Alexander Skarsgård Explained Why Being On A "Sexy" List Actually Kind Of Hurt His Career, And It Makes Sense

    "People didn't take me seriously."

    You've seen Alexander Skarsgård in a bunch of movies and TV shows, and this month he's in the new movie The Northman. Here's the trailer:

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    At this point, you could conceivably say he's a really good actor who takes on interesting roles — but according to Alexander, there were some roadblocks to being taken seriously.

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    In an interview with the Sunday Times, the actor said that being put on a "sexy" list early in his career limited his reach when it came to the roles he was offered.

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    "[A]fter my first job, I was on a stupid ‘sexy hunky hot list’ and then people didn’t take me seriously," he explained.

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    “If you want characters with depth but have been labeled ‘a dude who takes his shirt off,’ you’re not going to get those offers.”

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    Alexander also clarified that he doesn't "really know" if "that was the reason I wasn’t getting roles," but he thinks that appealing to audiences outside of his native Sweden might be part of it.

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    "Starting out in Sweden, there was stuff about being tall and blond," he said. "But most people [in Sweden] are tall and blond.”

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    Of course, Alexander's career turned out to be just fine — remember his performance in Big Little Lies?

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    But his early struggles made him doubt his career regardless. "I was questioning why I was in the industry," he admitted.

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    Read the entire interview here.