5 Minutes With… Alicia Vikander

We speak to the award-winning actress of "Ex Machina" and "The Danish Girl" fame

Alicia Vikander

Photo: Bulgari

If there’s an actress everyone is talking about these days, Alicia Vikander is it. After making her debut on Swedish television in the early 2000s, the 28-year-old beauty hit a new career high last year when she picked up an Oscar in the Best Supporting Actress category for her riveting portrayal of Gerda Wegener in the 2015 film, The Danish Girl.

Vikander is here in Singapore to launch Buglari’s “SerpentiForm” in her capacity as one of the brand’s ambassadors. Housed within the ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands, “SerpentiForm” is a beautifully curated exhibition dedicated to the fascinating creature and one of Bulgari’s most enduring icons. The many ways the snake has,well, snaked its way into the realms of art, jewellery, fashion and design—as well as Bulgari’s vernacular—are explored across more than 150 exhibits.

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SerpentiForm

Photo: Bulgari

SerpentiForm

Photo: Bulgari

In person, Vikander is warm and friendly—playful even. Her eyes light up when quizzed about her first impression of the Lion City. “It’s amazing here,” she says, “Gardens by The Bay is beautiful. I loved every corner of it.” Before she is whisked away for an appearance at the press conference (as well as the opening gala party the same evening), Harper’s BAZAAR chats with the actress to find out more about her latest obsessions, discoveries and the last movie she watched.

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Alicia Vikander

Photo: Getty

What’s your favourite footwear style?

I think anyone can look at a pair of high heels and see the beauty and extravagance in them, but I’d have to say flats, in general, I love simplicity, quality and class. Comfort is really important to me as well. The gold-coloured ones I am wearing right now are from Another Stories.

Your best recent discovery?

Yogaglo. It’s going to be your best discovery too [laughs]! I love doing yoga, and when I started travelling more for work I found it difficult to relate to those yoga videos from the DVDs or the ones they play in the hotel rooms. My friend then introduced me to Yogaglo. This app is amazing. How it works: Some of the best yoga teachers in the world upload videos of their classes to the app, and it allows you to choose from whatever session suits you. You can see the people in the classes taking notes, so it feels like you’re also part of the classes, too. The good thing is you never have to take the same lesson twice, because the teachers upload new content every week.

Alicia Vikander

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The last purchase you made?

A face mask from the airport. It was one of those that you leave on your face overnight. I’m obsessed with moisturising. It’s one of my beauty secrets. I’m one of those who can slather cream on their faces like, four times a day.

The last movie you saw?

20th Century Women. I watched it on the plane and I loved every second of it.

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Alicia Vikander

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The last song you had on repeat?

I was at the gym this morning with my hairstylist and he was like, “I have Katy Perry’s latest album with me.” So we had it on, but halfway through our workout I went, “Hold on a minute, has the same song been playing for the last thirty minutes?” Turns out he had put the beginning on repeat by accident [laughs]! I still don’t know what the title of that song is though.

Alicia Vikander

Photo: Getty

How do you unplug from everything?

I’m getting better and better at leaving my phone away from me. For example, I don’t bring it with me when I go for dinner. Putting away my phone is also the last thing I do before I go to bed. It’s hard in the beginning, but you’ll get used to it.

Read more of our interview with Alicia Vikander in an upcoming issue of Harper’s BAZAAR Singapore