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All Quotes by author - Alexander Skarsgard
" All the characters I play are all inside of me in a way, and they're all different, the darkness, the lightness, whatever that is. "
" As an actor, what's interesting is what's hidden away beneath the surface. You want to be like a duck on a pond - very calm on the surface but paddling away like crazy underneath. "
" As a teenager, I didn't want to be an actor at all. "
" A true artist, in my mind, is willing to fail sometimes, because if you're not brave enough to say yes and follow your gut, it's never going to be good. "
" Being followed is weird, that people want to discuss where I ate lunch or what I wear when I go to lunch... the private life is just gone. "
" I don't like those artificial air fresheners. They just smell so fake. It's too much. "
" I have to be careful because there is something destructive within me, I think, and I can have a tendency to just search for the kicks. I can't really get too close to someone who's too destructive, or too dark, because then I might go down the rabbit hole myself. "
" I'm from Sweden. We don't wear clothes in Sweden. "
" I'm not interested in parts where they are looking for a good-looking guy. I want to be a weird little sidekick in a crazy comedy and then play like a dark drama or a thriller. "
" I'm pretty intense when it comes to relationships, platonic ones as well. If I feel a connection with someone, I'm willing to go there. "
" In some people's eyes, nudity is so much more dangerous than violence. I never really understood that. "
" I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat. "
" It's difficult to get to know a Swede. But once you do, you're in. "
" I wasn't like a Hollywood child actor - 'I'm five! I can sing, I can dance, I can act! I wanna be a star!' "
" I was thirteen, and I did a movie that got attention, and I got attention, and I didn't like it - it made me uncomfortable - so I just quit. And then I was trying to figure out what to do and was worthless at everything, so I was like, 'All right, I'll try acting again.' "
" Life isn't one-dimensional. The world isn't simply divided into good versus evil. I think we're all capable of both. "
" My plan was never to be an actor like my father. "
" Swedes are such a civilised, perfect society - at least on the surface. There's a great safety net, a huge middle class, free education, free health care. People are very polite, they wait their turn. They're not too loud, they're not too quiet, but sometimes it's a little too perfect. "
" The last book I read was Noam Chomsky on anarchism; maybe I will become an anarchist. "
" There's something I love about how stark the contrast is between January and June in Sweden. In a way, I feel that time doesn't exist in LA. Sometimes I don't know if it's February or April or October, because you're always sitting outside on the same patio, and it's 70 degrees. "
" The system in Sweden is great because you get free healthcare and free education; someone who doesn't have a lot of money can become a doctor or lawyer. There's good paternity and maternity leave - the U.S. is probably the only civilised country in the world that doesn't give parents anything. "
" We are civilized human beings, but we're all animals deep down, and that creates a certain friction in all of us. "
" We don't have paparazzi following you in Sweden. "
" When I was four or five, I would organise my cars and my action figures. I needed some kind of structure, I think. "
" When we were shooting in Shreveport, me and a couple of friends went down to Lafayette, because they had a big Zydeco music festival down there. We spent two days dancing to Zydeco music, eating fried alligator... It was one of the craziest festivals I've ever been to in my life, but I loved it. "
" You can never connect on a deeper level if you idolise someone - you don't see the real person. "
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