LYNSKEY’S NEW ROLE BIT BLACK
Melanie Lynskey smells like the best perfume counter in the world’s most intoxicating department store, an observation which 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 again as 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 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, who rolls over and goes back to sleep.
“It’s not just this ‘oh, I’m too tired’ thing that you’re used to seeing … these sexless women who have shut their vaginas off. That’s not something I can relate to,” Lynskey, who is in a new relationship after divorcing American actor Jimmi Simpson last year, says.
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. I just adore him. (Sheen and Duplass) are very similar in that way,” Lynskey says. “I met Charlie as a sober person ... but he’s a really good guy.”