Alicia Vikander on 'The Danish Girl' and her break-through year

Alicia Vikander stars as Gerda Wegener, in Tom Hooper's THE DANISH GIRL,

LONDON (KUTV) -- With starring roles in "Burnt," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E," "Testament of Youth," "Ex Machina" and the upcoming "The Danish Girl" it is easy to say that it has been a spectacular year for Alicia Vikander.

Within the past two weeks she has been nominated for a Golden Globe and a Critics' Choice Award for her performance as artist Gerda Wegener, the wife of a transgender woman in the 1920s, in director Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl." She also scored a Golden Globe nomination for her role "Ex Machina" role, Ava, a robot with sentient capabilities.

It was her role as Ava that caught my attention and has had me looking forward to any film she appears in. It's fairly safe to say that she will be given an Oscar nomination, but even if she leaves award season empty handed, she'll still be my choice, based on the overall quality of her performances, for the best actress of 2015.

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to sit down with Vikander in London to discuss how she prepared for the role of Gerda Wegener and how her career has changed in just the past year.

"I love the kind of very individual preparation, the different kind of work that comes with any film that you take on. With this it was going back in history with Eddie [Redmayne], Tom and Lucinda [Coxon], the writer, trying to find information about this couple."

She explains that you really can't prepare for the emotional aspects of a role; it depends greatly on the filming environment.

"To go to those places, you need to find a space where you feel extremely safe and calm."

Though nervous at first, Vikander found that sense of safety while working with Hooper and Redmayne.

"It was always a safe place and that was the essence of the way we worked. I think that makes it possible to dare to push yourself. .."

Vikander believes that the big difference between this time last year and now has a lot to do with her various projects finally being released.

"I had done a body of work, but it was this year that it all came out at the same time I was really excited because you make those films and you tell stories, because you want to release those films to the world."

Looking to the future Vikander is ambitious as ever.

"Now I'm just looking forward to getting into projects that challenge me working with directors and actors that I really admire and look up to."

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