“Ex Machina” star and undeniable Hollywood “It” girl Alicia Vikander stars on one of three new covers of Interview magazine touting “Hollywood’s New Heavies,” in TheWrap’s exclusive first look. Two alternate covers feature her “Ex Machina” costar Domhnall Gleeson and actor Jai Courtney.
Vikander’s “Anna Karenina” director Joe Wright penned her cover interview, in which they discussed several high-profile films Vikander will release this year including Guy Ritchie’s “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” “The Light Between Two Oceans” costarring Michael Fassbender and Tom Hooper‘s “Les Miserables” follow-up “The Danish Girl.”
“Do you get worried about that, about overexposure?” Wright asked the Swedish star. “Yeah, I guess people might just get tired of my face, ” she confessed.
Vikander is the artist in her family, but she still leans on her psychologist father for help in choosing roles.
“Both my mom and my dad have always included me in intelligent conversations about people, about characters, about how people work. My dad and my mom still read all scripts that I find interesting. I send them an e-mail, and I’m like, ‘Okay, I have my eye on this,’or whatever,'” she said.
“And they call me up after they’ve had the time to read the scripts. It’s become a sweet tradition, because I see them so rarely now. And for me to feel like they’re included in the journey, it means a lot. And they’re very honest, too, which is great.”
“So, Brad had a question for you: ‘What the hell is the M doing in your name if you’re not going to use it?'” Jolie said.
“I’m disappointed he didn’t ask, “When can we work together?” Gleeson shot back. “And maybe he can answer why there isn’t an M in Brad?… I think for my parents it was like ‘A Boy Named Sue,’ the Johnny Cash song. A guy named Sue tries to track down his father to take it out on his father for naming him Sue. And his father says, ‘Look, I knew I wasn’t going to be around. So I gave you the name so that you would grow up strong enough to take the hits and fight back.’ So I like to believe that’s why my parents gave me this stupid name.”
Interview has a good eye for heatseeking young talent — last year’s portfolio featured the ubiquitous Ansel Elgort and Douglas Booth. Get more Interview up-and-comers here, and see the full covers and more: