Alicia Vikander Opens Up About 'Painful' Miscarriage With Michael Fassbender

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Actors Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender attend a photocall for 'The Light Between Oceans' during the 73rd Venice Film Festival at on September 1, 2016 in Venice, Italy.
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How do you mourn the loss of a life that never was? It's a question that women who've gone through the heartache of a miscarriage have been asking themselves for generations.

Recently, Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, sat down to attempt to give perspective on that very topic. Have a look below and see how she opens up about her painful miscarriage with her husband, Michael Fassbender.

In less than a decade, Alicia Vikander has gone from the fringe of obscurity to the absolute forefront of the Hollywood red carpet.

Alicia Vikander touching a prosthetic face in 'Ex Machina'.
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Alicia's breakthrough role was in 2014's Ex Machina, wherein she received a Golden Globe nomination. A year later, she took home the Oscar for "Best Supporting Actress" in The Danish Girl.

While filming 'The Light Between Oceans', she met her future husband, Michael Fassbender.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in 'The Light Between Oceans'.
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After dating for a few years, Alicia and Michael were wed in a private ceremony in Ibiza, Spain. In early 2021, the couple welcomed their first child into the world.

Known for living private lives, the Oscar-winning actress recently confirmed that she had a miscarriage while trying to have their baby.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander hugging in 'The Light Between Oceans'.
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Alicia told London's The Times that her experience was similar to what her character in The Light Between Oceans went through. In the film, Alicia and Michael portray a couple struggling to conceive.

"We have a child now, but it took us time," Alicia explained.

Alicia Vikander in 'Irma Vep'.

She steeled herself and went on to say how the miscarriage "Was so extreme, painful to go through and, of course, it made me recall making that film."

For Alicia's most recent project, the HBO mini-series 'Irma Vep', the actress is once again portraying a character who miscarried.

Alicia Vikander playing cards in 'Irma Vep'.

In the series, Alicia plays Mira — a singer who is forced to keep on performing, as if nothing happened, after her miscarriage.

The Swedish star conveyed how she found that particular aspect to be deeply relatable.

Alicia Vikander nodding in 'Tomb Raider'.
Giphy | Tomb Raider

Alicia spoke about the difficulties of taking time off, even after a traumatic experience. "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[sic]."

"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 Vikander painting in a blue robe in 'The Danish Girl'.
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Due to the fact that Alicia revealed her struggles with miscarriages during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, she was fortunate in that she was able to retreat inward and not be forced to discuss it publically.

"I tried to get pregnant for a while," Alicia told 'Harper's Bazaar UK' back in April of 2022.

Alicia Vikander about to cry in 'Blue Bayou'.
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"So I had tough times during lockdown. I struggled for a while," she said. Alicia also admitted that there were times that she doubted if she could even get pregnant.

Thankfully, Alicia and Michael's perseverance paid off, and their son was born around February of 2021.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander holding a baby by the ocean in 'The Light Between Oceans'.
Giphy | The Light Between Oceans

Alicia has refrained from releasing the name of her son, as well as his birth date. However, she felt a responsibility to share her fertility struggles with others who may be experiencing the same thing.

"I kind of stopped and thought, 'Am I going to talk about this?' But I think it's universal and so many women go through similar things," she told the magazine.

Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider'.
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Irma Vep is the first job that Alicia has taken since the birth of her son. She said that the prospect of filming again filled her with excitement and trepidation.

Fortunately, she and Michael have agreed to trade off working until their son is older.

Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander in a tight embrace in 'The Light Between Oceans'.
Giphy | The Light Between Oceans

"Sometimes they came to the set just so he could see my face," she said.

Irma Vep is now available to stream on Crave as well as HBO Max. Alicia is also set to reprise her role in the much-anticipated sequel, Tomb Raider 2.