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Alexander Skarsgard: Hamptons Film Festival's Breakthrough Performer!

Alexander Skarsgard: Hamptons Film Festival's Breakthrough Performer!

Alexander Skarsgard poses with Emily Browning at the press room at the Maidstone Inn during the 2011 Hamptons International Film Festival on Saturday (October 15) in East Hampton, New York.

The 35-year-old actor was chosen as one of the film festival’s Breakthrough Performers and participated on a panel with his fellow honorees.

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Alex was joined on the panel by Emily, Shailene Woodley, Anton Yelchin, Ezra Miller, and others.

The night before, Alex attended the premiere of his film Melancholia at the film festival.

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Credit: Brad Barket, Fernando Leon; Photos: Picture Group
Posted to: Alexander Skarsgard, Anton Yelchin, Emily Browning, Shailene Woodley

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  • ladybug

    @Camille: There was some public affection (though not much) in the beginning when he didn’t realize how she was using it. And obviously at the end he looked like he’d rather be anywhere else but near her. That must have annoyed her, I’m sure she realized that he was huggy and touchy-feely with just about everyone else but her.
    I don’t know if MP is playing the game, or if he realizes he’s playing a game. It’s possible it’s early enough in the relationship that he is sort of blind to how she is concerning the paps. Or perhaps he thinks it’s normal and for right now he’s ok with it.
    I’m just glad AS is free of that.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    See, and I always thought it was on and off with the affection in the beginning. There were pics early on in the year, like Jan/Feb when he wasn’t affectionate with her. To me, there wasn’t much affection other than the Coachella weekend, and then in Sweden. Though she always got a crumb or two away from the US because he probably felt the paps weren’t as available to her. I don’t remember much affection other than in April/May of 2010. Besides that he was always at least 5 feet away from her and as early as June, frowning. Unless I’m missing something, but I have’t seen many pics that showed affection which weren’t from those couple of months.
    MP has to wonder something, what with the rings and all. I can’t imagine a man with any sort of werewithal would wear a ring on his wedding finger on the first public sighting of them together. He’s got to know something. Maybe not the whole story, but somethings fishy there to me.

  • Camille

    Here’s a picture of Alex in what looks to be on set from Battleship. I don’t think we’ve seen this before, at least I haven’t. You can see he’s on deck of a ship or something. I wonder if this is newer though, as his hair seems to be much longer than when he was filming last summer and fall.

    http://26.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltr33gpiQi1qg6t4yo1_500.png

  • mforman

    I agree with you guys in the beginning of their so called relationship, AS showed affection to her at the first Coachella (you all remember that when she called the paps, probably didn’t tell AS and then he got into a fight, and remember what did she do laugh about it, and then of course her classic posing pictures at the hotel they stayed at) and then that first trip to Sweden. A lot seemed to change when she starting hinting around in interviews and inviting herself to Sweden the second time, when he was filming and very busy. When AS and his friends went to the Way Out Fesitival, of course they had to drag her along, but when she started cursing at him and complaining about how she didn’t like the VIP treatment she got, I think that sealed the deal for him, he saw her true colors.
    The best is when his friends and family started to run interference and any and all events to keep her away from him.
    What tells us all the most is that the girl didn’t make one Swedish friend, they saw right through her even before he did. We will never know what happened between her and Lisa, those two were joined at the hip at the beginning and then bam it was over. KB used her probably to get closer to AS and then Lisa finally realized it.

    Thank goodness AS is a free, happy, working man. He deserves so much better, and it is all going to come his way.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: The ones where he wasn’t really aware they were being papped. And yes, they were few and far between even in the beginning, but even if he wasn’t touching her he was looking at her like he enjoyed being with her.
    I can’t tell when that Battleship pic was taken, there’s no date. It’s possible it was taken even before the initial shoot began.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    As I said, it’s a few crumbs. There was really only one burst of public affection and that was short lived. He seemed to learn pretty quickly what she was about with that kind of thing. Even in the Mexico pic he seemed really tense and like he didn’t want to be holding her hand. No matter, he finally got rid of her clinging *ss so I’m sure he’s glad about that part of it. I see she’s back to her multiple posts on here. Ugh!
    I was looking at the picture again. He seems a lot more bulky than when he was shooting the first time. He’d lost weight for Melancholia, and to me, he looks a bit more muscular there and like he has some more meat on his bones. It could just be the way he’s sitting though, who knows.

  • mforman

    I finally got to see Melanchia last night and I was truly speechless.

    What a movie.

    As I have said before, if AS would do a commercial, I would watch and love it but this movie truly took my breath away.

    The cast was amazing and their parts were just made for them, but I expected nothing less, or course though AS completely stole the film.

    I cannot wait to see what is next because no matter what he is in, he l gives us an amazing performance and once again he will make it his own.

    I just cannot wait to see what he will bring us next

  • ladybug

    @Camille: I still have no idea when the Battleship photo was taken. I guess that means more research, poring over photos of him from the last 14 months or so :)
    Here’s another pic from the Disconnect set, oh his hair!
    http://askarsswedishmeatballs.tumblr.com/post/12062364872/that-is-a-super-fly-kauai-t-shirt-my-dad-has-one

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Ha! That hair is so brutal. It sure fits the urban dad theme they’re going for I guess. I like the one where he’s snuggling Paula and making that face. So dorky!

  • ladybug

    @Camille: I love that he’s an adorkable goofball.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Me too, it adds to his endearing nature. Sweet, and goofy.
    I can’t wait until The East starts filming. We need to see some new photos soon.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: We were very spoiled with the filming for WMK and Disconnect, new pics on a regular basis.

  • Canuck

    @Camille: He wouldn’t have scruff on his face if he was in the midst of filming Battleship, would he? Military = clean shaven usually, at least in films.

  • ladybug

    @Canuck: I suspect it was summer 2010, before he started filming. Could have been the preproduction trips.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Yes we were, totally. I’m hoping we’ll get a crumb or two for The East.

    @Canuck:
    Unless he just got back on set and hadn’t shaved yet. It’s probably from eariler though.

  • Canuck

    @Camille: I think you’re right, last pix we saw his hair was longer and does he still wear those sunglasses?

  • ladybug

    @Camille: I think it’s early preproduction because the beard’s not as heavy and the hair is shorter than it was for Melancholia.
    Since The East is schedule to start filming next week I’m hoping for a few shots, at least fan shots. And then TB starts up again in a month, and we know he’ll be papped once he gets back to LA (gym shots, please!).

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: Out of curiosity… and because TB really ticked me off last year, particularly by making Sookie rather unlikeable, blindly stupid, emotionally inconsistent and everything else. Hat Ball has dne to what is a strong female book character, plus the trashing the book Pam/Sookie friendship storyline… the ONLY reason I’m likely to watch it next year is Skarsgard and the return of Russel Edgington. I’m not finding myself waiting with impatience for next seasn to hit the air like I was last year. Just me, or is anyone else sort of feeling the same?

  • ladybug

    @Canuck: Oh, i’m waiting for it. But I got the same vibe from a lot of TBers last year, they were so ticked at S3 that they weren’t going to watch, weren’t that interested, etc. I suspect that as spring rolls around those who are ticked from this season will start getting interested again.

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: I’ll admit to having fast forwarded through a lot of the last two seasons, out of lack of interest for some of the story lines. This however, feels different since the central storyline of the books revolves around Sookie and Eric and Ball has managed to turn Sookie into a fickle weak bookmark that to me no longer feels very central. And who in the Alan Ball version of the SVM, is no longer a character that you can understand, even if you don’t agree.

  • Cafélady

    @Canuck: No, it isn’t only you – I think it isn’t the same (feeling) like before – before s4 has started.
    I mean before s4 I couldn’t wait for the next season, couldn’t expect to see it (the show) – now I’m sure interesting for it too, but not the same way as before. And I believe it’s not only the reason that book 4/making the film version of it respectively, was the height of the series for many of the fans.
    I heard that a lot of people weren’t been full satisfied with this season. One reason is probably the final of the season, anyhow I heard/read it often that people disliked it. Even though the sookie/eric thing (and an absolut superb playing AS) were the highlight of it (s4).
    I could see only parts of it (in germany -as far as I know -s4 will not start before february ’12) but the most annoying thing for me (up to now) was sookie and her behave to eric after the end of his amnesia.

    I agree, for me the only reason to watch the show further is/will be only Skarsgard and may be the one or the other of the side characters. First of all (at least for me); Pam.
    The return of RE will be interesting too, I think.

  • Tanter

    The only reason I’ll be watching TB in the future is to see Alex act. Just about everything else is a f*cked up mess – Alan Ball has managed to frack up every single female character and ruin all the relationships from the book. Well, I guess Jessica is ok but she doesn’t make up for all the stuff he has ruined including Pam, which is really, really too much for me – I love the banter between her and Sookie in the book. Thanks a f*cking lot Alan Ball!

  • Canuck

    @Cafélady: Sookie’s behavior to Eric after he got his memory back was totally inconsistent compared to how she behaved with Bill given the complete betrayal he dealt her and the “Sookie timeline” involved. One minute Bill has totally screwed you over and you just realized it and then 15 minutes later in Sookie time, you’re almost caving? Can we say weak doormat with no self respect? That really ticked me off. As you haven’t seen the whole season, I’m not going to get into it, but by the end of it I was pretty much thnking that I had no empathy for the character of TB Sookie and that anything rotten that happens to her, I’d kind of be going “meh”…

  • Canuck

    @Tanter: Agreed. I’ve thought more than once that Ball must either have very little understanding of how women interact, or that deep down he despises women.

  • ladybug

    @Canuck: i know that AB believes in conflict in relationships, whether it be romantic or maker/sire, friendship, etc. Which is why I think he put the Eric/Pam conflict in.
    But I do wish the Pam/Sookie relationship were closer to the book, in someways book Pam is a better friend to her than Sookie’s human friends.
    I would be fine with AB no longer be the driving force behind TB and let someone like Raelle Tucker (sp) take over.

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: 100% agree. While I can see how conflict can drive a TV series, so far Ball has made Sophie Ann, MaryAnn, Lorena, Marnie, Queen Mab the major nasty characters. The only male “bad guy” has been Russell, who is bat sh*t crazy and almost endearing because of it. Next season, we’re likely to have an Eric/Bill bromance/buddy thing going on due to they’re being outlaws to the Authority even though they hate each other and Bill has gried to kill Eric several times, yet Pam hates Sookie even though she not only saved Eric at least three times, but also saved Pam at least once (and may have broken the rotting curse if death broke the spell as it did the forcefield spell). I call Bullsh*t, sorry. That just really t’s me off.

  • Camille

    @Canuck:
    I think he does, he took several pairs with him to NYC. Could be that he got a trim, but it’s probably from summer of last year.

    @ladybug:
    Could be the first time he went just for those couple of days in June was it?

  • Macy

    @Canuck:
    It’s pretty much the only thing that’s keeping me watching, though I’d rather download it and skip the other parts which is sad. There are a lot of casting calls for werewolves this season, so it looks like we’ll see more Alcide. Ugh! Joe M is so wooden. Also, apparently they’re making a sister for Eric and….groan, it’s Salome from the bible. WTF?! Ugh!

  • Camille

    @Macy:
    I read those too. Sounds terrible to me, the weres at least. Eric’s sister might be interesting, emphasis on the might, if they do it right.

  • ladybug

    @Macy: I didn’t read the casting call as Salome being Eric’s sister, I read it as two different characters. Nora is his sister:
    http://insidetv.ew.com/2011/10/17/true-blood-casting-season-5/
    Salome is actually mentioned in the books a couple of times, book 5 and later one in whatever book when the shifters/weres become public.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    It’s a stretch to make her from the bible I think but oh well. Also, I really hope Eric having a sister isn’t lame. I don’t have high hopes though, and for some reason I don’t like that she’s going to be a series regular. For some reason that makes me think it’s just a cheap replacement for Pam since Eric is banishing her.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: AS mentioned one in June, to San Diego, which seems to have been before the trip to Hawaii, which I think was June or very early July.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: Salome is from the Bible. As a child growing up in Chicago, we visited the Art Institute often. This was my favorite painting:
    http://www.artic.edu/artaccess/AA_RenBar/pages/REN_10.shtml

    I’m presuming that Eric’s sister is the friends in high places in the AVL that was hinted at by both Bill and Nan Flanagan.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Oh yes I know, I just meant making the Salome from TB from the bible. She wasn’t biblical in the books, was she? I don’t remember any biblical references in mentioning her. I think Nora might be the AVL person. It does mention she loves Eric a lot, but has taken her life in another direction. Maybe there will be some tension there if she’s supposed to punish him somehow?

    Yes, I think he did go in early summer for a weekend to meet with Peter Berg. I remember him talking about it. Wasn’t that when he was photographed with Hot, Flat and Crowded too?

  • ladybug

    @Camille: Yes, in the books it’s the biblical Salome.
    And the Hawaii trip was the Friedman book. Blech.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    Ah I must have missed that reference then. The sister thing throws me off though, Eric has the Russian prince brother but it’s Bill who has the sister if I remember correctly. I wonder if they’ll give Eric other children, since he had them in the books.
    I remember that being a big deal, that he had that book. I’ve never read Friedman’s stuff, so I can’t comment but I know a lot of people think he’s a hack.

  • Camille

    Oooh a new magazine cover for Alex. It’s a greek magazine. Is the picture from the Blackbook shoot maybe? His hair is quite short there.

    http://s3.amazonaws.com/data.tumblr.com/tumblr_ltw589x5wW1qfoztro1_1280.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=AKIAJ6IHWSU3BX3X7X3Q&Expires=1320113206&Signature=nteKcK9MeCmRAUlZiNh7WHX3%2BXM%3D

  • Canuck

    I’m willing to bet that either the sister or Salome will be a love interest for Eric. Because of course, after a thousand years of not having feelings for anyone but his maker and child, he’s now going to have them willy nilly for other women. Bill of course, will not.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: He’s a hack. On a superficial level I agree with what he says, and he’s very big on emphasizing climate change. But he just wrong on so many levels.
    And the Greek mag cover is from the Blackbook shoot, like the Out cover was from the InStyle shoot.
    Canuck, on the book he has a ‘brother’, but of course AB would change that.

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: True, and a Romanoff to boot! But that plotline sailed once Ocella became Godric. As for Freidman, he’s no idiot at least from the one book of his that I read (From Beriut to Jerusalem) but boy oh boy, did he ever have an agenda and that made about half of it intellectually dishonest.

  • ladybug

    @Canuck: He’s coasted since FBTJ. And he has an agenda. But there was also his complete support of the Iraq invasion, just because he wanted to invade a county.
    http://crooksandliars.com/2007/09/13/tom-friedman-suck-on-this-iraq

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: I know, although that also fits into the same agenda. He and Judith Miller… Propoganda puppets.

  • Camille

    @Canuck:
    You’re probably right, Bill will be the martyr. Though, he did sleep with several women while Sookie was in Faery and we never got that sense with Eric. I was actually quite surprised about that. I was also surprised that AB allowed it that Bill thought she was dead, and Eric knew she wasn’t. Interesting turn there.

    @ladybug:
    I though so. I went back and looked at the photo. I couldn’t see where he’d have done another shoot. We probably would have heard about it through twitter and whatnot.

  • ladybug

    @Camille: Quite a few bloggers got the impression (I think an accurate one) that Eric had been staying at Sookie’s house, waiting for her.
    Admittedly, some of Bill’s behavior was probably an act, in the sense it was to pretend he was over her and being all King Bill-ish.
    I think you are correct, if he’d done the reshoots last week we’d have heard/seen something from someone on set. He’s been able to spend the last week not being papped, tweeted or found by fans. A rare occurrence for him, these days.

  • Camille

    @ladybug:
    I think that’s accurate also, seeing as there was the blood in the fridge and he’d made his chamber. Kind of sweet that he was there waiting for her, even if it was for the reason of claiming her to be his.
    I’m glad he’s gotten away from prying eyes these last couple of weeks. Even if we did see a few pics of him in Rio, it sounds like people there generally respected his space and left him alone. I read a fan report stating he was only approached twice outside the hotel, and just for a few minutes from a small amount of people (like 10). Quite a difference than the disgusting mob for Disconnect.

  • Canuck

    @ladybug: I don’t know about him staying there waiting for her. He couldn’t have been staying there the night she came back, otherwise he would have made his appearance before Bill showed up. Plus with workmen in and out of the house during the day, it wouldn’t have really been a very safe place to stay. And… he sent her the microwave (to heat blood) for her house only after she got back. I really liked that he still had her POS car parked in the driveway, waiting for her since we know book Eric would have replaced it or at least had all of the mechanics rebuilt, I really liked that he kept and restored her Grandmother’s furniture, but I can’t see him actually dying for the day there so long as there were still people working in the house.

  • Canuck

    @Camille: Bill also seemed like he had, if not a relationship, a regular thing going with the Security lady. And of course, meeting the Grandmother of your current lover would imply an intent of establishing a real relationship.

  • Camille

    @Canuck:
    Exactly, that part surprised me since I’d fully expect AB to make Bill sit around and pine for her since he supposedly loves her more than Eric. It was surprising that wasn’t the case. Eric felt her on some level, and either Bill didn’t, or he chose to push that away and to me that says something about his character.

  • ladybug

    @Canuck: I don’t think he was there all the time, especially in the beginning. And the safety thing is a point. However, he could have had the cubby done and that room done, and then he could have glamored the workers to forget about that being built (and perhaps a suggestion to not look too closely at that closet).
    Perhaps this is something that will be explained in the dvd commentaries.

  • Canuck

    @Camille: I kind of think that Eric just has far more experience, and doesn’t lie to himself. Even if he hides what he’s feeling. When Sookie landed in the cemetary, Bill awoke surprised, Eric awoke not surprised at all. Could be that Bill hadn’t ever given his blood before, therefore had no landmarks and thought the worst because he had no other explaination for it. Eric on t he other hand, probably knew that right before a bond winks out of existence you would feel panic, fear, determination, resignation… something.

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