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Alexander Skarsgård's Cowboy Boot Conundrum

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Sexy Swede Alexander Skarsgård may not be a United States native, but the actor certainly tried to fit in when he was a young boy. “I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie,” he tells Arcade Fire frontman (and native Texan) Win Butler in the latest issue of Interview magazine. “I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture.” In doing so, Skarsgård — who’s been linked to Kate Bosworth — did some southern-style shopping. “I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat,” he says. “Then I got back to Sweden in September to go back to school, and I was so proud of my cowboy boots.” Sadly for the star, the reception in his homeland was less than warm. “I told my mom and my dad, ‘I’m going to wear these bad boys to school today, and all the kids are going to love me. I’m going to be the coolest kid in school.’ Then I showed up and everyone was like, ‘Dude, why are you wearing ladies’ boots?’ They didn’t really work in Sweden.” So did Skarsgård ever get back in the saddle? Not so much. “I wore them that one day, and then I ran home and cried and never wore those boots again.” Read more from the True Blood star in the latest issue of Interview, on newsstands June 7. Kate Hogan