Alicia Vikander: ‘When I was at my height of fame, I was the most sad’

Irma Vep began airing on HBO in May, but the series only starts to air in the UK next month. Which is why Alicia Vikander is doing some promotion in British outlets. I suspect that some people actually think she’s British, because she speaks English with a somewhat clipped British accent. She’s not British, she’s Swedish. She just lived in London for several years although for the past four years or so, Alicia and Michael Fassbender have lived in Portugal. Their son is 17 months old and possibly named Mark (I don’t think she’s ever confirmed that). In recent years, both Fassbender and Vikander have taken big steps back from their careers to get out of the Hollywood rat race. As I read through Alicia’s Times interview, I kind of wondered if she was really out of practice with the whole celebrity-interview thing. She seems nervous when talking about personal stuff, and wonder if she meant to talk about some of these subjects. Some highlights:

Working on Irma Vep right after she had a baby: “I have my tiny family with me and that becomes home wherever you are.” She started filming Irma Vep in Paris when their baby was three months old. Like most of us, she’s trying to find a work/life balance. “We do every second job,” she says of how she and Fassbender ensure that there is always one parent around. “One stays at home while the other works.” How did she feel about going back to work so soon? “Excited, but it was intense. Sometimes they came to the set just so he could see my face.”

On miscarriages: “We have a child now, but it took us time,” she confides. Vikander met her husband seven years ago while filming The Light Between Oceans, a sweeping melodrama in which her character suffers two miscarriages. “Talk about meta,” she says with a nervous laugh. Yet can films on tough topics help viewer and performer to deal with their trauma? “Totally. [The miscarriage] was so extreme, painful to go through and, of course, it made me recall making that film.” She stops. “That film has another meaning now.”

The private problems of public stars: “Sometimes you go through things that are tough in life and if you have an office job you can step away for a bit. But there are times that myself or colleagues have been through something and, well, I can’t understand how they went on to the red carpet afterwards. To be met by people asking, ‘How are you doing?’ Given what they had just been through? Most people would not be able to step out of their house.”

The sadness at the height of her fame: “There was juxtaposition. When, in other people’s eyes, I was at my height of fame, I was the most sad. I kept telling myself, ‘Take it in. It is incredible.’ But I didn’t know what to do. There were all these first-class flights, five-star rooms. But I was always by myself. I was by myself.”

[From The Times]

I never watched The Light Between Oceans because I read the book and hated it. In the book, the lead character’s miscarriages are used as a jusitification for her to steal a baby and pass the baby off as her own. It was so awful. Anyway, I feel for Alicia and every person who deals with fertility issues and miscarriages. She must love her little family unit so much and be so protective of Michael and the baby. It also sounds like Alicia was profoundly lonely at the start of her career.

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  1. Rice says:

    Honestly, I thought that even with heels, Alicia would still be much shorter than Fassy.

    Anyway, I feel for her and wish their family the best.

  2. K says:

    I think there is a small number of actors who really just want to act and not be huge stars and be driven crazy. She seems to be one of them.I am going to binge Irma Vep soon.

  3. Kitten says:

    Her and Fassy seem really solid and I like that they’re so low key. I cannot believe they’ve been together for seven years–would have guessed three or four. I’m sorry to hear about her miscarriages but it must be nice to live in a country where if you have to endure the horror of miscarrying, you’re not forced to keep a dead fetus in your body for 2 weeks….. but I digress…

    • Ramona says:

      They’re really a nice solid and low key couple. However I don’t understand her comment about an office job and being able to step away in case of miscarriage…there is more flexibility in her job than in mine and I can’t just step down from my job if I am ill or a miscarriage….

      • MoP says:

        Right? That’s so odd. I doubt she’s living paycheck to paycheck

      • Lux says:

        I think what she means is that (and even this is a little naive) people with office jobs can leave their jobs when they leave work. Compartmentalize, if you will. Actors often work long, odd hours and much of their craft is psychologically draining, requiring them to dig up repressed emotions and memories. Further, I believe that sets are not as regulated as an office environment and what she references as “what another actor had to go through” may be much heavier than implied.

      • Ramona says:

        I would understand if maybe she said that but here the rest of her quote ‘’ But there are times that myself or colleagues have been through something and, well, I can’t understand how they went on to the red carpet afterwards’’ …She is talking about going to red carpets not emotional labor,…I mean I know actors have obligations but I hope they can choose to go(or not) to red carpets specially if they living something traumatic.
        I am not pretending to know an actor’s job ( and I know hours on set can be long…)but us 9-5 jobs have also our setbacks and I can’t tell you how many times I had to bring work at home or take calls outside of work when I am also juggling my kids…

  4. Big Bertha says:

    Saw them at Tayto Park the other day (Ireland). Such lovely family.

  5. Lens says:

    I finished irma vep. I loved it and thought she was perfect. I could watch her all day cause I’m a fan. She plays a jennifer Laurence type except soulful not loud – successful in big budget popcorn fare but wants to go back to doing indie type artistic fare in France. If you love the making of movies as much as movies you’ll like it. I think Alicia carved out a life she loves and chasing after stardom is not for her and she knows it so more power to her.

    • hey says:

      Isn’t she playing Kristen Stewart? Like the character is inspired by Kristen Stewart?

      • Lens says:

        Maybe so. I don’t think of Kristin in popcorn fare because It’s been so long since she’s done it. Interestingly she plays the new girlfriend of Alicias character’s boyfriend for one scene at the end so maybe she was the muse for the character.

  6. Lux says:

    I actually love most of Vikander’s work. I enjoy that she appears more introspective and not in-your-face. I’m fascinated too, by her ballet background, as I am with Margaret Qualley’s. Imagine for a second if Black Swan was filmed with the two of them instead? The epic dancing along with stellar actings skills…I mean Natalie was good at the acting parts but what Vikander and Qualley could’ve done with the dancing…I so wish a director would find a ballet project/movie for them!

  7. jferber says:

    Her red dress is gorgeous.