Announced to Hollywood Today Live on Thursday, February 16, 2017, that she is engaged to her boyfriend of four years, actor. At 16 years old, Melanie Lynskey wowed audiences with her explosive portrayal of a teenage murderess in Peter Jackson's Academy Award-nominated Heavenly Creatures (1994), opposite Kate Winslet. I was really shy as a child. I was able to be brave in a way that was really hard for me in real life. Lynskey was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, to Kay Lynskey, a former nurse, and Tim Lynskey, an orthopedic surgeon.  Lynskey became a vegetarian at age 10 after learning about sheep farming.  Lynskey described it as a "dream" part, however the project has yet to materialize.  In his review for IndieWire, Russ Fischer pointed out Lynskey's "tremendously good comic timing", while Ethan Anderton of /Film noted, "Lynskey is the standout, delivering a performance that is genuine, funny and touching all at the same time". They are perfect, fearless in embodying teenage hysteria". So if a director gives me a note that doesn't feel like it's in line with my instinct, it's very hard for me to do something that sort of feels like a lie. The 43 year-old is currently divorced to Jimmi Simpson (m. 2007–2014) and has 1 kid (Jason Ritter (2013–)). Melanie Lynskey on Her Alien Childhood and the Importance of Picking Up Dog Poop Melanie Lynskey, on April 16, 2016 in New York City. , Lynskey made her professional acting debut at age 16, starring in Heavenly Creatures, a psychological drama based on the Parker–Hulme murder case. 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She regards working with Jackson and Winslet as an important learning experience. Melanie is a talented actress and is beautiful from head to feet. , For her role in The Intervention (2016), Lynskey received the U.S.  The role proved to be physically challenging for her, as it involved a number of stunts and the use of prosthetics. In 2016, it was reported that she was attached to star in a television series written by Pamela Ribon. She is known for playing quirky, soft-spoken but headstrong characters, and often works in independent films. Named one of E! I like to play the grey areas in life - that's the most uncomfortable place to be. Toggle navigation Happy Happy Birthday e.g. She is the daughter of a former nurse and an orthopedic surgeon father. 17.5k Followers, 302 Following, 20 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from Melanie Lynskey (@msmelanielynskey) The series ran on FX on Hulu and was widely acclaimed by critics, with James Poniewozik of The New York Times calling it "breathtaking ... a meticulously created and observed mural that finds the germ of contemporary America in the striving of righteously mad women". Maybe you can try England." , Lynskey's portrayal of Amy—a divorcee who finds herself having to move back in with her parents—in Hello I Must Be Going (2012) was particularly well received by critics. Her height is 1.59 m tall, and her weight is 59 kg. 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She is known for playing quirky, soft-spoken but headstrong characters, and often works in independent films. Her eye color is Dark Brown and hair color is Dark Brown. You can feel her feeling". I know a lot of actors have all these expectations and believe that one thing should lead to another thing and that's probably the right way to build a career.  The divorce was finalized on 23 May 2014. “Honestly, what surprised me the most was just to see how genuine and normal she is,” said Lynskey about the 68-year-old. , In 2008, Lynskey had a supporting role in the three-part Western miniseries Comanche Moon, which aired on CBS.  Next, she adopted a New Jersey accent for a key role as Piper Perabo's best friend in the romantic comedy Coyote Ugly (2000), and starred as an adventurous drifter in the award-winning Snakeskin (2001), which screened at the Cannes Film Festival.  Fran Walsh—the film's co-writer—admired Lynskey's "quiet intensity", and said, "we knew immediately that she was right for the role". If you don't, this film will have you making up for lost time. The main women who come to mind who have inspired me most having seen them in action are. The most beautiful people to me are those who seem at peace within themselves and give of themselves generously. Sometimes I feel like I'm making some kind of radical statement because I'm a size 6". | Online's "Sizzlin' Sixteen" in 2003. Melanie Lynskey captivated the viewers with her spell-bounding performance in Heavenly Creatures in 1994.Heavenly Creatures was her first debut which was directed by Jackson.Melanie can be seen starring alongside Kate Winslet in this movie.  She attended therapy before the film went into production to prepare herself for working with DuVall, her close friend of several years: "I didn't want anything to happen to our friendship and a big challenge was being able to stick up for myself and my perspective in regard to the script and this character". You don't have the right kind of personality. Melanie Lynskey On 16-5-1977 Melanie Lynskey (nickname: Melanie) was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand. "She was trusting, she was the kind of wife who thinks her job is to stay in the house and take care of the kids ... even though some things didn't necessarily add up ... She wasn't asking too many questions". , Lynskey is often complimented on her ability to perform an American accent. [...] in Montreal, this girl came up to me and said, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Melanie Lynskey?" There aren't that many opportunities [to do that] except in the independent film world. 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Matt Damon said something to me that I really have lived by ever since ... “At the end of your career, when someone looks over your filmography, all they remember is if the movie was good or not.  In March 2016, it was announced that HBO had decided not to renew Togetherness for a third season.  While making the film, Soderbergh discouraged Lynskey from contacting the real person on which her character was based, as he wanted her to reach her own conclusion about whether Ginger had been involved in her husband's crimes. Parts in Detroit Rock City (1999), But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), Snakeskin (2001), Abandon (2002), Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Shattered Glass (2003), and Clint Eastwood's Flags of Our Fathers (2006) came next.In recent years, Lynskey has emerged as one of the industry's most celebrated character actors, gaining plaudits for her performances in Sam Mendes's Away We Go (2009), Jason Reitman's Up in the Air (2009), Steven Soderbergh's The Informant!  She is the oldest of five children, and has three brothers and one sister.  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". I walked around with a constant fear that I'd say something stupid and be laughed at, or that people were looking at me and thinking I wasn't pretty enough, interesting enough, smart enough.  Lynskey later compared this to having her "heart broken by someone I'm still in love with". , In February 2013, she participated in a Live Read performance of the 1992 film Glengarry Glen Ross. Age, Height, and Weight Being born on May 16,1977, Melanie Lynskey is 43 years old as of today’s date 10th May 2021. ; Leaves of Grass (all 2009), Win Win (2011), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (both 2012). (2016–18). Also in 2009, Lynskey appeared as Edward Norton's pregnant fiancée in Tim Blake Nelson's black comedy Leaves of Grass, and as George Clooney's younger sister in Up in the Air. , Following a two-year gap—during which she attended university and auditioned for a part in The Crucible (1996)—Lynskey secured a leading role in the independent drama Foreign Correspondents, which was filmed in Los Angeles in 1997 and gained attention for its use of crowdfunding, a strategy that was considered a "breakthrough" at the time. , In 2012, Lynskey voiced an animated version of herself in an airline safety video for Air New Zealand. The first audition I ever did, the casting director said, "I don't know why you're here.  Despite missing out on a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in 2016, she was singled out as a worthy candidate in the run-up to that year's ceremony. Her father is an orthopedic surgeon and her mother is a real estate agent. From the minute we saw each other". The thing that I really, really don't like is when [a director] is overly specific, when you walk into a rehearsal and someone says: "Now you walk over here, and you open the cupboard, and you take this out. Lynskey is engaged to Jason Ritter, with whom she has a daughter. present) ( 1 child). Dramatic Special Jury Award for Individual Performance, Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Actress, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Washington D.C. 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