Unless you’re fluent in Swedish, you might not be able to pronounce most of the movies Alicia Vikander has appeared in. Until now. Alicia, daughter of Swedish stage actress Maria Fahl Vikander, trained at the Royal Swedish Ballet School – before an injury forced her to have a career re-think. She bagged a Guldbagge Award – the “Swedish Oscar” – for her role in Pure and you may already have seen her corseted up in both Nikolaj Arcel’s A Royal Affair, and Anna Karenina, alongside our own Keira Knightley. Karenina’s Kitty was her first English-speaking role, one in which her character gets put through the emotional mill by Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Count Vronsky. Alicia is currently living the international gypsy life that often comes with being an actress about to break through: no apartment, and living out of a suitcase. You’ll soon see her with Julianne Moore and Jeff Bridges in The Seventh Son. Oh, and she also likes pies.
WHAT FOOD DO YOU MISS THE MOST FROM HOME?
It’s usually chilies, risottos and lasagna – food that reminds me of being off, going home and resting. I don’t have an apartment at the moment so I always invite myself to a friend’s house. Then I bring over everyone I know, and make food. I love to cook and I love pies. It’s usually broccoli with some blue cheese and maybe some bacon.
HOW MANY DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES HAVE YOU PLAYED IN FILMS?
Well, I’ve played British, Russian and half-Spanish. I’ve just finished a film where I play half-witch, half-human.
WHICH IS THE HARDEST NATIONALITY TO PLAY?
I’ve played a British girl who went to Denmark, so I had to learn a new language and that was quite difficult.
YOU’RE WORKING WITH BIG HOLLYWOOD NAMES – HAVE YOU EVER BEEN STAR-STRUCK?
I just did a film with Jeff Bridges. The first time I met him he actually said, “hey man!” and gave me a hug and I just giggled. That was a big thing. He’s such a nice guy.
What do your friends back in Sweden think about what you’re doing?
Well almost none of my close friends are actors. I have five siblings. They always ask me when I’m coming back, but I’m always on the move so I don’t know. The good thing is that the Swedes usually travel a lot so most of my friends do work outside of Sweden. So I am actually able to meet them here in London or New York or Berlin, which is great.