Laugh­ter takes tro­phy for Malin

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AF­TER roles in films in­clud­ing 27 Dresses, Cou­ples Re­treat and Watchmen, Malin Ak­er­man is bring­ing her comedic chops to TV with the new com­edy Tro­phy Wife.

The show stars Ak­er­man as Kate, a woman newly mar­ried to an older man (Bradley Whit­ford) who is twice di­vorced with three kids. It also stars Mar­cia Gay Harden and Michaela Watkins as the ex-wives.

In a re­cent in­ter­view, Ak­er­man ex­plained the ti­tle is tongue-in-cheek.

‘‘From an out­sider’s point of view, peo­ple go: ‘Oh, younger, cute woman with an older man. Of course she’s a tro­phy wife’. But we learn Kate is re­ally this lovely woman who is in it for the right rea­sons. Loves the kids, loves her hus­band, but just isn’t re­ally good at it yet,’’ she laughs.

The 35-year-old ac­tress is a new mother in real life, too. She gave birth to a son named Sebastian in April.

Ak­er­man says that shortly af­ter she ac­cepted the Tro­phy Wife role, she learned she was preg­nant and that ‘‘it was kind of per­fect tim­ing.’’

Her busy film sched­ule is what made her in­ter­ested in tak­ing on TV full-time.

‘‘To be hon­est with you, I’d been do­ing film for a while, which I love . . . but I got to a cer­tain point where there was one year where I was home maybe three months out of the whole year . . .’’

The ac­tress grav­i­tated to­ward com­edy be­cause she has al­ways ap­pre­ci­ated it and had a knack for it. ‘‘Silli­ness has al­ways been in my life,’’ she says. ‘‘Both my par­ents are just silly and sar­cas­tic, and so I think that it kind of stemmed from that, and I’ve been em­bar­rassed so much in my life by my own par­ents that it’s like . . . noth­ing em­bar­rasses me any­more.’’

Tro­phy Wife: Com­ing to Seven, Prime7.

Malin Ak­er­man

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