Tuesday 20 March 2018

WATCH: Alicia Vikander talks playing the wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl

Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Alicia Vikander has revealed she was "overwhelmed" by the real-life story behind her new film The Danish Girl.

The Swedish actress has been nominated for the Best Actress (drama) Golden Globe for her role in the movie.

She plays Gerda, the supportive wife of transgender pioneer Lili Elbe, played by Eddie Redmayne.

"I think making this film you realise, I realised, that this story was something I felt really privileged to be part of telling," she tells Independent.ie.

She admits that on reading the script she immediately googled the story of Gerda and Lili for more information.

"I was surprised I didn't know about the story of Lili and Gerda and being the pioneers going through this transition in the 1920s 1930s," she says.

"To know this story I was unaware of was so big was quite huge and I kind of felt reading the script that I was overwhelmed by the story.

"I just hope the people going to see it will have hopefully the same reaction.  I went straight online to try to find as much information as I could about this couple."

Alicia is currently filming the new Bourne movie but is keeping schutm on plot details.

"I just wish i could give you everything but I can't!" she laughs.

"I came back from DC yesterday and we've done, in the spirit of Bourne, different locations around the world.  We're heading to Vegas in January which is going to be interesting.  I've once been there 2 days and that was wow so I'll be there quite a few weeks so we'll see how that goes!"

The Danish Girl opens in Ireland on January 1.

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