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Alicia Vikander planned on law school before acting took off

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Alicia Vikander stars in "The Danish Girl"
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Alicia Vikander stars in "The Danish Girl"

The native of Sweden appeared in six films in 2015 and one of them, "The Danish Girl," has landed her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.

By all accounts, 2015 was the year that Alicia Vikander cemented her position as a leading big-screen actress. She appeared in seven films, including "The Danish Girl," which has landed her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress.

Not too long ago, the 27-year-old actress from Sweden was considering a career in law, partially as a means to fund her drama pursuits. But a few weeks before her law school classes were to begin, she was offered her first leading role in "Pure." That movie won her the Swedish Guldbagge Award and launched her career.

Now she's received multiple award nominations for the "The Danish Girl," including from the Screen Actors Guild. Vikander plays Gerda Wegener, a painter who both struggles with and encourages her husband's transformation into a woman. 

 
Alicia Vikander met with The Frame's John Horn to talk about her career, the fear she confronts going into new roles, and how she manages her schedule by booking motorcycle lessons.

 

INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS

Is that fear part of what's attractive to you in new roles? That it's something you haven't done that is a little terrifying?
How do you do that when you're working as steadily as you are? When you're making so many movies and things are coming fast, and when you're not filming, you're doing press interviews. How do you get those life experiences that make you a better actor? 
Are these all things on your list? 
When two theater schools say that you're not qualified to attend, do you have family members or someone close that assures you to keep going? 
Do you miss anything about making movies in Sweden? It's obviously different than making movies in Hollywood. 
Are there things about the job that have been a tough adjustment, like talking about a movie and doing press for a movie? 
You talked about being fearful before you start shooting. Was there a scene in "The Danish Girl" that you were most fearful about, and did that scene turn out to be the most scariest to do? 
"The Danish Girl" is currently in theaters. 
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