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Top 13 Hottest Swedish Actors in Hollywood 2012

January 11, 2012

The largest newspaper in Sweden decided to do an extensive mapping over our Swedish stars in Hollywood and ended up writing a short update on four of them. Yeah, it was a huge disappointment so I have decided to put on my journalistic cap and deliver something more substantial; a Top 13 Hottest Swedish Actors in Hollywood 2012!

Disclaimer: These actors are not eligible for the list: Max von Sydow (Swede turned Frenchman), Ann Margret (Dead?) and Malin Åkerman (More Canadian than Swedish sadly).
Also that girl who was in a scene for a few seconds in Munich (I can’t remember who that was) and Helena Mattson who threw a watermelon in Iron Man 2 are not considered eligible, mostly because extras aren’t “real actors” even if they are “Swedish”.

Here we go. The top 13.

13. Lena Endre
Lena Endre is one of the best-known female actors in Sweden. Not the best but well known. I like her so I’m happy that she landed herself a role in Paul Thomas Anderson’s upcoming movie The Master.

12. Tuva Novotny
Tuva Novotny is my definition of the perfect girl. I love her. She’s beautiful, funny and talented. Sadly she has focused on doing Danish movies lately and hasn’t done Hollywood since her role as Julia Robert’s new best friend in Eat Pray Love from 2010. But that role added to her cuteness still gives her a Hollywood hot streak two years later.

11. Alicia Vikander
I have no idea who this girl is but she apparently has a small part in Anna Karenina and she is filming The Seventh Son with Jeff Bridges, out 2012 and 2013 respectively, so I suspect her ranking may approve next year.

10. Mikael Persbrandt
Being part of the upcoming The Hobbit is a huge deal. I still have no idea what he will look like as Beorn though, but I’ll bet he’ll look amazing. And butch.

9. Mini Andén
Mini Andén is a supermodel turned supermodel/actor and has been seen in TV shows like Chuck, Nip/Tuck and Bones. Her feature film résumé is not as impressive, even if her nude appearance in The Mechanic was. I really like her, she seems like a fun, down-to-earth girl and I predict (if she’d focus more on movies rather than getting paid loads for being beautiful on fashion shoots) she’ll have a magnificent movie career, perhaps even an Åkermanesque one.

8. Gustaf Skarsgård
Gustaf Skarsgård lurks in the shadows of his father Stellan and his brother Alexander. And even though he’s not as handsome he somehow lands parts in Hollywood too. Who knew talent could be a factor?

7. Ola Rapace
Yes, Noomi Rapace’s ex-husband also wants to be famous. I’m not really a fan of his (mostly because of his acting), but I guess a big role in the upcoming James Bond movie Skyfall is a big enough deal to get yourself on this list anyway. On IMDb his character is yet to be named, but we all know it’s going to be something like Boris or Ivan or Dmitri. Whatever the name, it’s going to be a bad guy with an accent from either Russia or the Balkans. That we can be certain of.

6. David Dencik
David Dencik has mainly done a bunch of Danish TV and movies (not that there’s anything wrong with that) but last year he starred in triple Hollywood mega-movies; Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,  War Horse and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. I say ”starred”, and I use the term loosely since I haven’t seen two of them and in the third I missed him. I know he wasn’t Daniel Craig’s character.

But even if I haven’t seen Tinker Tailer Something Something he must have some kind of important role since he is featured on the poster!!

No, didn’t find him? Let me help you out.

5. Michael Nyqvist
I’m not a big fan of him either and I’m not sure how long he’ll last in Hollywood. He did Abduction with Taylor Lautner and sure, he’s currently in the biggest action movie out there; Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol starring alongside Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner, but how long can you do stuff with bad accents? I hope long, or else me and Lunki can kiss our future Hollywood career goodbye…

4. Joel Kinnaman
I’ve written a lot about Joel Kinnaman. He got his big break with Snabba Cash and the American remake of The Killing and he is currently in the horror movie The Darkest Hour. But even though it seems like that one sucks (people are voting on the Internet which movie is worse; The Darkest Hour or Skyline) he’s on the fast track to stardom with roles opposite Ryan Reynolds and Denzel Washington in Safe House and Gary Oldman in Arthur & Lancelot.

His scruffy beard gets me wondering though… It’s such an awful and sparsely beard, it’s like he’s not Swedish at all.

3. Stellan Skarsgård
The 60-year-old Skarsgård patriarch is steaming hot. He had a big role in the David Fincher’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. In the upcoming The Avengers he is reprising the Professor Erik Selvig role he did in Thor and just being part of the Marvel Universe makes him a solid runner-up. The fact that he’s also taking part in The Nymphomaniac, yet another.. ..yawn.. ..Lars von Trier-trying-desperately-to-chock-the-world-with-nudity-movie doesn’t though. So he’s nudged down to third.

2. Alexander Skarsgård
He did not land the lead role in Thor (which I’ve loudly have shown my anger about) but Battleship is going to be huge!!

1. Noomi Rapace
Her popularity exploded after the Swedish Millennium-trilogy and her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander. Now she is everywhere! She’s currently starring alongside Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows. Soon we will see her in the Alien-prequel Prometheus, the thriller Passion directed by Brian De Palma and in The Last Voyage of Demeter where she’ll be battling Dracula I think.

I know Lunki hates it when I namedrop, but I’ve actually met Noomi Rapace a couple of times. She curses like an old sailor.

Honorary Swede: Rooney Mara (Out of contest)
No, she’s sadly not Swedish, but I’ve awarded her an imaginary citizenship. If there’s anyone who could beat Tuva Novotny as my dream girl who I’m walking down the aisle with, it’s Rooney. Oh, and Mini Andén. I’ve read somewhere she likes bearded men.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. January 11, 2012 10:59

    I was looking at 13 and thinking I know that face and those eyes – yes that is Kurt Wallander’s boss. Then I thought the face and eyes of number 7 looks familiar too – and lo Wallander was his boss.

    We had a Cop Show now deceased called The Bill in which all British actors appeared one time or another almost as a rites of TV acting passage and was wondering if Wallander is your equivalent?

    That if I looked hard enough at the faces and the eyes of all on this list I would realise that they were all in Wallander at one time or another?!

    • Sika permalink*
      January 12, 2012 10:59

      You’re so right about 12 and 7. And about “The Bill”, yes pretty much. I’ve only heard of “The Bill” when it’s revealed that Ricky Gervais’s character on “Extras” hasn’t even been on “The Bill” but still calls himself an “actor”…

      If you combine “Wallander” with another one of our long-running cop series “Beck” (starring number 10) I think you get the equivalent of “The Bill”.

  2. Lill Casslind permalink
    January 12, 2012 10:59

    Pernilla August…

    • Sika permalink*
      January 12, 2012 10:59

      I actually thought about her (AND Lena Olin) but since none of them are doing anything in “Hollywood” this year I decided to keep them off the list. I know they will be deeply disappointed when they read this list, but I’m only reporting facts!

  3. January 12, 2012 10:59

    Did you forget those Swedish guys that directed the new Underworld movie? If so: good job.

    • Sika permalink*
      January 12, 2012 10:59

      No worries, I’m planning a “Hottest Swedish Directors in Hollywood 2012”-list and then I will forget to put them on it.

  4. January 12, 2012 10:59

    Swedish actors have an amazing ability to look and sound like they’re American. It’s both creepy and impressive. Kinnaman and the various Skarsgårds are proof. If not for that thing that Swedes put over the ‘a’, I’d never know they were Swedish.

    I guess what I’m saying is that Sweden could take over the U.S. by posing as Americans and none of us here in the States would notice.

  5. Betsy permalink
    January 12, 2012 10:59

    If you had seen Michael Nykvist on stage or in anything previous of “grabben i graven bredvid” you would if you ever met him, just as I would, resign to humping his leg while shouting “I’m not worthy” out of respect for his acting skills. The others have NOTHING on him.

    • Sika permalink*
      January 13, 2012 10:59

      “The others have NOTHING on him.” Hmm.. So looks (No 10, No 7, No 4, No 2, heck even No 6) International Fame (No 3) and the chance of marrying me (No 12, No 9 and Rooney Mara) counts as NOTHING?

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