My First Job: Alexander Skarsgård
Alexander Skarsgård sharpened his teeth in the working world long before he was called upon to play the role of a bloodsucking vampire.
Despite having a famous father in the entertainment industry, the Stockholm native landed his first job courtesy of his uncle. “I was a busboy in Stockholm,” the “True Blood” star said.
“My uncle worked at a restaurant as a bartender and got me a summer job when I was 15,” the 36-year-old actor said.
But Skarsgård quickly learned the food and beverage industry wasn’t for him.
“I didn’t like the job but it was exciting too because I was 15 and making my own money. I could go buy clothes or go to movie. I felt like an adult,” he explained.
He did, however pay it forward. “I would go out and treat a friend to lunch. It felt very cool and I felt like a grown man,” Skarsgård said.
Although the job wasn’t difficult, it was extremely taxing for the teenager. “They had a big huge patio and I was constantly clearing tables out there,” Skarsgård added.
Skarsgård doesn’t remember how much he made, he told the Journal it was probably minimum wage at the time. He did however, take away a lifelong lesson he still subscribes to today. “Don’t be an a-hole to the busboy.”
Skarsgård can be seen in “Disconnect,” out in theaters now, as well as the coming “What Maisie Knew.” He will reprise his role in “True Blood” when the series returns in June.
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