I Feel Immune to All the Awards Talk; If You Don't Yet Recognise Alicia Vikander, You Soon Will. Keeley Bolger Chats to the Swedish Star of the Danish Girl, Tipped for Possible Oscar Glory, about Her Whirlwind Year and the Exciting One Coming Up Big Screen

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I Feel Immune to All the Awards Talk; If You Don't Yet Recognise Alicia Vikander, You Soon Will. Keeley Bolger Chats to the Swedish Star of the Danish Girl, Tipped for Possible Oscar Glory, about Her Whirlwind Year and the Exciting One Coming Up Big Screen


Byline: Keeley Bolger

ALICIA VIKANDER ends 2015 the same way she started the year - with a clutch of award nominations to her name. But all the industry nods in the world haven't stopped her from feeling nervous when she doesn't have her next job lined up.

"It's always there," says the rising star, of the pressure to find new roles.

"It's a scary thing. I think most actors carry that with them. You never know what's around the corner, and even if you are lucky to know what's next, that's still just a few months ahead of what you're doing at the moment."

Known for her stirring performance as Vera Brittain in 2014's Testament Of Youth, enigmatic robot Ava in Ex-Machina - which has earned her a Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe nomination - and the no-nonsense Gaby in Guy Ritchie's slick Sixties-set comedy The Man From U.N.C.L.E, there's arguably plenty in the Swedish actress' schedule over the next year to help keep the fear at bay.

You're on 'your toes There's a role in the new Bourne film, as well as parts in drama The Light Between The Oceans with Michael Fassbender and Submergence with James McAvoy - not to mention her first release of 2016, The Danish Girl, which sees Vikander also nominated in the Best Actress category at the Globes.

all the time, and I think that's very exciting. Alicia Vikander on what she loves about the life of an actress Despite the steady stream of work in Hollywood, the modelling contract with Louis Vuitton and the rumoured boyfriend in her co-star Fassbender, her perception of her own situation remains modest.

"For three years, I had about $250-300 after I paid my rent, so you get used to [just having] that," Vikander reflects. "I think it's a great thing."

From the outside looking in, her rise appears seamless - though that hasn't always been the case.

Growing up in Sweden, the 27-year-old trained in ballet as a child, but dreamt of acting and harboured ambitions to pursue that goal.

The only child of a stage actress and a psychiatrist - who separated when she was very young - Vikander briefly flirted with the idea of training as a lawyer and was accepted on a law course, after twice failing to get a place at drama school.

"I loved going to school and I loved to read and a part of me really wanted to go to university," says the actress, who managed to land a few small TV jobs and parts in short films during this time.

"I had a dream that maybe if I can't act, because the industry [in Sweden] is so small and I hadn't really seen actors go internationally and work abroad, I would love to produce films. Most people I knew who worked as producers came from a background of being lawyers."

Vikander Michael Light Between " But just before term started, she was cast in a gritty drama called Pure

Doors were opened, and roles in the likes of 2012's A Royal Affair, Anna Karenina and The Fifth Estate, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, soon followed.

And much as she once fancied spending a few years furthering her training in a formal setting, so far, Vikander has found just one drawback to her career.

with in The Oceans "The only thing that I think is quite tough sometimes is the personal aspect of family and friends and people," she says with a laugh.

"You can't make any plans with them about anything, even though when they actually ask you, 'So what are you doing in three months? …

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