12:48pm PT by Zoe Haylock
'Tomb Raider' Star Alicia Vikander Felt Empowered by Female-Fronted Video Game
Alicia Vikander is the new Lara Croft. The actress steps into the shoes of the female video game protagonist in the Tomb Raider reboot out next month, replacing Angelina Jolie, who starred in two Tomb Raider films in the early oughts.
Appearing on The Graham Norton Show recently, Vikander recalled feeling empowered by the character.
"I also grew up in a time when there was none of my girlfriends who played video games," she said. "I was kind of ashamed for doing it."
But when Vikander went to a friend's house and saw Tomb Raider, she was intrigued.
"It was a female protagonist in a video game, and I had never seen that," Vikander recalled. “I was a bit too scared to play the whole game when I was about 10, so I mostly spent time doing the tricks and learning her moves in that manner.”
Years later, Vikander really did have to learn Lara Croft's moves. She spent four months in the gym to get the pixelated character's strong body, but there's still one thing she can't replicate.
Poking fun at the 90's computer graphics, Vikander joked that her "breasts are not as pointy as the first one's."
Watch Alicia Vikander on The Graham Norton Show below.