Joel Kinnaman's BiographyJoel Kinnaman is a Swedish actor who gained popularity in Hollywood for his roles in hit series like "House of Cards" and "Altered Carbon," as well as movies like "RoboCop" (2014) and "Suicide Squad" (2016).
Childhood and FamilyBorn Karl Nordström Joel Kinnaman on November 25, 1979, in Stockholm, his mother Bitte is a Swedish therapist, and his father Steve Kinnaman, originally named David, was drafted for the Vietnam War but deserted in Bangkok.
As a child, Kinnaman was bilingual, speaking English with his father and Swedish with his mother. He went to school with Alexander Skarsgård and Noomi Rapace, who are now international stars.
During teenage years, I crossed all boundaries. I hung out with thugs, smoked weed. Inside me raged anger, yet I was very insecure. I was skinny, so I was constantly picked on, but I also often bullied other kids. It gave me strength.At 16, he dropped out of school and worked at a factory in Norway to save money for "seven years of traveling the world, and then decide what to do in life." For two and a half years, Joel followed this plan, enjoying his time on beaches in Southeast Asia and indulging in light drugs. When the money ran out, he returned home, already knowing what he wanted for his future — to be an actor.
Acting CareerIn 2002, after returning from an extended vacation, Joel starred in the Swedish thriller "The Invisible," alongside his future best friend Gustaf Skarsgård, son of renowned Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård and brother to Alexander and Bill Skarsgård. Inspired by the success, Joel decided to enroll in the Swedish Academic School of Drama in Malmö.
It's known that Joel was one of the contenders for the lead role in the superhero blockbuster "Thor" (2011). However, due to his busy schedule, the role of the Scandinavian god went to Chris Hemsworth.
They needed someone with a Scandinavian accent. In the end, there were five candidates, but unfortunately, I couldn't fly to the U.S. to read lines with Natalie Portman, as it would have interfered with the filming of «Easy Money.»In 2012, Joel collaborated again with Daniel Espinosa in his Hollywood debut, the action thriller "Safe House," starring Denzel Washington and Ryan Reynolds. Two years later, Joel was cast as Alex Murphy/RoboCop in the 2014 remake of "RoboCop," directed by Paul Verhoeven. The film received mixed reviews from critics and had an average rating.
In 2016, Joel was seen in the American superhero action-comedy "Suicide Squad," portraying Squad Commander Rick Flag, who has a soft spot for the character Enchantress, played by Cara Delevingne. On set, Joel had the chance to meet renowned Hollywood actors like Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jared Leto.
Personal Life of Joel KinnamanJoel had short-term relationships with Swedish actress Jane Timglas and dated American actress Olivia Munn from 2012 until March 2014.
Although it's humiliating and scary to talk about, it's even worse to endure daily escalating threats of physical harm to me and my loved ones. There are also threats to go to the press with fabricated, disgusting rumors if I don't agree to a list of demands. These demands include money, Hollywood connections, help in getting a work visa, Instagram verification, a Wikipedia article, a photoshoot in Sports Illustrated, and $400,000 for an apartment, among other things.In 2019, Kinnaman began dating Swedish model Kelly Gale and finally found happiness. He proposed to her in 2021, and she accepted.
Joel Kinnaman TodayIn 2023, the actor appeared in two interesting projects. The first is John Woo's thriller "Silent Night", where Joel plays the lead role of a vigilante infiltrating a criminal gang. The unique feature of the film is that it has no dialogues. "It was the perfect script for this kind of cinematic experiment. It's a very dynamic action film with a lot of heavy drama, but the plot is actually quite simple. And I think that's what you really want in a movie where there are no dialogues to explain to the audience what's happening," Kinnaman shared.
The second project is a psychological thriller titled "Fight with the Devil," where Joel stars alongside Nicolas Cage.