No matter what the character is, I just say to myself 'If I, Melissa George, was in that situation, how would I react?' and once you do that you can just go for it, and hopefully the performance comes through.
I just thought, 'I want to be an action hero.'
I had to learn everything about manufacturing, patents and how to run a business, and eventually I came up with an prototype that worked.
From about eight years old I was always making things on the sewing machine. Friends would see me making dresses and costumes, and I'd use difficult fabrics such as Lycra and elastic. But you know, my dad was creative and my brother is inventive too.
I think Australians do well here because we feel a bit naughty, like we're in America and if they only knew how much fun we were having, we'd all get thrown out, you know.
The great thing about film is you start and finish. It's a journey that lasts so long, TV lasts a long time.
Everytime I get offered theatre I get offered a film role too.
I don't know, I think people who meet me just get pretty much what I am.
I go to work, and think 'wow, they pay me for this', and I go home.
I like to play different ranges. When you get really deeply involved in the emotional parts, I enjoy that just as much as the fun and laughter.
I think people who meet me just pretty much get what I am about.
I'm very focused when I'm making a movie, but I'm also a fantastic multitasker.
My background is Scottish.
Sometimes I take a movie selfishly because it's a female lead.
I hardly knew anything when I first arrived. I had to learn how to act as I went along. After about a year I got a grip on what acting was all about and it started coming straight from my heart; I wasn't just saying the words any longer.
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