Julianne Moore came to Alicia Vikander‘s defense at a crucial time.
The 29-year-old Swedish actress appears on the latest cover of Vogue where she reveals that Moore once defended her on the set of 2014’s Seventh Son. Vikander says that a powerful man on set made a crude joke at her expense and Moore shut him down.
“I was really embarrassed, and I would have just laughed it off,” Vikander says. “But Julianne turned to him and said, ‘If you ever do that again, I’m walking out of here and I’m not coming back.’ She was just, like, ‘Don’t you f—ing say that again.’ It showed me that she had the power. And that meant so much to me.”
The Tomb Raider star was part of the group of women and men at the 2018 Golden Globe Awards who wore all black in solidarity with the Time’s Up initiative. She says that joining in the movement made her feel like part of a bigger group.
“It was such a community that came together,” Vikander says. “I got on the phone with Natalie [Portman], whom I’d never met, and Reese [Witherspoon]. Suddenly I felt like I made a lot of new friends.”
She continued, “One thing that really got to me in their initial email was the fact that — because women are not as well represented in all industries — we often have to fight for jobs. The competition is so tough that instead of getting to know each other and working together, we learned at an early age to compete for that single spot. So then to get on the carpet yesterday and feel like I had actually made friends with the other actresses and people I admire, it was really cool.”
To donate to the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which will provide subsidized legal support to women and men in all industries who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, visit its GoFundMe page. Learn more about Time’s Up, an organization of women in entertainment combating sexual harassment and inequality, on its website.
Over 300 prominent actresses and female agents, writers, directors, producers and entertainment executives signed an impassioned open letter that officially announced the movement on New Year’s Day.
“The struggle for women to break in, to rise up the ranks and to simply be heard and acknowledged in male-dominated workplaces must end; time’s up on this impenetrable monopoly,” the letter in the New York Times read.
Tomb Raider opens March 16.