GQ&A interview with Askars

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.
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?
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?
[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.
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.
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?
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?
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.

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