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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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92 Responses to “Alexander Skarsgard Quit Acting As a Kid”

  1. 1
    Lena Says:

    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…

  2. 2
    again?? Says:

    again??????
    please stop!

  3. 3
    Darling Says:

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

  4. 4
    Camille Says:

    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.

  5. 5
    Looking Great Says:

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

  6. 6
    gonebad Says:

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

  7. 7
    Anna Says:

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

  8. 8
    Molly Says:

    I guess, a Kate Bosworth post now…

  9. 9
    Molly Says:

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

  10. 10
    Dani Says:

    @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.

  11. 11
    Slig o lambert ^___^cute Says:

    Hahahaha i know look at camera hahahah with sunglass

  12. 12
    Kate Bosworth's leftovers Says:

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

  13. 13
    gonebad Says:

    @Yo-Landi: duh! obviously we can!

  14. 14
    Camille Says:

    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

  15. 15
    Camille Says:

    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

  16. 16
    gonebad Says:

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

  17. 17
    PurpleSamantha Says:

    Can anyone else totally picture him as a dad?

  18. 18
    The IT guy Says:

    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.

  19. 19
    Camille Says:

    @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?

  20. 20
    Lu Says:

    @Camille:

    From this new shoot.

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

  21. 21
    Camille Says:

    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!

  22. 22
    gonebad Says:

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

  23. 23
    Camille Says:

    @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?

  24. 24
    gonebad Says:

    @Camille: and the link
    http://santress.tumblr.com/

  25. 25
    Lu Says:

    @Camille:

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

  26. 26
    Camille Says:

    @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.

  27. 27
    sammy8a Says:

    That hair is flawless!

  28. 28
    Camille Says:

    @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.

  29. 29
    gonebad Says:

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

  30. 30
    Lu Says:

    @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

  31. 31
    Camille Says:

    @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.

  32. 32
    I'm creepy, you are creepy Says:

    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.

  33. 33
    ladybug Says:

    @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.

  34. 34
    Camille Says:

    @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?

  35. 35
    Camille Says:

    @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?

  36. 36
    Hmmmmm.... Says:

    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????

  37. 37
    hannah Says:

    his hair. ew.

  38. 38
    Rachal :) Says:

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

  39. 39
    Rachal :) Says:

    @Rachal :): *good

  40. 40
    Doreen Says:

    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?

  41. 41
    I'm Cute Says:

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

  42. 42
    Jessie Says:

    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.

  43. 43
    Joyce Says:

    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…

  44. 44
    Lesley Says:

    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

  45. 45
    pbt Says:

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

  46. 46
    Elsa Says:

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

  47. 47
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    @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.

  48. 48
    Nicole Says:

    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.

  49. 49
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    @Nicole:
    He’ s probably keeping in character.

  50. 50
    OlgaM Says:

    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.

  51. 51
    sue Says:

    so he lived in NY now? in a hotel? hope i can meet him during the fashion week

  52. 52
    PurpleSamantha Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake: How is he just like Stellan?

  53. 53
    ladybug Says:

    @sue: He’s in NYC shooting a movie, this is through the end of September. I have no idea when Fashion Week is.
    @Nicole, did his voice sound like when he’s giving interviews in English? I find that not so much a heavy accent, but not as deep as when he does TB. He spent a lot of time in 2007 (during the filming of GK) to get rid of the accent. And as Strawberry Shortcake said, it may be for the movie.

  54. 54
    Brunette Says:

    Wow, he looks like a god in these pics. Beautiful, powerful, and completely mesmerizing.

  55. 55
    I'm Cute Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake: I’ll pass on the dad.

  56. 56
    just me Says:

    Cute As ever!

  57. 57
    Dani Says:

    @ladybug:

    Fashion week is Sept 8-11th so yeah he will in town during it.
    I bet you know who is there too lol

  58. 58
    Dani Says:

    Alex was at Fashion Week last year with KB so I am sure he will show up at some event.

  59. 59
    Canuck Says:

    Does anyone else wish that Jared could come up something better to put with these pix than a lame rehash of things he’s been saying for years? C’mon JJ, you need to get your tushy to NYC and get an interview of your own with the guy. Hehe, I’ll spring for a very nice lunch for the two of you if I get to tag along ;)))

  60. 60
    Lesley Says:

    I’m going to NYC in Oct. Too bad it’s not earlier, but oh well. Now him being at Gemma all the time makes me want to go there and try it. Not because I’ll have been to the same place as someone famous, but just because it must be really yummy if he’s going there all the time. Plus, I love Italian food so I’d like to try it.

  61. 61
    Camille Says:

    @Nicole:
    He always looks pretty animated when he speaks doesn’t he? He’s constantly moving around and gesticulating even in pictures when he’s talking you can see it. I’m sure Alex does revert back to his regular accent when he’s just on his own and not in front of a camera or anything. It’s probably not 100% like it used to be, but I’m sure he doesn’t walk around trying to sound American all the time. I wonder if his buddies back home bug him about the way he sounds now. LOL

    Here’s another pic of Alex on set from yesterday.

    http://www.onlocationvacations.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/dustinandalex.jpg

  62. 62
    Camille Says:

    He looks so lovely in black and white. Sigh!

    http://i55.tinypic.com/kas5q8.jpg

  63. 63
    ladybug Says:

    @Dani: Are you sure it was last fall, weren’t they both shooting movies then?
    @Camille, I wonder if his accent in Swedish has changed any. When I was there I met a couple of Americans who’d been there long enough, and who would go long stretches without speaking in American English, that they ended up speaking in English with a slight Swedish accent. It was pretty strange at first.

  64. 64
    Camille Says:

    @ladybug:
    They weren’t there last fall as far as I remember. Alex was in Hawaii in Sept and KB was in Michigan or wherever. I think he went in 2009 perhaps. He did go sometime in spring 2010 though, so maybe it was for a spring fashion week because wasn’t it at the same time KB went to the MET gala?

    I’m sure his regular Swedish accent has changed. That’s more what I meant about him being bugged by his buddies because maybe he doesn’t sound like he used to.

  65. 65
    Dani Says:

    @Camille:

    Yeah Camille you are right, found this from this very site, it was Feb 2010.
    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2010/02/19/alexander-skarsgard-kate-bosworth-calvin-klein-after-party/

  66. 66
    YouBetYa Says:

    Its funny that he is filming a new movie with Evan Rachel Wood in the cast. They be having sexytime again?

  67. 67
    PurpleSamantha Says:

    @YouBetYa: What movie is that?

  68. 68
    YouBetYa Says:

    @PurpleSamantha:

    http://www.internalert.com/2011/06/what-maisie-knew-is-looking-for-a-production-intern-new-york-ny/

  69. 69
    locksmith los angeles Says:

    Douche patrol.

  70. 70
    PurpleSamantha Says:

    @YouBetYa: IMDB needs to update.

  71. 71
    Debbie Says:

    @YouBetYa:
    Does an intern get to lick tall swedes? No? Oh well. Never mind. I’ll not hand my notice in then. ;)
    .
    Has anyone read ‘What Maisie knew’? Any idea of the character he’s playing other than being Julian Moore’s second husband?

  72. 72
    Camille Says:

    She’s not listed on IMDB and when Alex was at the concert, he was with Julianne Moore, Steven Coogan and Kirsten Dunst. Perhaps she’s in the movie instead because they haven’t mentioned ERW for like two months now in relation to that role, and she’s booked another gig on Broadway with Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz.

    http://www.broadway.com/buzz/157236/evan-rachel-wood-to-lead-presentation-of-black-sun-new-musical-from-counting-crows-adam-duritz/

  73. 73
    ladybug Says:

    It’s official now, there will be a season 5 of TB:

    http://www.deadline.com/2011/08/its-official-hbo-renews-true-blood-for-season-5/

  74. 74
    YouBetYa Says:

    @Camille:

    That ends on Sunday though.

  75. 75
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    @I’m Cute:

    What’s wrong with Alex’s Dad? They are so much a like. Alex takes after his Dad.

    I still wish Alex’s would consider being in porn. He can make a franchise out of it like Debbie Does Dallas. Can you imagine him in a series of movies called Swedish Meatballs? :p

  76. 76
    Camille Says:

    It’s odd that there isn’t any further casting information other than that of Alex, Julianne, and Steve. They don’t even have who is playing the little girl at all.

  77. 77
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    Isn’t Kristen Dunst in the movie?

  78. 78
    Camille Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake:
    That’s what I was kind of leaning toward because she was with the other cast members at the Kills concert, but nothing has been reported officially.

  79. 79
    Anna Says:

    Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my keyboard. I love these pics of him…smoking hot!
    Why are posted getting deleted??? I’ve never seen that happen before?

  80. 80
    Canuck Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake: I could imagine ripping the audio from the last episode’s E/S scenes and using it as a ringtone… Except I’d probably get tossed off the Tube if anyone called me :)))

  81. 81
    Macey Says:

    @Canuck:
    There seemed to be a lot of growling on Alex’s part. LOL! I wonder if that was just for Eric or if he really does that.

  82. 82
    Canuck Says:

    @Macey: I’m trying very hard to not even go there… lol

  83. 83
    PurpleSamantha Says:

    Still needing something more specific about what’s wrong with Stellan.

  84. 84
    mforman Says:

    I find it so funny that certain people keep posting that AS is a pap *****, nothing could be further from the truth. He doesn”t need to call the paps, he is extremely hot right now and they know he is in NY, so they are probably staying around his hotel waiting for him to leave.
    AS is beyond relevant now and getting hotter by the day.
    Some people have to pay gossip sites to post their photos ( I will not mention the creatures name or initials), because that is the only way they are going to get mentioned. That thing was only relevant because of AS and now she is what she is known as nothing and irrelevant.
    I am so happy that JJ is giving us daily posts and photos, because everyday, this man gets more and more gorgeous.
    I cannot wait to see what the rest of this year will bring for him.

  85. 85
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    @PurpleSamantha:
    Look, nothing’s wrong with Alex’s Dad except that he’s old. Like 60 years old. Can any of you ladies say you would enjoy the company of an older man? It would be too disturbing to have the hots for someone as old as your own father. Plus, I’m sure some of you might have seen Alex’s Dad naked in Goya’s Ghost with Natalie Portman who is also naked in it. Check that movie out for yourself and you’ll see what I mean.

  86. 86
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    Sorry I quoted the wrong movie, it was Aberdeen. Goya’s Ghost was just a plain bad movie with Natalie Portman and Jarvier Bardem.

  87. 87
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    I was searching online and found the following:
    http://www.alexanderskarsgardlibrary.com/viewtopic.php?f=78&p=76852

    After reading through this site, I started feeling sorry for Alex and his family. His poor mother was an alcoholic. I completely can relate to what he must have been going through. I know what it’s like to have a parent with an addiction.
    It was also sad to read his envy towards the rich kids while he was growing up. I hope he doesn’t believe that being rich and having material objects means being happy. I don’t think having expensive things like cars, clothing jewelry, and etc. should matter to one’s existence.
    Let’s hope Alex stays humble and remember that he’s loved by his fans regardless how rich and famous he becomes.

  88. 88
    Canuck Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake: He seems to have his head screwed on properly.

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    PurpleSamantha Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake: There’s lots of attractive older men out there. Even in college I was attracted to men 10+ years older than me.

  90. 90
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    @PurpleSamantha:
    10+ years? Try say 30+ years for someone my age.

  91. 91
    Strawberry Shortcake Says:

    @Canuck:
    Your right, but we don’t know if it’s really an act. He is an actor you know. None of here know him personally, except from what we read about him.
    Alex is not just easy on the eyes to look at, he also one heck of a talented actor.

  92. 92
    Canuck Says:

    @Strawberry Shortcake: True enough, but those who let the fame and money get to them almost always act like entitled divas, generally buy bling / lamborghinis / houses with 35 bedrooms for one person, spend their vacations on a yacht in the South of France drinking champagne and forget their old friends. You can’t really say that of ASkars. He still drinks beer, he holidays in Sweden with his family and friends, he’s constantly out with his old friends and even his Ipad looks to be the less “prized” black one rather than the white. He’s said that he enjoys having $$ mostly because it’s “f you” money that lets him choose to do projects that he wants to do rather than has to do to pay the bills.

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