Hollywood Spotlight: Alicia Vikander
It’s no surprise the beautiful Alicia Vikander is front and center in the midst of our ever shining Hollywood spotlight as her star is burning brightly. A native of Sweden, this vivacious beauty has been taking Hollywood by storm since she appeared in the film adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina (2012). Though she had been a mainstay of Swedish television and movies for a few years, her turn as Kitty was her first English speaking role. Acting opposite such celebrity powerhouses as Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Alicia Vikander held her own and was even nominated for a BAFTA award! (Image Credit: Juan Naharro Gimenez/Getty Images Europe)
Two years later, Alicia Vikander starred as Ava, a stunning, self-aware robot in Ex Machina (2014). Her skill in believably fusing human and android characteristics in the sci-fi thriller earned her a Golden Globe nomination. While she did not win for that performance, it would not take long before her acting skill was recognized yet again. Her trajectory toward becoming a bona-fide Hollywood celebrity and mainstream movie star was secure.
Watch Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in Tomb Raider:
In 2015, Alicia Vikander played opposite Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, a love story about the one of the first gender reassignment surgery recipients. While the historical accuracy of the movie received some criticism, both Vikander and Redmayne were universally applauded for their roles. Not only did she receive another Golden Globe nomination, Alicia Vikander impressively won the Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
Though the quantity of her work is small, the quality is certainly mighty! Some of other Hollywood movies include: The Fifth Estate (2013), Testament of Youth (2014), Seventh Son (2014), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015), Jason Bourne (2016), and Birds Like Us (2017).
In The Light Between Oceans (2016), this versatile actress plays a tormented woman who takes desperate action to create happiness for herself and her husband, played by Michael Fassbender. As audiences fell in love with these characters and their heartbreaking story, so too were Vikander and Fassbender falling in love. In October of 2017, the two celebrities married.
Alicia Vikander can currently be seen in theaters in newest cinematic incarnation of Tomb Raider. Playing the ever-fierce adventurer, Lara Croft, audiences will be astonished by the physicality she brings to the role. In preparation, Alicia Vikander devoted much of her time to fitness, gaining an amazing 12 pounds of muscle!
The future certainly looks bright for this movie star. With her proven acting skills and infectious, dimpled smile, she is sure to become a Hollywood mainstay. We wish this newlywed the best of luck!
Written by Kristina Kyrland