Be­hind The Scenes

Me­lanie Lynskey

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With past roles in Two And A Half Men and To­geth­er­ness, Me­lanie Lynskey’s lat­est se­ries Sun­shine – a four-part crime drama set in Mel­bourne, which ex­plores themes of racial in­equal­ity and the iden­tity of the lo­cal South Su­danese com­mu­nity – is one of her most chal­leng­ing yet!

What at­tracted you to the role of Zara in Sun­shine?

I felt there was some­thing in­stinc­tively good about the char­ac­ter Zara Skel­ton (a lo­cal lawyer who takes on a racially charged case when her teen Su­danese fos­ter brother is charged for vi­o­lent as­sault). The story is so mov­ing and felt re­ally timely. It’s been one of my favourite mo­ments of my work­ing life.

Do you share any sim­i­lar­i­ties with Zara?

Be­ing the old­est of five sib­lings and be­ing an over­pro­tec­tive big sis­ter is some­thing Zara and I share. She would do any­thing for her fos­ter brother and I would do any­thing for my fam­ily!

What was it about

Sun­shine that made you want to tell this story?

Af­ter speak­ing to the other ac­tors about the coun­try, the his­tory of the South Su­danese con­flict and what it’s like to live in a refugee camp, it made me think how lucky I am.

Do you still get starstruck when you meet celebs?

When I met Ni­cole Kid­man at a din­ner party, I could not be­lieve how down to earth she was. It was so many years ago, she wouldn’t re­mem­ber. SUN­SHINE Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, SBS

Me­lanie with Au­tiak Awe­teek, who plays Santino – the teen who is charged with as­sault.

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