9 Things to Know About Bill Skarsgård, the Clown in It

by Jessica Hickam
Aug 31, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. ET

I'm not one to be particularly terrified by clowns, but the upcoming movie It has even me freaked out from the trailer alone. I mean, it's about a freaking clown that eats children. WTH! If you're wondering where the weirdness comes from, it's the mind of Stephen King. The movie is based on his book by the same name. But it also takes a particular actor to be able to capture the facial expressions that will give us all nightmares with just one glance.

Judging from the film, you'd think the actor behind the clown mask must be at least a little terrifying too, right? Well, wrong. He's not at all. His name is Bill Skarsgård, and you should probably remember that, because he's poised to break out in the next year. And no, he looks nothing like a crazy demon clown in real life.

Here's everything you should know about Skarsgård before he gives you nightmares when It hits theaters on Sept. 8, 2017.

1 /9: He's actually a babe

1/9 :He's actually a babe

Skarsgård might play a super-scary clown that kills children in It, but back in the real world, he's young and most definitely handsome. Just look at the chiseled jaw!

2 /9: He's related to those other famous Skarsgårds

2/9 :He's related to those other famous Skarsgårds

His father is Stellan Skarsgård, who has appeared in a ton of films, including The Avengers and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Meanwhile, his brother Alexander is best known for True BloodTarzan and Big Little Lies and his other brother Gustaf is currently acting on the hit show Vikings.

3 /9: He's also a model

3/9 :He's also a model

According to IMDb, he's 6 feet, 3-1/4 inches tall, so it's no wonder he also models. He even did a campaign for H&M!

4 /9: 2017 is a big year for him

4/9 :2017 is a big year for him

Aside from his role in It, Skarsgård also appeared in Atomic Blonde alongside Charlize Theron and will have a role in the upcoming film Emperor with Adrien Brody. 

5 /9: He landed his first film role at age 9

5/9 :He landed his first film role at age 9

He played the younger brother of real-life brother Alexander Skarsgård's character in the 2000 film White Water Fury.

6 /9: He's done horror before

6/9 :He's done horror before

Skarsgård played a half-human, half-Upir (similar to a vampire) named Roman Godfrey in the Netflix show Hemlock Grove.

7 /9: He's dealt with insecurity in the past

7/9 :He's dealt with insecurity in the past

"I think hubris comes from insecurity," Skarsgård said in an interview with Interview magazine. "Confidence comes in a more rooted sense; part of being confident is being able to say, 'I can be really shitty,' and to accept that. But also not to crumble under it."

8 /9: He studied science

8/9 :He studied science

In an interview with Interview, Skarsgård explained, "I started acting when I was 9. I did smaller parts here and there as a kid, and then as I grew older I started resisting it, because I didn't like the idea of being, at the time, number four of the Skarsgård actors." Though he added that he studied science in school (his mother is a doctor), ultimately, couldn't resist the acting bug.

9 /9: He can be sweet, but also disturbing

9/9 :He can be sweet, but also disturbing

It director Andrés Muschietti said he cast Skarsgård because of his unnerving demeanor. "Bill Skarsgård caught my attention. The character has a childish and sweet demeanor, but there’s something very off about him. Bill has that balance in him. He can be sweet and cute, but he can be pretty disturbing."