Beauty, Cocktails & #Girltalk with our cover girl actress Malin Akerman
You know how you meet some people and instantly feel comfortable around them like you can entirely be yourself?! Malin is one of those people you can just be yourself around. In fact, she encourages you always to be your unique self. Malin exudes warmth, kindness, and sincerity. Immediately after speaking with her, I felt a tremendous amount of positive energy. So ladies, grab your cocktail and start reading this inspiring interview! - Shruti Sadana, Senior Editor
I have to leave the house with lip moisture. There’s this incredible company called Vapour. It’s all organic, and they don’t even use water because sometimes water can also be contaminated. It is just like silk! I can’t live without it...I’m addicted (laughs). It’s in a beautiful lipstick case in a blue container. I love it.
I want to sit down with Tilda Swinton. I would go for alcohol. I would have tequila on the rocks. I have so many questions for her. I guess...I would like to know her mantra for life. I find her fascinating and the choices she makes in her career and her life. She’s just incredibly interesting to me and talented. I feel like she goes with the beat of her own drum and I want to see what makes her tick.
Congratulations on all your projects! Rampage is a HIT! Can you talk to us about how you got the role? Was it an audition or an offer? Who was the first person you called when you found out you were going to be working on this film?!
It was an audition for sure. I haven’t ever played a villain before in anything that I have done so I think that the director needed to see if I was able to pull it off. I loved that it was a villain. I went into an audition here in L.A., and they liked the audition enough that I did with the casting directors and asked if I would fly out and do a work session with the director in Atlanta. He had never seen Billions, which is sorta the closest thing to a villain that I’ve ever played (laughs). I had to prove to him that I wasn’t just a “comedy girl.” I think we had a good two-hour work session working trying to find the character and we both found her together, and it went well. Then I got the call that I got the part my fiancé was right there with me, and I told him, he was the first guy to know about it.
No matter where you are in your career it almost gets worse as you move on and go forward because you understand it so much better
If we were to spend a day in your life when you were off from work, what would we do?
It’s very simple (laughs). I do as little as possible. I wake up with my son, get him ready for school, make his lunch, and drive him to school. We always hope for no tears. Lately, it’s been easy to drop him off.
Also, I like to fit in a workout, one of the exercises I love to do is at WundaBar Pilates. Then I’ll go home, have lunch with my fiance out on the patio, because we live in Los Angeles it’s nice, and we can get some sun. I’ll answer some emails, make some phone calls, and then I’ll go pick my son up and spend the rest of the afternoon with him. We’ll make dinner, maybe do some grocery shopping together, then I’ll put him to bed, and after doing that I’ll watch Game of Thrones with my fiance, and then we go to sleep (laughs).
The Dalai Lama once said, “Sometimes not getting what you want is a wonderful stroke of luck.” With that being said, was there ever a time in your life where you wanted something (a job, etc.) and it didn't work out at the time but now reflecting back on it, you realize it was for the best?
We want to encourage people that they are capable of achieving success and being happy regardless of what may seem like roadblocks. There is always a lesson to learn from, and these lessons help us evolve as human beings.
First of all, I think that happens almost on a daily basis, that we don’t get the things that we want. I’ve grown up with a father who has always seen the silver lining in everything. You could put him in a pile of shit, and he’ll find the positivity in it. Luckily, I’ve had that as an example and have lived by it. To get a bit more candid, my marriage didn’t work out. I had a child, and luckily our separation was amicable. It’s sad no matter what because you feel like you’re a failure in life. Society kind of puts that on you-that it’s “shameful” to go through a divorce and you feel like you’ve failed.
I feel like there’s always something that comes out of a hard situation. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t mourn the difficulty of it but then pick yourself up and find the light in it all.
Thankfully, because of that not only did I get a beautiful child out of it, I had the time as a woman now in my thirties, to figure out who I am as a woman. As a mother, as myself not in a relationship and to see what it is that I want and what I need and how to find self-love. Through all of that, because of the work that I was able to put in...this beautiful new man walked into my life and I got an amazing person to share some more time with. I feel like there’s always something that comes out of a hard situation. It’s not to say that you shouldn’t mourn the difficulty of it but then pick yourself up and find the light in it all. You need light. There’s always light wherever there’s a shadow. That’s sort of the most prominent one for me, a failed marriage turning into some of the most beautiful things in my life.
Whenever you follow your intuition…it can lead you to magnificent places. You are where you are because you worked hard and trusted your journey. However, there are always challenges to overcome. Was there ever a time you felt discouraged? What advice would you give to others who want to pursue a path in this industry?
No matter where you are in your career it almost gets worse as you move on and go forward because you understand it so much better (laughs). In the beginning, you don’t even know what to expect. When you get to a certain level, you’re asking yourself all these questions in your head. It’s a never-ending downward spiral. One interesting thing is I’ve been getting into the production side of things. So being able to be a part of the casting calls on the other side of the camera-people always say “don’t take it personally.” However, it’s hard not to take it personally because you're vulnerable in front of people and putting yourself out there. During the casting process, I’ve seen that there are many good actors; however, you may not be right for that role. One person walks in, and they look the part, they move that way, and they “are that character.” They might not be the best actor that walked in, but they are “that character.”
What's next for you?
I am in the middle of pre-production right now. We’re going to start shooting in about two weeks. We’re probably going to announce it next week. It’s a film that a friend of mine wrote that I’m starring in, producing, and co-producing with Ben Stiller’s company (Red Hour Films). It’s called Friendsgiving, and we start shooting that in May here in Los Angeles.
Complete this sentence...never have I ever…
Spat in someone’s face (laughs).
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