Melanie Lynskey is an A-list actress, appearing in recent hits such as Yellowjackets and The Last of Us. Best known for her role as Rose on Two and a Half Men, Melanie is originally from New Zealand.

why she’s revered ✨

  • Not afraid to speak out against body prejudice in Hollywood, firing her own shots
  • Encourages women to embrace their curves

Okay, so Melanie Lynskey is not the most typical woman for me to write about. It’s nothing against super famous celebrities, I generally try to just highlight women who’ve inspired me as a tall, plus size woman and a lot of these women fall slightly “under the radar” for a multitude of reasons.

However, when I came across Melanie in Yellowjackets, I was totally in love with her body and how she owned being a plus size actress (curvier than when I last saw her in Two and a Half Men, ha!) Then, I started Googling her and realized she’d actually come under serious scrutiny for trying to rock her plus size body in Hollywood (grrr.) The deets on why Melanie has become a role model for me are below.

“i’m supposed to be smart, not muscly”

So, full disclosure, I have no idea who Adrienne Curry is. And I’m kind of up to date on pop culture, so that says something. Anyway, Curry took a snipe at a picture of Melanie from The Last of Us, basically saying she was fat and didn’t look like she lived in a post apocalyptic world. It’s still hilarious that even in this day and age people associate being overweight as a bi-product of sitting around eating, with Curry saying Lynskey looked like she was living a “life of luxury.”

Not one to mince words, Lynskey fired back in spectacular fashion.

Not done there, she went on to further explain that she loved taking the role because the show allowed her to subvert the stereotype of what people would expect.

“I wanted her to be feminine, and soft-voiced, and all the things that we’ve been told are ‘weak’. Because honestly, f— that.”


body-shamed on set

Hollywood is notoriously brutal when it comes to plus size bodies. For reference, just see what Friends did with Fat Monica. Given this, it’s not too surprising to hear that Melanie struggled with being body-shamed, as this is an all-too familiar story for women who aren’t a stick.

While shooting Yellowjackets (which Lynskey also kicks ass in, btw) she was apparently told by a member of the crew she needed to get a trainer.

‘What do you plan to do? I’m sure the producers will get you a trainer. They’d love to help you with this.’ – is apparently what was said.

For someone like Lynskey, who previously admitted she struggled with body image issues and an eating disorder, this must have been particularly chastening to hear.

What’s great though, is that all of her three co-stars stood up for her, with Juliette Lewis even penning a letter to the producers on how moronic these comments were. Lynskey, herself, spoke out about them and admitted she was nonplussed that someone would make such a comment with everything that’s changed regarding body image in the past decade.

Lynskey, far right, is the A-list role model we need

melanie is the a-list role model we need

Quite simply, she is a beautiful woman and her comments, and willingness to speak out against body shaming, have firmly made her an inspiration to bigger women everywhere. From the bottom of our hearts, Melanie, we salute you, girl.