In the latest issue of Out magazine, "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgård chats with filmmaker and fellow Swede Jonas Akerlund about why Swedes are so liberal regarding their sexuality, the American media’s obsession with nudity, and the how the his HBO series is changing attitudes.
Skarsgård recognizes that even "True Blood," considered envelope-pushing in America, remains "very tame, by Swedish standards." He tells OUT "...that always strikes me as weird because parents in the States freak out if their kids see a nipple or a butt cheek, but, at the same time, they’re OK with their kids watching people bash each other’s heads in with baseball bats. In interviews in the U.S. all people want to talk about is nudity.... If it makes sense as a scene, I’ll do it. I don’t even think about it."
Skarsgård also applauds "True Blood" creator Alan Ball for challenging America's attitudes. "Yeah, well, we’ve really come a long way. What’s interesting is when you have a character like Lafayette, who’s black and gay, if you can find someone – some guy who doesn’t know any gay people or black people, who may have all these prejudices – if that guy watches the show and thinks, I really like this character, then you’ve done something pretty good."
What Skarsgård misses from his homeland, however, is the creative freedoms and what that freedom brings with it. "It’s a combination of a good school system and the long, dark winters. Because that means people sit in their garages and play music for five months because it’s too cold and dark to be outside."
After Åkerlund interjects that the long winters create "boning season," Skarsgård quickly agrees. "And that’s also why we’re so liberal and so cool with our sexuality – because we f*ck a lot [laughter]," he says. "When you’re bored, just have sex."
Read the full interview HERE!