Alexander Skarsgard on the True Blood Finale: "It Was Unbelievably Emotional" to Film, I "Started Crying"

Entertainment Aug. 25, 2014 AT 2:35PM
Alexander Skarsgard True Blood's Alexander Skarsgard told Us Weekly about filming his final scenes for the HBO show, calling it an "unbelievably emotional" experience and noting that he "started crying" on set Credit: John P. Johnson/HBO

Who says boys don't cry? True Blood fans may have been sad to say goodbye to Alexander Skarsgard's sexy vampire Eric Northman on the show's Aug. 24 series finale, but no one is sadder than Skarsgard himself. Speaking with Us Weekly prior to the HBO drama's final episode, the Giver actor admitted he had a hard time keeping it together on set when filming wrapped.

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"It was unbelievably emotional," the star said of shooting his last scene. "That show has been such a huge part of my life. I've met some really good friends on that set, and there is no doubt that they will remain close friends forever."

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That said, Skarsgard knows it will "never be exactly the same" now that the series is over. "There's something about going to a location like that and just having these people as your family, and their families as your family," he told Us. "The last scene I filmed, I was just trying to take it all in and I started crying."

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He is happy, though, with how his character ended up. "I think how he ends fits with how he's lived," the Swedish-born star mused of Eric. "He's always had a clear mission and a clear agenda on his mind...I guess we'll have to see what the reactions are."

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Regardless, nothing can take away from his experience on the show, which he'll carry with him always — along with, perhaps, a souvenir from the set. While most of the props are being auctioned off for charity, Skarsgard's costar Kristin Bauer (who played his faithful, super-sassy vampire kin Pam) managed to steal a very meaningful memento for him.

"Pam grabbed my fangs for me," he shared.

(The Giver, also starring Meryl Streep and Jeff Bridges, is in theaters now.)

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