Laughter takes trophy for Malin
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.