Named one of Variety's "10 Actors to Watch" in 2007, MALIN AKERMAN (Riley
Jeffers) has since been tearing up Hollywood with her beauty, charisma, and
moxie. The Swedish-Canadian actress, best known for her sharp comedic timing
and cover-girl good looks, has also wowed audiences with her touching dramatic
At the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival, Akerman shared the screen with Ryan Philippe
and Taylor Kitsch in Steven Silver's film The Bang Bang Club. The drama
premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and is based on the
true-life experiences of four combat photographers capturing the final days of
South African apartheid.
In February 2012, Malin joined Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston in the Judd Apatow-produced
Malin was last seen singing alongside Tom Cruise in the June 2012 musical
adaptation of the Broadway hit Rock of Ages, and will take the stage once again
to play Debbie Harry in Randall Miller's recently wrapped CBGB. In Fall 2012,
Malin will join Nicolas Cage and Danny Huston in Simon West's Stolen.
In March 2011, Akerman was seen in theaters nationwide in the 2010 Sundance Film
Festival Audience-Award-Winner Happythankyoumoreplease. She joined Kate Mara,
Zoe Kazan, and Josh Radnor in Radnor's directorial debut. As Annie—a woman
struggling with alopecia—Akerman gives "one of the most genuine and heartfelt
performances from this year" (Erik Davis, Fandango). Also in March, Malin
appeared in Sebastian Gutierrez's fun and sexy Elektra Luxx, which premiered at
the 2010 SXSW Festival.
In September 2010, Malin starred in the charming indie rom-com The Romantics,
directed by Galt Niederhoffer. The Romantics also premiered at the 2010
Sundance Film Festival and co-stars Katie Holmes, Anna Paquin, Josh Duhamel,
Adam Brody, and Elijah Wood.
In October 2009, Malin was seen in the Peter Billingsley-directed hit comedy
Couples Retreat opposite Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman and Jon
Favreau. In March of the same year, she co-starred as Laurie/Silk Spectre in
Zack Snyder's blockbuster Watchmen, which opened at number one with more than
$50 million in box office sales. She was nominated for a Teen Choice Award for
In 2008, Akerman starred in the hit romantic comedy 27 Dresses, with Katherine
Heigl, James Marsden and Edward Burns, under the direction of Anne Fletcher.
Akerman recently reunited with Fletcher to join Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds
in the romantic comedy The Proposal, which also topped the box office after its
debut and has grossed more than $100 million to date.
In 2007, Akerman could be seen alongside Ben Stiller in the comedy The
Heartbreak Kid, directed by the Farrelly brothers. She is often remembered her
delightful portrayal of wacky nut job Lila in this cult-classic. Akerman's
other credits include Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and The Brothers
Despite her wide-ranging experience with feature films, Akerman is also no
stranger to the small screen. Her breakthrough came in 2005 on the HBO series
"The Comeback," starring Lisa Kudrow as a washed up sitcom actress. Akerman
gained the attention of both critics and audiences for her role Juna Millken, a
popular model/musician who befriends Kudrow's character as she tries to
resuscitate her career. Akerman also had a memorable recurring role on the
third season of HBO's hit series "Entourage." She was recently seen in a
special episode of "How I Met Your Mother" and graces TV screens while
co-starring in the third season of Adult Swim's "Children's Hospital"—a
hilarious medical-drama parody.
Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Akerman moved to Toronto, Canada at the age of two.
By age five, she had already begun to model and act in television commercials,
and at 17, she won the "Ford Supermodel of Canada" search. After attending
college as a psychology major, Akerman relocated to California to focus on
acting. It was here where Akerman met her drummer husband Roberto while
performing as the lead singer of the alternative rock band The Petalstones. The
two currently reside in Los Angeles.
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