‘It was so extreme and painful to go through’: Alicia Vikander reveals she had a miscarriage before having her son with Michael Fassbender
- Alicia, 33, revealed in September 2021 that she secretly welcomed her first child, a baby boy, with husband Michael, 45, whom she married in 2017
- The very private actress has now opened up about suffering an ‘extreme’ and ‘painful’ miscarriage before she fell pregnant with her son
- “We have a child now, but it took us a long time,” she told The Times, after previously revealing that she had battled infertility.
- She told Harper’s Bazaar in April that she had ‘tried to get pregnant for a while’ and had had ‘difficult times during lockdown’
Alicia Vikander has opened up about the pain she endured after suffering an “extreme” miscarriage before becoming pregnant with her first child.
The Tomb Raider actress, 33, revealed in September 2021 that she had quietly welcomed a baby boy – now 17 months old – with husband Michael Fassbender, 45, earlier that year.
But Alicia has now opened up about the “painful” struggles she faced on her journey to becoming a mother, admitting in a new interview with The Times that it “took a while” for the couple to conceive their first baby together.
“We have a child now, but it took us a long time,” she said, before revealing that she suffered a “painful and extreme” miscarriage before becoming pregnant with her son.
Difficult: Alicia Vikander, 33, has opened up about the pain she endured after suffering a miscarriage before conceiving her first child, a baby boy, with husband Michael Fassbender
Family: The Tomb Raider actress welcomed her first child with Michael Fassbender, 45, in 2021 but has now revealed he ‘took her a long time’ to conceive
Alicia stars in new Sky Atlantic TV show Irma Vep playing a pop star who is forced back on stage shortly after having a miscarriage.
The actress says addressing such painful issues on screen helps her deal with her own grief.
She also compared her experiences to her 2016 film The Light Between Oceans in which she starred alongside Michael, with the pair playing a childless couple who miscarry twice and eventually adopt a baby girl who is lost at sea.
Alicia added: ‘[The miscarriage] was so extreme, painful to go through and of course it reminded me of making that movie [The Light Between Oceans]. This movie has another meaning now.
The Ex Machina star added, “Sometimes you go through tough things in life and if you have a desk job you can drift off a bit.”
“But there are times when myself or colleagues have gone through something and, well, I don’t understand how they went on the red carpet afterwards. Being greeted by people asking, “How are you? Given what they had just been through? Most people couldn’t leave their homes.
Michael and Alicia tied the knot in October 2017 – three years after they started dating, having met on the set of The Light Between Oceans.
In an interview with The Times, she revealed, “We have a child now, but it took us a while.”
She’s avoided speaking publicly about herself and Michael’s child — or revealing their name or gender — but in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Oscar-winning star opened up about motherhood, saying she always puts his “little family” first.
She said: “In my small family, with my husband and my child, we travel together, always. It is the rule. We do jobs so that one of us can always be with the baby.
The couple, who currently live together in Lisbon, Portugal, are known to be notoriously private and had not yet said whether they would have children together.
She also previously opened up about her fertility battle during the candid interview, telling the magazine, “I tried to get pregnant for a while.” So I had some tough times during the lockdown. I struggled for a while.
‘For a while I didn’t think I could get pregnant…’
She added that she decided to speak out about her issues to help other women going through similar experiences.
Alicia continued, “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 hard.
Couple: Michael and Alicia tied the knot in October 2017 – three years after they started dating, having met on the set of The Light Between Oceans (film photo)