1. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander and Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
2. Skarsgård has been cast as Tarzan in the upcoming film The Legend of Tarzan, to be released in 2016.
3. He is the oldest son of actor Stellan Skarsgård and his first wife, My, a physician.
4. He has five younger siblings: Gustaf, Sam, Bill, Eija and Valter, and two half-brothers, Ossian and Kolbjörn.
5. A friend of his father, who was a director, gave Skarsgård his first film role when he was seven years old.
6. In 1989, the lead role in the Swedish television production Hunden som log made him famous in Sweden at the age of thirteen.
7. Uncomfortable with being recognized, he quit acting for the next seven years.
8. He served in the Swedish military for 18 months, in a unit that dealt with anti-sabotage and anti-terrorism in the Stockholm archipelago. After completing his service in 1996 he left Sweden and attended Leeds Beckett University in England for six months.
9. He enrolled to study English but admits he did not study much and “had a blast” instead.
10. After seven years away from acting, he started to consider it again.
11. In 1997, he enrolled in a theater course at Marymount Manhattan College and moved to New York City.
12. He returned to Stockholm after six months, but the time he spent studying theater showed him that he wanted to act.
13. Upon his return to Sweden, Skarsgård began picking up acting jobs, working in film, television and theatrical productions.
14. He moved to Los Angeles in 2004 but continued to work in Sweden. His break came when he was cast as Sergeant Brad “Iceman” Colbert in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
15. The part of Brad Colbert was the closest to a “lead” in Generation Kill, and director Susanna White and executive producer David Simon at first disagreed about casting Skarsgård.
16. White wanted to cast him but Simon was not convinced he could pull off the American accent.
17. After four auditions in three cities, Skarsgård learned the part was his just 36 hours before he had to board a plane for Namibia where the project was filming.
18. The cast and crew filmed for seven months in the desert, shooting six days a week.
19. Skarsgård worked with a dialect coach to master the American accent.