Alexander Skarsgard made his most memorable red carpet appearance to date on Monday when he turned up to his latest film premiere in full drag. The handsome 38-year-old actor made a statement as he attended the opening night of Diary of a Teenage Girl in San Francisco wearing a feathered wig, a full face of makeup, long golden gown, heels, hoop earrings and carrying a tiny metallic clutch bag.
It's unclear why Alexander decided to dress up in drag for the screening – although it could have been a nod to his co-star Joshua Grannell, a drag performer named Peaches Christ who plays a transvestite in the movie. This isn't the first time that the 6ft 4in star has worn a dress; he did so in both True Blood and the 2006 Swedish film Kill Your Darlings.
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Alexander Skarsgard with co-star Bel Powley (left) and director Marielle Heller
In Diary of a Teenage Girl – which is based on Phoebe Gloeckner's novel, set in 1976 – Alexander stars as Monroe, a 35-year-old man who is dating Chloe (played by Kristen Wiig) and begins an affair with her 15-year-old daughter Minnie (played by Bel Powley).
Alexander recently told Glamour he "definitely" didn’t have any reservations about taking on the role. "That's what got me excited about it, the fact that I saw it as an interesting challenge – to make this character that could have just as easily been a villain or too predatory," he said.
"How can you make this – and without condoning what he does, because he is 35 and ultimately responsible for this – but it's not going to be interesting if you carry on playing that note over and over and I think that's what got me excited when I read it.
"(I thought), 'How can we find moments where he's not in control or where he is confused, and find moments that are beautiful and real where he might be like the teenage boy and she is the mature woman?'"
His 23-year-old British co-star Bel agreed, stating that she liked "portraying a real relationship with a power struggle where the balance isn't always equal between them".
She added: "It was just exciting to be able to play a teenage girl and her sexuality without judging it in a really honest way, because I don't think a lot of films show female sexuality in that kind of way."