INTERVIEW BY PAUL RUDD
PHOTOGRAPHY BY FRANK W OCKENFELS 3
MAKEUP BY COLLIER STRONG AT L’OREAL/CLOUTIER REMIX
HAIR BY ROBERT STEINKEN AT CLOUTIER REMIX
STYLING BY ILARIA URBINATI AT THE WALL GROUP
PAUL RUDD—I reckon everyone starts these things saying, “Oh, I’m a terrible interviewer! I don’t know what I’m going to ask you.” I’m not going to do that. I’m an incredible interviewer. And I hope you’re prepared to be stripped emotionally naked.
MALIN AKERMAN—Well, I don’t know about getting emotionally naked, but you can try. I can get physically naked, that’s a lot easier.
PR—To be honest, I’m more interested in the emotional nakedness.
MA—You don’t want gratuitous nudity. What guy ever wants that?
PR—So this is for The Lab Magazine? They’re my favorite type of dog.
MA—That was my first dog ever – a golden Lab named Leia, after Princess Leia.
PR—Who was your favorite Star Wars character?
MA—I don’t really know, because I’m not the biggest Star Wars fan. I’ve seen some of the movies and I think they’re good but I won’t be the first person at the movie theatre to go see it.
PR—What do you think of science fiction in general – the same thing?
MA—If there’s been a lot of hype around something I’ll probably go see it. I got a little bit more into science fiction after I did Watchmen because there’s so much love and commitment in the work, and the fans being at ComicCon and doing such a fantastic film but it’s still not my number one genre.
PR—Did some of the fans creep you out a bit at ComicCon?
MA—They were all really nervous and shaky and I just wanted to take them in my arms and give them a hug and say, “It’s OK. I’m not really Silk Sceptre. I’m just a girl named Malin and I just play her.” They were the cutest people in the world. I loved them. I’ve heard there can be some creepy experiences, but I didn’t have any. I did have an experience on a set once when I was barely in any clothing, which happens to me in a lot of my roles, and I was freezing because it was an air-conditioned studio. There was an older guy working as an extra and one day I get to my changing room and he’s standing outside the room with a bag and he’s like, “Here, I brought this for you. I saw you’ve been cold.” Inside the bag there was a dirty blanket with stains all over it. It was a beautiful thought, but that was kind of creepy. I don’t want to know what kind of stains those were.
PR—How much longer did you have to work together after that moment?
MA—Only a couple more days so it wasn’t so bad. Unlike our experience with the nudists on our movie recently!
PR—That is true. We had nudists. That was a strange thing, wasn’t it?
MA—We weren’t prepared for it. All of a sudden they’re about to call “Action!” and all of these people start taking off their robes and there’s nothing under them. And I think all of us became like five-year-olds. It was so unusual. I don’t know about you but I don’t really hang out with nude people all the time. Some of them were quite nice but it’s just weird.
PR—Did you ever get caught by any nudists looking at them?
MA—Every time. That was so embarrassing.
PR—All of the nudists were totally shaved.
MA—They had to recast a few to get some with some real bush.
PR—I suppose that’s the fashion these days.
(Excerpt from Issue 04)
Enjoy more of this on thelabmagazine.com, coming summer 2012!