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Melanie Lynskey

Highest Rated:   94% Win Win (2011)
Lowest Rated:   16% Abandon (2002)
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Birthplace:   New Plymouth, New Zealand
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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
79% Folk Hero & Funny Guy
  • Actor
2017
67% Little Boxes
  • Gina
2017
No Score Yet The Great & the Small
  • Margaret
2017
72% XX
  • Mary
$31.1k 2017
No Score Yet And Then I Go
  • Actor
2017
62% Rainbow Time
  • Lindsay
2016
80% The Intervention
  • Annie
2016
66% Digging For Fire
  • Squiggy
$0.2M 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
$29.4k 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
$14.9M 2012
75% Hello I Must Be Going
  • Amy
$84.3k 2012
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Karen
$7.2M 2012
38% Touchback
  • Macy
$0.3M 2012
No Score Yet Eye Of The Hurricane
  • Amelia Kyte
2011
94% Win Win
  • Cindy
$10.2M 2011
50% Helena From The Wedding
  • Alice
2010
61% Leaves of Grass
  • Colleen
$68.5k 2010
91% Up in the Air
  • Julie Bingham
$83.8M 2009
79% The Informant!
  • Ginger Whitacre
$33.3M 2009
67% Away We Go
  • Munch
$9.4M 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
$33.6M 2006
17% Say Uncle
  • Susan
2006
36% Park
  • Sheryl
2006
No Score Yet Serial Slayer
  • Lauren
2004
91% Shattered Glass
  • Amy Brand
$2.2M 2003
16% Abandon
  • Mousy Julie
$10.7M 2002
38% Sweet Home Alabama
  • Lurlynn
$127.3M 2002
No Score Yet Snakeskin
  • Alice
2001
22% Coyote Ugly
  • Gloria
2000
34% But I'm a Cheerleader
  • Hilary
$0.2M 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 YEAR
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
  • Michelle Michelle Pierson
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Amber Nick Dad Sylvia Rose
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
No Score Yet Over the Garden Wall
2014
  • Voice
  • 2014
No Score Yet House
2004-2012
  • Natalie
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2012
98% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
  • Kate
  • 2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
  • Pearl Coleman
  • 2008
No Score Yet Psych
2006-2014
  • Emily Bloom
  • 2008
No Score Yet The L Word
2004-2009
  • Cleo
  • 2008

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