Played by Malin Akerman
Stunning and stylish, Lara Axelrod is the picture of a billionaire’s wife. But her persona is entirely self-taught. A former nurse, she grew up in a blue-collar family of police and firefighters and still thinks of herself as a tough girl from Inwood. Lara’s not afraid to marshal her considerable resources to protect her family — or to get what she wants.
Named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch in 2007, Swedish-Canadian actress Malin Akerman has since been tearing up Hollywood with her beauty and charisma, her sharp comedic timing, and her touching dramatic performances. In 2012 she graced the big screen in WANDERLUST, with Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston, sang alongside Tom Cruise in the musical adaptation of the Broadway hit ROCK OF AGES, and starred in Sebastian Gutierrez’s nod to classic film noir, HOTEL NOIR.
At the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Akerman shared the big screen with Ryan Philippe and Taylor Kitsch in Steven Silver’s THE BANG BANG CLUB. She was seen in theaters nationwide in the 2010 Sundance Audience-Award winner, HAPPYTHANKYOUMOREPLEASE opposite Kate Mara, Zoe Kazan, and Josh Radnor. In 2009 Akerman was seen in the comedy COUPLES RETREAT, opposite Vince Vaughn, Kristen Bell, Jason Bateman, and Jon Favreau, and co-starred in Zack Snyder’s blockbuster WATCHMEN. She was in the 2008 romantic comedy 27 DRESSES, directed by Anne Fletcher, and a year later joined Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds in Fletcher’s THE PROPOSAL. In 2007 she starred alongside Ben Stiller in THE HEARTBREAK KID, directed by the Farrelly brothers.
In 2015, Akerman starred in the feature film FINAL GIRLS, opposite Taissa Farmiga and Nina Dobrev, which made its world premiere at 2015’s SXSW Festival. Her critically acclaimed film, I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, opposite Blythe Danner made its world debut at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. Akerman also recently starred in the upcoming independent film, THE TICKET, opposite Dan Stevens and directed by Ido Fluk.
Akerman is also no stranger to the small screen. Her breakthrough came in 2005 on the HBO series THE COMEBACK with Lisa Kudrow. She had a memorable recurring role on the third season of ENTOURAGE as well ABC’s hit comedy, SUBURGATORY. She was also seen in a special episode of HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER, and stars in the third season of Adult Swim’s Emmy Award-winning medical-drama parody, CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL. From 2013-2014 she starred in the title character of ABC’s comedy, TROPHY WIFE, opposite Bradley Whitford, Marcia Gay Harden, and Michaela Watkins.
Akerman currently resides in New York. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for organizations such as the Environmental Media Association and Opportunity International.