YEAR IN REVIEW: The 10 Breakout Stars of 2015- #3 Alicia Vikander

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Alicia Vikander Sure, she’s beautiful, but that’s not the reason she nears the top of this list. 27 year-old Swedish actress and trained ballet dancer Alicia Vikander came out of nowhere over the last couple of years and solidified her value in the film industry simply by consistently producing compelling work. Vikander began receiving public recognition after her feature film debut in the 2010 Swedish film Pure, for which she won the Guldbagge Award for Best Actress. Steadily gaining more projects under her belt, it wasn’t until this year that Vikander began seeing the kind of international attention she deserves, dominating theaters in back-to-back leading roles in Ex Machina, Testament of Youth, and The Danish Girl, the latter of the three earning her a Golden Globe nomination (her second so far) and a SAG nomination. Although The Danish Girl presumably alludes to Lili Elbe, one of the first known recipients of sex reassignment surgery played by Eddie Redmayne, it is really Vikander as Gerda Wegener, Lili’s wife and tireless supporter, who steals the show. Totally magnetic on screen and unflinchingly absorbed by her character to the point that Redmayne seems to exit the film entirely. In fact, Vikander bolsters his performance throughout. Because of this, The Danish Girl speaks as much if not more to Gerda’s experience as a woman living alongside and unconditionally loving her partner, as it does to Lili’s experience of transition while moving further away from hers. In any case, Vikander can sell a character. She’s green, but she’s already got that magic, a whole lot of potential, and an entire career ahead of her to prove it.