GQ did an interview with Alexander Skarsgard at the CK Encounter party and he answered a question about Eric’s future in season 6. The answer is NOT spoilery, though! I also loved his comments about where to go in Stockholm if you visit — and how to be attractive to Swedes. I like to think I wouldn’t do too badly in the self-deprecating thing myself. 😉
Excerpts from the interview:
GQ: In our July issue there was a travel piece on Stockholm, a city with which I think you’re quite familiar. Funnily enough the author mentioned seeing your brother Bill at a bar.
Skarsgård: Well I have forty-five brothers so just go in to a random bar and you’re bound to run into a brother of mine.
GQ: So let’s say a guy has twenty-four hours in Stockholm. What should he do?
Skarsgård: Well I’m from South Stockholm. Stockholm is a group of islands and you have the Old Town in the center and it’s beautiful. Most of the buildings there are from the 12th or 13th century. It’s very tourist-y but worth walking through.
All my recommendations are on basically in Sõdermalm, in the south. If you have twenty-four hours that’s the island I would go to, I wouldn’t bother going north. There are two neighborhoods that are really cool; Hornstull, on the western tip of the island, where a lot of interesting artists live and is a very creative place and then for shopping there’s SoFo, which is the hip area with all these cool little bars and restaurants and boutiques and coffee shops.
GQ: In the same article there was a piece by a Swedish writer on hooking up in Stockholm and she said self-deprecation was a Swedish aphrodisiac. Do you find that to be true?
Skarsgård: [laughing] Yeah. I think that’s very Swedish, a very Nordic quality.
GQ: We’ll make sure to tell all the GQ readers heading over there to just start ragging on themselves to the beautiful ladies.
Skarsgård: Absolutely. You definitely don’t want to brag. You definitely don’t want to show up in a yellow Lamborghini or talk about how successful you are. That’s a huge turn off.
GQ: Humility goes a long way.
Skarsgård: A long way, yeah.
GQ: We have to talk about True Blood. The fifth season just wrapped. Do you have any clue what’s going to happen with your character Eric next season?
Skarsgård: No. This is always the case when we’re on hiatus and I love it. It’s a complete break. The writers are getting together now to start plotting the next season. It’s nice not being involved in that and then getting to see a script when you’re back.
GQ: Is there anything you’re hoping to see happen with Eric next season?
Skarsgård: To the writers’ credit, my fear is that it’s always going to feel repetitive or redundant and creatively that’s suicide if you don’t challenge yourself. But I keep learning about more about Eric every season. I do like the flashbacks. They’re a lot of fun to shoot and I think when you have a character who is a thousand years old there’s a great opportunity to learn about him throughout history.