Published by Melanie Jo Published on June 19, 2016

YAHOO.COM – As we enter Emmy season — nomination voting runs June 13 to 27 — Yahoo TV will be spotlighting performances, writing, and other contributions that we feel deserve recognition.

He should’ve gotten Lead Actor love for The Killing. But academy voters have the chance to make it up to Joel Kinnaman with a Supporting Actor nomination for Season 4 of House of Cards, in which he plays New York Gov. — and Republican POTUS contender — Will Conway.

Conway is a charming, highly photogenic family man and military veteran, and despite the many others who’ve gone up against Frank Underwood (and lived, or not, to regret it), he may just be the guy old F.U. can least afford to underestimate. Kinnaman’s confident, layered performance — we just know there’s some big stuff yet to be revealed about Mr. Conway! — made his character and his showdowns with the plotting President Underwood among the best reasons to binge-watch Season 4.

Kinnaman, who’ll star in the summer blockbuster Suicide Squad before continuing to battle Frank in Season 5, talked to Yahoo TV about his playlike face-off with Kevin Spacey’s prez in Season 4, getting the chance to help shape his character with the collaborative Beau Willimon and House of Cards writers, and the surreal experience of Season 4 not being able to out-outrageous real world politics.

Oh, and for our fellow fans of The Killing, Kinnaman has a really great idea about what Stephen Holder and Sarah Linden might be up to these days.

Yahoo TV: Will’s the first character that really felt like a formidable opponent for Frank, the kind of opponent we’ve been waiting to go up against Frank.
Joel Kinnaman: Thank you. That’s awesome to hear. I mean, that was my hope going into it. I thought it was such a great character. Beau Willimon’s writing is just delicious, and it was real cool to feel how, on the outside, they seem very different, Will and Frank, but then when it gets down to it, they’re two very similar animals. They just kind of went at it.

You were a fan of the show, right, before you signed on?
Oh, yeah. I don’t think it ever [took] more than three days before I finished a season when it came out.

What, specifically, attracted you to the Will role?
I mean, probably the position that he was in… a presidential candidate that’s already so far along. When you’re on a show where the writing is so good, you get a little bit of a feel for what it would be like. That’s really interesting. Then it’s the show in general, that I just love the tone of the show, and of course, the chance to go head-to-head with Mr. Spacey. That was also a lot of fun.

I love the scene where Will and Frank meet to talk alone in Episode 9. That must have been incredibly fun to film.
It was. That’s the dream scene in a way, because the scene was stretched out over the whole episode, but we shot it all in one piece. It was almost a 15-minute scene, just me and him in one room, and then you really get into it. It feels like you’re back on stage. Many times when you do TV and film, even if it’s very good writing, you rarely do scenes that are more than three or four minutes. When you do something that’s 12 minutes and it really has an arc, then you really start playing off of each other on another level, especially with someone like Kevin, who’s so skilled and is such an excellent theater actor. Me coming from theater as well, I think that was one of the reasons why we both really enjoyed that so much. We have somewhat similar styles of approaching the profession and material, so I think that was one of the reasons why we had so much fun playing that.

Were you two really playing the cellphone game Agar.io during that scene?
We sure were.

Had you played before?
No, never. I think a day before the scene I found out what it was, and got into it.

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Published by Melanie Jo Published on June 7, 2016

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM – Yeah yeah, someone else is always the prom king or queen, or top of the class. But these 30 stars, gathered together on April 15 in L.A., comprise this year’s Emmy supporting actor contenders, second to none and most likely to succeed.

Getting 30 of TV’s hardest-working actors in a room for three hours was no small or easy feat. But when they all descended on Milk Studios in Hollywood on a Friday in April — some literally just having flown in from London, New York, Portland and other far-off sets — they all proceeded to geek over on each other. Sterling K. Brown, who played Christopher Darden in The People v. O.J. Simpson, received a politician’s share of handshakes and requests for selfies. Daredevil’s Jon Bernthal and his dog Boss shared swoon-worthy public displays of affection. Finn Wittrock (American Horror Story: Hotel), Zoe Lister-Jones (Confirmation, Life in Pieces) and Joel Kinnaman (House of Cards) performed a dramatic reading of DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s 1991 hit “Summertime.” And Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Vincent Rodriguez danced for a THR Snapchat. By the end of the three-hour shoot, numbers were exchanged, friendships formed. The Supporting Actor Class of 2016 was one for the books.

1. Michael Kelly
House of Cards (Netflix)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“For a serious crime, I’d call Kevin Spacey because he’s got a lot of pull.”

2. Jon Bernthal
Daredevil (Netflix)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“Knight Rider. Also Manimal, about the dude who’d turn into a panther.”

3. Amy Landecker
Transparent (Amazon)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“I feel low-rent here, but I was obsessed with the Saturday night lineup of Love Boat and Fantasy Island.”

4. Colin Hanks
Life in Pieces (CBS)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Zoe Lister-Jones. I think it would be good to have the TV wife bail you out.”

5. Melanie Lynskey
Togetherness (HBO)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Amanda Peet. She would take care of it in every way possible. No one would even hear about it.”

6. Vincent Rodriguez
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (CW)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Even though Rachel Bloom has admitted to being horrible with money, I’d want her.”

7. Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Roots (History)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“Monkey. I think it came from Japan. It was this monkey god who would pull bits of hair from his chest and make clouds out of them.”

8. Emayatzy Corinealdi
Roots (History)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“I loved Alf. It wasn’t a weird show for me as a kid. I wanted an Alf, he was so cute.”

9. Anna Paquin
Roots (History)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“I didn’t watch a lot of TV growing up because we weren’t allowed to, but, I mean, Friends.”

10. Harry Lennix
The Blacklist (NBC)
Movie or TV president you’d want in office?
“I played the president on Little Britain USA. One day, I have full intentions of occupying the White House.”

11. Joey Pollari
American Crime (ABC)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“I think Felicity Huffman would put up a mean fight for me. I’d get myself in jail just to see that happen.”

12. Anna Chlumsky
Veep (HBO)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Matt Walsh. Not because he has any more money than the rest of us or anything.”

13. Andrew McCarthy
The Family (ABC)
Movie or TV president you’d want in office?
“I guess Martin Sheen [Jed Bartlet in The West Wing]. He’s got the hair.”

14. Bradley Whitford
All the Way (HBO)
Movie or TV president you’d want in office?
“Jed Bartlett [in West Wing]. Not Martin Sheen, I love him, but Bartlet. There’s that new character, Trump, but that’s just crazy.”

15. Jonathan Banks
Better Call Saul (AMC)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Who in the hell would I call? Bobby [Bob Odenkirk], of course.”

16. Liv Tyler
The Leftovers (HBO)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Ann Dowd. She’s really smart. She could do well convincing someone to get me out of jail.”

17. Zoe Lister-Jones
Confirmation (HBO), Life in Pieces (CBS)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Colin Hanks. He’s very reliable. I feel like that’s actually going to happen in our near future. Glad you asked me because now I have that at the ready.”

18. Andrew Rannells
Girls (HBO)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“I really liked Night Court as a kid. I watched that religiously.”

19. Joel Kinnaman
House of Cards (Netflix)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“All my favorite shows have Swedish names. Vara Basta Ar? No, that’s not right. That’s Days of Our Lives.”

20. David Alan Grier
The Carmichael Show (NBC)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Jerrod [Carmichael]. He would never blow me up on Instagram after. That’s what a friend does.”

21. Finn Wittrock
American Horror Story: Hotel (FX)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Lady Gaga. I mean, who else would you call? She’d just descend in a helicopter.”

22. Sterling K. Brown
The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story (FX)
Movie or TV president you’d want in office?
“Michael Douglas in The American President because he went to Stanford, as did I.”

23. Juno Temple
Vinyl (HBO)
Favorite TV show growing up?
“I loved Saved by the Bell. I’m a big fan. And SpongeBob SquarePants. Beavis and Butt-Head, too.”

24. Alano Miller
Underground (WGN)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Jurnee Smollett-Bell. She’s proactive. She’d make sure the bail money was there.”

25. Maggie Siff
Billions (Showtime)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“Family Ties. I had the biggest crush on Michael J. Fox. My mom found a fan letter that I wrote to him and never sent.”

26. Jay Duplass
Transparent (Amazon)
Your favorite TV show growing up?
“Cheers was big for us. Sam and Diane have been in my mind forever.”

27. John Leguizamo
Bloodline (Netflix)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Jamie McShane. Kyle [Chandler] is too busy. I’d be in jail for a while if I had to wait for him.”

28. Kether Donohue
You’re the Worst (FX), Grease Live! (Fox)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Aya Cash. She’s like my sister. She’s loyal. I trust her. She’d give me a lot of money to bail me out. She has more money than I do.”

29. Melissa McBride
The Walking Dead (AMC)
Movie or TV president you’d want in office?
“Kevin Kline in Dave. Dave was dope.”

30. Alexander Ludwig
Vikings (History)
Co-star you’d call to bail you out of jail?
“Well, Travis Fimmel would be in jail with me, so Gustaf Skarsgard.”

Published by Melanie Jo Published on June 4, 2016

ADWEEK.COMSpecs
Age 36
Claim to fame Appears in House of Cards as Gov. Will Conway; stars as Rick Flag in Suicide Squad (in theaters Aug. 5)
Base Los Angeles
Instagram @joelkinnaman

Adweek: What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
Joel Kinnaman: I read the morning newspaper from Sweden, DN.se. When it comes to coverage of world affairs, I prefer to read Swedish newspapers. There are some great American papers, like The New York Times, but I think I’m just used to the Swedish point of view.

Your character on the most recent season of House of Cards, Gov. Will Conway, is constantly using social media as a campaigning tool. Are you a big social media person?
No, not really, actually. I’m not on Twitter. I finally caved and joined Instagram, but I’ve only been on there for about six months. It’s kind of fun. As a way to connect with people, I enjoy it. But I don’t think it has any worth as a marketing tool, really. Not yet, anyway.

Were you inspired by any particular politicians?
Not directly. I stole a little piece of Kennedy, a little piece of Obama, stuff that makes my mind tick. But if anybody can pick up on what comes from what person, then I’ve failed. You get ideas from all different people.

Do you think that the crazy things happening in the current election cycle have made the fictional version on House of Cards seem less over the top?
Oh yeah. When you have a presidential candidate that’s talking about how big his dick is, then we don’t feel like we’ve done anything on the show that was close to being over the top. But that’s what happens when people start wanting a reality star for a president.

What TV shows are you watching?
I just started watching 11/22/63 with James Franco and that show with Tom Hiddleston, The Night Manager, which is really good. I think he should be the next James Bond [laughs]. He would be perfect.

Any favorite apps?
Well, I use a conversion app a lot for the metric system [laughs]. I’m pretty much bilingual in that, but I still need it every now and then. And you’ve got to have Waze in L.A.

What’s on your reading list?
I’m reading a bunch of stuff. Right now, I have, like, five books open at the same time. I have to make a decision. The last book I finished was Women by Charles Bukowski, and I just started reading This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein. It’s really depressing. It’s about how we’re all about to die and how we’re killing the planet. She’s just one of the smartest people in the world.

You’re starring in DC’s Suicide Squad this summer. Were you into comics growing up?
Yeah, but not the Marvel or DC comics. Swedish comics. There was one called The Phantom that was my favorite. It was a really silly one, actually. I mean, they all are.

Did the intensity of comic book fandom add any extra pressure to doing the film?
Well, I sort of dipped into that world a little bit before with RoboCop. But yeah, some of these fans are really passionate about it. It means a lot to them. You’ve always got to play to your audience and respect them if you choose to go down that route.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on March 16, 2016

It takes a bold political opponent to go up against the likes of the ruthless and cunning Frank Underwood and no one is better suited for the title than House of Cards Season 4 newcomer Will Conway. From the very day his character was introduced, it became clear that he was going to give Frank’s presidential campaign a run for its money. Not only did he manage to tackle would-be PR nightmares (like the Pollyhop scandal) head on, but he also continuously one-upped Frank on the family values front by showcasing his loving wife and adorable children throughout every facet of social media. But it’s going to take more than just one season to bring the Underwoods down. So will Conway return for House of Cards Season 5 and try to finish what he started? The odds are he won’t be folding his hand anytime soon.

According to a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joel Kinnaman, who plays Will Conway on the Netflix series, confirmed that his character will be back in some capacity next season, though, even he is unsure where and how exactly his storyline will progress. “I have a contract for a few episodes,” Kinnaman revealed. “But we’ll see what happens.” So at the very least, viewers can expect to see him for a couple of episodes, regardless of whether or not he wins the race for President.

Personally, I’m very excited to see where the rest of Conway’s story is going. He may have proven to have the upper hand in some matters, but the Season 4 finale showed that the Underwoods are ready to do whatever it takes to win — even if it means going to war to see that it happens. Is Conway capable of matching their ruthlessness? I highly doubt it, considering everything we’ve seen Frank and Claire do throughout their climb up the political ladder. But that doesn’t mean that Conway won’t make the task a lot harder for them, though, it could come at a very grave cost.

The actor gave no indication that his character is in any physical danger, but when you’re dealing with this show, you come to realize that no one is safe from harm, especially those who go up against the Underwoods. Kinnaman said that he’s signed on for a few episodes thus far. Could more be added? Of course. But it’s also possible that the end of his contract symbolizes the end of his character’s life. Not many people go toe-to-toe with Frank and live to tell the tale. Let’s just hope that Conway is able to outsmart his opponent in the end. It could mean the difference between life or death.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on March 13, 2016

HOLLYWOODREPORTER.COM[Warning: This story contains spoilers from House of Cards’ fourth season.]

Sex appeal, youth, and family are all things missing from the life of Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) in House of Cards’ fourth season. Sure, Underwood has been vocal throughout the series about not wanting kids, but the concoction of all three must sting when when rival Will Conway (Joel Kinnaman) steps onto the scene in the fourth season of the Netflix political drama as a new and formidable opponent in Frank’s quest to regain the White House.

Conway has the token wife named Hannah (Dominique McElligott), he maneuvers his way into the lives of young voters with viral videos, social media and selfies, and he prances in the spotlight by landing magazine features. Underwood’s new nemesis challenges Frank, who realizes he may not actually be holding all the cards. What does Kinnaman think Underwood envies most about Conway? “His youth,” Kinnaman tells The Hollywood Reporter days after the release of season four.

Kinnaman’s return to TV, following his breakout role on The Killing, comes as the Swedish native prepares for the release of one of his biggest film projects yet: Suicide Squad. In the film, which hits theaters in August, Kinnaman plays military officer Rick Flag alongside a cast that includes Will Smith, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie, among others.

Kinnaman spoke with THR about why he was “concerned” about signing on for House of Cards after Suicide Squad, “sparring match” scenes with Spacey and a fifth season encore.

Will is about making videos, taking selfies, and using social media to appeal to his voters. How do you think his character reflects the current presidential candidates in the real life election where they’re active on Twitter and Snapchat?
This election is just crazy, more unpredictable than anyone could have imagined. What we’re portraying in this show with social media playing a bigger part to appeal to a younger demographic in the way he’s promoting himself and what they both have in common is what previously kind of was perceived as something that was beneath a presidential candidacy. I think this presidential campaign we’re seeing especially on the Republican side, there’s very few things left that we ever thought we were going to see in a presidential election. After we seen a presidential candidate implying how big his dick is, I think there’s not much left for shock value.

Do you think there are parallels with your character and any of the candidates? Or any other characters?
I think there are more parallels with Donald Trump and [former Prime Minister of Italy] Silvio Berlusconi than anyone else. He’s just his own entity because he’s just a reality star that’s now a presidential candidate. In the ways that Will is using social media, I mean all the candidates use Twitter, but Trump uses it more.

Your addition to the show was pretty tight-lipped. What were the logistics to you joining the series?
It’s like anything when you go into a project, you have to follow the lead of the production and the publicity side of that and how they want to promote it. As many things as I’ve done before, you go into it and you keep it quiet and under wraps and sort of leak the information when everybody feels it’s the right timing. It was an amazing experience with Kevin, and Robin [Wright] and particularly Beau Willimon who I just think is a brilliant, brilliant man. I just had a lot of fun working with the material and also coming to a set and a creative space where there were some pages that we got, but then it was all a creative process that I was invited to participate in and help create the character and give input.

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Published by Melanie Jo Published on March 8, 2016

BUSTLE.COM – One of the best things about a new season of television is getting to meet the exciting new characters the writers have in store for us. Obviously it’s great getting to catch up with all of our old favorites again after months off the air — but any long-running TV series needs an injection of new blood every year to keep it chugging along without losing steam. And Netflix’s House Of Cards is no different; Season 4 of the show, which premiered Friday, is packed to the gills with new characters, played by the likes of Neve Campbell (Scream), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem For A Dream), Cicely Tyson (How To Get Away With Murder), and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing). But Netflix has kept quite a tight lid on who exactly these newcomers are playing until now. In Episode 1, fans learned Joel Kinnaman plays Will Conway on House Of Cards, the Republican nominee for President, which puts Conway in direct opposition to Frank. That’s a dangerous place to be.

By the time Netflix got around to unveiling Kinnaman’s involvement in the fourth season of their award-winning political thriller, the actor was already knee-deep in production — made apparent when the streaming service’s announcement of his casting consisted of a promotional still of Kinnaman in character, facing off against Kevin Spacey’s President Frank Underwood. The tweet bore the caption, “Welcome to Washington, Joel Kinnaman,” although it did little to disclose the identity of Kinnaman’s role beyond the fact that he would meet Frank face to face.

Now that we know he’s Frank’s opponent, I can only say that I sure hope that Kinnaman’s character knows exactly what he’s gotten himself into… Since Frank has a habit of chewing up and spitting out anything and anyone who gets in his way, I wouldn’t start taking bets on the longevity of Kinnaman’s time on the show. Then again, maybe — just maybe — he could finally be the opponent that does the President in for good? The inevitable collapse of Frank’s precarious house of cards has to start sometime, after all.

And, while Kinnaman’s character doesn’t have a direct corollary in the original British House Of Cards (Netflix’s series is more *inspired* by that version than a strict adaptation of it), he could be a variation on Tom Makepeace, Prime Minister Francis Urquhart’s foreign secretary-turned-main adversary… and a man who’s instrumental in bringing about the corrupt politician’s downfall. He even becomes Prime Minister in Francis’ stead at the end of the series after (spoiler alert!) Urquhart is shot down in an assassination arranged by his own wife.

So, will Kinnaman’s character be merely another disposal opponent-of-the-season? Or will he somehow miraculously be the only one left standing when Frank’s reign of terror finally comes to an end? Now that all 13 episodes of Cards’ fourth season have debuted, marathon away and you can answer all those questions and more.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on February 13, 2016

Frank and Claire continue their pursuit for power, battling everyone in their way, including each other.

Published by Melanie Jo Published on February 5, 2016

VARIETY.COM – Netflix is staying in business with Joel Kinnaman; the Swedish-American actor has joined the streaming service’s political drama “House of Cards” for Season 4, it was announced late Monday night.

Netflix broke the news via its official Twitter account with a cryptic message that read, “Welcome to Washington, Joel Kinnaman,” and a photo showing Kinnaman facing off with Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood.

Kinnaman’s role is still under wraps, but he’ll join new Season 4 additions including Neve Campbell, who is a series regular, and Colm Feore, who will recur.

Netflix recently announced that “House of Cards” has been renewed for a fifth season, which will continue without the involvement of creator Beau Willimon. Star Kevin Spacey just won a Screen Actors Guild award for his lead role in the series, beating out “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage, “Better Call Saul’s” Bob Odenkirk and “Mr. Robot’s” Rami Malek.

Best known Stateside for his role in AMC’s “The Killing” — which was acquired by Netflix for a shortened fourth season after AMC cancelled the murder mystery series — Kinnaman will next be seen in Warner Bros.’ “Suicide Squad” alongside Jared Leto, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. Other upcoming roles include thrillers “Backcountry” and “The Bends.”

“House of Cards” Season 4 will debut on Netflix on March 4.

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