The Moment

Malin Akerman on Billions, Motherhood, and Making the Jump

The actress talks about sexual mores in America and how they affect her on and off set.

Malin Akerman
Malin Akerman on Jan. 20 in West Hollywood, California.

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This week on the Moment, Brian and his special guest co-host, Billions co-creator David Levien, talk to Malin Akerman, the actress best known for her roles in The Heartbreak Kid; Couples Retreat; and Showtime’s latest series, Billions. Malin discusses how a tumultuous relationship with her mother shaped her career and personality (6:00), when she realized she wanted to be an actor (11:00), and how becoming a parent moved her away from comedy and toward drama (23:00). Also, Malin talks about how she prepares to go toe-to-toe with Maggie Siff in a scene (32:00) and the effect of being an outsider playing American characters (36:00).

Topics mentioned:
Landmark Forum
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Rock of Ages
Trophy Wife
The Ticket
Tribeca Film Festival
The Heartbreak Kid

People mentioned:
Malin Akerman
David Levien
Neil Burger
Melissa Errico
Paul Giamatti
Oren Moverman
Maggie Siff

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Podcast production by Jayson De Leon.