Love leads Malin Ackerman on a strange path in the new AMC drama “Soulmates.”
The episodic anthology series, premiering Oct. 5 at 10 p.m., is set in a near-future in which science has developed a test to definitively tell people who their soulmate is.
It hails, appropriately enough, from “Black Mirror” writer Will Bridges and was co-written by Brett Goldstein (“Ted Lasso”).
“It was a really interesting concept to me. It’s so layered and it feels a little bit like playing God,” Ackerman, 42, tells The Post. “I was so curious to see how these characters would be affected by this test, and what taking it would do to a possibly great relationship that they’re already in — or finding their soulmate and what that means.”
In Ackerman’s episode, “Break on Through,” she stars as troubled Martha, who meets the equally lost Kurt (Charlie Heaton, “Stranger Things”) one lonely evening.
“Charlie is so sweet, and so committed and invested. I love performing with actors who are in it for the right reasons,” she says. “They just get into character and do anything for that character. It was freezing cold and it was raining [during filming], but there were no complaints. He just went for it because he wanted it to be the best it could be, and I really respect that.”
Martha and Kurt soon become involved with The Church of Righteous Transition, a mysterious group that promises to help people whose soulmates have died.
“For Martha specifically, she’s just choosing all the wrong men and so this opportunity obviously appeals to her, to not have to go into another bad relationship,” says Ackerman, who compares the show’s soulmate scenario to seeing a psychic in the real world.
“I’ve always had an interesting relationship with psychics — I’m a bit hesitant because I’m happy in my life, so I don’t want to mess with that! I don’t want someone to say something that would take me off-track.”
The Swedish-born Ackerman lives in LA with husband, British actor Jack Donnelly (“Atlantis”) and is known for a variety of big-screen blockbusters such as “Watchmen” and “27 Dresses” and shows including “The Comeback” and “Billions.”
Her character in the latte series, Lara Axelrod, is married to Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Their relationship crumbled, and Lara hasn’t appeared in the fifth season, but there’s a possibility that she might return.
“We’ve left it open-ended so we’ll see,” she says. “I’m happy to go back. We left off on great terms and I love everyone there. It just depends on the storyline and the writers.
In addition to “Soulmates,” Ackerman also stars in two upcoming movies — “Friendsgiving” on Oct. 23 opposite Aisha Tyler and Kat Dennings, and “Chick Fight,” opposite Alec Baldwin, out Nov. 13.
“I produced both of them, so I’m really looking forward to [their releases],” she says. “I’ve been acting for a while now and I love it, but I do enjoy being behind the scenes and putting projects together … being part of the creative process.”
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