Swedish hunk Alexander Skarsgard flaunts his ripped, lean physique in the June 2011 issue of GQ just weeks ahead of the June 26 premiere of Season 4 of True Blood.
The athletic, 6’4″ Skarsgard has been photographed going to and from the gym in L.A. during the past two months while filming his hit HBO vampire series.
Despite his A-list Hollywood status, Alexander still misses his native Sweden, where he grew up around the Baltic Sea and vacationed at the family’s cottage in Öland, Sweden.
“I miss it,” says Skarsgård. “Here, I live a few miles from the ocean but I’ll wake up and think, ‘F*ck, I haven’t seen it for three weeks [because of work].’ “
Another thing Alex enjoys about being in the U.S. is the social openness and friendliness. “You walk into the coffee shop, and the girl asks how your day is,” Skarsgård, 34, recounts. “When I first moved here, I loved that.
“I know it’s shallow and superficial and she doesn’t give a f*ck about my day, but I still like it [because Swedes are more reserved]. It’s difficult to get to know a Swede. But once you do, you’re in.”
Alexander, who served 15 months as a marine in the Swedish military, hated the grueling experience, but learned a lot from it.
“I hated it most of the time, because a lot of the guys I served with wanted to be James Bond,” says Skarsgård. “I was a hippie, but it was good for me.”
Alexander can now strip a gun and has other basic military skills, but insists he’s not an expert, pointing out that he trained in Sweden, not Iraq.
Meanwhile, Skarsgård, who’s often nude in True Blood‘s racy sex scenes, insists there’s no awkwardness during his sex scenes with co-star Anna Paquin (who’s married to castmate Stephen Moyer).
“It’s really clear to Steve and to everybody else what the deal is—which is that Anna is like a sister to me,” Skarsgård says. “Those love scenes take quite a bit of acting, actually. A lot of acting.”
Skarsgård, who was once a child star in Sweden, has a more grounded perspective on his phenomenal success because it happened when he was older.
When asked whether he has turned into a prima donna since skyrocketing to international fame in 2008, Alexander says you would have to ask his friends.
“Nothing would hurt me more than if they said that I have changed,” he says. “But I don’t think so. After all, I was over 30 when things started to happen in the States.”
Besides, Skarsgård understands how fickle the movie business is. “Hollywood can be like kids playing marbles on the schoolyard,” he says. “Everybody wants the shiny marble until one kid says he doesn’t. Then nobody will touch it. So it’s important that I make good decisions now.”