‘It was so extreme and painful to go through’: Alicia Vikander reveals she suffered a miscarriage before having her son with Michael Fassbender
Alicia Vikander has opened up about the pain she went through after suffering a miscarriage.
The Tomb Raider actress, 33, welcomed her first child with her husband Michael Fassbender, 45, in 2021.
But Alicia has now shared her pain over her struggle to become a mother – admitting in an interview with The Times it was a long journey for the couple.
Tough: Alicia Vikander has opened up about the pain she went through after suffering a miscarriage
During the candid chat she revealed: ‘We have a child now, but it took us time.’
Alicia stars in the new Sky Atlantic TV show Irma Vep playing a pop star who is forced to go back on stage shortly after suffering a miscarriage.
The actress says addressing such painful issues on screen helps her deal with her own grievance.
She also compared her experiences to her 2016 movie The Light Between Oceans in which she starred opposite Michael playing a child couple who adopt a baby girl who is lost at sea.
Alicia added: ‘(The miscarriage) was so extreme, painful to go through and, of course, it made me recall making that film [The Light Between Oceans]. That film has another meaning now.’
Family: The Tomb Raider actress, 33, welcomed her first child with her husband Michael Fassbender, 45, in 2021
The ‘Ex Machina’ star added: ‘Sometimes you go through things that are tough in life and if you have an office job you can step away for a bit.
‘But there are times that myself or colleagues have been through something and, well, I can’t understand how they went on to the red carpet afterwards. To be met by people asking, ‘How are you doing?’ Given what they had just been through? Most people would not be able to step out of their house.’
Michael and Alicia tied the knot in October 2017 – three years after they began dating, following meeting on set of The Light Between Oceans.
In an interview with The Times, she revealed: ‘We have a child now, but it took us time.’
She has avoided discussing her and Michael’s child publicly – or revealing their name or sex – but in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Oscar-winning star opened up about motherhood, stating she always puts her ‘little family’ first.
She said: ‘In my little family, with my husband and my child, we travel together, always. That’s the rule. We do jobs so one of us can always be with the baby.’
The couple, who currently live together in Lisbon, Portugal, are known for being notoriously private and hadn’t previously spoken about whether they would have children together.
She also previously discussed her fertility battle during the candid interview, telling the magazine: ‘I tried to get pregnant for a while. So I had tough times during lockdown. I struggled for a while.
‘For a while I didn’t think that I could get pregnant… ‘
She added she decided to talk about her issues to help other women going through similar experiences.
Alicia went on: ‘I kind of stopped and thought, ‘Am I going to talk about this?’ But I think it’s universal and so many women go through similar things. And it’s tough.’
Couple: Michael and Alicia tied the knot in October 2017 – three years after they began dating, following meeting on set of The Light Between Oceans (pictured in the film)