STYLEBOOK Meets Alexander Skarsgard
StyleBook: Alexander Skarsgard as a perfume model - how does that feel?
Alexander Skarsgard: Excellent! This is my first campaign ever. Calvin Klein has never advertised a men’s fragrance with an actor. I’m pretty proud that I can be the first.
What did you think when you saw yourself for the first time in the commercial and in the campaign photos?
That everyone did a great job. I like the dark, mystical mood of the clip that reminds me of the German expressionist films like Fritz Lang. However, seeing it in Godzilla-size on a billboard is very strange.
The film tells the story of a chance encounter between a man and a woman. Who in the end seduces who remains open. Therefore: Mr. Skarsgard, are you privately a Lady Killer?
No, I’m Swedish. We are not the macho men, but for equal rights.
How was it working with Lara Stone, who also stars in the film?
Lara is a cool girl and incredibly funny. We shot two years earlier for “Vogue” in front of the lens of Peter Lindberg, by the way, a great photographer.
Please, answer honestly. Which part of Lara do you find especially sexy: her lips, her tooth gap or her breasts?
Beauty is not important for acting?
I think vanity is more of an obstacle to being a good actor. Imagine that you need to play an old character or fat, then you have quite a problem for a complacent person.
Would Eric Northman, your character from “True Blood”, carry “Encounter”?
I think a drop of blood behind the ear is more his thing.
And Alexander Skarsgard?
I like alluring, dark, woody odors. I am not one for fresh, citrusy fragrances, so it matches very well with me. But in general, I rarely use perfume. The smell of a person turns me on more.
Your memories of when you first used perfume?
I was 14 and wanted to smell really good for a school dance. A friend brought me different scents. I mixed it all and I sprayed myself from top to bottom. I thought that would be cool. It was not. Then I sat the rest of the evening alone and sad in a corner. A life lesson: Less is more!
What is your favorite smell?
My schnitzel last night smelled pretty damn cool!
And what scent do you not like?
I grew up in Stockholm, not far from a sausage factory. Unfortunately that did not smell of freshly grilled bratwurst, but pretty disgusting and putrid.
Your answer if Calvin Klein were to ask you to pose for their famous underwear
Would you have a problem being almost naked in front of the camera?
I do it constantly in movies and TV shows. So, no!