Somehow Alicia Vikander went 5 films without speaking to another woman on screen

12.16.15 1 year ago

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Alicia Vikander recently spoke to The Guardian about her amazing year, including her recent Golden Globe Award nominations and more. While reviewing her career she had some very interesting things to stay about the other actresses in her films, mainly that there weren't any. 

Vikander has been in everything lately. She starred alongside “Man of Steel's” Henry Cavill in “Man from U.N.C.L.E.”, she portrayed Artificial Intelligence unit Ava with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac in “Ex Machina.” She's even co-starring with Matt Damon in the new “Bourne” film. While all of these roles may sound like an actress' dream, there is one problem: Vikander does not have any scenes with other women in these films. Wait — what?

According to Vikander, she made five films in a row that featured predominately male casts. While this isn't necessarily a bad thing, it does beg the question of why? Why were some of Vikander's most successful films the ones where women were strangely absent? Vikander shares her thoughts on this revelation here:

“Of course I”ve had a run of great opportunities and characters to play, but I was shooting this scene with Holliday Grainger that just felt like something new,” she says. “It just came so easily, and we were having so much fun. And only when we were chatting afterwards did I suddenly realise why: I”d just made five films in a row, and this was the first one where I had a scene with another woman.”

When asked if she will be more mindful of choosing films that feature more equally balanced films in the future she said: 

“Well, yes, but I just felt so embarrassed that I hadn”t realised that earlier. Women talking together – apparently it is a reality! Who knew? And while we talk about the lack of female leads in films today, male domination is just as strong in supporting roles.”

Vikander's thoughts on this add to the long list of actresses who have been speaking out on gender inequality in Hollywood. While she may not be vocal about pay difference or treatment of actresses on set, her comments point towards the screenwriting community, and their propensity to write male-focused stories. Or even greater than that; that male-led films often dominate awards season as well.  

Alicia Vikander can currently be seen in theaters in “The Danish Girl”.

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