Anytime we see one of our favorite celebrities transform themselves in preparation for a big role, we can’t help but ask how they did it. Seeing Alicia Vikander play the ever-badass Lara Croft in the Tomb Raider trailer was more than enough to get us curious about how she crafted that super strong body for this role.
Luckily, we had the chance to speak with her extraordinary trainer, Magnus Lygdback, who has also worked with Gal Gadot, Katy Perry, and Ben Affleck. They worked together for seven months to prepare for Tomb Raider, and Alicia put on 12 pounds of muscle for the role — while still maintaining a slim figure.
Although they worked together five to seven days a week doing strength training and heavy lifting, Magnus described how Alicia’s diet played a major role in her transformation. The first few months they worked together was all about eating really clean and tacking on muscle.