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New Plymouth, New Zealand
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Heavenly Creatures, Sweet Home Alabama, Two and a Half Men
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Melanie Lynskey was born in New Plymouth, New Zealand. She married New Jersey-born actor Jimmi Simpson on 14 April 2007, in Queenstown, New Zealand. They live in Los Angeles. Lynskey is a vegetarian, a supporter of animal rights, and she is an active member of PETA. She has four siblings: three younger brothers and a younger sister.
In 1992, at 15, Lynskey was cast alongside Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, despite never having acted professionally, after being discovered by Frances Walsh. Directed by Peter Jackson, the film - based on the notorious Parker-Hulme murder case - received worldwide acclaim and an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay.
In spite of the critics saying that Lynskey showed great promise in her first film, there was a shortage of acting roles for a year or so after the film`s release. The rising stardom of her co-star meant that she was pushed out of the limelight quicker than it took for her to enter it. The only other project she was involved with was The Frighteners, in which she appeared as an extra, silently playing the part of a police deputy. Lynskey only returned to acting in 1997 when she was personally asked to take the lead role in Foreign Correspondents. During the filming, she was cast in her first Hollywood film, alongside Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston in Ever After, which led to a string of supporting parts in such films as Detroit Rock City, But I`m a Cheerleader, The Cherry Orchard, Shooters, and Coyote Ugly.
After headlining Snakeskin, Lynskey appeared in Stephen King`s Rose Red, then supported Katie Holmes in Abandon and Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. She later joined Hayden Christensen in the Golden Globe-nominated Shattered Glass, guested on The Shield and began stalking Charlie Sheen on the Emmy Award-winning Two and a Half Men. Recent projects have included Clint Eastwood`s Oscar-nominated Flags of Our Fathers, mini-series Comanche Moon and a starring role in Show of Hands. She`ll next appear in Steven Soderbergh`s The Informant alongside Matt Damon, Leaves of Grass alongside Edward Norton and Sam Mendes`s untitled movie.
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New Plymouth Girls High School, New Plymouth, New Zealand
Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand
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Melanie Jayne Lynskey
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Melanie Jayne Lynskey (born 16 May 1977) is a New Zealand actress, known for playing Rose on Two and a Half Men, Michelle Pierson on Togetherness, as well as roles in the films Heavenly Creatures (1994), Up in the Air (2009), and The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012).
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