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" A character on screen that's the 'good guy' or the 'bad guy,' they're never interesting. There's got to be an internal struggle, the duality is important to find. "
" I worked with Lady Gaga for a day on a video shoot. It was crazy; we had a lot of fun. I had a great time. "
" Acting was always there, it's true. But for a long time, in my teenage years, I wasn't sure about it - not because I didn't like it, but I didn't want people to think I hadn't earned it. "
" I'm always looking for something that's real and that's got meat on it. I think it's artistic suicide if you're too vain, or if you're afraid to play ugly. I would never fall for that. "
" There's something I love about how stark the contrast is between January and June in Sweden. "
" Sweden is a small country and, well, our family's pretty prominent in that world, I guess. And I really didn't like the sound of just being 'the fourth acting Skarsgard.' "
" To me, it's all about inspiration. What gets me creatively excited is a challenge. "
" My height can be a problem. A lot of directors and photographers are sometimes not happy because I'm pretty tall and especially if I work with short actors the difference can be pretty massive. "
" I have three older brothers, and each one of them has chosen one of my parents' education. Two of them are actors, and the third is a doctor as my mother is. "
" I needed to be myself and find my own identity. "
" I see myself as most people see themselves, you have good days and bad days. I don't think I'm better looking now than I did three years ago. "
" I've lived in California for six years and I've never surfed. "
" In terms of jobs, I'm an actor. There's gotta' be depth there. I'd never say yes to something just to play the hot guy. That's not what I'm interested in. "
" In movies we tend make things black and white: you're either this, or you're that. "
" 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. "
" I can deal with it now, but 13 is a tough age to be recognized and famous. It's a tough age, period. "
" I come from a family of pacifists, so it's not like I was going to join the war. Sweden is not like the States or England where you might get sent to Afghanistan next month. "