True Blood actor Alexander Skarsgard, who plays the vampire Eric Northman in the hit HBO vampire series, has claimed that he is happy to keep his shirt on for new roles, in a bid not to become typecast. Alexander can soon be seen in the movie Battleship, where he wears a uniform for the majority of the film.
Skarsgard explained to the Metro, “I keep my clothes on. If you do a show that gets a lot of attention, you can get type-cast but, as an actor, I want new challenges. When I’m not on True Blood, I want to do different characters. If not, I won’t learn.”
However, Alexander did admit that he would be eternally grateful to the success of True Blood for giving him his big break. He added, It’s opened many doors. It’s not like I only get sent similar roles and it’s up to you as an actor to decide what to do with those opportunities. I wouldn’t be where I am without True Blood.”
Alexander then went on to reveal how he is currently in the process of filming the fifth season of True Blood but beyond that, he has a fairly empty schedule. Skarsgard continued, “We’re in the middle of shooting season five of True Blood, then I don’t know. I’m looking for projects for the summer.”
Battleship is released in the UK on April 11 and the US on May 18.