"True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard engaged in a bit of friendly trash-talking ahead of his upcoming 208-mile race to the South Pole against England's Prince Harry. Skarsgard, who will represent Team USA in the 16-day charity race, promises he'll defeat Prince Harry because he's determined to win.
"I'm pretty stubborn and motivated and I don't give up easily," Skarsgård told People Sept. 14. "I'm very focused and we're not going to lose! I'll be with my U.S. teammates at the South Pole welcoming him. I'll be happy to see him when he arrives. We will be there first, though."
In November, three teams of wounded soldiers will participate in a grueling race to the South Pole to raise money for the charity Walking With the Wounded, which benefits wounded military veterans from the U.K., Canada, Australia and the United States.
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 will represent Canada/Australia. 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. Racers 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.
Both Skarsgård and Prince Harry have military backgrounds. Skarsgard spent 15 months as an anti-terrorist soldier in the Swedish army during his early twenties. Harry, 29, recently completed his second tour of duty in Afghanistan as an Apache combat-helicopter pilot.
Skarsgård hasn't met Prince Harry yet, but is looking forward to competing against him and to lending his support to benefit wounded veterans.
"I'm going to give him a high-five when I meet him," said Skarsgård. "I hear he's an amazing guy. I admire him for being involved with Walking with the Wounded for a couple of years and taking the time to help wounded soldiers. It's going to be an honor to meet him."