- Stellan Skarsgård is one of the stars of HBO's Chernobyl .
- Together with co-stars Jared Harris and Emily Watson, he was nominated for an Emmy appearance.
- In a conversation with Men's Health he discussed how his real experiences had an impact on the way he played his Chernobyl character .
HBO's Chernobyl was a gigantic success with almost every possible metric. What began as modest success at the beginning of May – just as the giant of the network Game of Thrones achieved its goal ̵
At the center of all this was the brilliant drama that anchored the show. Stellan Skarsgård had achieved great success before – he was part of the MCU, Pirates of the Caribbean and countless other big-screen bargains. He even had the opportunity, in a couple of Mamma Mia! Movies. But the tremendous scale and his impressive performance in Chernobyl brought him something he had not experienced in his 51-year career – an Emmy nomination for acting.
Already in April, before being nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a limited series, we had the opportunity to talk to Skarsgård about experiencing the real Chernobyl disaster, to bring in his own experiences and to be part of this exciting project. This conversation will be reviewed in the run-up to the Emmys ceremony on September 22, below:
Stellan Skarsgård may play Boris Shcherbina, the government figure who appeared as a whistleblower in HBO's Chernobyl . The announced docudrama is far from his first experiences with the man-made nuclear disaster in Ukraine. He lived it, as clouds of remnant overtook the sky of the northern Swedish homeland.
"For years, we could not eat berries, mushrooms or reindeer meat," he said in an interview with Men's Health. " Well, it was a pretty dramatic thing in Sweden at the time."
When he did not live in the Soviet system, but in "happy Sweden", as Skarsgård mentioned, he was aware that there was such a nuclear incident with catastrophic consequences. But when he lived in Sweden – in the Western world – he was completely disconnected from the dark reality of the situation. He still did not know why the incident happened until after Chernobyl he researched for HBO and finally learned that the on-screen presentation was incredibly accurate.
For one thing, he did not know that the catastrophe was not inevitable; that it was in fact an avoidable event, which became worse and worse as a result of the refusal of a stubborn government to admit that it was at fault. "I did not know how the Soviet system itself was one of the causes of this accident," he said. "If you have a system that must be infallible, that does not allow for mistakes in the system, people start to lie and hide truths."