While we've been focusing on famous Hollywood families like the Smiths, the Kardashians, and the Cyruses, we've missed out on the most interesting acting clan perhaps ever. The fact is: No Hollywood clan can compete with the Skarsgårds!
The Skarsgårds are Big in Sweden and are on their way to becoming Very Big in America. Stellan Skarsgård, an acclaimed Swedish actor, has eight children, four of whom are actors. You already know Alexander from True Blood and Big Little Lies. His younger brother, Bill, hit it big playing Pennywise in IT. As at April 2018, Gustaf is making his debut in Season 2 of Westworld.
If anyone deserves a reality TV show filmed about their family, it's this warm, talented clan. We can see the show playing out: Stellan’s unconventional parenting, boisterous actor-brothers arguing over political issues in their cozy light-wood summer cottage, and dinner party conversations filmed late into the night. If you think we sound crazily enthusiastic, it’s only because you haven’t met them yet. Welcome. Welcome to the future.
1. Stellan Skarsgård: The Patriarch
Where You Know Him From: Odds are, if you’ve seen a Swedish movie (including The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo), you’ve seen Stellan. In terms of Hollywood, Stellan played Eric Selvig in Thor, Bill in Mamma Mia, Bootstrap Bill Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and Gerald Lambeau in Good Will Hunting.
But we don’t just love Stellan for his acting. we love him for his outspoken opinions on parenting, which would make him the perfect character on a TV show. “From the age of 16, it’s not your business what they decide to do in life, you have to let them make those decisions themselves,” he told Swedish publication Aftonbladet. “Otherwise they will probably accuse you of ruining their lives, or think that they have a good life thanks to dad, and that would be equally horrific.”
He's groomed a clan of argumentative, opinionated kids. “I have tried to teach them to question everything. This forces you to think about whether you are right or wrong and to sharpen up arguments in defence of a position. It also makes for extremely loud gatherings,” Stellan told The Guardian.
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