Michael Eklund Biography
Michael Eklund is a Canadian television and film actor. He is famously known for playing the role of the villain or antihero. His characters are often described as being “creepy”.
Some of his roles include a kidnapper who terrorizes Halle Berry’s character in the 2013 psychological thriller The Call and a serial killer Barton Mathis in the second season of the superhero TV series Arrow.
Moreover, he had a role as a drug trafficker Zane Morgan in the second season of the psychological horror drama series Bates Motel (2014). Between 2016 and 2017, he starred as Martin on the sci-fi TV series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
Since 2016, he played the role of demon Bobo Del Rey on the sci-fi TV series Wynonna Earp. Eklund made his television debut in 2000 as a police officer in an episode of the sci-fi series Dark Angel. He then appeared on an episode of Stargate SG-1 in 2002, and appeared in 2 episodes of Battlestar Galactica the following year.
In 2012 Eklund won the Best Actor award at Fantastic Fest for his role as Dr. Geoff Burton in the psychological thriller Errors of the Human Body. Likewise, he also won the 2013 Leo Award for Best Performance by a Male in a Feature Length Drama for the same role.
Michael Eklund Age
Michael Eklund was born in Saskatoon, Canada. He was born on 31st July 1962. His current age is 57 years old as of 2019.
Michael Eklund Net Worth
Michael Eklund has accumulated a huge fortune from his career as an actor. He has been featured in many films and television shows since his debut in 2000.
Throughout the years, he has gained a lot of popularity and fame among his fans. Some of his roles include a kidnapper who terrorizes Halle Berry’s character in the 2013 psychological thriller The Call and a serial killer Barton Mathis in the second season of the superhero TV series Arrow.
He has also won various awards in his career journey. In 2008, he won the Leo Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his work on the 2007 Canadian crime drama and thriller film Walk All Over Me. His current net worth is estimated to be approximately $ 1.3 million.
Michael Eklund Wife
Michael was first married to Erin MacGilvray. They got married in 1993. However, in 2002 they separated and divorced. One year after his divorce, he went on to marry Megan Bennett. The two stayed in marriage for eight years.
Things however turned sour and they divorced in 2011. Details about the reasons for his divorce are not known. Currently, he is probably single or dating on a low key.
Michael Eklund Movies | Michael Eklund Van Helsing | Michael Eklund Altered Carbon | Michael Eklund Dirk Gently | Michael Eklund Arrow | Michael Eklund Cold Pursuit
- House of the Dead (2003)
- Painkiller Jane (2005)
- The Divide (2011)
- The Marine 3: Homefront (2013)
- Assault on Wall Street (2013)
- See No Evil 2 (2014)
- Dark (2015)
- The Package (2018)
- Cold Pursuit (2019)
- 2001 Smallville
- 2005-2007 Intelligence
- 2010 Fringe
- 2013 Arrow
- 2015 Gotham
- 2016–present Wynonna Earp
- 2016–2017 Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
- 2018 Van Helsing
- 2018 Altered Carbon
- 2019 The Twilight Zone
Michael Eklund Interview
Q: How did you first approach The Call? How did you get into the project, and what was your response to the script?
Michael Eklund: When I approached it, it was my second collaboration with Brad Anderson. We’d worked once before and had a great working relationship. I was naturally interested in working with Brad again, so I was brought on board for The Call.
I was sent it, I read it, read it as a thrill-chase movie. It seemed like fun.
Q: In The Call you played the unstable criminal Michael Foster. How did you go about playing this character?
Michael Eklund: When I approached the character, I wanted to do it from a realistic point of view. Mental illness over simply being ‘the bad guy’. Michael has an addiction, a sickness, an illness because of his past involving his sister. Brad and me wanted to give humanity to the character, instead of your typical movie psycho. Michael feels guilt for his crimes, but he HAS to commit them.
Q: Was adding personality to the character of Michael a challenge, considering your limited screentime?
Michael Eklund: Yeah, well there was a lot more of that, more development in his characterisation, but it had to be cut due to time constraints. Some of that stuff from The Call just came out. I remember a scene when I was driving, waiting for the lights to turn green. I started to chatter, and grind my teeth while in character. That wasn’t something that was planned, it was just something in the mind-space of the character, one of those interesting quirks that develop, and help mould your performance.
Q:How was working with Halle Berry, and the cast of The Call?
Michael Eklund: Halle Berry was wonderful, and Abigail was amazing. I bonded with the two girls – it was a must considering the conditions and the physicality required. Inherently there’s a lot of trust involved too with that kind of closeness necessary for certain scenes.
Q: Not to go into specifics, but the ending of The Call was quite controversial, and surprising. What do you think about the way the film finished?
Michael Eklund: Well, it’s very open-ended, and I think that was the intention.
Q: You had a part in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. Many people have commented on how chaotic it is to work with Terry Gilliam, and on his sets, because of how big a visionary he is. How would you describe your experience working with Terry?
Michael Eklund: I can only speak from my experience working with him, but the two days I had on set were two of the best days I’ve ever had on set. The imagination is the key to the chaos, and maybe the others around him don’t understand the vision he has in his own mind, but once you trust it, trust that he knows what’s going on, everything runs smooth.
Q: What was it like shooting The Marine 3?
Michael Eklund: The Marine 3: Homefront was a fun film. It was great to be working with WWE studios once again. It was like grown-ups acting like kids, playing guns. It was very fun. Absolutely no complaints.
Q: Do you think there’s currently more room for ‘bad guys’ than there are ‘good guys’ as a way of an actor breaking into the business?
Michael Eklund: It’s interesting, Hollywood’s an interesting thing. Traditionally, when there’s a good guy, there’s always a bad guy. When I watch movies these days, everyone seems to be the bad guy. Look at shows like Dexter, Hannibal, Bates Motel. They all give a voice to the darker side and why these people are the way they are.
As far as more roles for bad guys, I think there are, because people find more enjoyment in watching them. Rather that than watching the cookie-cutter good guys who kiss their wives and plod off happily to work. It kind of shows the way the world is going as well.
Q: Can you name some actors, directors, and movies that inspire you?
Michael Eklund: I wanted to be an actor when I was like 5 years old. Then I started getting older and started watching films properly, as you do. The first actor that made me want to get into acting was another fellow Canadian actor Kiefer Sunderland. And then as I got older, I started to appreciate Daniel Day-Lewis, and actors like Sam Rockwell.
Q: Are there any directors or actors you’d like to work with in particular?
Michael Eklund: Daniel Day-Lewis any day. I’d even just like to sit at a table with Daniel Day-Lewis, for even 15 minutes, just to pick his brain. It’d be a dream to work with him. As for a director, perhaps the director of Drive, Nicolas Winding Refn. I really liked his work on that movie.
Q: How would you define your acting ‘style’?
Michael Eklund: I didn’t come from an acting school or have any formal training of any kind. I just had that idea, it’s just based on extensive knowledge of the actors I watch, who inspire me. If you just want me to read lines then you don’t have the right actor. I like to bring the character off the page, bring a personality to the character.
That’s what my responsibility is as an actor, to provide that life to the character, that creation. That’s what I’m supposed to do – take what’s been written, and make it 3 dimensional, in ‘real life’. That’s what’s so amazing and magical about this business. Without storytelling all we have is the news, and that’s depressing as hell.
Q: Are there any projects you’re working on now that you could tell us about?
Michael Eklund: Well recently I’ve been in the world of the Bates Motel, just finished shooting that. Other than that, I’m starring in a movie about Eadweard Muybridge, a 19th century British photographer who really innovated the moving picture. It’s a great story, with such depth and I can’t wait until it hit theatres.