Malin Akerman Talks to TV Drama’s Anna Carugati About Her Character in Billions
by Anna Carugati | TV Drama.ws | April 25, 2018
In a time ripe with women empowerment movements, strong female characters are perhaps more engaging than ever. Akerman stars as one such complex and powerful woman in the hit drama Billions. Set in the world of New York high finance, the show revolves around power politics as U.S. attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and ambitious hedge-fund king Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damian Lewis) use their wits and influence to outmaneuver each other. Akerman portrays Lara, Axe’s spouse who is anything but a trophy wife and acts as an equal partner in their relationship. Lara rose from humble beginnings to become a billionaire’s wife, and she isn’t afraid to do whatever she needs to do in order to protect her family or get what she wants.
TV DRAMA: What is it like to act with Damian?
AKERMAN: Oh, I love him! He’s a charming Brit; very intelligent. We have so much fun together! He’s a talented actor. I look up to him and his body of work, and he brings so many different nuances that you just have to be present with him and react to whatever he is giving. I’ve learned so much by working with him. I’m so happy that we get along so well because we play husband and wife. He’s a lovely, lovely human being—thank God.