The two couldn’t keep their eyes off each other as they posed for photos together on the red carpet at the film’s glitzy premiere. Fassbender kept his arm around Vikander’s waist as they smiled for cameras.
Vikander dazzled in an embellished black dress with plunging neckline and shimmering sleeves, her long hair pulled back, while Fassbender looked dapper in a dark suit with subtle checkered detailing.
The quiet couple fell in love on the set of The Light Between Oceans, a film based on M.L. Stedman’s tearjerker novel about a couple who raise a baby girl as their own after she washes ashore in a boat.
“I knew that Michael was attached to play Tom, and I think he’s one of the most brilliant actors out there,” Vikander told reporters about how she mulled taking on the role. “I was up for the game, but I was very nervous. I got people that picked me up when I fell and who pushed me. Michael’s support in those scenes were a big part of me daring to go all the way, which was needed for the role of Isabel.”
Fassbender had equal praise for his costar, admitting that he was a bit “scared” of Vikander’s determination and drive when she first arrived on set.
“I was kind of scared when Alicia came, she was so fierce and hungry, and it was something that it’s always a great thing to see in an actor who is getting an opportunity who hasn’t been well known yet,” he told reporters. “I really felt like I had to get my s— together and just be there and be as present as she was.”
Vikander also opened up about playing a mother on film, saying that she herself has envisioned having a family of her own someday.
“I’m not a mother, and it was the one biggest challenge in this film. The extreme longing for a child this [character] has is something a lot of women share,” she told reporters. “She also goes through miscarriages, and I know it’s a subject that is not talked about much – but it’s common and it’s a trauma a lot of people can relate to. I always imagined having a family in the future, but I sit there imagining half the women in the audience thinking, ‘She doesn’t really know what it’s like.’ “
Earlier in the day, the two attended a photo call for the film, with Vikander looking chic and relaxed in a blue-and-white wrap maxi dress with matching block heels, while Fassbender kept his look classic in a pair of dark blue jeans with a white shirt and a blazer.
The couple made their awards-show debut as a couple at the Golden Globes in January, and Vikander kissed her beau when she was announced as the Best Supporting Actress winner at the Oscars in February.
“It wasn’t the first time in a movie either of us had played somebody who is falling in love. There is an element of separation there,” the 39-year-old actor said. “If I’m playing a murderer, I don’t go out and start murdering people.”
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Vikander, 27, agreed. “I think we’ve made a clear statement that we keep certain things just between us. It was very easy to unite, but that’s quite personal,” she said.
Despite their high-profile careers, the actors have managed to keep their relationship fairly low-key.
“I’m not going to talk about my private life with a total stranger, unless I feel like I need to,” Fassbender said. “Why would I? I don’t.”
The Light Between Oceans hits theaters Friday.