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    Melanie Lynskey Called Out Model Adrianne Curry After She Tweeted That Melanie's Body Type Didn't Fit Her "The Last Of Us" Character

    In response to criticism about how her body type doesn't work for her character in The Last of Us, Melanie Lynskey detailed why she loves the role, saying, "I wanted her to be feminine, and soft-voiced, and all the things that we've been told are 'weak.'"

    There are mild spoilers ahead for The Last of Us Episode 4!

    Melanie Lynskey is one of my favorite — and often underrated — actors in Hollywood. She's starred in amazing films like Heavenly Creatures, Coyote Ugly, and But I'm a Cheerleader, and now she's receiving much-deserved critical acclaim for her work on Yellowjackets.

    Melanie on the red carpet in a strapless gown with cascading ruffles

    And she's currently guest-starring on the hit HBO series The Last of Us alongside Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. Melanie is playing Kathleen, the leader of a group in Kansas City who are now running the QZ after overthrowing FEDRA.

    Melanie standing with a group of people in The Last of Us

    Melanie's The Last of Us character was created for the TV series and wasn't in the video games the show is based on. She made her debut in Episode 4, titled "Please Hold to My Hand," and is expected to play a huge role in the upcoming fifth episode.

    Bella and Pedro sitting together in The Last of Us

    As soon as Melanie's casting was announced, fans were so excited to see her in The Last of Us, so much so that this now-iconic Twitter exchange happened, which I think about at least once a month.

    happy melanie lynskey on the last of us day

    @yellowfier / Melanie Lynskey / Via Twitter: @yellowfier

    However, despite a swarm of supporters, that didn't stop one person from voicing their criticism of Melanie's casting after her first The Last of Us episode aired. Melanie perfectly shut them down after it was apparent that their issue was with her body type.

    Close-up of Melanie on the red carpet

    In a since-deleted tweet, model Adrianne Curry responded to a photo of Melanie from an InStyle photo shoot, saying, "her body says life of luxury...not post apoc[a]lyptic warlord. where is [Terminator actor] linda hamilton when you need her?"

    Melanie in The Last of Us

    Melanie tweeted a screenshot of the reply and responded to the criticism, saying, "Firstly— this is a photo from my cover shoot for InStyle magazine, not a still from HBO's The Last Of Us. And I'm playing a person who meticulously planned & executed an overthrow of FEDRA."

    Melanie talking to a man in The Last of Us

    She continued, "I am supposed to be SMART, ma'am. I don't need to be muscly. That's what henchmen are for."

    Melanie on the red carpet holding a Critics Choice award

    Cue me clapping on my couch because, YES, Melanie.

    Melanie talking to someone in The Last of Us

    Then, in a separate Twitter thread, Melanie detailed why she loved working on The Last of Us and why her casting as Kathleen was so important to her.

    Close-up of Melanie in a deep V-neck outfit

    She began, "Other than getting to work with creative geniuses who I respect and admire (Neil [Druckmann] & Craig [Mazin]) the thing that excited me most about doing #TheLastOfUs is that my casting suggested the possibility of a future in which people start listening to the person with the best ideas."

    Melanie next to a FEDRA sign in The Last of Us

    Melanie added, "Not the coolest or the toughest person. The organiser. The person who knows where everything is. The person who is doing the planning. The person who can multitask. The one who's decisive."

    Melanie in The Last of Us

    She continued with, "Women, and especially women in leadership positions, are scrutinized incessantly. Her voice is too shrill. Her voice is too quiet. She pays too much attention to how she looks. She doesn’t pay enough attention to how she looks. She's too angry. She’s not angry enough."

    Melanie in a jacket and jeans on the red carpet

    She said, "I was excited at the idea of playing a woman who had, in a desperate and tragic time, jumped into a role she had never planned on having and nobody else had planned on her having, and then she actually got shit done."

    Melanie in The Last of Us telling a crowd to "find out who did this; find every collaborator and kill them all"

    Melanie also said, "I wanted her to look like she should have a notepad on her at all times. I wanted her to be feminine, and soft-voiced, and all the things that we've been told are 'weak'. Because honestly, fuck that."

    Melanie saying "You know where Henry is" in The Last of Us

    Speaking directly to the body-shaming criticism, Melanie added, "I understand that some people are mad that I'm not the typical casting for this role. That's thrilling to me. Other than the moments after action is called, when you feel like you're actually in someone else's body, the most exciting part of my job is subverting expectations."

    Melanie in a velvet suit jacket on the red carpet

    Melanie said on Twitter, "I'm so grateful to Craig and Neil for creating a truly new character. Someone I have never seen before. And for trusting me with her. And for letting me be on THE MOST AMAZING SHOW."

    Melanie in The Last of Us

    She concluded by saying, "And I'm also grateful because the love and support I receive from you all is so overwhelming and powerful— I feel like we are a community and I feel very seen and loved. Ok rant over and thank you all so very much."

    Melanie on the red carpet

    This isn't the first time Melanie has spoken out about the body-shaming she has faced in Hollywood. Last year, she discussed her mistreatment on the set of Coyote Ugly, saying she received "really intense feedback about my physicality, my body, people doing my makeup and being like, 'I’m just going to help you out by giving you a bit more of a jawline and stuff.'"

    Close-up of Melanie in a spaghetti-strap outfit

    Melanie also opened up about how her Yellowjackets costars rallied around her after a crew member implied that she should lose weight for the role, and her recovery from an eating disorder after constantly being reminded to be "thin, confident, and pretty," especially earlier in her career.

    Melanie with Yellowjackets costars on the red carpet

    I'm so glad Melanie feels confident in speaking out about the body-shaming she's faced in Hollywood, and she definitely has a fan for life in me.

    Melanie sitting at a diner table

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