The girl of Hollywood’s dreams has been right in front of it for a long time.
But like the clichéd end to some silly rom-com, she’s just been overlooked as “the best friend” all this time.
Shy, sweet, and hilarious, Melanie Lynskey made her debut in 1994 as the scowling teenage murderess opposite Kate Winslet in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures, and since then has become a familiar face in movies and TV as the step-sister (Ever After), wacky neighbor (TV’s Two and a Half Men), doe-eyed housewife (The Informant!) teary bride-to-be (Up in the Air), and messed up mom (Win-Win). She’s the type of character actor who makes you snap your fingers and say, “Oh yeah … that girl.”
In the new bittersweet and funny love story Hello I Must Be Going, her name is no longer on the tip of your tongue – it’s above the title.
In the film, which expands nationwide this weekend, the New Zealand-born actress, 35, stars as Amy, an out-of-work divorcée who moves back in with her parents and begins reliving the life of a sullen teenager, until she meets an actual teenager (Christopher Abbott, of HBO’s Girls) who is looking for someone more worldly than the kids his own age. A sweet and sexy romance blossoms. So does Lynskey.