Alicia Vikander has spoken openly about fighting over a baby with her husband Michael Fassbender.
The Oscar winner has been married to the Killarney man since 2017 and the notoriously private couple have a one-year-old son.
Speaking to Harper’s Bazaar, the 33-year-old said she suffered a miscarriage during the course of the Covid lockdown.
“I’ve been trying to conceive for a while,” she explained.
“So I’ve had tough times during lockdown. I’ve been fighting for a while. For a while I didn’t think I could get pregnant.
“And I stopped and I was like, ‘Am I going to talk about this?’ But I think it’s universal and so many women go through similar things. And it’s tough.
Alicia said she “didn’t think” she wanted children until a few years ago, adding that her life “has changed in every way” since welcoming her son into the world. So life is. It’s so profound.”
Despite her pregnancy struggles, the Swedish star said the pandemic has given her an opportunity to get closer to her Irish-German husband.
Lockdown was “a chance for my husband and I to be at home and just cook. We had a routine. We worked and met with five other families on Zoom and exercised together Monday through Friday,” she said.
She said it enabled the couple to be better parents to their child.
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“In my small family, with my husband and my child, we always travel together. That’s the rule. We do jobs so one of us can always be with the baby.”
Vikander, 33, gained worldwide recognition for her roles in the 2014 films ‘Testament Of Youth’ and ‘Ex Machina’ and won an Oscar for her role in ‘The Danish Girl’ in 2016 after starting her acting career with work Short films and TV shows in her native Sweden.
Alicia also addressed situations where she didn’t feel “protected” when working on nude scenes for films, saying that intimacy coaches, made famous by Netflix hit Bridgerton and RTÉ/BBC co-production Normal People, ” should exist the beginning of my career.”
“I’ve been in situations that weren’t okay, where I didn’t feel protected,” she recalls.
“Everyone was busy doing their own thing and there’s an actor in the middle who sits naked for a couple of hours. And someone is supposed to come in with a robe, and they don’t. It comes after- [the knowledge that] that wasn’t right. I should have been taken care of.
“The only thing that can’t be improvised is an intimate scene – you have to choreograph it and stick to it. It’s the worst thing ever to do scenes like that. I’m very comfortable with my body and I’ve done quite a bit of nudity and sex scenes, but it’s never easy.”
Irma Vep will join Sky Atlantic and streaming service Now later this year.
The March issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK, featuring the full interview with Alicia Vikander, is available from April 7th.
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