At the age of 16, Kinnaman dropped out of school and got a job at a factory in Norway. He wanted to make some money, so that he could travel for 7 years to make up his mind about life. He followed his plan for about 2.5 years and was having a great time at the beaches of Southeast Asia while indulging in soft drugs. However, when he ran out of money, Kinnaman returned home and by that time he already knew that he wanted to become an actor.
And in my teenage years, I was definitely testing the boundaries. You know, hanging out and smoking weed. I had a lot of anger in me, and I was insecure. I was really skinny and I used to get bullied, so it felt good to bully other people. That made me feel stronger.
In 2012, Joel Kinnaman had another opportunity to work with Daniel Espinosa in his Hollywood debut, action thriller film Safe House, starring Denzel Washington and
They wanted someone with a Scandinavian touch. There were only five candidates left in the end, but unfortunately I couldn't fly over to the USA and do test shoots with Natalie Portman, because it would interfere with the filming of Easy Money.