Rose by an­other name is just as sweet

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - HOLLY BYRNES NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

Me­lanie Lynskey smells like the best per­fume counter in the world’s most in­tox­i­cat­ing depart­ment store, an ob­ser­va­tion that thrills the Heav­enly Crea­tures ac­tor.

“That’s my favourite com­pli­ment be­cause peo­ple al­ways say that about Jen­nifer Lopez, who is, like, my idol,” the New Zealan­der ex­plains.

It’s a sweet fan mo­ment from the woman tele­vi­sion fans came to know as Char­lie Sheen’s un­hinged neigh­bour and on/off girl­friend Rose on Two And A Half Men.

Her new role in HBO dram­edy, To­geth­er­ness, sees the 37-year-old trans­form into Michelle Pierson, a des­per­ate house­wife and stay-at-home mum ne­go­ti­at­ing a way out of sub­ur­ban banality with her equally bored hus­band Brett (Mark Du­plass).

The laughs this time are of the black com­edy kind, es­pe­cially the open­ing scene, which sets up the cou­ple’s sex­ual frus­tra­tions and sparked Lynskey’s in­ter­est in play­ing the part.

“I started to read the scene where he tries to have sex with her and she’s like, ‘Oh, no’,” Lynskey says of her char­ac­ter.

Asked to com­pare her TV part­ners — the con­tro­ver­sial Sheen and the seem­ingly more se­date Du­plass — Lynskey finds sur­pris­ing com­mon ground.

“Very early on, I got a re­ally great look at Char­lie’s soul and how far out of his way he will go for peo­ple, and how good and kind he is,” she says.

“I just adore him. (Sheen and Du­plass) are very sim­i­lar in that way,” Lynskey says. “A young film­maker will email Mark and say, ‘Can you read my script?’ or ‘Can you pro­duce this for me?’ and every­body has said how amaz­ing it is be­cause Mark will get back to them as quickly as pos­si­ble, is very help­ful and is a good per­son who does a lot for oth­ers.

“As weird as it sounds, Char­lie is the same. I mean, I met him as a sober per­son. Other things com­pli­cate your life, but he’s a re­ally good guy.”

TO­GETH­ER­NESS, SHOW­CASE, TUES­DAY, 7.30PM

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