Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

  • Highest Rated: 94% Win Win (2011)
  • Lowest Rated: 16% Abandon (2002)
  • Birthday: May 16, 1977
  • Birthplace: New Plymouth, New Zealand
  • When Peter Jackson's Heavenly Creatures was released to international acclaim in 1994, it launched the career of a then-unknown actress by the name of Kate Winslet. Unfortunately, it didn't do the same for Winslet's co-star, the similarly unknown and equally talented Melanie Lynskey. As Pauline Parker, a New Zealand schoolgirl who, along with best friend Juliete Hulme (Winslet), brutally murders her mother, Lynskey turned in a performance that combined sullen adolescent alienation with cold-blooded brutality. Although marked as a promising newcomer, she did not enjoy a subsequent breakthrough of the magnitude of Winslet's but instead worked quietly for a few years, gradually earning belated recognition from audiences and industry figures alike.Born in New Plymouth, New Zealand, on May 16, 1977, Lynskey was a high school student when she was discovered by Peter Jackson's wife, Frances Walsh, who cast her in Heavenly Creatures. Following the film's success, the fledgling actress moved to Los Angeles, but encountered endless rejection thanks to her non-blonde, non-waifish physique, and after only six weeks returned to her native country. Eighteen months of film, theatre, and English studies at Victoria University followed, as did a supporting role in Jackson's The Frighteners (1996). A self-professed attitude change -- the result of her friendship with director Gaylene Preston, who encouraged the actress to make herself a stronger person -- also altered Lynskey's approach to acting, and she subsequently won a role in her first Hollywood film, Andy Tennant's Ever After (1998). Cast as the not-so-evil stepsister of Drew Barrymore's Cinderella-like heroine, Lynskey enjoyed the greater recognition the film's success afforded her and went on to supporting roles the next year in Detroit Rock City, in which she co-starred with Natasha Lyonne and Edward Furlong, and Michael Cacoyannis' adaptation of The Cherry Orchard, which also starred Alan Bates, Charlotte Rampling, and Katrin Cartlidge. With another successful independent film, Jamie Babbit's But I'm a Cheerleader (1999), and a Jerry Bruckheimer chick flick, Coyote Ugly, also under her belt, Lynskey began the new decade on a decidedly promising note.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

70% The Changeover Kate Chant 2019
79% Sadie Rae 2018
92% And Then I Go Janice 2018
77% Folk Hero & Funny Guy Actor 2017
67% Little Boxes Gina 2017
No Score Yet 1 Mile to You Coach Rowan 2017
89% I don't feel at home in this world anymore. Ruth Kimke 2017
70% XX Mary $31.1K 2017
No Score Yet The Great & the Small Margaret 2017
67% Rainbow Time Lindsay 2016
78% The Intervention Annie 2016
66% Digging For Fire Squiggy $0.2M 2015
33% We'll Never Have Paris Devon 2015
No Score Yet Putzel Sally 2014
62% Goodbye to All That Annie 2014
75% Happy Christmas Kelly $29.4K 2014
68% They Came Together Brenda 2014
55% The Big Ask Actor 2014
No Score Yet Chu And Blossom Miss Shoemaker 2014
86% The Perks of Being a Wallflower Aunt Helen $15M 2012
75% Hello I Must Be Going Amy $84.3K 2012
55% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Karen $7.2M 2012
38% Touchback Macy $0.3M 2012
No Score Yet Eye Of The Hurricane Amelia Kyte 2011
94% Win Win Cindy $10.2M 2011
50% Helena From The Wedding Alice 2010
61% Leaves of Grass Colleen $68.5K 2010
91% Up in the Air Julie Bingham $83.8M 2009
79% The Informant! Ginger Whitacre $33.3M 2009
68% Away We Go Munch $9.5M 2009
No Score Yet A Quiet Little Marriage Monique 2008
No Score Yet Show of Hands Actor 2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon Pearl Coleman 2008
73% Flags of Our Fathers Pauline Harnois $33.7M 2006
17% Say Uncle Susan 2006
36% Park Sheryl 2006
No Score Yet Serial Slayer Lauren 2004
91% Shattered Glass Amy Brand $2.2M 2003
16% Abandon Mousy Julie $10.7M 2002
38% Sweet Home Alabama Lurlynn $127.3M 2002
No Score Yet Snakeskin Alice 2001
23% Coyote Ugly Gloria 2000
39% But I'm a Cheerleader Hilary $0.2M 2000
54% The Cherry Orchard Dunyasha 2000
No Score Yet Shooters Marie 2000
48% Detroit Rock City Beth 1999
No Score Yet Foreign Correspondents Actor 1999
91% Ever After: A Cinderella Story Jacqueline 1998
63% The Frighteners Deputy #7 1996
92% Heavenly Creatures Pauline Parker 1994

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

88% Castle Rock
2018
Molly Strand
  • 2019
  • 2018
63% Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
Amber Nick Dad Sylvia Rose
  • 2019
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
  • 2003
90% Togetherness
2015-2016
Michelle Michelle Pierson
  • 2016
  • 2015
90% Over the Garden Wall
2014
Voice
  • 2014
91% House
2004-2012
Natalie
  • 2012
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2012
96% It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
2005
Kate
  • 2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
Pearl Coleman
  • 2008
92% Psych
2006-2014
Emily Bloom
  • 2008
54% The L Word
2004-2009
Cleo
  • 2008
65% Drive
2007
Wendy Patrakas
  • 2007
45% Stephen King's Rose Red
2002
Rachel "Sister" Wheaton
  • 2002

QUOTES FROM Melanie Lynskey CHARACTERS

Karen
I'm going to take a pottery class and eat whatever I want, and maybe spend alittle time with someone special
Karen
I'm going to take a pottery class and eat whatever I want, and maybe spend alittle time with someone special.
Dodge
Oh me, uh what was the question?
Lurlynn
You know he went up there?
Melanie Carmichael
Who? Jake?
Lurlynn
I'm not supposed to know but Clinton let it slip once.
Melanie Carmichael
When?
Lurlynn
About a year after you left. He told Clinton he'd never seen anything like it. He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He'd have to conquer the world first. He's been tryin' ever since
Lurlynn
About a year after you left. He told Clinton he'd never seen anything like it. He knew that it would take more than an apology to get you back. He'd have to conquer the world first. He's been tryin' ever since.
Melanie Carmichael
That's why he kept sendin' the papers back
Melanie Carmichael
That's why he kept sendin' the papers back.
Pauline Parker
We have realized why Deborah and I have such extraordinary telepathy and why people treat us and look at us the way they do. It is because we are mad! We are both stark raving mad!
Pauline Parker
The genius of these two is understood by so few, the are so rare.
Aunt Helen
It'll be our little secret.
Aunt Helen
It'll be our little secret, Charlie.
Jacqueline
Of course, I shall never forget how Marguerite's feet went over her head like that.
Jacqueline
Where did you get this?
Rodmilla
They're Danielle's dowry. For her wedding.
Marguerite
Cinderella, married? To who, the chimney sweep?
Rodmilla
Jacqueline, go and biol some water.
Jacqueline
Me, boil water? Oh, I knew it! I just knew it!
Jacqueline
Marguerite gets to do everything.
Marguerite
Oh, don't be daft, Jacqueline. The queen doesn't even know you exist.
Rodmilla
What Marguerite does is for all of us, my dear. We are counting on you to help her get ready.
Jacqueline
Lovely! Next thing you know I shall be cleaning out the fireplace with Danielle!
Rodmilla
Marguerite, Jacqueline, gather everything that would fetch a price. We're going to town first thing in the morning.
Jacqueline
Mother, it's only a ball.
Rodmilla
Yes, and you're only going for food.
Rodmilla
Jacqueline, darling, I;d hate to think you had anything to do with this.
Rodmilla
Jacqueline, darling, I'd hate to think you had anything to do with this.
Jacqueline
Course not, mother, I'm only here for the food.
Julie Bingham
Just because we can't travel, doesn't mean we can't have pictures!