“Tomb Raider” star Alicia Vikander covers the April 2018 issue of ELLE UK magazine photographed by Norman Roy.
On harassment in the film industry: “I’ve been very fortunate that I haven’t had any sexual harassment on set. But I’ve been in situations where people in power have put me on the spot, or made me feel stupid and young when I wasn’t able to express myself publicly. Once, an older female co-star actually said on my behalf, ‘That’s not OK.’ I can now speak up and say that is not fine, and I’ve been given the fortunate position now of not being, in the same way, afraid of losing my job, which was deep down the reason you don’t want to be trouble. You don’t want to be difficult…”
On training for “Tomb Raider”: “For three months before filming, I started every morning with an hour’s workout. Then there was a lot of eating going on; I had to have five meals a day. I wanted Lara to be strong. I’m very petite myself, and I wanted the audience to find the action sequences plausible – to believe that she could do it, that she could lift herself up with her own bodyweight.”
On the new Lara Croft: “Sure, Lara is a sex symbol in some ways but for me, what makes a woman or a man attractive is someone who dares to speak up, who dares to show their personality. It’s tough being a young girl at this time, you know? I’m now working in an industry which lives on creating an image, a fantasy and I feel like I need to show younger women that is what it is.”
Read the full interview in the April issue of ELLE UK, on sale March 7.
Cover: Louis Vuitton Spring 2018 Collection
[Photo Credit: Norman Jean Roy/ELLE UK Magazine]