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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.
In 1997, he enrolled in a theater course at Marymount Manhattan College and moved to New York City.
He returned to Stockholm after six months, but the time he spent studying theater showed him that he wanted to act.
His break came when he was cast as Sergeant Brad "Iceman" Colbert in the critically acclaimed HBO miniseries Generation Kill.
An adaptation of journalist Evan Wright's book of the same name, Generation Kill follows the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion of the United States Marine Corps during the early part of the Iraq War.
Skarsgard’s mother is a physician and Skarsgard has five siblings.Skarsgård was later cast as Eric Northman, a 1000-year-old, Viking vampire sheriff, local bar owner and potential love interest of heroine Sookie Stackhouse.Skarsgård appeared in Straw Dogs, a remake of the 1971 film of the same name, as Charlie Venner. He is best known for his roles as vampire Eric Northman on the HBO series True Blood, Meekus in Zoolander, the title character in The Legend of Tarzan, Brad Colbert in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, and Perry Wright in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.A friend of his father, who was a director, gave Skarsgård his first film role when he was seven years old.