Swedish actress Alicia Vikander has opened up about her relationship with German–Irish actor Michael Fassbender. The two met on the set of The Light Between Oceans, where they play a husband and wife.

During an interview with Vanity Fair's September 2016 issue, the 27-year-old Oscar-winning actress revealed she was feeling "terrified and very alone" during the initial days of the shoot, but the 39-year-old actor made her feel comfortable. She said: "He was very sweet at letting me in... He was like, 'Can you please give me a note? What do you think I should do?' It was such a sweet thing to kind of let me in."

The Assassin's Creed star also gushed about Vikander. He said: "She doesn't take anything for granted. With a lot of these actresses coming out, there's this bravery that you don't see so much in male actors. . . . I noticed this as well with Lupita [Nyong'o] in 12 Years a Slave—this focus and understanding that there's an opportunity given to you and you grab it."

"She doesn't mind taking a character she's playing to an ugly place. Her level of commitment made me focus and make sure I was as committed," he added.

The Light Between Oceans is set to release on 2 September.