Alexander Skarsgards Covers OUT Magazine: Talks Nudity, Sex & Sweden

True Blood hottie Alexander Skarsgard has been an it-man for a while now. One of Sweden’s best imports (besides Ikea), Skarsgard covers OUT magazine for the month of November and as a double delight, OUT brought in another Swede, Jonas Akerlund to weigh in on the interview. Jonas is famous for directing music videos for Madonna and Christina Aguilera and even directed Alexander in Lady Gaga’s, “Paparazzi” video before Skarsgard became a household name in America. The combination of the two makes for quite the chat.

One notable thing that both men discuss with OUT is the differences of American culture versus Swedish culture. For one thing, Swedish film content tends to be, well, a little dark. Take for a example The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo… enough said right? But what shocks both Alexander and Jonas is the way people react to a simple question about your shoes. Alexander says:

There’s something about the sincerity that I miss in America. When someone asks, “What do you think of this painting?” or “How do you like these shoes?” I would take a second and actually look at the shoes or painting and say, “I like it.” Some people are kind of uncomfortable with that. When you ask, “How do you like my shoes,” they say, “I LOVE THEM.” They say, “YOU LOOK AMAZING; I LOVE IT!” At the same time, the reason Swedes can hold back is just because they don’t want you to think that you’re special or great or better than they are. At least when people in the U.S. like something, they say it.

Another interesting fact about Sweden is that it is frowned upon to flaunt your money, even if you have. Skarsgard mentions that in LA, people drive around in “yellow Hummers and wearing rhinestone dresses, and they live in fake palaces.” What blew my mind was when he mentioned that Ingvar Kamprad, the founder of IKEA drove around in a beat-up car up until a year or two ago. Are you kidding? That guy must be loaded! Check out more interview highlights and photos below.

Alexander and Jonas also talk about how nudity is such a taboo subject with American television. Jonas mentions that living in LA, you don’t see it ever but when you go back to Sweden and turn on the TV, it’s such a shock to see a naked person on your TV screen. Skarsgard elaborates even more:

And that always strikes me as weird because parents in the States freak out if their kids see a nipple or a butt cheek, but at the same time they’re OK with their kids watching people bash each other’s heads in with baseball bats. I notice in interviews in the U.S. all people want to talk about is nudity. You have a half-hour interview, and you spend 25 minutes talking about the nude scenes, and of course, if it makes sense as a scene, I’ll do it. I don’t even think someone — some guy who doesn’t know any gay people or black people, who may have all these prejudices — if that guy watches the show and thinks, I really like this character, then you’ve done something pretty good.

So what do Jonas and Alexander miss most about living in Sweden? Jonas admits it’s his mother’s cooking and the changing of the seasons to which the two turn into a tale about sex. They go on about how the winter is so cold. So you can either A. make music in your garage (which is why so many hit producers come out of Sweden) or B. have sex. According to the two of them, any season is boning season in Sweden. They explain:

Skarsgård: Also, I think part of the reason why there are so many musicians coming out of Sweden is you’re encouraged to play an instrument, or to sing and be creative, from a very early age, and it’s free. It’s a combination of a good school system and the long, dark winters. Because that means people sit in their garages and play music for five months because it’s too cold and dark to be outside.

Åkerlund: That’s the boning season. [Laughter] And then it’s spring, and that’s also boning season. And summer’s the best boning season.

Skarsgård: And that’s also why we’re so liberal and so cool with our sexuality — because we fuck a lot [laughter].

Åkerlund: How much time can you spend playing the drums?

Skarsgård: When you’re bored, just have sex.

For the entire interview, you can check out OUT.com.

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