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Exhibition: Television: Book: Restaurant: Music: Film: ON MY RADAR Bill Skarsgard's cultural highlights

July 20, 2014

Sarah Hughes

Bill Skarsgard is a 23-year-old actor currently starring as complicated rich boy Roman Godfrey in Netflix's horror series Hemlock Grove. Born in Vallingby, a suburb of Stockholm, he is the son of Stellan Skarsgard and brother of True Blood's Alexander. A rising star in his home country, he was nominated for a Guldbagge award in 2011 for his performance in Simple Simon and has drawn strong reviews for his performance in Hemlock Grove, season two of which is available on Netflix now. Sarah Hughes

Vasa Museum, Stockholm

I love the story behind the museum: in the 17th century the Swedish king built a huge ship to sail around Europe, to carry the Swedish flag and prove we were a force to be reckoned with, and the ship was top-heavy and sank. It's a great disaster story.


I'm so obsessed by Louie right now. Louis CK is so brilliant and clever and funny and also very bizarre. That show just makes me feel happy - there are no rules; he doesn't care about continuity or plots making sense. I really admire him as an artist and the show is so refreshing and fun.

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

I don't know if I should recommend this to anyone because it's one of the darkest stories I've ever read. It also took me for ever to finish because if you read 20 pages, you need to rest for a while. But it was brilliant: the story really sticks with you.

AG, Stockholm

One of my dad's biggest passions is cooking so we always had good food at home. The closest I can get to that vibe is AG. My two best friends work there and it's convenient to go there, eat good food and hang out with my best friends. It has a real home vibe, which I love.

The Dead Brothers

The soundtrack for Hemlock Grove got me into all this goth folk gypsy music like the Dead Brothers. It's cabaret music that's very dark, a bit like some of Tom Waits's stuff. It's really interesting when a new genre speaks to you and these guys are phenomenal.


I just saw this - it was so interesting, much more like a piece of theatre than a film. And given that it's one actor, Tom Hardy, in a car for an hour and a half, I was surprisingly invested in the story. It was challenging and different and I really like that.

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Source: Observer (UK)

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