"True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard has teamed up with England's Prince Harry for a 208-mile trek to the South Pole to raise money for the charity Walking With the Wounded. The event, which kicks off in November, will benefit wounded soldiers from the U.K., Canada, Australia and the United States.
"I'm honored to be working and training alongside these soldiers to raise money and awareness for this very worthy cause," Skarsgård told People Sept. 11. Three teams of wounded military servicemen will participate in the grueling race to the South Pole.
Skarsgård, 37, will compete on Team USA, while Prince Harry, who's the patron of Walking With the Wounded, will represent the U.K. A third team represents Canada andAustralia. Last year, Harry, who is a captain in the British Army, trained for the event by wearing an 84-pound weighted vest.
This year's South Pole trek will require all participants (including Skarsgård and Prince Harry) to sleep out on the ice and drag a 220-pound sled in temperatures as low as -31 degrees Fahrenheit. Participants will also be required to haul their own backpacks, which includes over 80 pounds of food, clothing and toiletries, cooking equipment, fuel for their stoves, tents and communications equipment.
It's unclear whether Skarsgård and Harry will stay for the entire 16-day expedition. Last year, Prince Harry spent four days on the trek and had to leave early in order to resume his training as an Apache combat helicopter pilot.
Despite his pretty-boy image, Skarsgård has military training, having spent 15 months as an anti-terrorist soldier in the Swedish army during his early twenties. Skarsgård's army background came in handy for his breakout performance in the hit 2008 HBO mini-series, "Generation Kill," where he played a Marine.
"It helped tremendously," he said. "I play a sergeant [in the film series], and I am a sergeant [in the Swedish army]. All those little details I learned were so valuable."