Here is complete information about Jimmi Simpson’s ex wife, actress Melanie Lynskey. Find out about her movies, net worth and other interesting facts.
Melanie Lynskey biography
Melanie Lynskey established herself in showbiz with her captivating debut in Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-nominated ‘Heavenly Creatures’ in 1994. She was just 16 years old then. The movie, ‘Heavenly Creatures’ revolved around an outcast teen whose relationship with her best friend portrayed by Kate Winslet goes dangerously out of control. Lynskey won the Best Actress prize in her native country, New Zealand. She then took a break for three years to complete her studies at the University. After three years, she made a welcome return to the silver screen with the movie, ‘Ever After: A Cinderella Story’ in the year 1998, opposite Drew Barrymore. She was later seen in ‘Coyote Ugly’ in 2000, ‘Snakeskin’ in 2001, ‘Abandon’ in 2002, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ in 2002, ‘Shattered Glass’ in 2003 and ‘Flags of our Fathers’ in 2006. The movie, ‘Coyote Ugly’ was based on actual Coyote ugly Saloon. Recently, she has emerged as one of the most sought after and celebrated character actors of the industry. Her performances in ‘Away We Go’ in 2009, ‘Up in the Air’ in 2009, ‘The Informant’ in 2009, ‘Win Win’ in 2011 and ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ in 2012 were also appreciable. Over the years, Lynskey has done credible supporting roles opposite lead actors like George Clooney, Edward Norton and Matt Damon in many movies. She has played headline parts in ‘Hello I Must Be Going’ in 2012, ‘Happy Christmas’ in 2014, ‘The intervention’ in 2016 and ‘I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore’. She got the Special Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival for her role in the film ‘The Intervention’ in 2016. Lynskey emerged as the dynamite leading lady in 2017. The actress, par excellence, has also shown her charisma on the small screen by working in a variety of projects. She has played the part in the popular TV Show ‘Two and a Half Men’ in 2003. She appeared for twelve years as Rose, Charlie Sheen’s deranged stalker in ‘Two and a half Men’. She has also worked in HBO series, ‘Togetherness’ in 2015. She received a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her work in the TV Show ‘Togetherness’.
The ex wife of Jimmi Simpson
In 2001, Melanie Lynskey met American actor Jimmi Simpson during the filming of the movie ‘Rose Red’. They both appeared in the movie. The two got engaged in 2005 and got married in 2007. Their wedding was a quiet affair and took place in a chapel on Lake Hayes near Queenstown, New Zealand. Her close friend Emily Deschanel had attended the wedding and was one of Lynskey’s bridesmaids. Unfortunately, the two filed for divorce in 2012, citing clashing differences. The divorce got finalized in 2014. The New-Zealand born American actress had taken the No. 1 spot on People Magazine with also being ranked as one of the Top 10 highest paid actresses in 2014. She has an estimated net worth of $5 million. The net worth of her ex husband Jimmi Simpson is estimated to be $6 million.
Other interesting facts
Apart from her career in movies and her biography there are some interesting facts about the stunning actress: * She became a vegetarian at the tender age of 10. She does eat seafood although and hence should be called ‘pescetarian’. * Lynskey has three younger brothers and one younger sister. * Lynskey studied at the New Plymouth Girls’ High School and then later at the University of Wellington, NZ. * She was initially discovered by Fran Walsh who was on an exhaustive search for a teenage actress to play the role of Pauline Parker in ‘Heavenly Creatures’ in 1994. * Lynskey is still friends with Clea DuVall and Natasha Lyonne, both of who she worked with in the movie, ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ in the year 1999. * Lynskey has a dog called ‘Mouse’. He is a chihuahua-dachshund mix and she named him after her character in the movie, ‘Abandon’ in 2002. * She supports the PETA and the HSUS. * She lived in London with Andrew Howard from 1999 to 2000. She met him during the filming of the ‘Cherry Orchard’. * Her favorite movies are Showgirls (1995), Blue Velvet (1986), Kicking and Screaming (1995), Naked (1993) and Wet Hot American Summer (2001). * The directors she aspires to work with are Noah Baumbach, Jane Campion, Michael Haneke and Nicole Holofcener. * Lynskey’s father is an orthopedic surgeon and her mother is a real estate agent. * She has an Irish ancestry. * In February, 2017, she got engaged to her boyfriend of 4 years, Jason Ritter. * Her first topless scene was at the age of 16 in the film ‘Heavenly Creatures’. Being interviewed after her majorly successful debut in ‘Heavenly Creatures’, she said “I think the hardest thing was to go back to school. It’s a pretty catty environment at an all-girls school and things happened. For example, 60 Minutes (1993) came to do a story on me and followed me around for a day. At school you just don’t need that. And then I would have to go to New York or Sydney for a week and take time out. And while they were amazing experiences, it was hard because I had these two completely separate lives. I think a lot of people resented that. It put me outside of them a bit.”
The wonderful actress continues to astonish her fans with her versatile acting skills.