Refinery 29 talked with Alexander Skarsgard about The Giver, the end of True Blood — and his role in Tarzan. Having finally watched an episode of TB this season — #9 — I’m not that excited about how he felt winding up the show, although he was definitely what kept me watching for seven years. (I found the episode slow and kind of weird, although I admit I am picking up at the end of the season without having seen anything before so can’t really place it in context. But Sookie loving Bill and Eric acting as their “marriage counselor”? That tells me that Show Sookie is an idiot and Eric is better free of his love for her if that is what he is reduced to. Ugh.)
In the interview, I was much more interested in his comments about Tarzan. Apparently, the new movie is set at a time where Lord Greystoke has settled down with his bride Jane but is called back to the Congo. So, will we get flashbacks of how they met or anything? And I love the comment about how quickly the suit comes off! ;-)
ASkars on True Blood:
And, about the end of True Blood…
“Well, I can’t give anything away. There’s only a few episodes left, so I don’t want to say anything about the plot, but I can talk about how difficult it was to leave the show. I had to leave two months before the other guys because of Tarzan, which I’m shooting in London now. It was incredibly emotional, sad, and weird saying goodbye to, not only a character that I played for seven years, but to the show’s dynamic — the cast and the crew.”
How did you stay connected to your True Blood character, Eric? You’ve certainly managed to not define yourself by him.
“First of all, I was very fortunate that the two first jobs I booked in Hollywood were Generation Kill and True Blood. After a season of True Blood, I creatively searched for something different, something challenging, something I was interested in. All the characters I’ve played — between Melancholia, Disconnect, What Maisie Knew, The East or even The Giver — are very different from Eric Northman. I kept searching because I wanted to come back to the show after a five-month break excited to playing Eric again.”
Tell us a bit about what you’re doing in Tarzan.
“I’m playing Lord Greystoke. He lives in England with his wife, Jane. The story is obviously based on the novels, so he was born and raised in the Congo. He starts in England as a very well-adjusted British lord, but goes back to the Congo. It’s there that the adventure begins down. The suit definitely comes off pretty early on in the story. [Laughs]”