Alicia Vikander: Gerda is Going through a Transformation Too in ‘The Danish Girl’

     December 9, 2015


Alicia Vikander is having one heck of a year. The Man from U.N.C.L.E. is a blast, she delivers superb work in Ex Machina and Testament of Youth deserved far more attention and notoriety than it got, and then of course there’s The Danish Girl, the film that will likely spark a very busy awards season for the actress who skyrocketed to fame this year.

It was just announced this morning that Vikander earned a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for her performance as Gerda Wegener. For the most part, all eyes have been on Redmayne who plays Lili Elbe, the first person to undergo gender confirmation surgery. Redmayne certainly deserves that SAG nomination himself, but The Danish Girl is just as much Gerda’s story as it is Lili’s, and that comes through to overwhelming proportions in the film.

During The Danish Girl press day a few weeks back, I got the chance to have a chat with Vikander during which she noted that Gerda is going through a transition too, not just Lili. Check out what she told me about that and about how director Tom Hooper put her at ease during her audition in the video interview below. In case you missed it, click here for my full interview with Redmayne and here for my interview with Hooper. The Danish Girl is currently playing in select theaters and expands this month.


Here’s the official synopsis for The Danish Girl:

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener (portrayed by Academy Award winner Eddie Redmayne [“The Theory of Everything”] and Alicia Vikander [“Ex Machina”]), directed by Academy Award winner Tom Hooper (“The King’s Speech,” “Les Misérables”). Lili and Gerda’s marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili’s groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.


Image via Focus Features


Image via Focus Features


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