Alicia Vikander (Gothenburg, Sweden, 1988) won the Oscar five years ago for ‘The Danish Girl’ and shortly after she married German actor Michael Fassbender in Ibiza. The actress, who was Lara Croft in the third installment of ‘TombRaider’, returns with ‘Blue Bayou’, a drama directed by and starring actor Justin Chon, which is based on the true story of Koreans who were adopted as children in the United States. United and then deported when they turn 40.
– What did you find in this project to star in it?
–I met Chon, the director, and I was interested in the story. I think it is important to talk about the immigration situation in the world, especially when it comes to a true story. Chon’s vision captivated me. I think he has an amazing mind. It takes a very daring artist to tell a story about immigration without fear, without morality, striving to be authentic.
– Many young people who came to the United States as children, and who do not know another country, face deportation. What is surprising in this film are the cases of children adopted by American parents.
Yes, I was also surprised to find out. That is why it is important to tell what happened, that the laws be changed. It is something that has happened in the United States constantly. In the case of the protagonist, who was adopted as a child, he learns at the age of forty that he is not an American and that he may be deported. When I learned about his life and how that unfair policy continues to apply, I was shocked. I think it is important for the public to know what is going on.
A southern woman
–The film is set in Louisiana, in the southern United States. Was it difficult for you to identify with your character?
-Yes. This is a family nucleus with many problems, but, beyond the bad relationship of marriage, it is highlighted that a family is not formed with a blood relationship. I liked playing a hard-working southern woman who has so little to do with my past in Sweden.
– You are an actress who tends to show herself without fear in characters charged with conflicting emotions.
–That’s the cinema. When the emotional aspects become exaggerated, the story becomes a melodrama. In this case, the emotion stems from political injustice. It is a very difficult story to understand and I want it to be seen, because we must stop marginalizing immigrants.
“I no longer get carried away by work alone, I have learned to appreciate the little things that did not interest me before”
– When did you think you had achieved success in cinema?
– When I was twenty I was a little naive and I let myself be carried away by a blindness that now I find it difficult to understand. But I must admit that I have been very lucky in my career. I started working as a ballet dancer and then in the cinema. When I did ‘The Danish Girl’, it was clear to me that this was going to be my profession forever. In Scandinavia it is difficult to find work because there are not many opportunities, so when they started hiring me to shoot roles in English, I breathed a sigh of relief, because the range was widened.
Alicia Vikander and ‘Blue Bayou’.
“Was she more ambitious in her youth?”
-Sure. But at that age, why not ambition everything? I look back and admire that lack of fear. I have abandoned that naive vision of seeing the world, I no longer let myself be carried away by work alone. I think I’ve learned to appreciate the little things that didn’t interest me before, like gardening or cooking.
– Will there be a sequel to ‘Tomb Raider’?
-I think so. The covid has delayed everything, so there is little I can anticipate you. I would love to visit Lara again. I hope that director Misha Green will let me read what she has written soon.
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“We must stop marginalizing the emigrant” – nonenglishfeed