Sweden used to be known for peace, Abba and long hours of daylight.These days, from the novels of the late Stieg Larsson to the cult film Let the Right One in, its dark side appears to be taking over the world.After four auditions in three cities, Skarsgård learned the role was his just 36 hours before he had to board a plane for Namibia where the project was filming.
Alongside Prince Harry, West and several wounded soldiers, he successfully made it to the South Pole on December 13, 2013.
Alexander has been dating British model Alexa Chung, 32, since last year, with the pair recently being faced with frenzied speculation of an impending wedding after they were spotted together at the Barclaycard Presents British Summer Time Festival.
Speaking of his on-screen chemistry with the fair-haired beauty, who plays the role of Jane, Alexander told Closer Magazine: 'Tarzan and Jane have to be drawn to each other, and the audience need to feel it - obviously it wasn't hard acting that with Margot, she's so charming!
He is the epitome of Scandi-cool, having grown up in Stockholm in the now-popular So Fo (south of Folkungagatan) neighbourhood.
He enrolled to study English but admits he did not study much and "had a blast" instead.
After seven years away from acting, he started to consider it again.
Skarsgård worked with a dialect coach to master the American accent.
Just before leaving to shoot Generation Kill, Skarsgård heard about True Blood, a new series HBO was developing based on the Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris.
At first he was unsure about playing a vampire, but when he learned that Alan Ball, creator of the HBO series Six Feet Under and Academy Award winning screenwriter of American Beauty, was behind the project, he sent in an audition tape.