An instant phenomenon as vampire Eric Northman in “True Blood”, Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård will be in Turkey for the first time as !f Istanbul’s guest. The male lead of !f Gala film “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” will also attend a festival talk on Sunday to speak about his acting career.
Visiting Turkey for the first time, Skarsgård stars in !f Istanbul Gala film “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” as Monroe, a man who has a relationship with his girlfriend’s daughter. The film, adapted by actress Marielle Heller from Phoebe Gloeckner’s eponymous graphic novel, is a bold coming-of-age story. Lauded for Bel Powley’s performance as Minnie, and starring Kristen Wiig alongside Skarsgård, “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” won Best Cinematography at Sundance and Best Film in Berlin Film Festival’s Generation section, with Powley winning Best Actress at the 2015 Gotham Independent Film Awards.
From Sweden to Hollywood
Soon to appear on the silver screen as the new Tarzan in “The Legend of Tarzan”, Skarsgård began his career as a child with “Åke and His World” also starring his father, Stellan Skarsgård. After coming to fame in Sweden with his role as Jojjo in “The Dog That Smiled” at 13, he gave up his acting career. Withdrawing from the film world for 10 years and moving to England, Skarsgård took up acting once again when he returned to Sweden, starring in numerous motion films and TV series. Entering Hollywood’s radar with a role in “Zoolander” that he got during a vacation in the USA, the handsome actor drew attention in 2008 with HBO mini-series “Generation Kill”. Acquiring international fame the same year with Alan Ball’s 7-season-long vampire series “True Blood” with his role as 1000-year-old vampire Eric Northman, Skarsgård won Best Actor for this role at the Scream Awards for three consecutive years. The actor also appeared in Lady Gaga’s music video, Paparazzi in 2009, played alongside his father again in Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia”, and established his place in Hollywood with “Straw Dogs”, “The Giver”, and “Battleship”. Voted sexiest man of Sweden in 1999 and a regular on People magazine’s ‘sexiest men alive’ list, the actor modeled for Hickey Freeman in 2010 in an ad photographed by Annie Leibowitz, which was published in The Wall Street Journal Magazine, GQ and Details.