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Joel Kinnaman enters the 'Safe House'

The Swedish actor best known for AMC’s ”The Killing” has a shining moment in the new action thriller

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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.”