The Suicide Squad is out in theaters and on HBO Max today! Joel and Margot spoke to People Magazine to discuss the movie and their friendship.

The Suicide Squad costars Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman have been real-life pals since meeting on 2016’s Suicide Squad. But Sweden-born Kinnaman, 41, says he gained a whole new appreciation for Australian Robbie, 31, while filming their critically-acclaimed R-rated comic book-based movie.

“We had a couple of days when we were shooting these scenes, where we had massive rain towers [raining down on us],” Kinnaman, who plays military tactician Rick Flag in the films, tells PEOPLE. “For some reason these rain towers, [the water] is so cold. It’s so cold! And the rest of us, we get the rain on us, but we also have clothes on. And then we get a warm, cozy coat to put on in between. But because Margot [as Harley Quinn] is in full body paint, she’s just standing there taking it. And then she can’t wrap herself in anything. And you just see her, her whole body is just shivering, her teeth are clattering. And then, as soon as it’s, ‘Action,’ she’s on, and it’s on.

“And then you go back to in between [takes], and she’s shivering and clattering her teeth,” he continues. “She’s a savage. It makes a Swede very proud, someone that enjoys the cold. That’s why she is a little bit of an honorary Swede.”

Robbie jokes that she has a natural affinity for Kinnaman’s home country.

“I think I always gravitate towards Swedish people. I just love the Swedes, so it didn’t take me long to gravitate towards Joel,” she says, adding that she did welcome a warm towel and shower after long days of filming.

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August 03, 2021

Joel attended the premiere of The Suicide Squad last night with his fiancee Kelly Gale. As usual, he looked dapper rocking that light suit at the red carpet! Check out photos in our gallery.

This isn’t a drill, we got a new shoot! Joel’s looking so good (as always) on the cover of the latest issue of GQ Hype. The interview was done through a Zoom call and it’s mostly focused on the upcoming The Suicide Squad. Check out the interview below and outtakes in our gallery!

BRITISH GQ – When Joel Kinnaman answers my Zoom call, he’s walking briskly through the streets of Venice Beach with his dog, Zoe, a rescue mutt from Mexico. He’s wearing a blue baseball cap and a T-shirt adorned with a baby picture of his fiancée, model Kelly Gale, the sleeves of which are just about obscuring a tattoo of the word “Skwad” on his bicep, which was administered on the set of the first Suicide Squad movie by Will Smith with Margot Robbie’s tattoo gun. (He does not regret it. “It’s a good story,” he says.) 

He’s telling me about the play that saved his career. The sole reason he’s here today, promoting a different, better Suicide Squad movie – an unorthodox, quasi-sequel, quasi-reboot of the 2016 DC Comics film about a group of supervillains manipulated into fighting the good fight – is because of an obscure one-man show called Howie The Rookie by Irish writer Mark O’Rowe. 

In his twenties, three years into a degree at Sweden’s most prestigious drama school, he began to experience debilitating stage fright. He would have panic attacks while on stage and vomit or black out before performances. “I thought maybe I don’t have the constitution to do this, maybe I can’t handle this pressure.” He resolved to overcome his problem through a sort of self-made exposure therapy. He would find the most terrifying stage performance for himself and do it over and over again just to prove to himself that he could. Enter, Howie. It was a gruelling, 90-minute piece, in which he would embody 16 different characters. “Everything hinged on this working and there was something in me that just would not let it fail.” He became obsessed with it and performed it over and over again in front of live audiences, slowly chipping away at his anxiety over time. After that, nothing would ever seem quite so daunting. “It became the foundation of a new kind of confidence that I had, or that I built with that.”

In many ways, that baptism of fire prepared him for much greater stresses he would deal with in his career, from playing the emotionally destroyed lead in a four-hour stage adaptation of Crime And Punishment in Gothenburg (his first proper gig out of acting school) to his first role in America in the beloved drama series The Killing and more recently shouldering the hopes of millions of comic book fanboys. Working on massive blockbusters – The Suicide Squad, he tells me, is the most expensive R-rated movie of all time – comes with its own very particular kind of anxiety. When you’re acutely aware that a shoot day costs £220,000, there’s a truly high-stakes need to perform, knowing that if you fudge your line or miss, you’re letting multiples of most people’s average wage slide down the drain. It can get a little tense. “There are so many moving parts and I don’t want to be the one that sucks.”

The Suicide Squad represents somewhat of a second chance for Kinnaman. Twenty sixteen’s Suicide Squad was considered a creative failure by most of those involved in its making. This time around, Guardians Of The Galaxy mastermind James Gunn takes over for original director David Ayer. Kinnaman reprises his role as military man and Suicide Squad leader Rick Flag, alongside fellow returnees Margot Robbie (Harley Quinn) and Viola Davis. Idris Elba and  John Cena are subbed in for Will Smith and Jared Leto as co-leads.

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April 03, 2021

Last month, two official trailers were released for The Suicide Squad, the first being the red band trailer. Joel is one of the few cast members from the 2016 film to return and reprise their roles. I must say, Rick Flag’s outfit here got a major upgrade! Check them out below, along with trailer screencaps and official posters in our gallery.

January 30, 2021

Joel has been cast in the upcoming reboot of therapy series, In Treatment, at HBO! It is based on the Israeli series, BeTipul, which ran for three seasons on HBO from 2008-2010.

VARIETY – The reimagined series brings a diverse trio of patients in session with the observant, empathetic Dr. Brooke Taylor (Uzo Aduba), who is wrestling with her own issues in this half-hour drama series.

Kinnaman will star as Adam, Brooke’s long-time on-again, off-again boyfriend who has resurfaced, bringing further complication to Brooke’s personal life.

Along with Kinnaman and Aduba, previously announced cast members include Anthony Ramos, Liza Colón-Zayas, John Benjamin Hickey, and Quintessa Swindell. The series is currently in production, but no premiere date has been set at this time.

January 16, 2021

Check out the full official trailer for the new season of For All Mankind, premiering on February 19th on Apple TV+!