LYNSKEY’S NEW ROLE BIT BLACK

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - TV -

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.”

Me­lanie Lynskey

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