Eric Northman

played by Alexander Skarsgard

Eric Northman, the Nordic vampire owner of Fangtasia, can be both cold...

Character Bio

Eric Northman, the Nordic vampire owner of Fangtasia, can be both cold and ruthless, but he's always passionate. Over his nearly one thousand years on earth, he's developed a cunning ability to get both himself and the people he cares about out of trouble.


Alexander Skarsgård is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after actors in Hollywood. He began his acting career at the age of eight and worked steadily in films and on Swedish television. Skarsgård went on to study theatre at the Leeds Metropolitan University in the UK and at Marymount Manhattan College in New York. He returned to Sweden immediately following and appeared in a number of productions making him a star in his native country. A visit to Los Angeles landed him a part in the hit comedy 'Zoolander' (2001) where he starred alongside Ben Stiller and Will Ferrell.

Skarsgård returned home to Sweden to continue honing his acting skills with roles in film and theatrical productions including 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' and 'Bloody Wedding'. He also co-wrote and co-directed an award winning short, 'Att döda ett barn' (To Kill a Child) (2003), which was shown at the Tribeca and Cannes Film Festivals.

His first big break in the US was with the HBO miniseries 'Generation Kill' (2008). His portrayal of Marine Sgt. Brad 'Iceman' Colbert astonished critics and audiences alike. Immediately following, Skarsgård was cast in the role of Eric Northman, a 1,000-year-old Viking vampire, on HBO's hit series 'True Blood' (2008), where he currently stars alongside Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer.

Skarsgård has a number of film projects in the works including Rod Lurie's remake of 'Straw Dogs' (2011) starring opposite James Marsden and Kate Bosworth; Gela Babluani's '13 Tzameti' starring opposite Sam Riley, Mickey Rourke and 50 Cent; the independent film 'Metropia' which recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; and he will voice a role in the animated film 'The Moomins' with his father, actor Stellan Skarsgård.

Skarsgård currently resides in Stockholm and Los Angeles.

Alexander Skarsgard Explores Eric’s Sensitive Side – and His Latest Romp With Sookie


Fans have been dying for Eric and Sookie to hook up - what kinds of reactions have you been hearing now that it's finally happened?

Alexander Skarsgard

I know that people have been talking about it - but I try to stay away from the blogs and fan sites. I'm a little scared ... I do meet fans in person, though, and the feedback has been great this year. It seems that people are enjoying Eric's arc, which is great because I had a blast shooting it. I love playing "Amnesia Eric." It's just such a different side of him, and it's always fun as actor to dig deeper. You learn a lot, and I definitely have this year.


Is it difficult to play a person-within-a-person?

Alexander Skarsgard

I wanted to make sure that it was a side of Eric - not a new character. The side of him that was hidden. He's very innocent and naïve now, but I also thought it was very important not to lose the old Eric - the predator - and the element of danger there. You've got to feel that to make it interesting, I think, and it's something I focused on. You definitely see how he can get very violent, especially in those moments where he's protective of Sookie.


In this week's episode, "Cold Grey Light of Dawn," there's a drawn-out, multi-location love scene between Sookie and Eric. Was that the most involved one you've shot so far?

Alexander Skarsgard

It's up there. I've done some stuff in other movies as well that's pretty graphic ... But these were definitely some pretty intense scenes. We were kind of all over the place. But my favorite scene is yet to come ...


Alcide gets a deflating dose of Sookie and Eric's intimacy in this episode. Do you think the werewolf has any chance at a future with Sookie?

Alexander Skarsgard

No. I don't think she's interested in dogs.


This season, it seems that fans are even more attracted to innocent, sweet Eric than they are to dark, mysterious Eric. Any idea why that is?

Alexander Skarsgard

I think it's a point of contrast - that they're seeing something open and vulnerable, someone who's willing to connect on a deeper level. Old Eric was very guarded and wouldn't let himself do that, so I think his sensitivity has been interesting. He lets people in for the first time in a very long time, and that's definitely something new. I'm just really grateful that people respond to him and his relationship with Sookie. It's great to play this other side of him that's been hidden for almost a thousand years.

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