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Melanie Lynskey Net Worth

Melanie Lynskey Net Worth is
$5 Million

Melanie Lynskey Biography

Melanie Lynskey, a New Zealand born actress, has a net worth of $5 million that she has earned owing to her splendid performances, acting in the largest film making industry, Hollywood. Melanie Linskey was born on May 16, 1977 in New Plymouth, New Zealand. In 1996 she graduated from New Plymouth Girls High School. Later she attended Victoria University of Wellington where she studied English literature and Theatre.

Melanie Lynskey Net Worth $5 Million

Melanie began her acting career at the age of 15 in the Peter Jackson movie Heavenly Creatures, for which she won the Award of Best Actress at the 1994 New Zealand Film and TV awards. The role of Pauline Walker in that movie made her a huge star and led to a lot of new acting opportunities. Though Melanie Lynskey has stated that she was really shy as a child, acting made her feel “an immense freedom to explore different aspects of herself without fear of judgment” and allowed her to be braver than in real life. Later Melanie Linskey starred in a number of movies, such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Away We Go,, Heavenly Creatures, Hello I Must Be Going, Sweet Home Alabama, Flags of Our Fathers, Win Win, Happy Christmas and many more.

For her appearances on TV, she is mostly known for her performance in Two and a Half Men. The role of Rose in the afore-mentioned TV series increased her fame, and capital too. In the past few years she has also appeared in a number of movies , such as Teddy Bears, Goodbye to All That, Chu, Blossom, Happy Christmas. Melanie Lynskie was lucky to choose the right movies and the right roles: she received critical acclaim after her performance in the movies Sweet Home Alabama and Shattered Glass. The latter drama, which was based on a true story, also received nominations. Her excellent performance in the movie Snakeskin led to her second nomination for Best Actress at the New Zealand Film and TV Awards. The most recent critical acclaim has been for the independent drama Hello I Must Be Going, that earned her a nomination for Break Through Actor at the 2012 Gotham Awards.

Moreover, she has earned a significant amount of income from independent projects and several commercial ads and endorsements. Talking about her personal life, Melanie Lynskey was married to an American actor, Jimmi Simpson, from 2007 to 2012.She owns a beautiful home in Los Angeles with an incorporated swimming pool and surrounding greenery. Melanie often spends time there with her family and dogs. Melanie also has a great desire to do something for other people. For example, she allocated some funds to her former school to enhance its campus and to build a new wing of New Plymouth Girls High School. She is also a supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and HSUS (The Human Society of the United States).It seems that this actress seems to enjoy speed not only in her career and earnings but also in her speedy driving in such cars as her Audi A5, Roll Royce.

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Quick Facts

Full NameMelanie Lynskey
Net Worth$5 Million
Date Of BirthMay 16, 1977
Place Of BirthNew Plymouth, New Zealand
Height5 ft 6 in (1.7 m)
ProfessionActor
EducationVictoria University of Wellington
NationalityNew Zealand
SpouseJimmi Simpson (m. 2007–2014)
ParentsKay Lynskey
NicknamesMelanie Jayne Lynskey , Mel
Twitterhttp://www.twitter.com/melanielynskey
Wikipediahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melanie_Lynskey
NominationsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, Gotham Independent Film Award for Breakthrough Actor, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Acting Ensemble
MoviesWe'll Never Have Paris, Heavenly Creatures, Hello I Must Be Going, The Intervention, Up in the Air, Happy Christmas, Ever After, The Informant!, Coyote Ugly, Sweet Home Alabama, But I'm a Cheerleader, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Away We Go, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Shattered Glass, Goodbye to All That, Flags of Our Fathers, Helena from the Wedding, Detroit Rock City, Win Win, Rainbow Time, Leaves of Grass, The Frighteners, Abandon, They Came Together, Touchback, The Big Ask, Putzel, A Quiet Little Marriage, Say Uncle, Digging for Fire, The Cherry Orchard, Chu And Blossom, Little Boxes, Eye of the Hurricane, Foreign Correspondents, Folk Hero & Funny Guy, Snakeskin, Shooters, Claustrophobia, Park, XX, The Great & The Small, Show of Hands, The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder, I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore, Four Saints
TV ShowsTogetherness, Two and a Half Men, The Life & Times of Tim, Drive, Rose Red, Comanche Moon


Interesting Facts

#Fact
1Her surname, "Lynskey", is Irish.
2Her favorite authors are Margaret Atwood and Milan Kundera.
3Her father is an orthopedic surgeon and her mother is a real estate agent.
4Turned down a role in Mansfield Park (1999) for fear of typecasting - she'd already played a similar part in Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998).
5The directors she'd most like to work with are Noah Baumbach, Jane Campion, Michael Haneke and Nicole Holofcener.
6Has appeared in three films (to date) with her friend Gillian Jacobs; Helena from the Wedding (2010), Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) and The Big Ask (2013).
7Showgirls (1995) is one of her favorite movies, along with Blue Velvet (1986), Kicking and Screaming (1995), Naked (1993) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001).
8One of her best friends is Michael Weston, whom she met during the making of Coyote Ugly (2000) (he played her husband in the film). Twelve years later, Weston's real-life father - John Rubinstein - played her character's dad in Hello I Must Be Going (2012).
9(1999-2000) Lived in London with Andrew Howard, whom she met during the filming of The Cherry Orchard (1999).
10(September 25, 2012) Filed for divorce from her husband of 5 years, Jimmi Simpson, after 5 months of separation.
11Supporter of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) and HSUS (The Humane Society of the United States).
12She had just turned 18 when she made a cameo appearance in The Frighteners (1996), which was her second collaboration with Peter Jackson (the first being Heavenly Creatures (1994)).
13Friends with Joss Whedon.
14Close friend Emily Deschanel was a bridesmaid at her wedding.
15Was the first person to kiss Kate Winslet in a film (Heavenly Creatures (1994)).
16Received coaching from co-star Sarah Peirse for her debut in Heavenly Creatures (1994).
17She has a dog called Mouse, a chihuahua-dachshund mix, which she named after her character in Abandon (2002).
18Friends with Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne, both of whom she worked with in But I'm a Cheerleader (1999).
19Frequently works with past co-stars.
20Almost landed the role of Valerie (played by Patricia Arquette) in Little Nicky (2000), and was considered for Cameron Diaz's role in Gangs of New York (2002).
21She was discovered by Fran Walsh during an exhaustive search for a teenage actress to play Pauline Parker in Heavenly Creatures (1994), just two weeks before filming was due to commence.
22Auditioned for roles in The Crucible (1996), Scream (1996) and Cousin Bette (1998).
23Named one of E! Online's "Sizzlin' Sixteen" in 2003.
24She attended New Plymouth Girls' High School, and later studied at Victoria University of Wellington, NZ.
25Has three younger brothers and one younger sister.
26Became a vegetarian at the age of 10. However, she now eats seafood, so has to call herself a 'pescetarian' (which she thinks sounds "pretentious").


Quotes

#Quote
1I was really shy as a child. I walked around with a constant fear that I'd say something stupid and be laughed at, or that people were looking at me and thinking I wasn't pretty enough, interesting enough, smart enough. When I discovered acting, I felt an immense freedom. I felt like I could explore different aspects of myself without fear of judgement. I was able to be brave in a way that was really hard for me in real life.
2The thing that I really, really don't like is when [a director] is overly specific, when you walk into a rehearsal and someone says: "Now you walk over here, and you open the cupboard, and you take this out. Then you stand here and you deliver this line." And they give you line readings. I don't like feeling like somebody doesn't trust me to bring what I'm going to bring to it... I get really claustrophobic when somebody's trying to control it, because then I'm like, "Why? You should have gotten another actor!"
3[on directors] Everybody has a different style. Clint Eastwood is a great, great director - but he barely says anything. The magical thing about the way he works is that he creates an environment that feels like a church, kind of - it feels so sacred and comfortable - and everybody's just relaxed, doing the best work they can do. It's weird, there's not a lot of talking or communicating... And then there are some directors who talk and talk and talk and talk, like Sam Mendes; you talk about everything and go over everything. So everybody's very different, and I've done movies with first-time directors who are just on it, and amazing. Then, sometimes, I've done movies with people who have directed a few movies, and you're like, "I don't know how to communicate with you; don't know what you're asking me to do right now." It's like a relationship.
4When I was doing The Informant! (2009), Matt Damon said something to me that I really have lived by ever since... "At the end of your career, when someone looks over your filmography, all they remember is if the movie was good or not." They're not saying, "Oh, he got to play that crazy character!" or, "Oh, all those people were in that movie"... so, if you consistently choose good scripts - whether you're in three scenes or every scene - you're going to build a very strong résumé. At the end of your life, you'll be in a lot of movies that you can feel proud of, and it's such a nice feeling to be a part of something that you really believe in. So even if it's just a couple of scenes, if I think the movie is good, I'll do it.
5[on Short Cuts (1993)] This movie was a big one for me. I saw it when I was sixteen and [thought] "Yep, that's the dream." I loved the idea of doing a film like that. Still, to this day, this is the movie I most wish I could insert myself into.
6[on working with Kate Winslet] She had incredible ambition and drive and such a huge belief in herself. And of course, she should have had that belief because she's a fucking genius!
7I want to be like Julianne Moore and get to do things that scare me--and keep on doing them until I'm very old.
8[on the idea of a "perfect role"] I feel grateful to be working... I don't have a dream of playing a one-legged Scottish drug addict.
9I like to play the grey areas in life - that's the most uncomfortable place to be. Nobody likes to be in that in-between state where they don't know what's going to happen. There's a lot of tension in that, and a lot of stuff to play with - where it's uncomfortable and awkward and sad and scary.
10I know a lot of actors have all these expectations and believe that one thing should lead to another thing and that's probably the right way to build a career. I don't know what's wrong with me--I just don't think like that!
11[on her ability to perfect an American accent] When I first came [to Los Angeles] I stayed with Joss Whedon and his wife... He had this insane video collection, and I'd just sit and watch all these films and try to imitate every accent I heard. I remember watching Juliette Lewis and trying to do her white trash accent. I would just talk back to all these movies--they were my dialect coach.
12The most beautiful people to me are those who seem at peace within themselves and give of themselves generously. Also I think eyeliner is magic.
13The female actors I have been most inspired by are all very sure of who they are as human beings and as artists. They're solid, good, kind people. They trust their instincts, and are focused on making honest work that moves people. They're kind to the crew, to fellow actors, and to women in general... Even in challenging conditions, they are gracious... The main women who come to mind who have inspired me most having seen them in action are Anjelica Huston, Katrin Cartlidge, Tina Holmes, Jessica Hecht, Amy Poehler, Lena Dunham, Amy Ryan, Catherine O'Hara, and Kathy Najimy.
14[on Hello I Must Be Going (2012)] I assumed they were giving [the part] to Michelle Williams or Maggie Gyllenhaal... It felt like such a gift.
15[on working with Steven Soderbergh] It was the greatest experience... If Steven called me up tomorrow and said, "Will you come bring Matt Damon a cup of tea in this scene?" I would say "Yes, absolutely."
16I feel like every job I get is kind of a fight. It's jumping through hoops and convincing people I can do it, trying to get people who are financing things to take the chance on somebody who's not famous.
17I feel so grateful when I see a movie and there's a woman who looks somewhat like me. I'm like, "Thank you, Samantha Morton!" You know, a woman who feels like a human being. That means so much to me. If I can be that person for someone, that's a much more powerful thing than me trying to starve myself or shrink myself and become something that I'm not.
18[...] in Montreal, this girl came up to me and said, "Has anyone ever told you that you look like Melanie Lynskey?" Some [people] come up and say that they were in school with me, or that I'm a friend of someone they know.
19The first audition I ever did, the casting director said, "I don't know why you're here. You're never going to work in America. You don't look right. You don't have the right kind of personality. I don't even know if you can do an American accent. Maybe you can try England." Other people were nice, but that's the first thing I ever heard when I came here. It made me more determined.
20[on Rose Red (2002)] I wasn't allowed to do anything quirky, or to have an interesting accent. So the challenge lay in making [the character] as interesting as I could without making her unusual. And that was hard!
21[on Charlie Sheen's reaction to her New Zealand accent] He turned around and said, "What's this, uh, voice? What are you doing?" I said, "I'm just talking." Then he said, "Hmmm. Is that some kind of actor-y thing?"
22[on working with Charlie Sheen] We get on terribly. I can't stand him. No, he's great. He's really quiet and shy and sweet.
23[on the success of Two and a Half Men (2003)] It seems funny to me that it's all worked so well. I have so much respect for the people who do this. It's so hard to keep the energy up and to make people laugh.
24I always thought I'd be in New Zealand doing theater. Everything I've done is greater than my greatest dreams.
25If I ever have time off and don't know what's coming up next, I get really nervous and think, 'Oh well, it's probably over.'
26You always see those movies that have amazing casts, and it's funny to be in one of them. It's a list of all these fantastic people--and, oh, me as well.
27I don't think I'll ever be a movie star.
28[on life after Heavenly Creatures (1994)] I think the hardest thing was to go back to school. It's a pretty catty environment at an all-girls school and things happened. For example, 60 Minutes (1993) came to do a story on me and followed me around for a day. At school you just don't need that. And then I would have to go to New York or Sydney for a week and take time out. And while they were amazing experiences, it was hard because I had these two completely separate lives. I think a lot of people resented that. It put me outside of them a bit.


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Won Awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Special Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticThe Intervention (2016)
2015BTVA People's Choice Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a New Television SeriesOver the Garden Wall (2014)Elijah Wood

Collin Dean

Jack Jones

Christopher Lloyd

Samuel Ramey

Fred Stoller

Emily Brundige

Cole Sanchez
2014Emerging MasterRiverRun International Film Festival
2012SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble PerformanceThe Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)Logan Lerman

Johnny Simmons

Nina Dobrev

Ezra Miller

Tom Savini

Paul Rudd

Mae Whitman

Joan Cusack

Nicholas Braun

Dylan McDermott

Kate Walsh

Emma Watson

Adam Hagenbuch

Erin Wilhelmi

Reece Thompson

Zane Holtz
2011CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Supporting Actress - International CompetitionAway We Go (2009)
2009Spotlight AwardHollywood Film Awards
1995Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)Best ActressHeavenly Creatures (1994)

Nominated Awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Comedy/MusicalOver the Garden Wall (2014)
2015BTVA Television Voice Acting AwardBehind the Voice Actors AwardsBest Vocal Ensemble in a New Television SeriesOver the Garden Wall (2014)Elijah Wood

Collin Dean

Jack Jones

Christopher Lloyd

Samuel Ramey

Fred Stoller

Emily Brundige

Cole Sanchez
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesTogetherness (2015)
2014Best ActressFargo Film FestivalPutzel (2012)
2012ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)Logan Lerman

Ezra Miller

Emma Watson

Nina Dobrev

Paul Rudd

Kate Walsh
2012Gotham Independent Film AwardGotham AwardsBreakthrough ActorHello I Must Be Going (2012)
2010Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastUp in the Air (2009)Jason Bateman

George Clooney

Vera Farmiga

Anna Kendrick

Danny McBride
2009DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest Acting EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)George Clooney

Anna Kendrick

Vera Farmiga

Jason Bateman

Amy Morton

Danny McBride

Zach Galifianakis

J.K. Simmons

Sam Elliott
2009Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (II)Best Lead Actress in a Feature FilmShow of Hands (2008)
2009WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)Jason Bateman

George Clooney

Sam Elliott

Vera Farmiga

Zach Galifianakis

Anna Kendrick

Danny McBride

Amy Morton

J.K. Simmons
2001Film AwardNew Zealand Film and TV Awards (I)Best ActressSnakeskin (2001)
1999Acting AwardChicago Alt.Film FestBest ActressForeign Correspondents (1999)

2nd Place Awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2010COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)George Clooney

Vera Farmiga

Anna Kendrick

Jason Bateman

Amy Morton

J.K. Simmons

Danny McBride

Zach Galifianakis

Sam Elliott
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleUp in the Air (2009)George Clooney

Anna Kendrick

Vera Farmiga

Amy Morton

Jason Bateman

J.K. Simmons

Zach Galifianakis

Danny McBride

Sam Elliot


Filmography

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
And Then I Go2017post-productionJanice
The Changeover2017post-productionKate Chant
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore2017completedRuth Kimke
Life at These Speeds2016completedCoach Rowan
Future-Worm!2016TV SeriesMegan
Our Ex-Wife2016TV SeriesSara
Folk Hero & Funny Guy2016Becky
Little Boxes2016Gina
Togetherness2015-2016TV SeriesMichelle Pierson
Animals.2016TV SeriesLinda
The Great & The Small2016Margaret
Rainbow Time2016Lindsay
The Intervention2016/IAnnie
Key and Peele2015TV SeriesFiance
Two and a Half Men2003-2015TV SeriesRose
Digging for Fire2015Squiggy
Jake and the Never Land Pirates2014-2015TV SeriesPearl
Over the Garden Wall2014TV Mini-SeriesBeatrice
Goodbye to All That2014Annie Wall
We'll Never Have Paris2014Devon
Chu and Blossom2014Miss Shoemaker
They Came Together2014Brenda
Happy Christmas2014Kelly
The Big Ask2013Hannah
Putzel2012Sally
The Perks of Being a Wallflower2012Aunt Helen
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World2012Karen
Eye of the Hurricane2012Amelia Kyte
The Life & Times of Tim2010-2012TV SeriesBecky
House M.D.2012TV SeriesNatalie Tavares
Hello I Must Be Going2012Amy
Touchback2011Macy
Win Win2011Cindy
Memphis Beat2010TV SeriesAnnaliese Jones
Helena from the Wedding2010Alice
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia2009TV SeriesKate
Leaves of Grass2009Colleen
The Informant!2009Ginger Whitacre
Up in the Air2009/IJulie Bingham
Away We Go2009Munch
A Quiet Little Marriage2008Monique
Show of Hands2008Jess
The L Word2008TV SeriesClea Mason
Psych2008TV SeriesEmily Bloom
Comanche Moon2008TV Mini-SeriesPearl Coleman
Itty Bitty Titty Committee2007Plastic Surgery Lady (uncredited)
Drive2007TV SeriesWendy Patrakas
Flags of Our Fathers2006Pauline Harnois
Park2006Sheryl
Say Uncle2005Susan
The Nearly Unadventurous Life of Zoe Cadwaulder2004ShortZoe Cadwaulder
Shattered Glass2003Amy Brand
Claustrophobia2003Lauren
The Shield2003TV SeriesMarcy
Sweet Home Alabama2002Lurlynn
Abandon2002Mousy Julie (as Melanie Jayne Lynskey)
Rose Red2002TV Mini-SeriesRachel Wheaton
Shooters2002Marie
Snakeskin2001Alice
Coyote Ugly2000Gloria
Measureless to Man1999Short
The Cherry Orchard1999Dunyasha
But I'm a Cheerleader1999Hilary
Detroit Rock City1999Beth
Foreign Correspondents1999Melody
Ever After: A Cinderella Story1998Jacqueline
The Frighteners1996Deputy
Heavenly Creatures1994Pauline Parker

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Making of 'Away We Go'2009Video documentary short special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Made in Hollywood2016TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
Celebrity Name Game2014-2015TV SeriesHerself
A Kiwi Legend2013ShortHerself
The Talk2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Jeff Probst Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The High Bar2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
The 33rd Annual People's Choice Awards2007TV Special documentaryHerself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHerself
50 Films to See Before You Die2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
Big Brother2005TV SeriesHerself
The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards2004TV SpecialHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Cinema of Unease: A Personal Journey by Sam Neill1995DocumentaryPauline Parker
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