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Melanie Lynskey



When Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures was released to international acclaim in 1994, it launched the career of a then-unknown actress by the name of Kate Winslet. Unfortunately, it didn't do the same for Winslet's co-star, the similarly unknown and equally talented Melanie Lynskey. As Pauline Parker, a New Zealand schoolgirl who, along with best friend Juliete Hulme (Winslet), brutally murders her mother, Lynskey turned in a performance that combined sullen adolescent alienation with cold-blooded brutality. Although marked as a promising newcomer, she did not enjoy a subsequent breakthrough of the magnitude of Winslet's but instead worked quietly for a few years, gradually earning belated recognition from audiences and industry figures alike.

Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, on May 16, 1977, Lynskey was a high school student when she was discovered by Peter Jackson's wife, Frances Walsh, who cast her in Heavenly Creatures. Following the film's success, the fledgling actress moved to Los Angeles, but encountered endless rejection thanks to her non-blonde, non-waifish physique, and after only six weeks returned to her native country. Eighteen months of film, theatre, and English studies at Victoria University followed, as did a supporting role in Jackson's The Frighteners (1996).

A self-professed attitude change -- the result of her friendship with director Gaylene Preston, who encouraged the actress to make herself a stronger person -- also altered Lynskey's approach to acting, and she subsequently won a role in her first Hollywood film, Andy Tennant's Ever After (1998). Cast as the not-so-evil stepsister of Drew Barrymore's Cinderella-like heroine, Lynskey enjoyed the greater recognition the film's success afforded her and went on to supporting roles the next year in Detroit Rock City, in which she co-starred with Natasha Lyonne and Edward Furlong, and Michael Cacoyannis' adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, which also starred Alan Bates, Charlotte Rampling, and Katrin Cartlidge. With another successful independent film, Jamie Babbit's But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), and a Jerry Bruckheimer chick flick, Coyote Ugly, also under her belt, Lynskey began the new decade on a decidedly promising note.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet XX
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • Actor
2017
91% I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore
  • Actor
2017
62% Rainbow Time
  • Lindsay
2016
80% The Intervention
  • Annie
2016
No Score Yet Little Boxes
  • Actor
2016
66% Digging For Fire
  • Squiggy
2015
27% We'll Never Have Paris
  • Devon
2015
No Score Yet Putzel
  • Sally
2014
62% Goodbye to All That
  • Annie
2014
75% Happy Christmas
  • Kelly
2014
69% They Came Together
  • Brenda
2014
50% The Big Ask
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Chu And Blossom
  • Miss Shoemaker
2014
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Aunt Helen
2012
75% Hello I Must Be Going
  • Amy
2012
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Karen
2012
38% Touchback
  • Macy
2012
No Score Yet Eye Of The Hurricane
  • Amelia Kyte
2011
94% Win Win
  • Cindy
2011
50% Helena From The Wedding
  • Alice
2010
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Colleen
2010
91% Up in the Air
  • Julie Bingham
2009
79% The Informant!
  • Ginger Whitacre
2009
67% Away We Go
  • Munch
2009
No Score Yet Farlanders
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet A Quiet Little Marriage
  • Monique
2008
No Score Yet Show of Hands
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Pearl Coleman
2008
73% Flags of Our Fathers
  • Pauline Harnois
2006
17% Say Uncle
  • Susan
2006
36% Park
  • Sheryl
2006
No Score Yet Serial Slayer
  • Lauren
2004
91% Shattered Glass
  • Amy Brand
2003
16% Abandon
  • Mousy Julie
2002
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Lurlynn
2002
No Score Yet Snakeskin
  • Alice
2001
22% Coyote Ugly
  • Gloria
2000
34% But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Hilary
2000
54% The Cherry Orchard
  • Dunyasha
2000
No Score Yet Shooters
  • Marie
2000
48% Detroit Rock City
  • Beth
1999
No Score Yet Foreign Correspondents
  • Actor
1999
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story
  • Jacqueline
1998
64% The Frighteners
  • Deputy #7
1996
92% Heavenly Creatures
  • Pauline Parker
1994

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
  • Michelle Michelle Pierson
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Amber Nick Dad Sylvia Rose
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Natalie
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Emily Bloom
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Cleo
No Score Yet Over the Garden Wall
2014
  • Voice
98% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Kate

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