Alicia Vikander Gets High Marks for On-Screen Appearances, Not So Much for Up Close and Personal Meetings

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Alicia Vikander stars opposite Eddie Redmayne in the film The Danish Girl, and while she is receiving rave reviews for her on-screen performances, she seemingly refuses to perform when meeting up with people off-screen.

The L.A. Times reports the press has often found her to be aloof, describing her as "cooly remote," "polite but not warm" and "certainly not vulnerable."

When confronted with her reputation, Alicia Vikander, who is insistent her name is pronounced "Ah-liss-sia," and not "Ah-lee-sha," became quite upset.

"It's tough," she said. "I try to be myself, but I'm always nervous letting go. I am very serious about my work. But I think it's a bit of a cultural thing, too. Everyone thinks my English is so good. But with the language barrier, I often feel like I want to add that little extra flavor to what I'm saying. Sometimes I wish people could hang out with me for 10 minutes when I'm speaking Swedish."

Alicia Vikander is driven. When she was just 15 when she moved away from home and lived in a rented flat to study at the Royal Swedish Ballet School. She worked herself so strictly that at age 17 a nurse suggested she seek counseling for stress.

Withdrawing from the ballet school to pursue acting, Vikander has forged ahead in the same workaholic manner, but with great success--at least on-screen.

Unfortunately for Alicia Vikander, fans want their Hollywood icons to open up to them and share their "reality." That's something she clearly has great difficulty with, but with time will likely acquiesce.

The Danish Girl is hitting theaters at the end of a year when many transgender stories were front and center in the media. Alicia Vikander--as Gerda Wegener--is the "one figure onscreen who seems to breathe the sharp air of reality," according to the New York Times.

Alicia Vikander will likely one day get better marks off-screen to appease her fans. If it doesn't come naturally, she will learn to add the appearances to her acting repertoire.

Will you be checking out Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl? It opens in theaters today.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.