Melanie Lynskey is a cute, quirky actress from New Zealand who burst onto the cinematic scene in 1994 with a memorable role alongside Kate Winslet in “Heavenly Creatures”, directed by Peter Jackson (yes, the same guy who did “Lord of the Rings”)
Since her debut, she has been in a wide cross-section of films. She was in the independent hit “But, I’m a Cheerleader” in 1999; the 2000 hit “Coyote Ugly”; and critically acclaimed George Clooney film “Up in the Air” in 2009 (to name a few). She has also made a name on the small screen with roles in “The Life and Times of Tim” and “Two and a Half Men”.
2012 is shaping up to be a huge year for her. Melanie is starring in “Seeaking a Friend for the End of the World” with Steve Carrell. She will also be in the highly anticipated “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”, starring Emma Watson in her first major, post-Harry Potter, role.
Melanie does sport two very cute tattoos. Anytime she is seen on the red carpet in a backless dress, you can see a Koru tattoo on her left shoulder:
Koru, which means ‘loop’, is a common and popular Maori design that frequently gets incorporated into tattoos. You can learn more about Koru tattoos here:
Melanie also has a cute little script design on her right ankle that is a script “J” with a star. It is said to be for her husband, actor Jimmi Simpson:
You can find out more about Melanie (and see more photos) on her fan page: