Exciting news! Alicia will be on the September issue of Vanity Fair’s magazine cover! Her cover, as well as some stunning images from her photoshoot, have been added to our gallery. You can read her article below; it’s a long one, but definitely worth a read.
At the bottom of the post, you can also watch a video of Alicia calling random Swedes, asking questions such as “does Swedish people really go to IKEA” and whether they know the actress Alicia Vikander or not. It’s a cute and funny clip, so make sure you check it out!
How Alicia Vikander Unleashed Her Inner Superstar
During her banner year (Ex Machina, The Danish Girl, etc.) and Academy Award–winning leap to stardom, the Swedish actress also found love with Michael Fassbender, on the set of next month’s The Light Between Oceans. Think it was luck? Think again. The 27-year-old is just warming up.
It’s unintentional, mind you, but Alicia Vikander does the Luckiest Girl Alive thing effortlessly. Even doing an interview by Skype—her preferred mode of communication with far-flung friends these days—can’t conceal it. It’s 10 A.M. in Sydney, Australia, and she’s puttering around the house of her boyfriend, actor Michael Fassbender. (He’s decamped there to shoot Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. She’s on a two-week holiday between film sets.) Her hair has that just-out-of-the-shower look. She’s wearing a light-blue button-down shirt that, even if it isn’t her boyfriend’s, looks like it should be. She’s making the kind of breakfast that elegant, health-conscious European women eat: a mix of muesli and yogurt, accompanied by a beverage of fresh-squeezed lemon juice mixed with apple-cider vinegar that some holistic-minded Australian friends are crazy about. “It’s apparently very good for you, but it’s disgusting!” says Vikander. Unlike the typical person, whose face over Skype looks as if he or she were staring into a doorknob, Vikander looks as exquisite and glowing as ever.
This past year has been her year, as they say—the 27-year-old Swedish actress, who now lives in London, shot from relative obscurity to international superstardom with four major films in just 12 months—Testament of Youth, Ex Machina, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and The Danish Girl—the kind of feat that Jessica Chastain accomplished a couple of years ago. Vikander was the “It girl” of this past awards season, earning a best-actress Golden Globe nomination for her role as an intensely alluring robot in Ex Machina and winning the Oscar for best supporting actress in The Danish Girl, as Gerda Wegener, the wild and determined wife of one of the earliest men to undergo gender-confirmation surgery, played by Eddie Redmayne. She’s both a muse to modern fashion designers—a year ago she became the new face of Louis Vuitton—and a dream for costume designers doing lush period dramas. No one has worn romantic, charming period frocks with such conviction since Helena Bonham Carter, as Lucy Honeychurch, frolicked in the grass in A Room with a View.
We are getting close to the release date of ‘The Light Between Oceans’ and a dozen new production stills have just been released. Thanks to my friend Bubbles, I have been able to add them to our gallery:
As we previously stated, Alicia began the promotion of ‘The Light Between Oceans‘ earlier this week by giving several interviews. On Thursday (July 28), the first press conference took place in Hollywood. High-quality pictures have been added to our gallery:
PEOPLE – After multiple buzz worthy roles in major films – including her Oscar win for The Danish Girl, the Swedish star, 27, is one of the most in-demand talents in Hollywood.
“We were lucky to get her,” Matt Damon tells PEOPLE of getting Vikander to sign on for a role in Jason Bourne. “Everyone in Hollywood is trying to get Alicia in their movie right now.”
Damon, 45, praises Vikander’s versatility in films like Danish Girl, Ex Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E..
“I just think of these once-in-a-generation actresses who kind of explode onto the scene and what strikes me about her is I can’t see where her limits are,” he says. “There’s been six or seven [recent] performances and they’re all really different and they’re all going in different places and I don’t see the boundaries yet. I’m really excited to see what she does next.”
For much more on Matt Damon and Alicia Vikander, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE
Damon adds: “You only get better at this job. She’s going to keep working with great people because great people all want to work with her,” he says. “In my experience, I knew a lot when I was 27 but the next 18 years were, it was nothing but fun because I was doing what I loved to do and kind of by osmosis you get better at it because of the people you’re around and working with. I don’t know where she’s going to go but I’m excited to see it.”
Is there anything we should know about Vikander that we don’t already?
“If I knew something that people don’t know, then they shouldn’t hear it from me,” Damon says with a laugh.
Jason Bourne is now in theaters.
Alicia was on the set of the ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on Tuesday (July 26) to promote her latest movie, Jason Bourne. High-quality images have been added to our gallery:
As we previously mentioned in an article last week, Alicia appeared on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon’ to promote Jason Bourne. High-quality pictures have been added to our gallery:
Earlier today, Alicia and Michael took to Entertainment Weekly‘s tumblr to answer questions from fans! It’s a part of their “The Light Between Oceans” promotion, but they answered a lot of questions unrelated to the film as well. We’ve posted some of Alicia’s replies below, but check out EW’s tumblr HERE for everything + Michael’s replies as well!
Q: This film is based on a book, so can you tell us, what’s the best book you’ve read recently? I need reading recommendations!
A: 1Q84 by Haruki Marukami
Q: If you had to live the life of one of your characters, wich would you choose? Have a great day!
A: Ava out in the real world
Q: Michael and Alicia, you were in two of the most visually stunning films to come out last year: Macbeth and Ex Machina. The Light Between Oceans looks GORGEOUS as well. What are some of your favorite films based on visual appeal/cinematography?
A: I also loved Macbeth
Q: Michael and Alicia, Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
A: I’ve had this question!! Ha ha ha. One horse-sized duck, I could beat! I would be terrified for 100 duck-sized horses.
Q: Did you have the chance to meet or talk to M.L. Stedman? Did she help you somehow to understand better your characters and their actions?Thank you
A: She came quite late in the shoot and visited the set. it was lovely to meet her.
Q: Do you have any favorite TV show?
A: Chef’s Table–I can’t wait for season 2!
Q: Michael, Alicia – first thought when you read the script?
A: I was quite blown away, I found myself tearing up reading the script which hasn’t really happened before.
Q: What’s your most memorable moment from the set of “the light between oceans”?
A: Michael milking the goats.
Q: Which things do you have in common with Isabel? Which similarities are there between you and your character?
A: She has a fun walk that I would love to use more myself in real life. I wish I have her energy and life force. And baby-stealing (just kidding).
Q: If you weren’t an actor/actress, what career do you think you would pursue?
A: My friend sometimes calls me their travel agent because I love planning vacation and itineraries with restaurants and places to go. So travel agent. Ha ha ha ha.
Q: Who is your favorite fictional character?
A: Dopey from Snow White. He seems like he enjoys life.
Alicia only just wrapped up her “Jason Bourne” promotion tour across the globe, and she’s already onto her next! “The Light Between Oceans” promotion have now began, and Alicia and her boyfriend Michael Fassbender have recently done a string of various interviews. You can check out two of their video interviews below; the first is with E! Live From The Red Carpet, and the second with Buzzfeed Entertainment.