Gidday, Sheilas! In honor of today’s Lady, I’m working on my New Zealand slang. According to some exceedingly brief internet research, I can tell you that Melanie Lynskey is a bit of a dag Kiwi who I wouldn’t mind dropping my gear with. Melanie was scouted from a local high school at age 16 to star opposite Kate Winslet in the disturbing-beyond-words story of teenage murderesses, Heavenly Creatures (1994). I watched the movie, but after the claymation orgy sequence I swore I would never revisit. I definitely prefer my Melanie in comedic roles or in straight dramatic roles tinged with dark comedy. She was just hilarious as the “reformed” lesbian Hilary in But I’m a Cheerleader, and her recent role as a vivacious woman who keeps miscarrying in that middling flick Away We Go was absolutely standout. I laughed, I cried. I cried some more and thought “Gee, that Melanie Lynskey is SO GOOD.” And she seems like a swell individual. She’s married to the adorable Jimmi Simpson. She tweets about normal person stuff! Not to mention she’s both gorgeous and not rail thin.
Now, I know she’s appeared in about a bazillion other films and TV shows, so tell me – are you a Mel fan?
And in the interest of full disclosure: I really wanted to work “full tit” into this post because….well….but it just didn’t work.