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Last week, as part of the royal tour of Sweden and Norway, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attended a swanky dinner at the British ambassador’s residence in Stockholm. These sorts of shindigs always draw a selection of notable figures from the given country—as if to present Kate and William with the shiniest offerings the given location has to share. And this time around was no different, as Swedish actors Stellan Skarsgård and Alicia Vikander were invited to the black-tie soiree.
While usually it’s left to our imaginations as to whatever the conversation at one of these dinners turned to, we actually have a bit of insight in this case, as Oscar winner Vikander told a Norwegian talk show about her conversation with Prince William. What might you imagine Tomb Raider and The Future King would discuss? Michael Fassbender’s faint resemblance to Prince Harry? Whether or not Eddie Redmayne is actually as nice as he seems? What William makes of the whole Tide Pods thing?!?!?!? (Maybe they run out of material and turn to cultural hot topics just like we do!)
No, the pair talked about The Crown. Yes, Vikander—who was seated between William and Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven at the dinner—told Norwegian talk show host Fredrik Skavlan that the popular Netflix show about the royal family was a source of common ground for the two of them.
“Well, I’ve seen The Crown!” she said. “It was actually the first thing my friend and I started talking about with William. Apparently he’s a Game of Thrones fan, I was told.”
Hmm. Now, should we take this as confirmation William has in fact seen The Crown? Or was the conversation more along the lines of the following . . . ?:
Vikander: OMG, I feel like I’m on The Crown right now, talking to you!
Vikander also discussed the awkwardness inherent to these types of events: “I was sitting there looking around me. I guessed that you were supposed to wait, but I was very hungry,” she explained. “Normally if you’re more than 10 people you’re allowed to start eating, but nobody else did so I held back. I didn’t even have a sip of water because I thought, no, I’ll just wait.”
It seems like we are well on our way to an Alicia Vikander-penned series in which she stars as a character navigating the Curb Your Enthusiasm-style awkward moments of the formal gala circuit.
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