Ever since taking on the role of Pennywise in the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's horror classic It, actor Bill Skarsgård, 29, has seen his acting career quickly take off. While he was a relatively successful actor in his own right beforehand, his role as the evil clown who makes kids float. But outside of being the villainous Pennywise, Skarsgård is a relatively normal guy. He has a family he's close with, including a child he loves to spoil.
In an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote the new release of It: Chapter Two, Skarsgård revealed that he has an 11-month-old baby girl with girlfriend and Swedish actress Alida Morberg, 34. They had originally welcomed their daughter back on October 1st, 2018, but not much else is known about the child- or even the relationship between her parents, who've been together since the spring of 2016. This is largely due to Skarsgård being extremely and notoriously private about his private life.
But it wasn't just the revelation that he has a daughter that had Colbert, 55, and his audience captivated. The late-night talk show host asked Skarsgård ever worried that his daughter would ever watch It or the sequel. After all, her dad's playing an evil clown who's eating the children of Derry, Maine- would any daughter want to see that?
Skarsgård answered the question with, "Well, I’ve gotten a bunch of fun merch throughout the years, so her little baby room is just filled with all these Pennywise teddy bears." He said this with laughter- as if it's totally normal to surround a baby with toys of a child-eating clown.
"Well, that’s nice. You’re softening her up," Colbert joked in response.
"F*** yeah," Skarsgård replied with another laugh before going into how he wanted to portray Pennywise, and how he managed to get into character for such a role.
"I was really excited to do a full character transformation into something that’s so far away from who I am in every way," he revealed. "So I took a lot of time and worked on how Pennywise would sound and move and all that. Things changed along the way, but it was convincing enough that I got the job. You need to access parts of yourself where you’re thinking, 'What’s the most disturbing or horrifying thing that could happen right now?' And then you have to commit to that."
Whether you love or hate Pennywise, it's hard to deny that the image of a baby sleeping alongside Pennywise toys is adorable yet creepy. But if Skarsgård's daughter is happy, then that's all that matters. Besides, it's unlikely that she'll learn that her father played the monstrous clown anytime soon.