Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander has spoke candidly about her experience with pregnancy loss and the perils of fame. The 33-year-old, who stars in HBO series "Irma Vep", opened up to The Sunday Times, revealing: "We have a child now, but it took us time."
The Swedish actor is married to fellow star Michael Fassbender, and the couple share a 17-month-old son. Their romance began seven years ago when they were filming "The Light Between Oceans" in which Vikander's character suffers two miscarriages. She recalled the traumatising subject matter when she experienced this in her personal life. "[The miscarriage] was so extreme, painful to go through and, of course, it made me recall making that film," she says. "That film has another meaning now."
Interestingly, Vikander's latest role, where she plays the title character in "Irma Vep", also covers this topic. Her character suffers a miscarriage, yet is told to perform that evening. This isn't too dissimilar to the pressures she's witnessed of those in the spotlight. "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," she reveals. "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."
Vikander returned to work when her baby was just 3 months old, yet the busy acting couple have worked out how to manage that elusive work/life balance. "We do every second job. One stays at home while the other works."
While on the outside, it might look as though Vikander's glamorous life of film premieres and designer dresses is a dream, she admits in the newspaper that there have been a number of times when she's felt incredibly lonely. "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 firstclass flights, five-star rooms. But I was always by myself. I was by myself," she said.
Vikander's honest revelations are a stark reminded that celebrities are not untouchable and experience the same emotions as all of us. With her career thriving, and settling into mum life, we hope Vikander has found her stride.