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The idea of maintaining some mystery is becoming an old-fashioned concept in a world where Snapchatting 10 times a day is no longer seen as excessive.
Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander are more than happy to be seen as old-school in that regard. The couple, who met and fell in love on the set of The Light Between Two Oceans, somewhat ironically talked about why they don’t talk about their relationship in public in an interview with Entertainment Weekly.
“I’m not going to talk about my private life with a total stranger, unless I feel like I need to. Why would I?,” Fassbender told EW. “I might have been curious about actors’ lives when I was growing up. That’s human nature. We’re all curious about a lot of things. But my curiosity didn’t obligate them to tell me.”
The Oscar-nominated star explained that he thinks having too much of a public profile will detract from the authenticity of the characters he plays on-screen.
“It’s the worst thing if you’re sitting there in the theater, going, ‘Oh, that’s the guy who dates this person and likes to do this in the morning and that in the afternoon,’” he said. “Then you’re just watching a brand, as opposed to an actor.”
Alicia, as she explained, is in agreeance.
“I remember in Sweden, I used to set the alarm for 2 or 3 a.m. and get up with my mum to watch the Oscars. But for me, that was the same as the stories I saw up on the movie screen. Things have changed with social media and technology, but I still feel it helps when I know less about the actors I look up to. That’s what I mean — I love the mystery behind it all.”
The Light Between Two Oceans is about an Australian lighthouse keeper (Fassbender) and his wife (Vikander) who find a baby and decide to raise it as their own. It was selected to compete for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival and is due for release next month.