Melanie Lynskey Biography

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Born: May 16, 1977

MELANIE LYNSKEY

Date of Birth: May 16, 1977

Native New Zealander Melanie Lynskey was chosen to play the lead in Heavenly Creatures (1994), co-starring Kate Winslet, when she was still in high school. When the movie came out, critics applauded her outstanding performance as a shy girl who becomes transformed when she makes friends with an outgoing girl, leading the two to plot to kill her mother when she tries to interfere with their relationship.

Lynskey moved to Los Angeles to audition for more films, but she didn't land another job for two years, when she was cast in a small role in The Frighteners (1996). She had to wait another two years for her next job, but this time the wait was worth it. Lynskey gained considerable notice playing Drew Barrymore's chubby stepsister in Ever After (1998), a re-telling of the Cinderella story. She has worked steadily since then, appearing in five motion pictures in 1999, two more the next year (including Coyote Ugly), and made her television debut in the mini-series Rose Red (2002), written by Stephen King. She went on to appear in the popular series Two and a Half Men as Rose, Charlie Sheen's hilarious on-screen stalker.

In 2002, Lynskey appeared in two major Hollywood films, including a supporting role in the box office hit Sweet Home Alabama, starring Reese Witherspoon. In Abandon (2002), she demonstrated her character acting skills once again, in the role of a shy, somewhat creepy librarian. She admits to staying in character the entire time she's on a set, which sometimes unnerves her fellow actors.

Lynskey's career keeps going strong with two films lined up for 2012: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World alongside Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower with Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev and Paul Rudd.

Lynskey, a vegetarian, makes her home in Los Angeles.

Filmography:

The Perks of Being a Wallflower(2012)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World(2012)
Eye of the Hurricane (2012)
Hello I Must be Going(2012)
Touchback(2011)
Win Win(2011)
Helena from the Wedding (2010)
Leaves of Grass(2009)
Up in the Air(2009)
The Informant (2009)
Away We Go(2009)
A Quiet Little Marriage(2008)
Show of Hands (2008)
Flags of Our Fathers(2006)
Park (2006)
Say Uncle (2005)
The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder (2004)
Claustrophobia (2003)
Shattered Glass(2003)
Abandon(2002)
Sweet Home Alabama(2002)
Snakeskin (2001)
Coyote Ugly(2000)
Shooters (2000)
Measureless to Man (1999)
Varya (1999)
But I'm a Cheerleader(1999)
Detroit Rock City(1999)
Foreign Correspondents (1999)
Ever After(1998)
The Frighteners(1996)
Heavenly Creatures (1994)

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