Malin Akerman

BATD ON Feb 04, 2010 AT 3:29 pm

Malin Akerman

Malin Akerman

It isn’t often in Hollywood that an actress is first noticed for her beauty alone. Ok fine, it is. But we love rising star Malin Akerman just the same.

Born in Sweden and raised in Canada, Akerman has always been blessed with good looks. In fact, she started modelling when she was only five years old, landing small modelling and acting gigs here and there. She began modelling seriously when she won the Ford Supermodel of Canada Search, but didn’t know she wanted to be an actress until she got a part in a Steven Spielberg television show. The thought crossed her mind when she attended York University, where fellow actress Rachel McAdams went, but unfortunately Akerman didn’t graduate.

Malin with Ryan in Bang Bang Club

Malin with Ryan in Bang Bang Club

After taking starring roles in blockbusters 27 Dresses, Watchmen and Couples Retreat she moved onto smaller independent films. In January, during Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Akerman debuted two films. The first, Happy Thank You Come Again, received a standing ovation. Akerman’s character has alopecia, so she wore a bald cap and shaved her eyebrows. She said the experience was liberating and really helped her develop her character. Her second film at Sundance was The Romantics. With a star-studded ensemble, this dramatic comedy tells the tale of seven friends reuniting for a wedding.  The last indie film Akerman stars in this year is Bang Bang Club, opposite Ryan Phillippe. Hitting the screens this December, this film follows four combat war photographers in apartheid-era Africa.

Akerman has always been a fan of indie films and rock music. For a year she was the lead singer of a band called The Pedalstones, who toured the L.A. Circuit. She had to leave to pursue acting, but she didn’t leave empty handed. Akerman is now married to the band’s drummer Roberto Zincone.

Whether in a multi-million dollar production or in a smaller independent film, Malin Akerman knows how to keep the audience interested with multifaceted characters.

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