Melanie Lynskey on ‘Hello, I Must Be Going’ and Crying in Scenes

melanie-lynsky-hello-i-must-be-goingMelanie Lynskey has been receiving rave reviews for her latest film, Hello, I Must Be Going, about a divorced woman who falls for a 19-year-old.

“I like to play the grey areas in life—that’s the most uncomfortable place to be,” the actress told Vulture.  “Nobody likes to be in that in-between state where they don’t know what’s going to happen.  There’s a lot of tension in that, and a lot of stuff to play with—where it’s uncomfortable and awkward and sad and scary.”

Lynskey has chosen some amazing projects, including her debut in Peter Jackson’s Heavenly Creatures in 1994, when the actress was just 16.  “For me, it’s…if something clicks emotionally,” she said about how she decides which roles to take.  “The interesting thing about acting is using all your own stuff and having some kind of personal catharsis while you’re working.  So I understand that, but I don’t have the impulse like, ‘Oh, I’ve never played this kind of Scottish drug addict…”

Lynskey admits she’s not one of those actresses that can cry on cue.  “If I have to cry in an audition I’m like, ‘Okay, let me see what I can do,’” she said.  “But when I’m working, I always have an iPod with me, and it usually turns out that one particular song will become my theme song.  So every movie I’ve done I have a particular song I keep going back to that puts me in the right emotional place.  For Win Win it was the Pixies’ ‘Gouge Away,’ for whatever reason.  For this movie I had two songs because half the time I had to be crying and emotional and feeling horrible about myself, and then half the time I had to be in this romantic ecstasy.  So I had ‘Let Down,’ that Radiohead song, and then my happy song was ‘Running Up That Hill,’ by Kate Bush, because it’s very sexy.”

Leave a Reply

Latest Videos

Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch Film the Smaug Motion Capture for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’
Though Peter Jackson‘s movie adaptations of The Hobbit haven’t received the same critical acclaim as his films based on the book’s sequel, The Lord of the Rings (turning a 300 page book into 9+ hours of film tends to do that), fans are still eagerly anticipating the release of the final part of The Hobbit […]
Watch: Daniel Radcliffe on the Differences Between American and British Theater Audiences
Though moviegoers can see Daniel Radcliffe in the fantasy film Horns, which opens today, Broadway fans will have to wait a bit longer. Radcliffe is an unapologetic fan of Broadway — he has starred in Equus, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and The Cripple of Inishmaan — but he hasn’t yet made […]
Watch: Anna Gunn, Jacki Weaver and Virginia Kull on ‘Gracepoint’ and Strong Female Roles on TV
The actresses also speak candidly about how they feel about their characters in the series and why its important for TV to feature series with strong female leads.Check out the conversation above!
Watch: Cristin Milioti Talks ‘A to Z’, ‘Once’ and ‘How I Met Your Mother’
Few actresses have the kind of rise as Cristin Milioti has had in the last few years. A virtual unknown in 2011, she became a bona fide Broadway star in the 2012 hit Once, appeared in a supporting role in the 2013 film The Wolf of Wall Street, and was featured as the titular mother […]
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/watch-bryan-cranstons-acting-adv.jpg
Watch: Bryan Cranston’s Acting Advice
With Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Barrel being released on Blu-ray with all kinds of goodies today, it gives us yet another opportunity to reflect on the series’ star Bryan Cranston and all of the incredible advice he has offered actors in the wake of his success. In a video he filmed in 2013 for […]