Oscar nominee Alicia Vikander on Caitlyn Jenner and 'Transparent'

By Alexandra Hurtado

Alicia Vikander appropriately refers to the past seven days as a “whirlwind week,” having experienced numerous career highs all at once. Not only did the 27-year-old actress receive her first Oscar nomination, but the star of The Danish Girl also took home the Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Looking back on her big year, it's definitely seen more than a few firsts for her. “I grew up in Sweden," she told Hello! at the Critics' Choice Awards. "I never thought at one point you could work abroad, and with the films I have done ... There have been a lot of firsts!”

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Alicia also shared that “it is so incredible to be acknowledged." Upon learning of her Academy Award nomination, she revealed that she began "to shake," and hearing the news "was just incredible!"

Playing Gerda, the wife of Eddie Redmayne's transgender character in the much-nominated drama, "was an honour," she said. "[Gerda] was so inspirational. I was able to love unconditionally."

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl. Photo: © Universal

Starring in The Danish Girl also proved to be an educational experience on the subject of transgender individuals. The actress shared her satisfaction “that this film is in the zeitgeist."

Alicia continued, "I know that people with the film have tried for 15 years to get it made; I got on it two years ago. But to see the social and cultural change that has happened, and with Transparent and Caitlyn Jenner... this film has been very educative to me. With all the people that I have met, I feel that if we can be part of the conversation then that is amazing!”

-- Reporting: Alex Cramer

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