With her stunning looks and kooky personality, Malin Akerman is on course for a glittering Hollywood career. Meeting Malin over breakfast in Beverly Hills, you quickly realise that she has little in common with her contemporaries. This is not a woman who lives on lettuce leaves. Her role models? Malin seems grounded and comfortable in her own skin, despite a slightly unsettled childhood.
Her parents moved to Canada when she was a baby and divorced when she was just six, her father going back to live in Sweden. Both remarried, and she has a half-brother and two half-sisters.
But I think it was an advantage that they split up when I was very young, so I could get used to it. My ties to Sweden have always been really strong [she speaks fluent Swedish] and I love having two cultures. As a child she had no thoughts of acting: she wanted to be an astronaut, then an Olympic skater. It was her mother, an aerobics teacher and part-time model, who introduced her to the modelling business when she was still at primary school.
At 18 she changed direction yet again, with plans to become a child psychologist she spent a year at York University in Canada. I tend to get a lot of scripts in which people want me to play the trophy wife, which is frustrating because I want the interesting, meaty roles. But she is also vulnerable and has a heart that gets broken easily. One of the biggest challenges was the sheer intensity of the fight training required to give Silk Spectre II an authentic physical prowess.
Equally daunting was the strict diet. But the payoff, she says, made it all worthwhile. It was as hard as a rock. The transformation from blonde bombshell to action heroine was complete when Malin put on her long brown wig. The couple met in Los Angeles where they still live six years ago, when they joined the same rock band, the Petalstones. But I met these Italian musicians and they said they could train me. Nowadays, there are no rock-star aspirations for Malin: she is content with her acting career while Roberto works as a session musician.
They married after she finished filming 27 Dresses. While her character was planning the perfect wedding, the actress was organising her own elaborate affair at the Grand Hotel Moon Valley in Sorrento on the Amalfi coast. Everyone came for a week and stayed at the hotel. We had cocktails by the pool and a nine-course Italian dinner — so we spent five hours eating and drinking.
Children, says Malin, are part of the long-term plan. Is she worried about the prospect of fame? That is a real possibility. No comments have so far been submitted. Why not be the first to send us your thoughts, or debate this issue live on our message boards. Comments 0 Share what you think. More top stories. Bing Site Web Enter search term: Search. Actress and singer Rita Wilson performs to a sold out crowd in Brisbane Back to top Home News U.