Malin Akerman is making the jump from the big screen to the small screen in ABC's upcoming new sitcom "Trophy Wife."
The series, about a former party girl who falls in love with a man who has three manipulative children and two critical ex-wives, co-stars Bradley Whitford and Marcia Gay Harden and is Akerman's first network television role as a lead in a sitcom.
Akerman is known for roles in films such as "Watchmen" and "Rock of Ages" and TV shows "The Comeback," which aired on HBO, and Adult Swim's "Children's Hospital."
In the summer, Akerman sat down with OTRC.com to talk about her return to TV, how the show parallels her real life and what makes good karaoke. Here are 3 facts from the interview.
1. Working in TV provides more opportunity for character development and mommy stability.
"The journey started before I got pregnant, of like, trying to get into television, just because I feel like there are so many great writers that have moved onto television now and it's a really nice outlet to create a character arc. I love movies -- don't get me wrong -- I'm going to still do films on my off time. I just was yearning for something that gave me a little more leverage, something that was a little bit more of, again, just character development and get to stick with it for a while because movies are so quick ... And then you know, obviously having a child, it's really nice to have a '9 to 5' now, or a 6 to 8."
2. Dysfunctional families are awesome.
"For me, it's really relatable. I come from a broken family," said Akerman. "I have two stepdads and a stepmom and half-siblings, so it is awesome, it's an awesome sort of dysfunction and I have to thank all of them for becoming the person that I am and so, I love that we want to put a positive spin on this show, where the divorces and all these ex-wives and kids and different people raising them, it ends up being a great thing and they actually get a lot of benefits from it. And a little bit of comedy, of course."
3. Bad karaoke is the best karaoke.
In one scene in "Trophy Wife," Akerman gets to sing karaoke.
"That's why you do karaoke, it's the worst when you go with people who know how to sing," said Akerman. "It's not fun, you got to go with people who are really bad singers, or you just got to get wasted and sing so that's it's really bad. Otherwise, you might as well go see a show at the Hollywood Bowl. It's got to be bad and if you go with good singers ... you gotta pick the song for them and it has to be the worst song that you know they can't sing."
"Trophy Wife" premieres on ABC on Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 9:30 p.m. ET.
Reporting by George Pennacchio, senior entertainment correspondent for the syndicated entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings). The show is produced by KABC Television near Los Angeles.