Melanie Lynskey

Actor
A character actor who often stole scenes from her top-billed co-stars, Melanie Lynskey was one of Hollywood's most familiar faces on television and in film. After her explosive feature film debut as a teenage murderess ... Read more »
Born: 05/15/1977 in New Zealand

Filmography

Actor (53)

Togetherness 2014 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Digging for Fire 2015 (Movie)

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Folk Hero & Funny Guy 2015 (Movie)

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Over the Garden Wall 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Voice

Two and a Half Men 2003 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

We'll Never Have Paris 2015 (Movie)

Devon (Actor)

Eye of the Hurricane 2014 (Movie)

Amelia Kyte (Actor)

Goodbye to All That 2014 (Movie)

Annie Wall (Actor)

Happy Christmas 2014 (Movie)

Kelly (Actor)

Sister Cities 2014 (Movie)

Dallas (Actor)

They Came Together 2014 (Movie)

Brenda (Actor)

Chu and Blossom 2013 (Movie)

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Hello I Must Be Going 2012 (Movie)

Amy (Actor)

House 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Putzel 2012 (Movie)

Sally (Actor)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 (Movie)

Karen (Actor)

The Big Ask 2012 (Movie)

Hannah (Actor)

The Life and Times of Tim 2012 (Tv Show)

Voice

The Perks of Being a Wallflower 2012 (Movie)

Aunt Helen (Actor)

Touchback 2012 (Movie)

Macy (Actor)

Win Win 2011 (Movie)

Cindy (Actor)

Helena from the Wedding 2010 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Leaves of Grass 2010 (Movie)

Colleen (Actor)

Memphis Beat 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Away We Go 2009 (Movie)

Munch (Actor)

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Informant! 2009 (Movie)

Ginger Whitacre (Actor)

Up in the Air 2009 (Movie)

Julie Bingham (Actor)

Big Stan 2008 (Movie)

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Comanche Moon 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Show of Hands 2008 (Movie)

Jess (Actor)

The L Word 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

A Quiet Little Marriage 2007 (Movie)

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Drive 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Park 2007 (Movie)

Sheryl (Actor)

Flags of Our Fathers 2006 (Movie)

Pauline Harnois (Actor)

Say Uncle 2006 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Shattered Glass 2003 (Movie)

Amy Brand (Actor)

The Shield 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Abandon 2002 (Movie)

Mousy Julie (Actor)

Stephen King's Rose Red 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Lurlynn (Actor)

The Cherry Orchard 2002 (Movie)

Dunyasha (Actor)

Shooters 2001 (Movie)

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But I'm A Cheerleader 2000 (Movie)

Hilary (Actor)

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Gloria (Actor)

Snakeskin 2000 (Movie)

Alice (Actor)

Detroit Rock City 1999 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

Foreign Correspondents 1999 (Movie)

Melody (Actor)

Ever After 1998 (Movie)

Jacqueline (Actor)

The Frighteners 1996 (Movie)

Deputy (Actor)

Heavenly Creatures 1994 (Movie)

Pauline Parker (Actor)

Biography

A character actor who often stole scenes from her top-billed co-stars, Melanie Lynskey was one of Hollywood's most familiar faces on television and in film. After her explosive feature film debut as a teenage murderess in "Heavenly Creatures" (1994), Lynskey was often relegated to supportive roles, like playing a sweet stepsister in "Ever After: A Cinderella Story" (1998), a vaguely trashy best friend in "Sweet Home Alabama" (2002), or a doe-eyed housewife in "The Informant!" (2009). She worked steadily on television, with memorable roles on hit shows like "Two and a Half Men" (CBS, 2003- ), as a loveable but deranged stalker neighbor. A natural comedic actress, she also impressed in dramatic roles, most notably in "Away We Go" (2009) and in "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" (2012). After years taking a backseat to others, Lynskey finally took top billing in the bittersweet romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going" (2012). As an out-of-work divorcée whose spiritless life gets a much-needed lift when she has an affair with a teenager, Lynskey's performance in "Hello I Must Be Going" was her long-overdue chance to not only shed her plain Jane image, but to also claim her well-deserved spot as a true leading lady.

Relationships

Andrew Howard Actor

Companion
Met while filming "The Cherry Orchard" (1999) No longer together

Jimmi Simpson Actor

Husband
Met while co-starring in Stephen King's miniseries "Rose Red" (2002) Married April 14, 2007 in Queenstown, New Zealand Separated April 2012 Lynskey filed for divorce Sept. 25, 2012

EDUCATION

New Plymouth Girls' High School

Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington

Milestones

2012

Played supporting role in feature adaptation of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," written and directed by the novel's author Stephen Chbosky

2012

Cast opposite Steve Carell and Keira Knightley in "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World"

2012

Starred as a young divorcée who moves back in with her parents in romantic comedy "Hello I Must Be Going

2009

Appeared in Sam Mendes' independent film "Away We Go"

2009

Played title character's wife Ginger Whitacre opposite Matt Damon in "The Informant!"

2009

Featured in Jason Reitman's "Up in the Air," starring George Clooney

2008

Played the lead in the romantic film "Show of Hands"

2006

Landed substantial role in Clint Eastwood's World War II drama "Flags of Our Fathers"

2003

Starred opposite Hayden Christensen in "Shattered Glass"

2003

Guest starred on "The Shield" (FX) as a neighborhood psychopath

2003

Cast as Rose, the sweet and zany neighbor on the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"

2002

Played Reese Witherspoon's childhood friend in "Sweet Home Alabama"

2002

Co-starred in the Stephen King miniseries "Red Rose" (ABC)

2000

Played supporting role in "Coyote Ugly" as Piper Perabo's best friend

1999

Appeared in Adam Rifkin's cult film "Detroit Rock City"

1999

Co-starred with Natasha Lyonne in "But I'm a Cheerleader"

1999

Co-starred in an adaptation of the Anton Chekhov play "The Cherry Orchard" alongside Charlotte Rampling and Gerard Butler

1998

Played one of the stepsisters in "Ever After: A Cinderella Story," starring Drew Barrymore in the title role

1996

Re-teamed with Jackson to play a police deputy in "The Frighteners"

1994

Landed first professional acting role as Pauline Parker opposite Kate Winslet as Juliet Hulme in Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures"; film based on the 1954 Parker-Hulme murder in New Zealand

1988

Studied acting in New Zealand for five years

Bonus Trivia

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"Right after all that wonderful attention for 'Heavenly,' I spent three months in Hollywood auditioning with skinny, gorgeous, terrifying girls. Casting directors would look me over, sigh and say, 'You were so good in that movie, but I don't know what else to do with you.' I got fixated on how I looked, whether I was thin enough or my face was too wide. It was awful." – Lynskey quoted in Movieline magazine, May 1999

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"Some actors only like doing what they know they're good at, but not me. I want to be like Julianne Moore and get to do things that scare me – and keep on doing them until I'm very old." – Lynskey quoted to Movieline magazine, May 1999

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