Alicia Vikander deleted Instagram after one month, she realized it ‘wasn’t good for me’


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Alicia Vikander covers the April issue of Harper’s Bazaar… for no real reason? I looked it up – she doesn’t have a film coming out this month or next. She’s got a film called Earthquake Bird coming out at some point, but IMDB just has the release date listed as “2019.” Maybe she was supposed to be promoting something specific, but it got pushed back or something. Or maybe she’s just promoting her general fashion contract with Louis Vuitton, which is entirely possible in this day and age. There is a lot of talk about fashion and Louis Vuitton in her interview, so maybe. Anyway, it’s been forever and a day since we’ve even talked about Alicia or heard any gossip about her. I remember hearing a rumor at one point last year that she was possibly pregnant, but I think we would have gotten something confirmed by now if that was the case, right? Hm. Some highlights from the interview:

On her appearance of self-confidence: “In this industry, you must be willing to throw yourself out there, which I enjoy. I’m good at hiding all those nerves inside. Something I’ve heard all my life is, ‘Oh, you seem so tough.’ I think one of the main things I do well is to not show that I’m sh–ing my pants.”

She’s always startled by her fame: “Every time I do press, I’m suddenly met with the reality of my fame. I sometimes forget how my life has changed.” When she was starting out, Vikander didn’t anticipate having a viable acting career, let alone becoming an international fashion plate. She was rejected from drama school three times (“part of me felt like I didn’t belong,” she confesses).

She’s living in Portugal full-time with Michael Fassbender: The A-list couple keep a deliberately low profile, residing in Lisbon, Portugal, where they relish languid early mornings filled with ocean dips and yoga. “I was brought up in a very cold, dark country, and Portugal is the opposite. My husband loves to surf, so we like being close to the sea.”

On being optimistic about the future for women in entertainment: “It’s sad that a lot of us women haven’t had the opportunity to work together because not enough women were being hired. Suddenly we found a way not only of reaching out and getting to know each other but forging relationships that lead to creative collaborations. I’m working on several projects right now with girls that I met over the past year. That in itself is wonderful proof that a big change has happened.”

On deleting Instagram after one month: “I realized early on that social media was not good for me; I personally didn’t find the joy in it.”

She didn’t grow up with money: “My mom was an actress, and we never had the money for things that weren’t purely functional. I remember when I bought my first magazine; it was a window into a world that seemed very far away from mine…. I did a lot of high street and secondhand shopping. I loved having someone ask me where I got something, and I would say, ‘I got it at H&M.’ ”

She went through a hip-hop fashion phase: “In my teens, I went through a full-on hip-hop period. I would wear huge hoop earrings, baggy trousers, and this reversible velvet Adidas jacket that I spent a lot of money on because I thought it was an investment piece at the time. I’m not going to show you photos of that!”

[From Harper’s Bazaar]

The deleting the Instagram thing… she’s the second actress to talk about tappin’ out of social media just this year, it feels like. The first was Michelle Williams. I understand how someone can just delete their Instagram and never look back. I only ever check IG to look at my favorite tennis players at this point, and I haven’t posted anything in months! But I still scratch my social media itch with Twitter. What do people do without Twitter? That’s what I don’t understand.

As for the rest of it…I mean, she goes on and on about her style and how she prefers to keep it really simple with her clothes and then she just likes to accessorize like crazy, but… where are those photos? Because whenever we do see photos of her, she always looks like she’s not wearing any makeup, and she’s usually wearing some really tragic or underwhelming LV. I understand why an actress would do a fashion-mag cover to promote their fashion contract, but I guess try to actually be fashionable?

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  1. runcmc says:

    I feel the opposite about social media! I love IG and check it multiple times a day, but I check Twitter maybe every 3-4 months. Honestly though I find twitter to be a kind of worse version of Reddit (in that it’s a bunch of people sharing news stories and opinions)- but it’s harder to follow conversations.

    • Cindy says:

      Yeah, I completely agree that twitter is just a worse reddit. Everything people say about reddit is just as present in all the other major social media. What I like about reddit is at least it has mods. In twitter you can say something awfully racist and it’ll never get deleted. You can make an account called “racist jokes” and it could take months for them to ban it. In reddit, if you do that in a sub where they don’t support that, you’ll get banned immediately (from the sub) and the comments are removed.

      Obviously this leads to some subs becoming mod playgrounds, and some subs not being as well moderated as I’d like, but overall I think it’s much more tolerable than twitter or facebook. The crazier subs have just given reddit a really bad reputation.

      • runcmc says:

        I don’t think people who talk about Reddit negatively fully understand it as a platform. Like I’ve seen sites write about how awful it is and an article or two later quote something funny or interesting or cover an AMA. It’s not like 4chan or something. It’s like a more organized and better-moderated Twitter.

      • broodytrudy says:

        Wait, what? Reddit has massive issues. From child pr0n to actual racist subs to fatpeoplehate to the russia scandal to the_donald. That site is an absolute mess and the mods and CEOs have for years ignored the fact that white supremacist terrorists and violent incels are being bred on their website under the guise of “valuable discussions”.

        Don’t get me wrong, i love reddit and have continually pushed for change on that site, but it’s run by white supremacists who benefit from every click.

      • runcmc says:

        @broodytrudy

        Yes, there are definitely lots of problems with the platform. But it IS more heavily moderated. For example, fatpeoplehate was banned and most contributing members banned too. Child-pm (I don’t even wanna type it) sites are banned as quickly as they’re put up – it just takes members to report them. Definitely can’t defend the_donald…I have NO clue how they haven’t been banned yet.

        Also, facebook has a russia scandal of its own, AND it’s the chosen site for criminals and terrorists to live-stream their crimes. Twitter is filled, FILLED to the brim with trolls and racists, and getting a twitter user banned is a heck of a lot more complicated.

        I think you’re responding to *internet culture as a whole*, which I can completely and whoelheartedly agree with. I just don’t buy for one second that reddit is WORSE than any other site (I find it generally better than anything but private blogs). And I say that as a black immigrant female user with a 12-year-old account.

      • Cindy says:

        @bloodytrudy

        I have used reddit for 3 years and have never seen child pr0n on it. I used twitter for 2 months and saw 3 photoshopped images of Justin Bieber fucking little girls.

        I’m not saying reddit is perfect, but everything people accuse reddit of being is just as present on places like facebook and twitter. The difference is on reddit I know where the loonies hide, and I can ignore them, and I don’t know who they are. Twitter and facebook have made me hate people I liked irl.

    • SKF says:

      me too!

    • kim says:

      i do iG, not twitter. I post my toy aussie and travel pics and look at puppy pics. I just dont care enough to do Twitter. To me, it’s boring and i really don’t care what people are talking about that much these days. Most of the time it’s the same thing being said by 1000 people or 1000 people being momentarily offended, and then move on to the next pearl clutcher “issue”. Life’s too short for that crap.

    • Panini says:

      I love IG and Twitter. I only lurk though, and I’m on Twitter to discover new opinion / thought pieces (who’s reading what, and who in terms of public figures, not friends) and see what’s trending. IG I lurk on film stars but mainly health food influencers’ accounts. I’m there for the content, in other words, not to broadcast anything. You can make amazing discoveries on both.
      And Facebook? What’s that?

  2. Anna says:

    She has a small role with Lily James in the upcoming red nose day short film of 4 Weddings and a Funeral. She and lily play a couple that gets married.

    • Snappyfish says:

      I was coming in here to mention this. The Red nose campaign is a lovely charity and Bazaar has always supported it

  3. Weaver says:

    She has to be one of the least photogenic actresses ever. Her covers are never very good.

  4. Cindy says:

    I’m excited for her future projects. I think her performance in Ex-Machina is one of my favorites of the decade. I think that’s the role that should’ve given her the Oscar,, and for lead. I love Brie and she was stellar in Room, but Alicia in Ex-Machina was just fascinating.

    And I can relate to not finding any joy in social media. I just don’t understand this need so many people my age have with telling people their every move and thought.

    • SkyL says:

      Ex-Machina was so underrated. I was hoping for a sequel that followed Alicia’s character.

    • Parigo says:

      One of my favorite movies of the last 10 years. Don’t forget Domhall and Oscar Issac! Epic!

  5. Div says:

    I feel like celebrities, even ones who aren’t terribly famous, sometimes get held “responsible” for how their fans act on social media if they are on social media too. You often see headlines, like X’s “fans” do this on instagram. I suspect that is why a lot of the big stars rarely use social media nowadays, when they used to be pretty active. Plus, tabloids used to try and create drama out of nothing—likes, who a star follows, etc.—and for many non tech-y people it isn’t hard to accidentally unfollow someone.

    And in the long run, twitter and instagram have become worse and worse. More abusive language, more bigotry, more violence, and just plain old cruelty/meanness. So I completely get why people cut the cord…I mostly have.

  6. Darla says:

    I was thinking just this weekend that twitter makes me angry. I get angry and ragey and so stressed there. For a long time I didn’t think I could live without it but I am very much rethinking that now.

    • Kitten says:

      Dan Pfeiffer was talking about this on last Thursday’s PSA…
      The problem is that Twitter algorithmically perverts politics. Like, 10% of the world is on Twitter but 100% of activists, pundits, talking heads, and political journalists are on Twitter. The result is the creation of subsets for each political party that basically amounts to echo chambers whereby every hot take is amplified and perpetuated. It’s a toxic platform that’s not great on facilitating subtle and complex conversations but IS great at contributing to the further polarization of American politics.

      That being said, some of the best stuff I’ve read has been shared on Twitter, whether insightful articles or just smart, succinct punditry. The thing to remind yourself is that Twitter is NOT real life. It’s hard to remember sometimes, especially when you’re seeing 100,000 likes for some dumb tweet from some dumbass.

      • Steff says:

        I follow a handful of good journalists on twitter to keep myself informed, but that’s it. I’m shocked they haven’t been investigated like Facebook has for propaganda and their Russian connections because it’s just as bad. The media seems to not want to call them out on it…

      • Darla says:

        Good points Kitten.

    • Cindy says:

      This is why I cut twitter from my life. It made me angry. The day I decided to log off for good was one night I checked my timeline just because and I got so frustrated, it was 3 AM and I was still fuming over the things I read. The moment I realised I was literally losing sleep over this, was when I noticed the news and ocasional funny quips are just not worth it.

      • Darla says:

        Cindy I had a political message board that did that to me a few years ago. Leaving and never going back was a great decision for me. I know exactly what you mean, and can even picture myself up at 3 am, fuming. lol

  7. Slowsnow says:

    Man… My actor crush is living in my city and surfing in my beaches and I am a Londoner…
    Fassbender must by now be friends with my surfer friends 💡>> *off to ring everyone*

  8. SM says:

    I don’t buy her as a fashion girl. On the other hand, LV is not the brand I would choose when making a fashion statement.

  9. Miss M says:

    I tried twitter once. Quit it. Tried again. Quit it. I do not have instagram and I am really close to quitting facebook.
    Talk about oversharing. I really really dislike Social media these days.

    • Gigi La Moore says:

      Same here. I’m also about to start limiting my online time period.

      • Miss M says:

        I am thinking about doing that too, Gigi.
        I started on the weekends just looking in the morning and evening.

  10. sus says:

    Her Instagram is still there so that’s not entirely true.

  11. Jenns says:

    I wish I could quit Twitter. It would be so much better for my mental health. But that’s pretty much where I get all my news.

  12. Kara says:

    Why is she lying? Her Instagram is private but it’s still up as of today (@amandafahlvik). All her friends follow her.

    • LaurynB says:

      Lots of celebrities have private Instagram accounts. Emma Stone, Sienna Miller, Kirsten Dunst, Jake Gyllenhaal, Carey Mulligan, Liv Tyler…

  13. Mia4s says:

    I’m assuming it’s a general “support the fashion contract” cover since she has no pending releases. She and Fassbender were pretty undercover until Paris Fashion Week, but he’s got that awful-looking X-Men movie to promote for June. So I’d expect more visibility in the next few months. No shade, that’s the game.

  14. Daisy says:

    She might have stopped using ig but didn’t deleted it. A bunch of people do that.
    I really like her and think she’s beautiful but wow LV is just horrible. Their clothes do nothing for her (or for Emma Stone, who’s their new ambassador). I feel like she would be a better Dior or even Chanel girl.

  15. Lisa says:

    She is just quite blah.

  16. lucy2 says:

    I have an account on twitter and instagram, but rarely use them. I pretty much only use facebook.
    If I were a celebrity, I would not have a public profile, or if I did, I’d turn all the comments off.

  17. noway says:

    She is in the Four Weddings and a Funeral red nose day short sequel coming out soon.

  18. Lindy says:

    I’ve never had Instagram or Twitter (or used Snapchat for that matter). I had Facebook from about 2007 until the presidential election in 2016 and then I deactivated that. And haven’t missed it. I have to work harder to stay connected with friends but in the end that’s been a good thing: more phone calls and texts, less passive scrolling and liking.

    I would love to delete it completely but my son goes to a summer camp that requires about two hours of driving across the city every day, and Facebook is the only place where the camp carpool group is set up. So I reactivate it once a year to set up carpool and then back off for the rest of the year. I’m hoping to convince them to find another way to manage it after this summer.

    I’m not a very visual person so Instagram never appealed to me. All the pictures just sort of seem the same to me after awhile (I’ve seen my friends’ accounts). It feels over-curated and dull.

    Social media largely feels like a net negative in terms of what it does to our attention spans, expectations, and empathy.

    • Darla says:

      I think it is a net negative, and I never thought I would say that.

    • Bahahahha says:

      Yes! All this exactly. The mindless scrolling is such a time suck. I also come away feeling mostly negative or feeling like I need to buy something, especially with Instagram. No thanks. Twitter has never appealed to me so I never got sucked into that. I feel better (if not a little less in the know) when I’m not on any social media.

  19. manta says:

    How do people do without Twitter?
    Well, basically , they accept the fact that they won’ t be THE first to know about anything, they get their info through news sites or, gasp, radio channels. They just don’ t feel the absolute need to know every moment of the day of people they don’t know, and similarly think the rest of the planet will survive without knowing theirs.
    I use mail and texts, still have friends. Granted I can’t count them by thousands but there are people I actually interact with.
    I understand how it can be very different for a celeb though.

  20. Sparkly says:

    I have a twitter but I rarely ever use it. I didn’t like the 140 character limit, and I haven’t even been back since they changed it. I never seemed able to make any real connections there, and I’m on social media more for the social part than for the media part. Maybe I was following the wrong people, but everybody only seemed interested in self-promotion or political railing.

  21. adastraperaspera says:

    Ocean dips. Yoga. Portugal. Where did I go wrong in my life? Sigh…

  22. Andrea says:

    Why does it seem like her and Fassbender have no big film roles since they got married?

    • hanna secunda says:

      Vikander did the Tomb Raider movie and although it made 250 Mio Dollars it just wasn’t that good as such movies are expected to gross A LOT. Indiana Jones made 786 Mio Dollars (Crystal Scull, https://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=indianajones4.htm )

      She has two movies and one netflix tv series(?) coming out.
      She doesn’t seem to pick big blockbuster movies ?
      Tulip Fever made 8 Mio Dollars and that seems to have disappointed a lot of people.
      Not many of her movies made much much big Dollars but most of them were solid.
      Her biggest earners are usually in the 100-Mio-dollar spere except for Tomb Raider (275) and Jason Bourne (415) and in the latter she wasn’t the protagonist.
      So one might say she is a good actress but she doesn’t bring in several hundred million dollar turnarounds. (boxofficemojo.com : Click on the movie titles to see the worldwide grosses as that table just shows US grosses for each movie.)

      https://www.boxofficemojo.com/people/chart/?view=Actor&id=aliciavikander.htm

      https://www.imdb.com/name/nm2539953/?ref_=nv_sr_1

      Fassy seems to have been busy with his latest x-men thing and the alien-movies and now some animation work in Kung Fu whatever. Fassbender is a producer, too, and his Assassin’s Creed made 240 Mio Dollars and the costs was 125 Mio. So he is busy.

      • LoveBug says:

        I think Angelina was much better in the Tomb Raider films.
        I didn’t buy Alicia in Tomb Raider at all, she looked to me like a little girl playing dress up.
        Although I really enjoyed her in Ex- Machina and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
        She looked beautiful in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
        I loved her hair and make-up, she has a lovely skin tone.
        That dance number she did in her PJ’s with the sunglasses in the hotel room was great.
        Alicia is lot more attractive in film compared to the magazine covers.

  23. Case says:

    I love Instagram because I love taking pictures and seeing other people’s pictures. I think Facebook and Twitter are toxic places that fuel the spread of misinformation and hostility.

    I like that she and Fassbender live in Portugal. It’s cool that they’re genuinely low-key.

    • Pandabird says:

      Interestingly, I find Instagram to be really toxic for self-esteem. But, as with all these social media platforms, it all comes down to who you follow and how you use it.

      • Steff says:

        I totally agree. Whenever I fall into the trap of comparing myself to others on instagram, I notice how distorted my thinking is and ask myself is it important? Reasonable? True? The answer is always no. Now I don’t let manipulated photos or small tidbits of strangers and people I know’s lives effect me like that anymore. The same can be applied to Facebook which thankfully I don’t have.

      • greenmonster says:

        Yes! It comes down to who you follow and how you use it. I find Instagram incredibly boring, while I like Twitter a lot.

    • Annika says:

      @Case:
      I’m the same. Love Instagram. But I’m a very visual person & I love using it to see what my friends & family who are far away from me are doing. I don’t use it for anything else, I don’t look at “influencers” public accounts or anything like that. I’ve started getting familiar w/ Snapchat recently. I don’t like it much, but my kids’ peers & cousins are into it so I wanna be knowledgeable of it if/when my kids get phones & wanna be on that stuff. 🙄
      Never used Twitter.
      Had Facebook back in the early days. Detested it & deleted it.
      Don’t use any other forms of social media.

  24. Harryg says:

    I can’t stand her.

  25. hanna secunda says:

    Not quite buying the poor girl part. She is a good actress and I am looking forward to see her next movies. But now she tries this from-rags-to-riches story about her being a ballet-and-acting-Cinderella. check her background:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alicia_Vikander

    Sweden has a very good social net which helps poor families.
    Additionally both her parents worked and her father is a psychiatrist and they are paid adequately in Sweden, too, although her five half-siblings might be somewhat of a strain on the family finances. But being dirt poor when you have two working parents?

    Additionally she did ballet from age nine and that is VERY expensive and scholarships are mostly for older pupils. Additional summer courses in ballet which Vikander did are expensive, too, and they are not really part of ballet scholarships. A scholarship usually pays the costs for training in ONE school but it usually doesn’t pay for external summer ballet courses in foreign countries. Also the training equipment does often have to be paid by the pupil because scholarships often just pay for the tutoring.

    • manu says:

      I don’t think she’s saying she was poor,but theater work is not very lucrative and if her father had to support another family,probably she didn’t live in luxury

    • Kara says:

      She didn’t say they were dirt poor or something, but theater actors don’t make very much, and having a large family makes it tougher.

      Same with the Skarsgårds. Stellan was a theater actor and even though their family was doing fine, they lived in more of a working class neighborhood and it’s not like they were rolling in cash.

    • Barce says:

      I think her parents separated when Alicia was 2 months old and her father had 5 children with another woman, so he had plenty of expenses as a father.
      Alicia’s mother was a theater actress not a Hollywood film actress, which doesn’t exactly pay a lot of money, plus acting is not a 8-5 job with a lot of job security.
      And even though Sweden has a very good social net system, it doesn’t mean that there are no poor people or people that fall through the cracks.
      I never seen her say that she was poor growing up, but they were probably near middle class.
      Let’s not make stuff up for no reason.

  26. anon says:

    she’s still a thing? lol
    I agree though, instagram is toxic for me and it’s definitely not good for my mental health. I wish I’d delete too.

  27. Ty says:

    I have ig, only follow plants and dance and post the same.
    Use Facebook only to manage a page, have 100 friends probably and deleted twitter. Hotbed of negativity, racisim and misogyny. Was never better after deleting twitter.

  28. DML says:

    No Twitter or Instagram for me. Never even tried it. I feel like sometimes I read something good that came from Twitter but I’m afraid it would be too negative for me. Same for Instagram.

  29. man says:

    Every year there’re actors who feel like “a thing” because of multiple projects and restless oscars campaigns. Vikander was a bit everywhere because The Danish Girl and Ex Machina were Oscar contenders and she had several films coming out in a short of period. When an actor becomes overexposed for a year or so,there’s always a period of down. In her case not so much,because last year she promoted Tomb Raider. It’s a natural cycle,unless they seek publicity at any cost.
    This cover was sponsored by LV but going by the Steinem’s quotes,it’s also advance promotion for the biopic she’s filming with Julianne Moore.

  30. Clay says:

    she always manages to come off as unpleasantly arrogant and pretentious and as someone who thinks too high of herself. Because even if is true, there are things you just can’t say about yourself without sound like an a$$: “my fame” “I’m really good at acting/hiding feelings” etc. Like that time she anticipated her Oscar and her raise to fame, with unbearable arrogance. “Oh, btw, by next year I’ll be a huge star and I’ll win an Oscar”….She’s a good actress, but she just can’t tone down her arrogance.