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Melanie Lynskey: From Heavenly Creatures to Hollywood...

Melanie Lynskey: From Heavenly Creatures to Hollywood...

Interviews - 2014

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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