I called it years ago: Alexander Skarsgård is pretty much the sexiest man on the planet — also the most non-pretentious. He’s a star, a hunk, and the new Tarzan. However, gay fans are looking are more than just his swing lately.
In a new interview with Pride Source, Skarsgard opens up about how flattered he is to have such a big LGBT fan base. He’s always been accepting of the community because he grew up with strong gay role models.
“It’s always been the most natural thing to me because my uncle and godfather is a gay man and so growing up, even as a little toddler, it was just as natural as being straight,” he said. “My aunt would show up with her husband and my uncle would show up with his husband. He was, by far, out of my father’s four siblings, the most fashionable and the most trendy, cool guy. So, when I was a kid, he was the one I looked up to. I thought he was really badass… When I became a teenager, and the kids made fun of other teenagers who were gay, I never really understood that. It just baffled me because my idol, my godfather, was gay, and he was the coolest guy I knew. I just couldn’t understand how that could be an insult.”
As the pansexual, bisexual, forever sexual vampire on HBO’s True Blood, Skarsgard had his fair share of sex (and numerous butt flashes). Many critics thought the show was “too gay” at the time, which he thinks is ridiculous. Two gay love scenes in particular (one with the sexy Ryan Kwanten) goes down in history as the hottest ever. Though it’s not always easy for other straight actors, Skarsgard finds it quite easy:
“They’re incredible scenes,” he reminisced. “I loved this scene, and I remember talking to Theo (Alexander), who played the Greek lover of Russell Edgington (portrayed by Denis O’Hare), and that was the first gay sex scene I had on True Blood. He’s also a straight guy, and he was nervous; he had never kissed a guy before. I just said, ‘Look at the scene. It’s this nemesis, and he comes in and then it gets seductive, and you think they’re gonna make love, and it gets into that and then suddenly my character stabs him in the back, and he explodes. In two minutes, look at this emotional rollercoaster we’re taking the audience on. If we commit to this, it’s going to be an amazing scene, and we’re going to be very happy with it forever. If we hold back, that’s when it gets awkward…’”
“Same thing shooting the other scene with Ryan (Kwanten) — we knew that it was coming because we shot a scene the previous year where I hypnotize him and say, like, ‘When you dream, dream sweet dreams of me.’ Because we did it in a very seductive way, when they said ‘wrap’ and I turned around, and I saw the writers, I could just see in their eyes that they were like, ‘We’re definitely gonna see this dream later on in the show.’ We knew it was coming. You have to think of the scene and how it fits in and hopefully be excited about the scene. Then, just dive in.”