Alicia Vikander has opened up about the pain she went through after suffering a miscarriage. The Tomb Raider actress, 33, welcomed her first child with her husband Michael Fassbender, 45, in 2021.

Alicia stars in the new Sky Atlantic TV show Irma Vep playing a pop star who is forced to go back on stage shortly after suffering a miscarriage. The actress says addressing such painful issues on screen helps her deal with her own grief.

But Alicia has now shared her pain over her struggle to become a mother  admitting in an interview with The Times it was a long journey for the couple. During the candid chat she revealed: ‘We have a child now, but it took us time.’

She also compared her experiences to her 2016 movie The Light Between Oceans in which she starred opposite Michael playing a childless couple who adopt a baby girl who is lost at sea.

‘But there are times that myself or colleagues have been through something and, well, I can’t understand how they went on to the red carpet afterwards. To be met by people asking, ‘How are you doing?’ Given what they had just been through? Most people would not be able to step out of their house.’

Alicia added: ‘(The miscarriage) was so extreme, painful to go through and, of course, it made me recall making that film [The Light Between Oceans]. That film has another meaning now.’ The ‘Ex Machina’ star added: ‘Sometimes you go through things that are tough in life and if you have an office job you can step away for a bit. 

Michael and Alicia tied the knot in October 2017 three years after they began dating, following meeting on set of The Light Between Oceans. In an interview with The Times , she revealed: ‘We have a child now, but it took us time.’

She has avoided discussing her and Michael’s child publicly or revealing their name or sex but in a recent interview with Harper’s Bazaar, the Oscar-winning star opened up about motherhood, stating she always puts her ‘little family’ first.

She said: ‘In my little family, with my husband and my child, we travel together, always. That’s the rule. We do jobs so one of us can always be with the baby.’ The couple, who currently live together in Lisbon, Portugal, are known for being notoriously private and hadn’t previously spoken about whether they would have children together.

She also previously discussed her fertility battle during the candid interview, telling the magazine: ‘I tried to get pregnant for a while. So I had tough times during lockdown. I struggled for a while. She added she decided to talk about her issues to help other women going through similar experiences.

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