Ahhh yet another awesome Alexander Skarsgard experience! With the release of The East on the horizon, Alexander Skarsgard is out and about with co-star Ellen Page. Karalee headed down to the premiere of the film hoping to get an autograph of Alex for a friend of hers.
Karalee is pretty awesome right? She also managed to get some great photos from the event as well. Check out
Karalee’s full report after the jump!
On this day, I find myself out and about hoping to snag an autograph for one of my dear friends, Monique, in Texas. She’s a huge “True Blood” fan and an even bigger fan of Alexander Skarsgard. He’s the star of the new film, “The East,” co-starring Ellen Page, and the premiere promises to be low-key, yet fan-heavy.
I arrive and find Billy Beer and Scotty holding down the fort. There are several dozen others already waiting. The twist to tonight’s wait-and-see game is that there are two premieres, back-to-back — one for “The Kings of Summer” and one for “The East.” Though it’s pretty clear, the draw of the night is Skarsgard.
Once the hustle-bustle of “The Kings of Summer” ends, the red-carpet crew quickly swaps out posters and such with marketing items for “The East.” Celebs begin arriving and it’s an interesting “Who can you randomly spot?” game that ensues in our mosh pit. We see, among others, Kate Flannery (“Meredith” from “The Office”),
Bryce Dallas Howard (“The Help”)
and Michael Gladis (“Paul Kinsey” from “Mad Men”).
Bryce is happy to stop over and could not have been sweeter. I spotted Michael and was thrilled to get my first photo op with a “Mad Men” star, even if he’s not a regular on the show anymore.
Perhaps one of the more interesting spots of the night occurred when people began yelling for James Cromwell (“Babe” and “The Green Mile”). He’s a tall man and stood out, and he graciously came right over to us and began signing and taking pictures.
But wait,…who is that other guy, whizzing by at the same time? Holy fruit, it’s Billy Idol! Yup, he was pretty much walking pace-for-pace with Cromwell, but we didn’t notice him until he was already making his way inside the theater. The crowd yells for him but to no avail. (I heard later that he did stop and sign on his way out.)
No matter, I’m here for Alexander. My friend, Monique, has always been good to me so if I can surprise her with this little gem, I’ll be a happy camper. The film’s stars begin to arrive: Brit Marling, Ellen Page and yes, the Swede of the night.
The crowd is yelling for Ellen and Alexander to come over.
As they wrap up their red carpet interviews, both make their way — at the same time!
Ellen starts at one end and Alexander at the other, which lucky for me, is where I am. I’m worried he may only sign for a few as the movie is slated to start soon and time is running out. To my surprise (and glee!), he signs and poses for pictures for pretty much everybody, working his way around the perimeter of our mosh pit.
I see him signing in black but I’d really like for him to sign Monique’s photo in blue (as the pic is in black and white). People are shoving, pushing, yelling, but when he gets to me, I stand my ground. I ask him if he will switch to blue and make it out to Monique (I’ve even written out “To Monique” on a Post-It as a reference). He smiles, grabs my blue pen and totally personalizes the picture! I then ask if I could also get a photo. All 6’4” of him crouches down to meet me and my 5’2” self and somehow Billy Beer snaps a winner.
I say “somehow” because at least a minimum of five boarded posters come crashing down around us as graphers are throwing their items over me. Really, people?! Just wait, and I’ll give the Swedish Sweetie back to you.
I thank Alexander for coming over and he continues down the row. He and Ellen cross paths at one point, and she now is making her way toward our side.
I help Billy get one of his posters signed and then she’s off.
Unlike Alexander, she’s not really engaging too much with the crowd but she signs and signs before heading inside. Billy tried getting a photo, and her publicist even took his camera, but it never quite worked out. I think it was just time was running out.
Ellen and Alexander both spent a great deal of time with the fans, and I was thrilled to not only get a photo with Alexander, but most importantly, I got the personalized autograph for my sister-from-another-mister Monique. Alexander was incredibly generous with his time. His going that extra little step — switching to the blue pen and the personalization, even writing what, after intense detective work, several of us have decided is the word “Kram” which means hugs in Swedish — will mean a lot for a great lady in North Texas.
Thanks for letting me share…catch ya on the flip side!
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