Alicia Vikander – Exclusive: “I told my trainer I wanted to look like Alexander in Tarzan,” she giggles cheerfully. “He was my end goal.”

When Alicia Vikander began her journey to gaining four kilos of pure muscle and becoming Lara Croft, good pal and fellow Swede, Alexander Skarsgard was her ‘gymspiration’.  “I told my trainer I wanted to look like Alexander in Tarzan,” she giggles cheerfully. “He was my end goal.”

With pap shots on a boat in Ibiza alongside new husband Michael Fassbender revealing Vikander’s matching abs of steel earlier this year, the Oscar winner achieved her end goal.  But will that be enough to please loyal fans of the Tomb Raider universe, many resolutely loyal to Angelina Jolie’s previous efforts as the video game vixen?  Vikander appears optimistic. And breathtakingly stunning as always.

With a dark purple shirt hiding the fruits of her gym effort – although she claims it’s more or less gone – the actress is understated yet glamorous. Her light chocolate locks hang loosely past her shoulders while her dewy olive complexion and dark oval eyes cut a dazzling effect.  She’s warm and chatty but a glacial underlay is always present. And ever consistent, she remains steadfastly rooted in her desire to keep married life and all its details firmly under wraps. A warning from her publicist also reiterates that fact.  When it comes to Lara however, Vikander is entirely forthcoming, especially regarding her nerves for the upcoming big bucks epic which could make, or break, her fledgeling superstar career.  But the 29-year-old is keen to distance her version from the Jolie vehicle, claiming her origin story is an entirely untapped chapter in Croft’s life and will set the new movie on a different plane from its predecessors.

Only time will tell.

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