He admits that the pandemic has helped him stop the infernal rhythm that has been going on for 9 years, when his starring role in A Real Affair, the Danish film by Nikolaj Arcel that was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, drew attention by Joe Wright, who invited him to join the cast of his Anna Karenina. In a really short span of time, Alicia Vikander went from big surprise to established star, with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for The Danish Girl, a double Golden Globe nomination, a cult movie like Ex_Machina and her own. Hollywood franchise, Tomb Raider.
Happily married to Michel Fassbender, with whom she shares a beautiful The Green Knight full movie house in Lisbon’s Alfama neighborhood, the 32-year-old Swede returns to our billboards with The Glorias, Julie Taymor’s film in which she embodies the feminist icon Gloria Steinam in her youth , while Julianne Moore plays him past 50. The film, which had its premiere in January at the Sundance Film Festival, is a reflection of the new stage of his career, in which he has given priority to independent projects that still remain. await a premiere, such as Blue Bayou, by Justin Chon, or Born to Be Murdered, by the Italian Ferdinando Cito Filomarino, in which he shares the bill with John David Washington, although there is no shortage of blockbusters such as The Green Knight, by David Lowery, a fantastic story in which Dev Patel also participates.
Yes, I think what happened to me is very similar to what happened to Gloria, and I know that she keeps saying that the fight continues. It hasn’t stopped and that’s something that can be clearly seen thanks to the #MeToo era. The wonderful thing is that we have been able to talk about many of these topics and that has allowed me to question on a personal level my own prejudices regarding how I have been raised and how others have treated me.
I remember doing a movie with Riley Keough a few years ago, right after the #MeToo outbreak. It was for Netflix and we had one of those meetings where they explain to you what cannot be done and what must be done on a set, how to behave and all that kind of thing, it seemed to be the most natural thing to do. but both Riley and I looked at each other while we listened to what they were saying and our jaw dropped, because if that had existed 6 or 7 years before, everything would have been very different for us, when the situation was complicated simply by the fact of entering in a room where there were not many women. I grew up believing that this was the way things were in the world. Being able to speak and not feel like you’re overwhelming others just because you’ve raised your voice is fascinating to me. If you ask me if I feel that now there is a big difference compared to a few years ago my answer is yes, but it is wonderful that we have realized it and, as Gloria says, everything can be improved.
When did you first hear about Gloria Steinem?
It must have been about 6 or 7 years ago, when I started seeing her in interviews on TV. I also read his articles. But when they started talking to me about this project and I started talking about it with my mother and some of my friends, I soon realized the enormous influence that Gloria had had, especially on my American friends. Obviously before we started filming I started reading her memoirs. There is not so much material from when she was young, but there is abundant footage from the last few years. And when I met her personally,
I realized that she is an extraordinary woman. I loved the idea that Julie Taymor had of embodying Gloria at different ages with different actresses, and having them talk to each other. Her proposal led me to question whether I have also changed and evolved over the years and when I met Gloria I realized that today she is the result of all the experiences she has had and that it is as if it led to all those ages with her. She is sometimes smiling and giddy, as if she was 9 years old. She told me that she had heard that I had been a dancer and she told me that she loved tap and she began to dance, but then we had a very deep conversation. I think we both agreed that we had unconventional lives. I was 15 years old when I left my house and until I had to stay still due to the pandemic I have always been traveling. The same thing happened to her, having had all those experiences and getting to know so many cultures and so many people is what made her who she is today. And speaking with Gloria, I realized that this is something about myself that I also have to celebrate.
Gloria sat with me and Julianne Moore for hours. We asked him to read us some fragments of the script, a treasure that I keep on my mobile
Where did the first meeting take place?