He directed all your favourite music videos, she styled their singers into superstars. From that unknowable, underground Scandinavian arts scene that has produced some of the greatest, darkest films and styles of our time, Jonas and Bea Åkerlund are King and Queen of the dark arts. Between them they have worked with, basically everyone, from Madonna, to Gaga, to Beyonce, to Rihanna, to Metallica. Living between Sweden and LA with their sweet as sweets children, if you know what you’re talking about, you’ll be talking about them.
When and where did you meet?
Mickey Rourke introduced us on Spun 2001, and we ended up working on the movie together.
What were your first impressions of each other?
Jonas: Extraordinary, street smart, out of reach. But highly interesting on every level. Could not take my eyes or mind away from her.
Bea: My first reaction was "I don't mix business with pleasure" but Jonas was so charming and convincing he had me at hello.
Jonas, what do you find most sexy about Bea?
Her independence and life experiences. She has this extreme sense of character that is alluring. And, of course that ass, can't stop looking at it!
Bea, what's your favourite feature of Jonas'?
That he is the most inspiring person I know, I never stop learning from him and he still keeps me on my toes.
What's your favourite room in your house and why?
Our movie theatre. The whole family line up like canned sardines in our huge Josef Frank sofa.
As a couple, do you have 'a song'?
Stina Nordenstam's Little Star for top secret reasons that only we know.
Where's your favourite place to be together?
Landaa Giraavaru with working high speed internet.
Jonas, is there a film character, or a film, that reminds you of Bea?
A weird mix of Jessica Rabbit, Gordon Gecko and Mama Moomin.
Have you ever based a film or character on her?
No, but she has inspired and motivated me on all my endeavors since we met.
Bea, if money was no object, what would you buy Jonas for his birthday?
I would and will buy Jonas a castle in the south of France.