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Bill Skarsgard

  • Swedish actor
  • Born August 9, 1990

Bill Istvan Günther Skarsgård (Swedish pronunciation: [ˈbɪl ˈskɑːʂgoːɖ] (listen); born 9 August 1990) is a Swedish actor. He is best known for his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the two-part adaptation of It — It (2017) and the upcoming It Chapter Two (2019). He also starred in the dystopian thriller The Divergent Series: Allegiant (2016), the espionage thriller Atomic Blonde (2017), the series Hemlock Grove (2013–2015), and as "The Kid" in the Castle Rock series (2018–present).


Acting was always there, it's true. But for a long time, in my teenage years, I wasn't sure about it - not because I didn't like it, but I didn't want people to think I hadn't earned it.




A character on screen that's the 'good guy' or the 'bad guy,' they're never interesting. There's got to be an internal struggle, the duality is important to find.




Sweden is a small country and, well, our family's pretty prominent in that world, I guess. And I really didn't like the sound of just being 'the fourth acting Skarsgard.'




In movies we tend make things black and white: you're either this, or you're that.




To me, it's all about inspiration. What gets me creatively excited is a challenge.




A true artist, in my mind, is willing to fail sometimes, because if you're not brave enough to say yes and follow your gut, it's never going to be good.




In terms of jobs, I'm an actor. There's gotta' be depth there. I'd never say yes to something just to play the hot guy. That's not what I'm interested in.




There's something I love about how stark the contrast is between January and June in Sweden.




I'm always looking for something that's real and that's got meat on it. I think it's artistic suicide if you're too vain, or if you're afraid to play ugly. I would never fall for that.




I come from a family of pacifists, so it's not like I was going to join the war. Sweden is not like the States or England where you might get sent to Afghanistan next month.




I needed to be myself and find my own identity.




I have three older brothers, and each one of them has chosen one of my parents' education. Two of them are actors, and the third is a doctor as my mother is.




I worked with Lady Gaga for a day on a video shoot. It was crazy; we had a lot of fun. I had a great time.




I've lived in California for six years and I've never surfed.




When I read a script and have my first interaction with this character, do I feel like there's something I'm gonna' learn here? If I feel like it's something I've done before, then what's the incentive for me to do it?




My height can be a problem. A lot of directors and photographers are sometimes not happy because I'm pretty tall and especially if I work with short actors the difference can be pretty massive.




I can deal with it now, but 13 is a tough age to be recognized and famous. It's a tough age, period.




I see myself as most people see themselves, you have good days and bad days. I don't think I'm better looking now than I did three years ago.



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