Rose by another name is just as sweet
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.”
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