Alicia Vikander recalls ‘painful’ miscarriage and portrays on-screen infertility struggles


Alicia Vikander shares intimate details about her journey to becoming a mom.

The Oscar-winning actor recently spoke to The Sunday Times, opening up about the portrayal of a character who suffers a miscarriage after battling his own “extreme and painful” pregnancy loss.

“We have a child now, but it took us a long time,” Vikander, who shares a 17-month-old son with Michael Fassbendertold The Times.

In 2017, the couple reportedly got married at the La Granja resort in Ibiza.

Vikander and Fassbender met while working on the 2016 film “The Light Between the Oceans.” In the film, Vikander plays a character who suffers two pregnancy losses.

In Vikander’s new show, “Irma Vep,” one of the storylines also follows a character who suffers a pregnancy loss.

“Talk about meta,” the actor told The Times.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander of “Irma Vep” welcomed their 17-month-old son last year.

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The ‘Ex Machina’ star revealed the film took on “another meaning” after surviving her own miscarriage.

When asked if films can help actors and audiences deal with their own traumas, Vikander replied, “Totally. [The miscarriage] was so extreme, painful to go through and of course it reminded me of making that movie. This movie has another meaning now.

She added: “Sometimes you go through tough things in life, and if you have a desk job you can drift off a bit. But there are times when I or co-workers went through something and, well, I can’t figure out how they got on the red carpet afterwards.”

The leading lady shared that she didn’t officially know she wanted to be a mother until she was 30, with the pregnancy loss reinforcing her desire to have children. “For a while I didn’t think I could get pregnant,” she said. Harper’s Bazaar United Kingdom in April.

Although it was difficult to overcome this painful period, Vikander explained how she and Fassbender remained united while tackling parenthood and juggling concerts.

“In my little family, with my husband and my child, we always travel together. That’s the rule,” she told Harper’s Bazaar at the time. “We are doing jobs so that one of us can still be with the baby.”

“Irma Vep” is available to stream on HBO Max. Watch the trailer below.




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