Melanie Lynskey Biography
Melanie Lynskey born 16 May 1977 is a New Zealand actress. Lynskey was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, to Kay Lynskey, a former nurse, and Tim Lynskey, an orthopedic surgeon. She is the oldest of five children, and has three brothers and one sister. During her childhood, Lynskey’s family moved to England for one year before returning to New Zealand. She attended New Plymouth Girls’ High School, where she was involved in the drama department and school plays. After high school, Lynskey studied at Victoria University of Wellington.She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Pauline Parker in Heavenly Creatures (1994), which was followed by supporting roles in Ever After (1998), Coyote Ugly (2000), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), and Shattered Glass (2003).
Melanie Lynskey Career
Lynskey made her feature film debut at the age of 16, starring as Pauline Parker in Heavenly Creatures, a psychological drama based on the notorious Parker–Hulme murder case. She got the chance to audition for the role of Pauline when a casting director visited her high school. Prior to this, 500 girls had been considered for the part, but “none of them was right”. The film, which was directed by Peter Jackson and co-starred Kate Winslet, was released to favorable reviews in 1994. Roger Ebert praised Jackson for casting “the right two actresses”, noting that “there is a way Lynskey has of looking up from beneath glowering eyebrows that lets you know her insides are churning”. Entertainment Weekly’s Owen Gleiberman described Lynskey as “extraordinary”, while Richard Corliss wrote in his review for Time, “The film’s serendipitous stroke was to find Winslet and, especially, Lynskey, a first-time actress. They are perfect, fearless in embodying teenage hysteria”. The film won Jackson and Walsh a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. Lynskey was named Best Actress at the 1995 New Zealand Film and Television Awards.
After two years off the screen, Lynskey returned to acting in 1997 with a role in the independent feature Foreign Correspondents, which gained attention for being the first film in history to use crowdfunding. The following year, she broke into the mainstream when she appeared as Drew Barrymore’s “nice” stepsister in Ever After, a re-imagining of the Cinderella story. The film was a commercial and critical success.She appeared in four features: Detroit Rock City, with Edward Furlong; The Cherry Orchard, with Charlotte Rampling; Shooters, with Gerard Butler; and the cult hit But I’m a Cheerleader, which often tops ‘best of’ lists for lesbian-themed movies in 1999. She then played a key role in the romantic comedy Coyote Ugly ,in 2000,alongside John Goodman, and starred in Snakeskin , her first New Zealand film since Heavenly Creatures in 2001. For the latter, she received strong reviews and a nomination for Best Actress at the Nokia New Zealand Film Awards.
Lynskey in 2002, played the childhood best friend of Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama, which had a record-breaking opening weekend in North America. She then appeared opposite Katie Holmes in the psychological thriller Abandon, and made her television debut in Rose Red, a miniseries scripted by Stephen King. The series was a ratings hit with an average of 18.5 million viewers over three consecutive nights. Lynskey played a writer for The New Republic in Shattered Glass, in 2003,a film based on the career of former journalist Stephen Glass a role played by Hayden Christensen. Jeff Otto of IGN called it “a tension-filled drama with great performances”.
Melanie Lynskey Two And A Half Men
Later that year, she landed the part of Rose, the devious—but lovable—neighbor of Charlie Harper a role potrayed by Charlie Sheen on the CBS sitcom Two and a Half Men. After initially appearing in the pilot episode as a guest character, Lynskey was invited to become a series regular, and went on to appear frequently throughout the show’s first two seasons. Despite leaving the main cast in 2005 to concentrate on film work, she continued to make guest appearances on the show up until its final episode, which aired in February 2015.
She had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s epic war drama Flags of Our Fathers, in 2006, based on the book of the same name about the 1945 Battle of Iwo Jima. Next, she appeared as a principal character on the FOX series Drive (2007), co-starred in the miniseries Comanche Moon (2008), and returned to New Zealand to star in Show of Hands (also 2008), which earned Lynskey a nomination for Best Actress at the Qantas Film and Television Awards.
Lynskey in 2009, was praised for her performance in Away We Go, directed by Sam Mendes, playing an adoptive parent who has suffered a series of miscarriages. Wesley Morris of The Boston Globe called it “the best performance in the movie”. She then co-starred opposite Matt Damon in Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant!, a dark comedy based on the true story of ADM whistleblower Mark Whitacre. The film was described as “devilish fun” by Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers. In his review for The Independent, Geoffrey Macnab wrote, “Sterling support comes from Melanie Lynskey, as Whitacre’s ever-loyal wife”.Soderbergh told The Los Angeles Times, “She is so watchable. You never quite know what you’re going to get, you just know it’s going to be good. Her rhythms are really unusual, like her cadence and her reaction times to things, and the way she sort of lays out a sentence. It’s just really, really interesting”. Lynskey counts her time working on The Informant! as one of her favorite experiences.
She appeared as Edward Norton’s pregnant fiancée in Leaves of Grass, and as George Clooney’s younger sister in Up in the Air in 2009. The latter was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture. The film’s director, Jason Reitman, had never cast a foreign actor to play an American in any of his previous films, but Lynskey said that she “tricked” him into giving her the part by not speaking to him during her audition, therefore concealing her real accent. Reitman said he was “thrilled” by this. In October 2009, Lynskey was presented with a Spotlight Award at the Hollywood Film Festival.
Lynskey appeared in the independent drama Helena from the Wedding, alongside Gillian Jacobs in 2010. Jon Frosch of The Hollywood Reporter in his review of the film, noted that “it feels full of both the ache and the joy of real life”, and singled out Lynskey’s performance as a highlight. The following year, she received praise for her portrayal of a recovering drug addict in Win Win, opposite Paul Giamatti. In her review for Time, Mary Pols commented, “[Lynskey] has become one of the most reliably intriguing supporting actresses in film she had small parts in Away We Go, The Informant! and Up in the Air she was wonderful in all three. In Win Win she gives a very different kind of performance and is even better”.
In 2012, Lynskey appeared in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with Steve Carell, and starred in the romantic comedy Putzel. She also had a key role in the film adaptation of Stephen Chbosky’s novel The Perks of Being a Wallflower, playing the mentally disturbed Aunt Helen. Due to the nature of the character, Lynskey said it had been a difficult decision to take the part.
Lynskey’s performance in 2012 in Hello I Must Be Going , where she played Amy, a dispirited 30-something who finds herself having to move back in with her parents, was particularly well received by critics. It was a landmark film for Lynskey because, for the first time in her career, she appeared in every single scene. She described the experience as “a lot of pressure”, and said she initially assumed that the part would be given to Michelle Williams or Maggie Gyllenhaal. Speaking of his decision to cast Lynskey, director Todd Louiso said, “I knew if I cast her, the film had the potential to resonate on a thousand different levels”. Kenneth Turan of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “If you know the name Melanie Lynskey, you’re already planning to see her in “Hello I Must Be Going.” If you don’t, this film will have you making up for lost time. That’s how good an actress she is”.
Her performance earned her a nomination for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor. In 2015, Screen Rant placed Lynskey’s portrayal of Amy at #6 on their list of the 20 Best Acting Performances of The Last 5 Years.She co-starred with David Krumholtz in The Big Ask in 2013. The film received mixed reviews, but Lynskey’s performance was considered to be one of its high points. She next starred in the mumblecore comedy-drama Happy Christmas (2014), directed by Joe Swanberg. Lynskey was praised for her portrayal of Kelly, an aspiring novelist whose passion for writing is rekindled when her sister-in-law (played by Anna Kendrick) comes to visit. The film drew attention for being almost entirely improvised.
Stephen Holden of The New York Times commented, “The performances in “Happy Christmas” are so natural that the actors melt into their characters”. That same year, she appeared with Amy Poehler in David Wain’s satirical romantic comedy They Came Together, and played the female leads in We’ll Never Have Paris, opposite Simon Helberg, and Goodbye to All That, opposite Paul Schneider. In his review of the latter, Bilge Ebiri called the film “charming, beautiful, and sad”, and described Lynskey as “fantastic”. In April 2014, she was named an ‘Emerging Master’ honoree at the RiverRun International Film Festival. Lynskey in 2014, was the voice of Beatrice, an ill-tempered bluebird, in Cartoon Network’s ten-part miniseries Over the Garden Wall. Kevin Johnson of The A.V. Club described Beatrice as “the series’ standout character”, noting that “Lynskey steals the show with her amazing putdowns and passive-aggressiveness, smartly avoiding overdone sass or sarcasm”. The series went on to receive three Creative Arts Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Animated Program.
Melanie Lynskey Togetherness
Lynskey from 2015 to 2016, played Michelle Pierson on the HBO series Togetherness, a show created, written and directed by brothers Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass. Togetherness ran for two seasons and received positive reviews from critics. Robert Lloyd of The Los Angeles Times wrote, “[Lynskey] is all deep waters and live wires; soft and steely, trying on new personas for size, her Michelle becomes the series’ gravitational center. You can feel her feeling”. The performance earned her a nomination for the 2015 Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Although she eventually missed out on a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2016, Lynskey was singled out as a worthy candidate on numerous occasions in the run-up to that year’s ceremony. In March 2016, it was announced that HBO had decided not to renew Togetherness for a third season. Lynskey later compared this to having her “heart broken by someone I’m still in love with”.
In 2016 for her role in The Intervention , Lynskey received the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance at the Sundance Film Festival. Ethan Anderton of Slashfilm commented, “Lynskey is the standout, delivering a performance that is genuine, funny and touching all at the same time”. The film was the directional debut of Clea DuVall, who wrote the character of Annie, an uptight alcoholic, specifically for Lynskey. Also that year, she starred in the independent features Rainbow Time, Little Boxes, and The Great & The Small, and co-starred with Robert Webb in the BBC Two comedy Our Ex-Wife.
Lynskey received praise for her portrayal of Ruth, a downtrodden vigilante,in 2017, and in the comedic thriller I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore. The film’s director, Macon Blair, wrote the character with Lynskey in mind. The role was physically challenging for her, as it involved several stunts and the use of prosthetics. The film, which co-starred Elijah Wood, was awarded the U.S. Dramatic Grand Jury Prize at Sundance. Lynskey received a nomination for the Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress. That same year, she starred in the controversial drama And Then I Go, opposite Justin Long; the Australian miniseries Sunshine, opposite Anthony LaPaglia; the movie adaptation of Margaret Mahy’s The Changeover, opposite Timothy Spall; and the anthology horror film XX, in which her character frantically tries to hide her husband’s body after finding him dead. In her review of the latter, Stephanie Zacharek of Time wrote, “The picture has a wry, comic charge, and Lynskey, terrific as always, brings a grace note of pathos to the wicked proceedings”.
Later Melanie Lynskey starred in the independent feature Sadie, which premiered at SXSW in March 2018. Joe Leydon called it a “quietly absorbing and methodically disquieting drama”, and described Lynskey’s performance as “strong” and “compelling” in his revie for Variety . Lynskey was invited to become a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2018. Lynskey will appear as the female lead on Hulu’s upcoming psychological horror series, Castle Rock. Her character, Molly Strand, is described as “a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent, in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare”. Set in the Stephen King multiverse, the show is named after the fictional town that features in many of King’s works. The series will premiere on 25 July 2018.
Lynskey also starred as an animated version of herself in an airline safety video for Air New Zealand, in 2012. In February 2013, she participated in a Live Read performance of David Mamet’s screenplay for the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. The performance was directed by Jason Reitman, who assembled a cast of women (Robin Wright, Catherine O’Hara, Maria Bello, Lynskey, Mae Whitman and Carla Gugino) to read the all-male script. Lynskey portrayed the role of George Aaronow, which was originally played by Alan Arkin.
Melanie Lynskey appeared on several occasions as part of The Thrilling Adventure Hour, a staged production and podcast in the style of old-time radio that was held monthly in Los Angeles. The show ran from March 2005 to April 2015. She featured in the music video for the song “Waiting on Love” by Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers in 2015. The video “tells the story of a world under attack by an unlikely villain—a couple (Lynskey and Jason Ritter) blinded by love and oblivious to the threat they pose to the world around them”. In August 2016, it was revealed that Lynskey was attached to star in a television series written by Pamela Ribon.Based on the memoir Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska,the series was reported to be in the early stages of development. Lynskey described it as a “dream” part.However, the project has yet to materialize.
Melanie Lynskey Age
Melanie was born on 16 May 1977 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She is 41 years old.
Melanie Lynskey Husband
Lynskey met American actor Jimmi Simpson in 2001, during the filming of Rose Red, in which they both appeared. They became engaged in 2005 and married on 14 April 2007, in a chapel on Lake Hayes, near Queenstown, New Zealand. Lynskey filed for divorce from Simpson on 25 September 2012, citing irreconcilable differences. Their divorce was finalized on 23 May 2014. She became engaged to actor Jason Ritter in February 2017, after four years of dating.
Melanie Lynskey Height
She is 1.7 metres tall.
Melanie Lynskey Movies and TV Shows
- Togetherness (TV Show)
- Two and a Half Men (TV Show)
- Happy Christmas (Movie)
- House (TV Show)
- Better Half — 2012
- Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World (Movie)
- Hello I Must Be Going (Movie)
- Win Win (Movie)
- Leaves Of Grass (Movie)
- Helena From The Wedding (Movie)
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (TV Show)
- Away We Go (Movie)
- The Informant! (Movie)
- Up In The Air (Movie)
- The L Word (TV Show)
- Psych (TV Show)
- Comanche Moon (TV Show)
- Drive (TV Show)
- Park (Movie)
- Say Uncle (Movie)
- Flags Of Our Fathers (Movie)
- Shattered Glass (Movie)
- Stephen King’s ‘Rose Red’ (TV Show)
- Abandon (Movie)
- Sweet Home Alabama (Movie)
- But I’m A Cheerleader (Movie)
- Coyote Ugly (Movie)
- Detroit Rock City (Movie)
- The Cherry Orchard (Movie)
- Ever After (Movie)
- The Frighteners (Movie)
- Heavenly Creatures (Movie)
- The Informant! (TV Show)
- Up in the Air (TV Show)
- Sunshine (TV Show)
- Two and a Half Men – Season 2 (TV Show)
- Two and a Half Men – Season 1 (TV Show)
- Two and a Half Men – Season 4 (TV Show)
- Marat?n Especial: Two and a Half Men (TV Show)
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