As a high schooler, Melanie Lynskey came to international attention in her first screen role, playing Pauline Parker in Peter Jackson’s Oscar-nominated feature film Heavenly Creatures. Since then, the New Plymouth-born, Los Angeles-based actress has gone on to work with many of Hollywood’s biggest names, playing Drew Barrymore’s step-sister in Ever After, Matt Damon’s wife in The Informant, and George Clooney’s sister in Up in the Air. She has also had a scene-stealing guest role as Rose on the Emmy Award-winning sitcom Two and a Half Men. Lynskey has returned to New Zealand to star in feature films Snakeskin and Show of Hands.
In this ScreenTalk, Lynskey talks about:
- Being bitten by the acting bug at the age of six
- Missing the school assembly at which the Heavenly Creatures audition was announced
- Working with actor-director Miranda Harcourt to prepare for her second Heavenly Creatures audition
- The responsibility of playing a real-life murderer on screen
- How her off-screen friendship with Kate Winslet mirrored their on-screen relationship
- Why Snakeskin was the greatest acting experience of her life
- The secret behind how Craig Hall would prepare for his scenes in Show of Hands
- Why her experience on her younger sister’s short film A Kiwi Legend was better than most of her Hollywood acting jobs
- Why she turned down the chance to be 'a millionaire' on Two and a Half Men
- What sets A-list actors apart from their acting peers
This video was first uploaded on 23 June 2014 and is available on YouTube to embed and distribute via a Creative Commons licence.
Interview and Editing – Gemma Gracewood. Camera – Brett Stanley