BILL SKARSGÅRD

Esquire (Singapore) - - Style -

The Pathfinder

Bill Skarsgård be­gan his twen­ties as merely the younger brother of Alexan­der Skarsgård, play­ing parts in Swedish indies and dress­ing in an un­set­tled mix of the bright ath­letic wear of his teens and the req­ui­site Nordic skinny jeans. He’ll fin­ish the decade as an ac­tor in his own right, cross­ing over into big-time Amer­i­can movies and adopt­ing the globe-trot­ting uni­form of muted min­i­mal­ism.

“Un­til your mid-twen­ties, you’re still grow­ing up men­tally,” he says. “It’s fair to say that there’s a big­ger dif­fer­ence be­tween 20 and 25 than be­tween 25 and 40 in terms of who you are, how you re­late to your work, and what you want out of it.” With his turn as Pen­ny­wise, the de­monic clown pop­ping out of sewer grates and ter­ror­is­ing chil­dren in this year’s adap­ta­tion of Stephen King’s clas­sic It, Skarsgård is stak­ing his claim to work that poses a real chal­lenge. And though he’s more sure of who he is and what he wants, he knows it’s far too soon to get com­fort­able. “Play­ing Pen­ny­wise will change my life and ca­reer for­ever. It’s go­ing to change my path. And who knows where that path might lead me?”

That’s one les­son he’s learned sooner than most of us: never make the mis­take of think­ing you know where you’re headed. Shear­ling jacket by Tod’s; jacket, shirt and trousers, all by Brunello Cucinelli.

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