Malin Maria Akerman, born May 12, 1978, is a Swedish-Canadian actress, model and singer. She became known for making appearances in several Canadian productions. In the early 2000s, she had many television and film parts, including The Utopian Society and Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about Malin Akerman.
1. Following a supporting role on the comedy series The Comeback, Akerman gained her first starring roles in the feature films The Heartbreak Kid and 27 Dresses.
2. She played Silk Spectre II in the 2009 superhero movie Watchmen, a role for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress.
3. In 2009, Akerman had supporting and starring roles in both The Proposal and Couples Retreat, two commercial hits that garnered mixed to negative reviews.
4. In 2010, she became part of the main cast on the comedy series Children’s Hospital.
5. In 2012, she starred in four feature films, including the comedy Wanderlust and the music movie Rock of Ages.
6. In 2012, she had a recurring role on the sitcom Suburgatory and starred in the short-lived comedy series Trophy Wife from 2013 to 2014, both of which aired on ABC.
7. Apart from acting and occasional modelling, Akerman had a brief music career as the lead vocalist for alternative rock bad The Petalstones, but eventually left to focus on her acting career.
8. She was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to an aerobics teacher and part-time model Pia, and insurance broker Magnus Akerman.
9. When Akerman was two years old, the family moved to Canada after her father was offered a job there.
10. Four years after her parents moved to Canada, they got divorced, and her father moved back to Sweden.
11. Both of Akerman’s parents have remarried, giving Akerman one half-brother and two half-sisters.
12. Akerman attended many different schools, including Sir Winston Churchill Secondary School in St. Catharines, Ontario. She once attended a Catholic school, though she was raised as a Buddhist.
13. As a child, Akerman had no plans to become an actress. Her mother introduced her to modelling while she was still in primary school, and she later landed several advertising campaign deals, but she decided to quit at the age of 12.
14. Four years after she quit modelling, Akerman returned when she was discovered by Ford Models in a shopping mall in St. Catharines.
15. When she was 18 years old, inspired by the “helplessness” she sometimes felt during her childhood, she decided to become a child psychologist.
16. While studying for a year at York University in Toronto, she was simultaneously offered guest roles on television as a result of her exposure in commercials.
17. In 2006, she was named number 80 in FHM Magazine’s 100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006.
18. In 2008, she was ranked number 59 on the Maxim Magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
19. In 2007, she was named one of the Ten Actors to Watch by Variety.
20. She replaced Lindsay Lohan in the role of Linda Lovelace in Lovelace, due to Lohan’s admittance to the Betty Ford Center following her DUI.
21. Her favorite movies are Annie Hall, No Country for Old Men, Pan’s Labyrinth, Dirty Dancing and Betty Blue.
22. Her first name means “cunning” or “shrewd” in French.
23. She was seven months pregnant with her son Sebastian when she filmed the pilot episode of Trophy Wife.
24. She returned to work 3 months after giving birth to her son Sebastian to film the first season of Trophy Wife.
25. Akerman was raised a Buddhist, which inspired the lotus flower tattoo on her upper back. She also has a tattooed “Z” on her right wrist, honoring her ex-husband, Italian musician Roberto Zincone.
26. Akerman is noted for frequently appearing in nude scenes in her films, such as The Heartbreak Kid and Watchmen. She has stated that she feels comfortable as long as the scenes are not gratuitous.
27. Although admitting that sex appeal is one of her best assets, Akerman considers being beautiful both, “a blessing and a curse,” stating, “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.”
28. In 2012, Akerman traveled to Tanzania with Opportunity International, and has since begun support of their international development work, becoming a Young Ambassador for Opportunity in June 2012, and hosting a fundraiser for Opportunity in October 12.
29. Apart from speaking fluent English and Swedish, she also speaks French and Spanish.
30. She describes herself as a feminist as she believes in equal treatment for both sexes, but also considers that, “We [women] are different,” adding that she, “embraces those differences.”