Malin Åkerman will next be seen in The Final Girls and Billions.
Here's an excerpt from Sarah's interview:
Malin is probably the bubbliest person I've spoken to in ages. She's upbeat, positive and passionate. She's a boys' girl and a girls' girl... everyone is about to love this woman. Born in Sweden, raised in Toronto, she now lives in LA. Malin is really open, honest. So we wanted to share some straight talking inspiration from her main BLAG feature:
There’s been quite a lot of news lately about women and girls struggling with confidence. I wondered if you could dish out any tips on how they can lift their spirits?
“You know, I’ve got to say, first up, stop buying tabloid magazines and stuff that has tonnes of bullshit in it. That’s one thing that I avoid at all costs. Personally, when I was younger, I was really shy and I was really insecure, I didn’t even speak until I was 18. I was really, really shy but one day, I just thought, what’s the point? I mean, do I listen to and judge every word that people say? No, not really, so why would they be doing that to me? Why am I thinking that everyone’s judging me and that everyone’s looking at everything I do? I went, ‘Ok, I’ve just got to stop doing that and just start talking and enjoying myself.’ It’s kind of that cliché saying of, ‘You only have one life to live, who are you going to live it for?’ and I said, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to live it for me.’ Once you open yourself up to that, it really is just reiterating that phrase everyday and making sure you’re doing things for you that feel good.
“Give yourself an hour everyday to do something that you love doing, which makes you feel good. Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter what other people think of what you want to do, what you want to be. It doesn’t matter. When I said I want to be an actress a lot of my family in Sweden, sort of went, ‘Oh God! An actress? Really? Well, good luck.’ And I just thought, well that’s what I want to do and that’s what I’m going to do. You know, you have a lot of struggles in life, but if you believe in yourself and you truly believe in yourself you can do it. It’s just one of those things that you just have to start talking to yourself and being strong and realising that you only have one life to live and so, it’s time to live it for yourself.” Yes.
“Because it becomes so silly, that they’re riding on their high horse. When people have fun and make fun then everyone else feels comfortable and you’re just enjoying.”
Interview: Sarah J. Edwards | Photography: Amanda Marsalis
Styling: Jenny Ricker At The Wall Group
Hair & Make-up: Maranda at The Magnet Agency
Shot on location at The Roosevelt Hotel, Los Angeles www.hollywoodroosevelt.com
You can read the full interview in the print edition available here. Also starring Rupert Grint, Franz Ferdinand, Andrew Garfield, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Malin Akerman, Fafi, Ron English and more.
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