Alicia Vikander knew she had some big shoes to fill when she signed on to star in the reboot of “Tomb Raider”.
The 28-year-old Swedish actress – who won an Oscar for her performance in “The Danish Girl” – took on the role made famous by Angelina Jolie in the early 2000s.
“I thought I was going to have to explain it to my mom, and she was like, ‘Yeah, yeah, yeah – Angelina did that!'” she says in a new interview with Elle magazine. Knowing her mom identified the role so closely with Jolie made Vikander realize she’d have to make it her own. “It proves that [Jolie] set a whole tone for that kind of role, so I knew we had to do something very different,” she reveals.
Vikander is strikes a pose in a Louis Vuitton dress and belt for the magazine’s coveted September issue where she opens up about being empowered by her new action role.
“I love big popcorn movies. I’ve never done action scenes on this level – not even close. It feels like I’m back to dancing – the training, the intensity. You need to be aware of your movement up in the wires and how your body works,” she explains. “I’ve never been able to lift my own weight, and the day when you have that capacity, it’s pretty empowering!”
The new “Tomb Raider” will again tell the tale of Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer (played by Dominic West) as she finds herself on the very island on which her father disappeared.
While Vikander has appeared in action films like “Jason Bourne” and “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.”, she hasn’t fronted an action film herself. The actress usually finds herself in non-action dramas like “Ex Machina”, biopics like the Danish-language “A Royal Affair” or romantic drama “The Light Between Oceans” opposite her real-life boyfriend Michael Fassbender. Even with a recent Oscar win to her name, Vikander says complex roles like the one she played in the Swedish drama “Hotell” are hard to find.
She calls the lack of those complex characters like the one she played in “Hotell”, “sad”, adding, “It’s still women are written safe.” Vikander discusses playing a woman struggling with postpartum depression in the 2013 film and reveals to Elle that she would like to have a family.
“I don’t even have children, and it’s the wonder of my world. I’ve always wanted kids. I’ve never been pregnant, but I hope to have a family one day,” she tells the magazine. “It’s both the expectation and knowing that it should be the greatest experience of my life – and suddenly from one day to another, it’s a reality; it’s a new chapter of your life.”
Vikander will next be seen at the Toronto International Film Festival in the drama “Submergence” opposite James McAvoy.