why? Because she lets them know where she’ll be. She knew Alex was a hot commodity and used it to her advantage
    to get more coverage. When the chips fall who do you think the gossip sights are going to want more? A super hot guy coming into the prime of his acting career who can make all the women’s panties go poof with a raise of the Skarsbrow. Or a bone thin, beige has been with stringy hair and bad fashion sense wearing tacky jewelry while hanging on to the next unsuspecting victim for dear life. She’s doomed to either her own reality show or dinner theatre.

  • Camille

    @gonebad:
    How is it you know that? It’s the same hair and outfit he was wearing that day in Leeds, and the place I got it from stated it was then. What is this a photoshoot for?

  • Lu
  • Camille

    So I get thumbed down for that? LOL. I was only saying what it was based on where I got it from and the fact that he was wearing the same outfit as he is in Leeds. Yeah thanks anyway. Sheesh!

  • gonebad

    @Camille: i read it’s from a photoshoot w alex telfer-picture taken from his fb accound

  • Camille

    @Lu:
    Your link doesn’t work. I still think it’s from Leeds. The wood background is the same as when he was posing for all kinds of other pics, and his hair looks the same and so does his beard.

    I was asking a serious question though. If this is from a photo shoot, then what’s it for?

  • gonebad
  • Lu

    @Camille:

    He wears the same outfits all the time, why wouldn’t he recycle the Leeds outfit?

  • Camille

    @gonebad:
    Ok, could be but that guy is based out of the UK. Chances are it was taken at the same time Alex was in Leeds and may have even been taken at the university. It’s not a new shot, he’s been clean shaven for awhile now and before that he had a pretty full beard. I would say it was definitely before he went back to Sweden for the second time after comic con. Maybe it was for the univeristy somehow, like for a publication they put out? I dunno, I just don’t think it’s a recent shoot somehow.

  • sammy8a

    That hair is flawless!

  • Camille

    @Lu:
    I’m aware of that. All I’m saying is I think it was taken around the same time. I don’t see what that’s something that I should get thumbed down for. It very well could be a photoshoot for something but like I said, I think it was taken around the time he was in England since the photog works out of there. Besides, Alex was giving an interview to Wonderland magazine and having a shoot for it, but he was clean shaven at that time.

  • gonebad

    @Camille: maybe you’re right i dunno just mentioned my sources

  • Lu

    @Camille:

    Why you obsessed about being thumbed down? Who cares? By the way that link works and per Santress it states that the man just shot it.

    http://skarsgard.yuku.com/topic/65/Pretty-Skars?page=5

  • Camille

    @gonebad:
    Yeah thanks. I’d never seen it before so I wasn’t sure but it just looked like it to me. Who knows though?

    @Lu:
    I just think it’s rude, especially when I’m not saying anything bad or offensive in any way and I am just saying what information I was given. As for the link, it didn’t work for me. All I get is a banner but nothing else. I don’t think that’s a crime, and it doesn’t mean I’m lying. There’s no need to be rude for no apparent reason.

    I see that it says that it was just shot. But it obviously wasn’t JUST shot because Alexander has been in NY and has been without a beard for quite some time now. That’s all I’m saying. It probably is fairly recent, as in the past few weeks, but not just now.

  • I’m creepy, you are creepy

    CAMILLE:
    ——————-
    Wow I go away for a couple days and Alex is out again looking hot as always. I so wish I was in NYC right now.
    Apparently this is from the set, the first day of filming. Alex looks to be in costume I think. His hair is definitely different. They must be shooting a school scene.
    ——————-
    A new picture of Alex from when he was in Leeds to get his doctorate. He looks beautiful here. You can see all the gorgeous angles of his face.
    ——————-
    @gonebad:
    How is it you know that? It’s the same hair and outfit he was wearing that day in Leeds, and the place I got it from stated it was then. What is this a photoshoot for?
    ——————-
    So I get thumbed down for that? LOL. I was only saying what it was based on where I got it from and the fact that he was wearing the same outfit as he is in Leeds. Yeah thanks anyway. Sheesh!
    ——————-
    @Lu:
    Your link doesn’t work. I still think it’s from Leeds. The wood background is the same as when he was posing for all kinds of other pics, and his hair looks the same and so does his beard.
    ——————-
    I was asking a serious question though. If this is from a photo shoot, then what’s it for?
    ——————-
    Ok, could be but that guy is based out of the UK. Chances are it was taken at the same time Alex was in Leeds and may have even been taken at the university. It’s not a new shot, he’s been clean shaven for awhile now and before that he had a pretty full beard. I would say it was definitely before he went back to Sweden for the second time after comic con. Maybe it was for the univeristy somehow, like for a publication they put out? I dunno, I just don’t think it’s a recent shoot somehow.
    ——————-
    @Lu:
    I’m aware of that. All I’m saying is I think it was taken around the same time. I don’t see what that’s something that I should get thumbed down for. It very well could be a photoshoot for something but like I said, I think it was taken around the time he was in England since the photog works out of there. Besides, Alex was giving an interview to Wonderland magazine and having a shoot for it, but he was clean shaven at that time.
    ——————-
    @gonebad:
    Yeah thanks. I’d never seen it before so I wasn’t sure but it just looked like it to me. Who knows though?

    @Lu:
    I just think it’s rude, especially when I’m not saying anything bad or offensive in any way and I am just saying what information I was given. As for the link, it didn’t work for me. All I get is a banner but nothing else. I don’t think that’s a crime, and it doesn’t mean I’m lying. There’s no need to be rude for no apparent reason.

    I see that it says that it was just shot. But it obviously wasn’t JUST shot because Alexander has been in NY and has been without a beard for quite some time now. That’s all I’m saying. It probably is fairly recent, as in the past few weeks, but not just now.

  • ladybug

    @Lu: It does indeed state that. But, he’s been clean shaven for a week, and everything else indicates it’s the time of Leeds, the setting, the hair, the sunburn, etc.

  • Camille

    @I’m creepy, you are creepy:
    What’s your purpose for this? It’s wrong to pass on info and have a conversation with people?

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    I thought so too. It really seems like it is, at least to me. Perhaps it’s a promo for the school to put out? Or maybe they take formal pictures to put up in a building at the school for the honorary doctorate recipients?

  • Hmmmmm….

    It would appear some posts are disappearing. I guess free speech is a no no on this website. I said it once and I’ll say it again. Give us a break. No need to over expose Alex especially if there isn’t anything new to report. How is that bad????

  • hannah

    his hair. ew.

  • Rachal :)

    @again??: I’m beginning to think that Jared has a Skarsgard crush…and we get to reap the rewards…all go

  • Rachal :)

    @Rachal :): *good

  • Doreen

    Alexander looks great! I’m glad he’s finally shooting his new movie. Thanks for the links to the pictures. I don’t know why everyone has to fight with people for stating their opinions, but there seems to be a lot of negativity. Can we all please just enjoy the photos without having posters attacked?

  • I’m Cute

    Just read an article of his dad. He’s a little strange.

  • Jessie

    Wow, what’s with all the thumbing? Geez, trolls much? Oh yeah, and Alex looks smokin hot yet again. Must be toting the bag on his way to filming the movie.

  • Joyce

    I like Alex, I really do. But he’s an actor. He’d be mega-sexy if he looked like that AND was a cancer researcher, relief worker or social justice worker. Just sayin…

  • Lesley

    I guess Skarsgard News is doing a birthday project for Alexander. They’re asking people to donate to the LA food bank instead of sending Alexander cards and other things. Pretty nice idea actually,

    http://skarsgardnews.com/?p=12357

  • http://truebloodwiki.wetpaint.com pbt

    Alex, NYC looks good on you. Why don’t you stay a few months and soak up the love. Plus we have real seasons.

  • Elsa

    I want this man so much it hurts. He is so damn sexy.

  • Strawberry Shortcake

    @PurpleSamantha:
    Yeah, but he’s just like his Dad Stellan? Can you imagine what it would be like doing his Dad? :p
    I wish Alex would consider maybe doing a career in porn. He can make a franchise out of it. Swedish Meatballs, Swedish Meatballs 2, Swedish Meatballs3, and etc. I don’t know if anyone would have a problem with that. I sure don’t.

  • Nicole

    I happened to be in NYC for work this past weekend and was staying in the Lower East Side about three blocks from The Bowery Hotel. On my way back to my hotel I passed Gemma restaurant and I see Alexander sitting with Steve Coogan eating dinner. I made eye contact with Steven but Alex’s back was turned and he was doing all the talking. He is absolutely gorgeous in person and very aware of people around him even though he tries NOT to look. He has perfect skin and is truly a golden boy. And he is VERY animated when he speaks constantly gesturing and moving around. One thing though, I did hear him talking and I heard a very heavy accent which is very different than what he sounds like giving interviews. I wonder if he has to make a huge effort constantly for that “American” accent if he is working on an accent for his current role. Anyways he is all over NYC right now and everyone is seeing him everywhere. I actually left today but they were filming about seven blocks from my job in Greenwich Village today. All the camera trucks were out there in front of St. Luke’s school.

  • Strawberry Shortcake

    @Nicole:
    He’ s probably keeping in character.

  • OlgaM

    I know one woman who had an “encounter” with him once and she said it was the best she’d ever had. Apparently guy really cares about pleasing his partner, in a very passionate way. Lucky bint.

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