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Anna Hecht
Jan 08, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

Billions may center around the high-stakes world of finance but at the show's New York City premiere star Malin Akerman brought a heady dose of high fashion to the red carpet.

For the event, held Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art, the actress donned a sexy ensemble of black Thai Nguyen separates (above). Akerman said she was inspired to choose an outfit that felt true to her get-what-she-wants Billions character, Lara Axelrod. "I wanted a little bit of an edge just like Lara has with the see-through skirt,” Akerman told InStyle. “It feels strong and I feel like it suits Lara and her boldness.”

The complex new Showtime drama—about power, politics, and money in the New York financial sector—stars Paul Giamatti as U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades as he faces off against Damian Lewis's character, hedge fund titan Bobby Axelrod.

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“Working with Damian was one of the best parts,” Giamatti told InStyle at the premiere. “We didn’t get to work together all that much on set. And so, every time we did get to, it was a special day. And, generally, [our characters] went at each other. So it was fun.”

Akerman portrays Bobby Axelrod's wife, Lara, while Maggie Siff plays Rhoades’s wife, Wendy—who is right-hand woman to Bobby and his hedge fund operations. Yes, things just got complicated.

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Behind the show’s riveting power-struggle plot is an underlying message for viewers. Producers of the show, including New York Times columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin, told InStyle that one of the goals in creating Billions was to “peel the curtain back and give people an inside view of this world involving power and money."

“I think, often times, when people talk about power and money, we have a two-dimensional view of it. And, we have ideas of who the white hat is and who the black hat is,” Sorkin said. “I think [Billions] really, hopefully, gets at the idea that [there’s a lot of gray area]. And, at the same time, [the show’s] gotta be fun and dramatic.”

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Watch the trailer for Billions here:

Tune in to the drama's premiere Jan. 17 at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

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