To the world he’s Eric Northman Vampire Sheriff of Louisiana, owner of Fangtasia and one of the sexiest if not the sexiest vampire on television but Alexander Skarsgård is more than just a sexy body and a handsome face. The True Blood star and former Swedish marine will be doing his part in treking across Antarctica, all in the name of philanthropy.
It was just announced that Skarsgård will be racing against Prince Harry across Antarctica as part of the Walking With the Wounded South Pole Allied Challenge in what is being billed by a number of polar experts as “the largest modern-day expedition of its type.” The competition will see three teams heading on a 208-mile (335km) trek across the frozen continent. Each team will represent charities from either the UK, the US or the Commonwealth and consist of wounded service personnel with either physical and/or mental injuries sustained in the line of duty.
In an interview with E! News on Thursday night at the Calvin Klein Fashion Week party in New York, Skarsgård gushed about how thrilled he is at the prospect of facing off against Prince Harry and how honoured he was to be asked to take part.
The trek will take place over a month during Antarctica’s summer season. However, do not to be fooled, an Antarctic summer still means below-zero temperatures, blizzards and dangerous ravines. There will be no Louisiana heat for our Vampire Sheriff.
This shouldn’t be too hard on Skarsgård, who is after all from Sweden. Although he may be from Sweden, Skarsgård will be a part of the US team. He met his fellow team mates for the first time last week in California and boasted about what amazing people they are. In talking about the trek, he told The Express, “I’m honored to be working and training alongside these soldiers to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause.”
The HBO star is already hard at work training for the journey (check out his blog here) and will set off for the trek on November 15 to race Prince Harry’s Team Glenfiddich and Dominic West’s Commonwealth Team.
Team US Guide, Inge Solheim, commented on how excited and thrilled she was to welcome Skarsgård on the expedition, saying: “We are delighted that Alexander is joining Team US for the expedition. He is a great asset to the team and has bonded really well with all the team members during training.”
We wish all three teams all the best on their trek.