Alexander Skarsgard has some big boots to fill, growing up in the shadow of his father Stellan Skarsgard’s acting success. Although Stellan may not be a household name in the states, he’s incredibly popular in their native Sweden and beyond. Now, Alexander reveals he initially entered into the acting arena to “impress” his dad by following in his footsteps.
Skarsgard recently reflected on his childhood and his father’s role in his life just in time for Father’s Day. “I think acting may have been my attempt to prove to him that I have some talent and impress him a little bit,” Alexander said. “I think most sons want their fathers to be proud of them.” With Alex’s enormous success, especially in HBO’s True Blood, Stellan is surely proud of his son.
It’s refreshing to see a celebrity father and son relationship that is so tight and positive. The pair have even worked together in movies, a collaboration Alexander Skarsgard wants to repeat. With the constant addition of new characters in each season of True Blood, perhaps there is an opportunity to work alongside each other again there.
Alex has nothing but good things to say about his dad. “So many kids complain or have problems with their father, but I have been very lucky to have had a father who is very cool, very supportive, and just someone I have admired all my life and felt so good to grow up and always know that he cared about me even though he works a lot.” Although Alexander counts himself lucky to have his father, his gratitude and admiration show that Stellan is pretty lucky to have such a son.