Malin Åkerman (born May 12, 1978) is a Swedish Canadian actress, model and singer. She is best known as an actress, first making appearances in several Canadian productions. In the early 2000s, she had many television and film parts, including The Utopian Society (2003) and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (2004). Following a supporting role on the comedy series The Comeback (2005), Åkerman gained her first starring roles in the feature films The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and 27 Dresses (2008).
Åkerman was cast as Silk Spectre II in the 2009 superhero film Watchmen, a role for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress. The same year, she had supporting and starring roles in both The Proposal and Couples Retreat, two commercial hits that garnered mixed to negative reviews. In 2010, she became part of the main cast on the comedy series Childrens Hospital. She starred in four feature films in 2012, including the comedy Wanderlust and the musical film Rock of Ages. 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.
Apart from acting and occasional modelling, Åkerman has had a brief music career as the lead vocalist for alternative rock band The Petalstones, but eventually left to focus on her acting career. She was married to the band’s drummer Roberto Zincone from 2007 until 2013.
Åkerman was born in Stockholm, Sweden, to aerobics teacher and part-time model Pia (née Sundström) and insurance broker Magnus Åkerman.She has one sister, singer Jennifer Åkerman. When she was two years old, the family moved to Canada after her father was offered a job there. Four years later, her parents divorced, and her father moved back to Sweden. Both of her parents remarried, giving Åkerman one half-brother and two half-sisters.After her mother remarried, they moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake, OntarioLater in her teenage years, her mother divorced again.Åkerman 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.
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