He's been working in his native Sweden for a decade and last year he captivated U.S. audiences by playing detective Stephen Holder to broody perfection on The Killing. Now Joel Kinnaman is hitting the big screen.
Last December the 32-year-old actor popped up in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and costarred in the sci-fi flick The Darkest Hour. This month he goes mano a mano with Ryan Reynolds as a CIA agent in Safe House. ''This past year I've done a bunch of different genres,'' says Kinnaman, who recently wrapped the rom-com Lola Versus, costarring Greta Gerwig, as well as a Swedish thriller. ''I don't have a favorite, but playing a complicated character in a serious drama is probably the most fulfilling.''
Good thing: He's currently in Vancouver shooting the second season of The Killing, which premieres in April. His schedule doesn't allow for much downtime and that's fine by him. ''I really like working. And to be honest, acting isn't, like, a real job,'' he laughs. ''I've worked real jobs before. This is a great life.''