Bill Skarsgard & Landon Liboiron On ‘Hemlock Grove,’ Their Characters’ Homoerotic Tensions
Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron play Roman and Peter on Netlfix’s original series Hemlock Grove, which showcases a lot of tension between the two in the just-released Season 2. “Where the fist season leaves us is that their relationship is shattered because of everything that happened,” Skarsgard, who is the brother of True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard and son of famed Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgard, told uInterview exclusively, “and where the second season begins, both Peter and Roman are completely dealing with their own demons. And they couldn’t be further apart.”
Still many fans see a budding romance between Roman and Peter. “The sexual tension between the characters, and that was never full intention from neither one of us,” said Skarsgard. “But I’ve seen a lot of fan art, that they just want to picture that.” Although the show’s writer Brian McGreevy may not have intended a romance between the characters, the language exchanged between the two is suggestive. “I think it’s what we say to each other, and it’s not necessarily sexual,” Liboiron told uInterview.
Hemlock Grove Season 2 is now available on Netflix.
SKARSGARD: Yeah, I guess it is sort of a romance between them. Where the fist season leaves us is that their relationship is shattered because of everything that happened. And where the second season begins, both Peter and Roman are completely dealing with their own demons. And they couldn't be further apart. Roman really resents Peter for leaving him in this desperate time where Roman really needed him, and also blames him for the things that happened when he left: Roman essentially killing himself and becoming this thing that he fought his life for trying to avoid. There’s definitely a lot of tension between the two of them in the beginning of season 2.
LIBOIRON: Yes, if there’s any hope! [laughs]
SKARSGARD: Yeah, the hope for the romance. I don’t know, I got this question earlier, but the sexual tension between the characters, [to LIBOIRON] and that was never full intention from neither one of us. But I’ve seen a lot of fan art, that they just want to picture that. But no, it’s just these two characters that just…
LIBOIRON: [to Bill] I think it’s just Brian’s writing. I saw you change back, it was f---ing beautiful. I think it’s what we say to each other, and it’s not necessarily sexual.
SKARSGARD: I mean I don’t mind at all! I love that! [laughs]
SKARSGARD: They’re always there to support me. So if I need to deal with something or if I have something on my shoulders, they’re always there to support me. And it’s always good to have people in your family that very near to you that could actually come with advice for things that maybe I’m facing for the first time so it’s always good to have them.
SKARSGARD: The relationship between Roman and Dr. Price is very difficult. Roman, I think, doesn’t trust him, and he doesn’t like him because of what happened. In season 1 theres this whole Ouroboros thing and evil that he sensed. There’s a lot of Roman trying to figure out what [Dr. Price] is going behind closed doors, and there’s that tension. It’s just someone who’s desperate and doesn’t know what to do. And if he had any options, he would probably take another one. He has a “just please, save me” kind of a thing.