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Alicia Vikander Discusses Her Lara Croft, TOMB RAIDER, and More on FANGIRLING!

Few women in games are as badass and iconic as Lara Croft. The ass-kicking, peril-escaping Tomb Raider protagonist has been a major player since the early aughts, but her latest reboot—in game and movie form—finds a much younger Lara Croft learning the ropes of what it takes to raid all them tombs. Truth be told, it may be our favorite Croft interpretation to date. When embodied by Oscar-winning actress Alicia Vikander, Lara Croft feels like a real girl, and not one made for the benefit of fanboy wet dreams.

Which is why we were BEYOND PUMPED to have Vikander in-studio here at Fangirling to talk what drew her to Lara, what makes her version different, what video game she wants to see Lara in next (spoiler alert: it’s a very good one), and one of our favorite movies ever: Ex Machina.

Tomb Raider is out in theaters RIGHT NOW! What are you waiting for?

Like what you saw there? Interested in more discussions with, by, and about women, where everyone—yes, everyone (and yes, even you!)—is invited to nerd out about science and culture, talk about what matters, learn new things, nerd out over history, meet awesome ladies, and feel all your myriad feelings from a decidedly different point of view? Well let me go out on a limb and say that Fangirling is for you! And this season, we’ve got a heaping helping of everything you could want, every Wednesday on Alpha.

Besides, you’re not going to want to miss our fabulous guests, like Phoebe Robinson talking Game of Thrones in the Khaleesi Korner, Blue Planet II producer Orla Doherty, a spotlight on artist Jen Bartel, or our regular segments like “Worst Advice,” “Mansplain It to Me,” and “Real Fake Spoilers”!

So, really, you have no excuse. And why would you want to miss this? Get yourself in on the guilt-free fangirlsplosion with the hashtag #FangirlingIsBack and sign up for a free month of Alpha with the code ‘fangirling’! Because who says being smart and having a lot of feelings are mutually exclusive?

And, did you know you can buy your own piece of the Fangirling set art with part of the proceeds benefitting Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund? It’s TRUE! Click here if you’re an Alpha member or here if you’re just a regular Nerdist stan!

Alicia Lutes is the Managing Editor, creator/host of Fangirling, and resident Khaleesi of House Nerdist. Find her on Twitter!

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