Melanie Lynskey has been cast as a ‘fat friend’ for decades
“I really want to represent an interesting person on screen who doesn’t care what her belly looks like,” the “Yellowjackets” star said.
Melanie Lynskey is done typing.
The “Yellow Jackets” star recalled that during his career he was cast in roles called “the fat friend or the funny fat man.” “There was one thing I read where the person had a piece of candy in every scene,” Lynskey said. The New York Times.
Time on TV shows like “Two and a Half Men” and supporting roles in movies like “Sweet Home Alabama” made Lynskey rethink what she defined as serious characters. “I really want to represent an interesting person on screen who doesn’t care about how her belly looks,” said “The Last of Us” actress, before adding: “If more people looked like me (on screen), then there wouldn’t be as many to talk about it.”
The “Heavenly Beings” hunk previously admitted that he found watching himself on screen a particular “torture” when he was “so self-conscious.”
“I just try to tell myself, ‘Okay, you’re normalizing this, and hopefully more women who look like you will come out and people won’t feel like they have to say things like that.’ it’s kind of a backhanded compliment,” Lynskey said earlier this year. “Sometimes I get tired of hearing about my body, even if it’s positive, I just feel like I need a break from thinking and hearing, and I think all women feel that way.”
Lynskey also applauded the backlash to the casting of ‘Last of Us’, sharing on social media, “I understand that some people are angry that I’m not the typical casting for this role. This is exciting to me. Apart from the moments after the name of the action, when you feel that you are actually in someone else’s body, the most exciting part of my work is subverting expectations (.)”
The Emmy-nominated actress previously told IndieWire that she was inspired to modify her own body language when she transformed into the traumatized Shauna on Showtime’s “Yellowjackets,” Season 2 debuting March 26.
“A director said to me in an audition, ‘You look like you’re apologizing with your hands when you’re acting,’ and I’ve been kind of self-conscious about it ever since,” Lynskey said. “And (Shauna) is not the character to apologize with her hands. That’s why I tried to live more calm than usual and tried to live with this intensity.
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