It took another six years to cobble together the financing.
“This was not a film of the ‘now’ when we started making it,” Alicia explains, “and it’s frankly amazing to think of the cultural change that has taken place since we started.
It was as if an old friend, not a good friend but a presence, always tagging along, had left me.”Alicia, who turned 27 in October and celebrated with a big birthday dinner in New York, is smack in the middle of one of those enchanted seasons that occur in Hollywood with the frequency and fanfare of a comet burning across the sky.
Like Jessica Chastain in 2011, she seems suddenly to be in everything, all at once.
It was because ballet is about perfection, and if you weren’t perfect, it was like the world was falling apart. I went to therapy without telling my parents.”Constrained by the world of the ballet, Alicia escaped to the nightclubs of Stockholm, unspooling her bun and throwing on a black T-shirt to conceal her preppiness.
She also started auditioning for roles on Swedish television shows.
In the last year she has had six films in American theaters, including , costarring her real-life boyfriend, Michael Fassbender, are due to arrive this year.
Again and again, she has been asked to wear long sleeves and SPF 100 in order to help the makeup department conjure the desired pallor. Here I go, exploding stereotypes.”Old friends like to talk about Alicia’s goofiness, her devilishness, her tendency, guard lowered, to be the loudest person at the table, or in the karaoke room, or on the lawn in Beachwood Canyon where Swedish Angelenos like to play , an old Viking version of horseshoes.“In Swedish the filter between my thoughts and my language is much thinner, so things just flow.”Alicia grew up in Göteborg, Sweden, with her mother, a successful theater actress.Her parents divorced when she was two months old, and she spent weekends and summers with her father, a psychiatrist, and a houseful of half-siblings.“Two years of films where I had to be white as a ghost,” she says now, laughing. She worries that in English she comes across as stiff, unnatural.“I think I’ve been very self-conscious trying to express myself in a new language, and sometimes I don’t recognize the person that comes out,” she says.