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Our Interview With Malin Akerman

Is there anything Malin Akerman can’t do? For the past few years, the stunning Swede has made us laugh (The Heartbreak Kid, Couples Retreat), jump from our seats (Watchmen), then laugh some more (Childrens Hospital, Wanderlust). And this summer she’s gonna make us shout at the top of our lungs to AC/DC and Twisted Sister in the rock’n’roll romp Rock of Ages. So just how hard does this girl rock?



 

Malin Akerman's May 2012 Cover Gallery

First things first: How was working with the gorilla?
Poor guy. Or I don’t know if I should say poor guy—he got to dress up in a gorilla suit and hold my boobs. Just a regular day at work, I guess.

Well, you look amazing.
Thank you! It was a fun idea to do something a bit mixed up. Who doesn’t love a funny girl who can look sexy at the same time?

You’ve worked with some of the biggest names in comedy, from Ben Stiller to the Farrelly brothers...
Honestly, I feel like I tricked them some­how. When I’m on set, I’ll tell myself, “Keep quiet or they will figure you out!”

Well, you fit right in. Have you always been funny?
I’m more goofy than funny. I never was shy, but as far as telling jokes, I’m the worst. I like physical comedy; it’s where I feel comfortable.

 

 

Speaking of physical, how is it doing all the girl-on-girl making out on Childrens Hospital?

It’s routine at this point. There’s no, “Oh, my God, I have to make out with someone!” It’s like when you’re a kid and you’re pretending to make out with your pillow.

Tell us about Rock of Ages.
It takes place in the ’80s, and it’s all hair-band music: AC/DC, Def Leppard, Bon Jovi. I play a reporter who comes to a rock club to do an interview with Tom Cruise’s character, a washed-up rock star who lost himself to drugs and alcohol and groupies.

And you hook up with him, right?
It was more of a lick to the face. We do have a moment of fire, and perhaps I climb on top of him in my lingerie…

You seem like a good-time girl. So why don’t we ever see pics from the “Malin Akerman phone-hacking scandal”?
If I had cameras on me when I was 19 or 20, I might have been in the tabloids. But I’m really more of a homebody now.

C’mon! What’s the most embarrassing thing we’d find if your phone were hacked?
I can’t tell you that! I guess there might be something embarrassing that I don’t want the public to know about.

What’s the silliest stereotype people associate with Sweden?
There aren’t really any negative stereo­types. A lot of times people go, “Oh, the Swedish bikini team!” Which I don’t think exists. It’s that or Swedish meatballs.

What about the Swedish Chef from the Muppets? People might think your language sounds like that.
You know what? It kind of does!