It is probably impossible not to become an actor if you were born into a family of a film actor, like Gustaf. His father, Stellan Skarsgård, is a laureate of the World Film Achievement Award and winner of prestigious competitions in the Best Male Role category. His brothers Alexander and Bill are also famous actors.
This friendly family organically created the basis for children to grow up in an atmosphere of creativity and interest in art. Stellan's wife worked as a doctor, but supported the children in their pursuit of acting. The couple raised six children: they have five sons and a daughter.
Gustaf Skarsgård was born in Stockholm in 1980. Much in his childhood was associated with his father's profession, and as a schoolboy, Gustaf understood what shooting and working on a film is. Once he got on the set of the film "The nickname" Red Rooster ". Gustaf's father played the main role there, and the boy could see how he turns into a completely different person - it fascinated him.. And soon he himself starred in the short film "Prima Ballerina".
Therefore, it is easy to guess that Gustaf saw his further path only in the movies. After school, he entered the Academy of Theater Arts in Stockholm.
Career in theater and cinema
After the Academy, the young actor got on the stage of the theater, where he coped with difficult roles quite successfully. In the production of The Merchant of Venice, he managed to create a believable image of a Jewish merchant, after which his name became known in theatrical circles, and then among filmmakers.
Therefore, a year later he received an invitation to the youth drama "Evil", where he played the role of Otto. The film was a success, nominated for an Oscar, and Gustaf was awarded the Golden Beetle. It was a great start in his film career, but he did not plan to leave the Skarsgård Theater yet, so the work on the stage and in the cinema proceeded in parallel.
He was nominated twice more for the Swedish "Golden Beetle" - for his characters in the films "Children of the Outskirts" and "Patrick 1, 5". There are little-known films in his portfolio, there are successful ones. For example, the film "Kon-Tiki" was nominated for an Oscar - in it Gustaf played the role of the scientist Bengt Danielsson. And the series "Vikings" brought worldwide fame to Skarsgard. Here he played the role of Viking Floki, and after that his name became known to viewers all over the world.
The best films of Gustaf Skarsgård are: "Evil" (2003), "Arn: The Knight Templar" (2007), "Arn: United Kingdom" (2008), "Kon-Tiki" (2012), "Patrick 1, 5" (2008).
Gustaf does not like to talk about private topics, does not talk about the family. It is known that in 1999 he married actress Hannah Alström, but in 2005 the couple decided to file for divorce. They had no children. The actor was credited with having connections with other women, but while Skarsgård is free.
In his life, family relations take a large place, especially relations with brothers - actors. There is an unspoken agreement between them about professional rivalry, and they joke a lot on this topic, tease each other after unsuccessful roles. However, the main thing in their life is fraternal support and mutual assistance.