Magazine article Screen International

Alicia Vikander: "I Fought Hard for This Role"

Magazine article Screen International

Alicia Vikander: "I Fought Hard for This Role"

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Testament of Youth star says strong female roles are "rare" today.

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has said she "fought hard" for the role of iconic British writer Vera Brittain in World War One biopic Testament of Youth, in part due to the rarity of strong female film roles today.

Speaking at the BFI Southbank last night as part of the 'BFI Presents' series, the in-demand actress said: "I fought hard for this role...I met James [director James Kent] just before Christmas 2013. We went for dinner and I just came in there ready saying 'I know that I'm Swedish but I can do this so please give me the chance'.

"You know, it's rare, it's so rare to find strong female roles in film nowadays", she continued.

"So when you get one of those scripts on your table it's just an instant love."

Actress Vikander, director James Kent and producer Rosie Allison were joined at the event by Baroness Shirley Williams, daughter of Vera Brittain, author of the eponymous memoirs on which the film is based.

Kent told the audience that his background as a documentary filmmaker helped achieve some of the film's authenticity: "It's hard, you don't know how much an audience can bare. …

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