5 Things to Know About Ex Machina Star Alicia Vikander
The Swedish actress, 26, is earning buzz for her breakout role as a seductive android
Get ready to see a lot of Alicia Vikander. A lot.
The Swedish actress, 26, is earning buzz for her breakout role as a seductive android in Ex Machina, which arrives in theaters this weekend. She’s landed several coveted upcoming roles opposite some guys you definitely know – and we haven’t even gotten to her envy-inducing boyfriend.
PEOPLE chatted with Vikander about how she became Hollywood’s “it” girl. Here are five things to know about the gorgeous rising star.
1. She was born in Sweden
Vikander grew up on sets with her stage actress mother and starred in her first leading role in the Swedish drama Pure . “There are not very many films being made in Sweden, where I grew up,” Vikander tells PEOPLE. “In any country, it’s hard to find young, meaty roles for women, and this was one of them. I was scared and nervous, but it was a big deal getting that.” She quickly made the leap into international films, starring alongside Keira Knightley in Anna Karenina in 2012.
2. She’s a trained dancer
Ballet consumed much of Vikander’s early life. She danced for more than nine years and studied at the Royal Swedish Ballet in Stockholm when she was 15.
3. She’s dating Michael Fassbender
The couple was spotted holding hands and kissing in New York City over Easter weekend. They’ve been linked since December and costarred in the film The Light Between Oceans.
4. She’s the newest face of Louis Vuitton
She was recently named an ambassador for the fashion house. “I met Nicolas [Ghesquière, artistic director of women’s collections], and I admired his work as a designer for a long time and he’s done some amazing things,” she says.
5. Her next leading men include Superman and an Oscar winner
She’s the leading lady in the spy thriller The Man from U.N.C.L.E., out this summer and starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. And she’s currently filming with Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl, which tells the story of transsexual artist Lili Elbe. “It’s a very interesting story and script,” says Vikander. “It’s been a good journey, very intense, and it’s been hard work, but it’s been pleasurable.”