Alexander Skarsgard and Nicole Kidman kissed on the lips while he made his way up to accept the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie. It was a quick, affectionate peck and Keith Urban was right there. Everyone calm down. I had to get that out of the way. Now can we move on to more important things like Skarsgard’s mustache?
HOW is he making this work? I was just having a conversation with my friend Caleigh the other day about how we would not be down if our respective partners wanted to grow mustaches. We both think they are actively revolting. We decided that a ‘stache is a potential deal breaker. A ‘stache plus the fact that Perry Wright is a skeevy sociopath, it should not be working. Against all logic, I do not hate Alexander Skarsgard’s mustache. In fact, I think I’m really into it. It helps that Alexander Skarsgard is stupidly attractive. It also helps that he seemed genuinely starstruck by Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, and Dolly Parton, as he should be. His speech was awkward but endearing. I didn’t even flinch when he called the cast of Big Little Lies “girls” like I did when Jean-Marc Vallée said it.
Here’s the context in which Skarsgard referenced the cast:
"Thank you for making this boy feel like one of the girls.”
On a Hollywood set, how often is it that the men are the minority? You always hear about the sole female on set having to “fit in with the boys.” I like how this Skarsgard quote flips the script on that idea. HE had to fit in with them. He was made to feel welcome by this bevy of badass women who had the control on set. It’s not the same as “you girls,” diminishing their power and importance. It actually gives insight into the sisterhood that formed on the set of Big Little Lies. Maybe I’m blinded by the allure of the ‘stache but I thought the way Skarsgard delivered this was kind of empowering.
He also adorably thanked his mom:
"Speaking of incredible women, I want to thank my mother who flew out all the way from Stockholm, Sweden to be here tonight... Oh and thanks for giving birth to me, that was pretty cool."
He’s a bit dorky too, right? It’s turning me on. What is happening?
So, Alexander Skarsgard is now an Emmy winner. Perry Wright was a singular role. It’s a performance he absolutely deserved to be rewarded for. Skarsgard’s Perry was haunting and horrifying. We now know that he can deliver on screen in multiple roles (including True Blood) and with this affable Emmys appearance, his career is on a serious upswing. (Lainey: haha, unintentional Tarzan joke!)