”Firebrand” actress Alicia Vikander commands attention on the cover of the November 3rd, 2023 issue of Madame Figaro. Capturing the vision of photographer Jan Welters, the Louis Vuitton ambassador wears a chic ensemble and accessories from the French fashion house.
For the cover story, Véronique Tristram’s styling expertise brings to the fore a parade of Vuitton garments and embellishments, each chosen to complement Vikander’s versatile appeal. Jillian Halouska creates hair designs that add an air of sophistication, while Kelly Cornwell applies the art of makeup to enhance Vikander’s natural features. Kamel completes the look with the manicure.
Inside the magazine, the Swedish actress known for her versatile roles and Oscar-winning performance, shared her insights into the glamorous yet illusory world of red carpet events. “People like to see us evolve on the red carpets, but those moments are just the illusion of what the film industry is,” she remarked.
Alicia Vikander, who has portrayed a range of characters from a pioneering transgender woman in “The Danish Girl” to an android in “Ex Machina,” continues to challenge herself with complex roles. Her recent portrayal of Catherine Parr in ”Firebrand” opposite Jude Law has been met with critical acclaim, as evidenced by an eight-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival.
Her co-stars and directors are quick to praise her talents. Eddie Redmayne, who starred with her in “The Danish Girl,” described her as “brilliant,” noting her ability to bring authenticity to her roles. Olivier Assayas, who wrote the series “Irma Vep” for Vikander, highlighted her ability to navigate complex scripts, while Jude Law praised her fearless portrayal of the formidable Queen.
Aside from acting, Vikander is also a producer and a mother, balancing her career with family life. She draws inspiration from her discipline as a former dancer, which she believes is crucial to her success as an actress. She also credits her parents, an actress and a psychiatrist, for instilling in her a love of art and literature.
Vikander’s production company, Vikarious, aims to highlight female talent both in front of and behind the camera. She is passionate about creating projects with female directors, writers and cinematographers, reflecting her commitment to exploring contemporary themes and social issues.
Currently living in Lisbon with her husband, actor Michael Fassbender, Vikander enjoys a life away from the spotlight. She values her privacy and tries to maintain a balance between her personal life and her career, ensuring that family remains her priority.
As for her views on feminism, Vikander seeks a path of mutual respect and understanding. She is not an aggressive feminist, but advocates for equal opportunities and shared experiences between men and women.