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Gustaf Skars­gård plays boat-build­ing trick­ster Floki in Vik­ings (2013-cur­rent) and like his char­ac­ter, the 36-year-old Swede likes his pri­vacy. “I strive to keep my own bal­ance and san­ity, but it can be more chal­leng­ing at times,” he says. “For me, it’s fun to have that ex­treme of a char­ac­ter to play with, es­pe­cially with all these lay­ers – the jeal­ousy, the ha­tred, the car­ing, the lov­ing sides.”

He’s re­lated to Alexan­der and 1

Stel­lan Skars­gård. Forty-year-old Alex (Eric North­man in sci-fi show True Blood, 2008-2014) is Gustaf’s brother, while 65-year-old Stel­lan (Erik Selvig in the Thor films, 2011-cur­rent) is his dad.

He’s even got a fa­mous ac­tor god2

fa­ther – Peter Stor­mare, who’s on­screen cur­rently as vi­o­lent an­cient de­ity Cz­er­nobog in sci-fi show Amer­i­can Gods (2017-cur­rent; Mon­days, M-Net 22:00).

For­get about adding weight, the 3

cam­era on Vik­ings makes Gustaf look short. At 1.93m, he’s 5cm taller than Clive Standen (Rollo).

Floki’s laugh and dance is some4

thing that Gustaf came up and he says that “I was sit­ting in my ho­tel room work­ing on high-pitched, falsetto gig­gles. The creepier it be­came, the more like ‘home’ it be­came for Floki.”

Slip­pery char­ac­ters are pretty apt 5

roles for the ac­tor – his mid­dle name “Orm” means “ser­pent”.

He’s not just an ac­tor – Gustaf is 6

an award-win­ning writer, di­rec­tor and pro­ducer. His cred­its in­clude 2011 short drama film Man­niskor Helt Utan Be­ty­delse and 2013 drama movie Vi.

Gustaf was mar­ried to Swedish ac7

tress Hanna Al­ström from 1999 to 2005 and he’s cur­rently dat­ing an­other Swedish ac­tress, lit­tle-known 33-yearold Malin Buska.

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