Thirstiest Moment: When girl was a robot.
2015 was the year I fell in love with a robot.
Let’s go back. I was on a plane to Abu Dhabi when I first saw Ex Machina—I was probably two hours into the 14-hour flight when Alicia Vikander’s Ava first appeared on my little in-flight screen. Maybe it was partly due to Alex Garland’s direction/script, but I was just as entranced by Ava as Domhnall Gleeson’s Caleb was. And just as he started to fall for this AI—as he talks to her more, sees her in human clothes, and enters into an escape plot with her—so too did I. So yeah, I was pretty crushed when Ava/Alicia locked Caleb/me in the control room to starve to death. We were supposed to escape and explore the world and live the rest of our lives together, Ava/Alicia! HOW COULD YOU DO THIS TO CALEB/ME!?
Following Ex Machina, my Alicia Vikander thirst only grew. She looked unreal as a mod-ass chick in Man From U.N.C.L.E., the true magnetic force of that movie, and then she out-Felicity Jones’ed Felicity Jones in the 1920s-set The Danish Girl. And when word began to spread that she was just another cold, foreign actress, she went on Jimmy Fallon and mucked it up with Will Ferrell, as if to say, “I'm not cold. You just don't deserve my warmth.”
There's power and mystery in her eyes; she gives looks that feel both enticing and threatening. And Christ, that's sexy to me. Also, just last night I saw this Louis Vuitton commercial where Alicia and Michelle Williams are in the desert just staring and looking beautiful in nice clothes and Alicia totally WASHES Michelle at staring and looking beautiful! That's clutch.
This is really only the beginning for Alicia—she's deservedly nominated (twice) for a Golden Globe, and an Oscar nom may be coming, and at 27 her whole career is really ahead of her. Which means I'm gonna need to start stocking up on Aquafina NOW.
Also, of course Michael Fassbender reportedly already scooped her up. As if I wasn't jealous enough of him. —Andrew Gruttadaro