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by the idea that I don’t think I had ever seen that before, which I was sort of taken aback by that revelation. STRIPLV: Tulip Fever saw you play another period piece. Do you enjoy these kinds of historical dramas? VIKANDER: I love exploring different times. It’s exciting to do the research and understand how people behaved in different ways and there were different sets of rules governing their behavior. You try to put yourself in the position of a woman in past times whose world was much more restricted, and you try to imagine how you would feel and how you might want to rebel against those limitations. It’s very fascinating. STRIPLV: Do you become very philosophical or caught up in the lives of a woman like Sophia or other women characters like the one you played in The Light Between the Oceans? VIKANDER: I become very invested in my characters, and I try very hard to understand their emotional world and their psychology. What’s interesting for me is being able to push myself and get outside of my comfort zone. It may seem strange, but I usually look for roles which scare me and make me worry about whether I can really pull it off. I feel that the more I challenge myself, the more I will evolve as an actor and as an individual. STRIPLV: How do you view the evolution taking over Hollywood? VIKANDER: Society is changing for the better, and as long as the conversation continues and continues to continue, positive change will come from that. We cannot accept the norm for what it’s perceived to be. Diversity is the key to telling all stories and where is diversity without women also telling those stories? And I want to actively be involved and do whatever I can in my power to working with incredibly talented women, propelling this shift. STRIPLV: It’s nearly two years since you won your Oscar but I know you left it behind in LA the day after. Firstly, how could you do that and have you been reunited? VIKANDER: Well yes, it’s nice, we’re reunited now after a long-distance relationship. It’s tough. (Laughs) Because I was working so much, I envisioned it getting lost with all the travel and it’s also really heavy, there’s no way I could drag it around. So I thought it was a safer option to leave it with my friend’s daughter who I knew would be so careful and caring of him. She was always sending me updates and messages, lots of Facetiming, letting me know he was OK, so that was sweet. STRIPLV: So your Oscar’s with you in London now? Is it on the mantelpiece? VIKANDER: I still haven’t decided where he’s going to go. He’s quite eye-catching, you need the right spot. STRIPLV: You’ve said in the past how you were looking to take some time off, but it doesn’t seem like you’re going to be able to do that? VIKANDER: I don’t think so. Even after the Oscars (where she won for best-supporting actress for The Danish Girl) I had to rush back and go back to work on the Bourne film. But I still find time here and there where I can turn off my phone and disappear for a while and do yoga and enjoy my time away from the movies. And when I wanted to take several months off I got a call from Wim Wenders (for his new film, Submergence, with James McAvoy) and how was I going to say no to a legendary director like that? STRIPLV: Do you have any fear when to comes to the added pressure of becoming a major star? VIKANDER: When you’re working, you never think about any of that. And when I have some free time, I spend it with friends and family I’ve known for many years, and I never feel strange or as if people are treating me differently. STRIPLV: What’s the oddest thing about traveling so much? VIKANDER: Once I had a Skype dinner with my friends. We each decided to buy a bottle of wine and cook something for ourselves and then sit at a table and Skype each other. The whole thing started as a joke, but it actually worked. We had such a good time that when it was over, we thought we would all go out for a drink together until of course we quickly realized that we were in different parts of the world. But it was a great night anyway! STRIPLV: Alicia, you’ve been traveling and working virtually non-stop the last several years. Does it ever seem like a dream? VIKANDER: Sometimes, but it’s one of those beautiful dreams that keeps unfolding. I love the work that I’m doing, and it’s hard to say no to all these projects that are coming my way because you remember how hard you fought to reach this point. There’s also this fear inside you that tomorrow it’s all going to be over which is something that probably stays with you as an actor your entire life. It’s the nature of the job. And I will always have moments when I’m nervous about how audiences react to my work. It keeps me focused. STRIPLV: Do you still get nervous when beginning a new film? VIKANDER: Not as much as before. I remember when I was starting to work on The Danish Girl and Eddie (Redmayne) would keep telling me: “Oh, sit down and relax.” This really made me feel so much more at ease that I could finally bring to the camera the level of performance I wanted to give. I always place very high expectations on myself. STRIPLV: You mention Facetiming, but I know you’re not a fan of social media. Has that changed? VIKANDER: No, not at all. I’m not interested in it; I stay in touch with my friends and family, so I fail to see the need, at least in my life. STRIPLV: Did you ever have any accounts? VIKANDER: I did have Facebook, which I used for a while but my interest sort of waned. And I did have Instagram, but I didn’t like the idea of posting pictures every day, there’s a pressure there to post good ones and I lost interest. I’m just not good with it. And I like privacy; I like keeping things to myself. STRIPLV: Do you think it will be difficult to keep your private life with Michael Fassbender from receiving too much attention? VIKANDER: It’s something that I’ve chosen not to speak about, and I think that is the best way to deal with it. He’s an amazing actor and the rest I want to keep private. STRIPLV: Do your parents also still play a big role in your life? VIKANDER: We’re very close. They know me very well, and I have a lot of confidence in their opinions. It was my father who called me and convinced me to do The Danish Girl because he said it was the best script he had ever read. STRIPLV: You’ve become close to fashion designer Nicholas Ghesquiere. Do you consider yourself a fashionista? VIKANDER: I love to wear designer clothes on special occasions and I’m very interested in design and the sheer beauty and art that goes into fashion. But at home, I’m much more comfortable sitting around in my pajamas. STRIPLV: Your parents separated when you were very young. Obviously, you’ve stayed close to both of them? VIKANDER: Yes. They’re both very important in my life, and I always maintained a close relationship with my father. He was the one who convinced me to play in A Royal Affair (the 2012 Danish film which won a Best Foreign Film Oscar nomination) because he loved the story so much. It meant that I had to study Danish for eight weeks, but I saw that as a great challenge, and I’m glad that I did it. STRIPLV: Was it difficult to grow up with two sets of families? VIKANDER: No, because there was always so much love in each house. I always felt a sense of security and support from both my parents. I never saw them living together, so I grew up thinking that this was the normal situation that they were apart. STRIPLV: You grew up first wanting to become a ballet dancer. Was acting a natural transition for you? VIKANDER: After working in Swedish TV I went to study law and I was very interested in becoming a producer. But then I had the chance to do this very important Swedish film, Pure, and that changed everything. After that, I thought that acting was something I loved doing and that I would probably be able to earn my living that way. STRIPLV: It’s amazing to look back at how far you’ve come since you initially started out wanting to become a dancer growing up in Sweden. What are your memories when it comes to dancing? VIKANDER: I trained as a ballerina until I was injured and had to have surgery on my foot and I still have problems with my foot and my back today. But I never had the kind of commitment I would have needed to become a professional dancer. My mother was an actress and when I started getting serious about acting, I did so without knowing whether I would ever even get the chance to work outside of Sweden. My dream was to go on stage at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm and try to earn a living working in Swedish films. I was very realistic when it came to my ambitions. But then I saw (fellow Swedish actress) Noomi Rapace play in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo which had international success and opened doors for her, and that was when I started thinking that it might be possible to have a career abroad. I moved to London and I worked very hard on practicing my English because I knew that being able to speak the language without an accent would be my biggest challenge competing against other actors in the US and the UK. I’ve worked with some very good English teachers over the last several years, and I still feel I can improve. STRIPLV: How badly do you miss your life in your native Sweden? VIKANDER: Sweden will always be a huge part of me. But you know the funny thing? You only start to appreciate your cultural heritage when you’re traveling, and you’ve left your country, which is what happened to me. I’m very glad to have this wonderful opportunity to live and work in so many different cities and see things from a different perspective, but I still feel very close to my country and that special feeling you have for your own culture. That will never change. STRIPLV: Do you look forward to going back to Sweden whenever you get the chance? VIKANDER: Yes, but it’s been very hard because I’ve been working so much. I sometimes get homesick for my family and friends but when you’re traveling so much and living in hotel rooms your life becomes very different. I would still love

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