Who Is Malin Akerman?
Born in 1978 in Stockholm, Sweden, and raised in Canada, Malin Ackerman found early success as a model before pursuing a career in acting. Following her breakout performance in the Lisa Kudrow HBO series The Comeback, Anderson showed she could handle a leading lady comic role in The Heartbreak Kid (2007), before going into full-blown superhero mode for Watchmen (2009). Akerman has also landed leading roles in several TV series, most recently in Showtime's acclaimed drama Billions. In the spring of 2018, she was slated to star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the action flick Rampage.
Malin Akerman's Movies
'The Heartbreak Kid'
Following her turn in the parenting farce The Brothers Solomon (2007), Akerman enjoyed more success along comedic lines with a remake of The Heartbreak Kid (2007). As Lila, the seemingly perfect woman who proves unable to conceal her true horrific nature, she goes toe-to-toe with comedian Ben Stiller, a performance that impressed the film's veteran directors, Peter and Bobby Farrelly.
After carving out a reputation as a comedic actress, Akerman went into full-blown superhero mode for Watchmen (2009), as the latex-clad Silk Spectre II. As the adaptation of a graphic novel series with a devoted fan base, the film and its actors drew mixed reviews, though Akerman did earn a supporting actress nomination at the science-fiction-themed Saturn Awards.
'Rock of Ages'
Forced to share screen time with the ensemble gathered for this adaptation of a Broadway musical, Akerman made her mark as a Rolling Stone reporter who draws the interest of Tom Cruise's Stacee Jaxx, the two sharing a tender moment with their duet of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is."
Again in her sweet spot as a sexy but off-kilter character in Wanderlust (2012), Akerman played a free spirited member of a Georgian hippie commune who attempts to seduce Paul Rudd's badly out-of-place urban sophisticate.
Early in her career, Akerman took on mainstream rom-com roles in features like 27 Dresses (2008), The Proposal (2009) and Couple's Retreat (2009), though she drew more satisfaction from complex parts in indie films like happythankyoumoreplease (2010) and the meta-horror flick The Final Girls (2015).
Malin Akerman's TV Shows
Akerman's first major success came in the Lisa Kudrow post-Friends vehicle The Comeback. Although the show's initial run lasted only one season, its prominent platform on HBO provided Akerman quality exposure as Juna Millken, the acting protege of Kudrow's desperately clinging-to-fame Valerie Cherish. Akerman later returned in a recurring role when HBO revived the show in 2014.
An off-the-radar cult hit, this spoof of prime-time medical dramas nevertheless endured on Adult Swim for seven seasons after its initial webisode run. Akerman joined the regular cast and served as its narrator for the duration of Season 2, alongside other acclaimed comedic talents like Rob Corddry, Megan Mullally and Henry Winkler.
In 2016, Akerman returned to the prestigious world of cable drama in Showtime's Billions. As Lara Axelrod, a fiercely supportive mother and wife to Damian Lewis' hedge-fund manager Bobby Axelrod, the actress helped drive the strong reviews that led to the show's renewal for a third season, beginning in March 2018.
Akerman also landed leading roles in Trophy Wife and Sin City Saints, both of which were canceled after one season, and made recurring appearances in other popular shows like Entourage and Suburgatory.
In early 2018, Akerman was set for her heel turn across from Dwayne Johnson in Rampage, an adaptation of a popular 1980s arcade game in which players use massive animals to destroy a city. Akerman played the villainous Claire Wyden, who aims to use the creatures for her own purposes.
She also prepared for a new challenge with her first Swedish language film, "En del av mitt hjärta," a Mamma Mia-type musical based on the hits of popular Swedish singer-songwriter Tomas Ledin.
Relationships and Family
After moving to Los Angeles in the early 2000s, Akerman joined a band called the Petalstones and became romantically involved with its drummer, Roberto Zincone. They were married in Italy in June 2007 and had a son, Sebastian, in April 2013. However, toward the end of the year the two announced their separation.
In March 2017, the actress was spotted cozying up to British actor Jack Donnelly in Puerto Rico, months before they announced their engagement in October.
Growing Up in Canada
Malin Maria Akerman was born on May 12, 1978, in Stockholm, Sweden, and moved with her family to Canada at age two. Within a few years her parents divorced and her dad, Magnus, returned to Sweden, though Akerman remained in the Ontario area.
Following the path of her mom, Pia, an aerobics teacher and part-time model, Akerman began landing modeling gigs at a young age. Although she gave it up by age 12, she was back in the business a few years later after being picked out by Ford Models at a mall, and became a face for the Noxema brand.
Striking out on her own in Toronto, Akerman attended North Toronto Collegiate and York University, intending to become a child psychologist. Meanwhile, her modeling work led to commercials and television appearances, prompting her to drop out of school to give full-time acting a shot.
After earning her first screen credit in 1997 via the Canadian sci-fi series Earth: Final Conflict, Akerman shot a pilot with fellow acting hopeful Rachel McAdams that never aired. She later surfaced in an another moderately popular Canadian series, Relic Hunter, and in 2000 she made a brief appearance in The Skulls, as an accessory for hunky Paul Walker.
Moving to Hollywood, Akerman continued paying her dues with one-off apppearances in shows like Witchblade, and with a featured role in the small indie comedy The Utopian Society (2003). In 2004, she scored her most prominent role to date as a sexy starlet in the stoner hit Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.
Off the Screen and Personal
Thanks to her architect stepfather, Akerman developed an interest in home design and interior decorating, describing her taste as heavy on Moroccan style. The actress says she also has a taste for daily doses of dark chocolate, and collects drums.
On the charitable front, Akerman has partnered with the wellness company Nature's Bounty, and has also been involved with the Brita FilterForGood Music Project and Opportunity International.
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