Each tongue that rises in opposition to Melanie Lynskey shall fall — doubtless by the hands of Lynskey herself. Lynskey, who performs Kathleen in HBO’s The Final of Us, responded to damaging feedback about her character and casting on Twitter, the place she mentioned why she was so excited to play Kathleen.
Lynskey and her function as Kathleen acquired criticism from America’s Subsequent Prime Mannequin winner Adrianne Curry, who posted a photograph of Lynskey from an InStyle photoshoot. In a now-deleted tweet, Curry stated, “Her physique says lifetime of luxurious…not post-apocalyptic landlord.” She in contrast Lynskey to Linda Hamilton from the Terminator franchise, asking, “The place is Linda Hamilton whenever you want her?”
Not solely did Lynskey name out Curry for utilizing a non-The Final of Us photograph to show her level, she additionally fired again at her scrutiny of her physique. “I am taking part in an individual who meticulously deliberate & executed an overthrow of FEDRA,” Lynskey tweeted. “I’m alleged to be SMART, ma’am. I do not have to be muscly. That is what henchmen are for.”
On the time of this writing, Curry seems to have deleted her Twitter account solely.
Not lengthy after Lynskey responded to Curry, she revealed a Twitter thread diving deeper into why she loved engaged on The Final of Us. “Apart from attending to work with artistic geniuses who I respect and admire (Neil [Druckmann] & Craig [Mazin]) the factor that excited me most about doing The Final of Us is that my casting steered the potential for a future through which individuals begin listening to the individual with the most effective concepts,” Lynskey wrote.
“Not the good or the hardest individual,” she continued. “The organiser. The one who is aware of the place the whole lot is.” Kathleen is certainly the driving, organizing drive behind the revolutionary motion in Kansas Metropolis. If she wants muscle, she calls on henchmen like Perry (Jeffrey Pierce). Nonetheless, she’s not above taking issues into her personal fingers, equivalent to when she shoots a prisoner who’s not of use to her.
Lynskey took this thread as a possibility to deal with how ladies leaders are sometimes unfairly picked aside — a problem that continues in portrayals of those ladies in media. “Ladies, and particularly ladies in management positions, are scrutinized incessantly,” Lynskey wrote. “Her voice is simply too shrill. Her voice is simply too quiet. She pays an excessive amount of consideration to how she seems to be. She doesn’t pay sufficient consideration to how she seems to be. She’s too indignant. She’s not indignant sufficient.”
She continued: “I used to be excited on the thought of taking part in a girl who had, in a determined and tragic time, jumped into a job she had by no means deliberate on having and no one else had deliberate on her having, after which she truly acquired shit executed.”
For her, it was crucial that Kathleen not be the standard gruff, muscle-bound chief we regularly count on from post-apocalyptic tales. “I needed her to appear to be she ought to have a notepad on her always. I needed her to be female, and soft-voiced, and all of the issues that we’ve been informed are ‘weak.’ As a result of truthfully, fuck that,” she stated.
“I perceive that some persons are mad that I am not the standard casting for this function,” Lynskey stated towards the tip of her thread. “That is thrilling to me. Apart from the moments after motion is named, whenever you really feel such as you’re truly in another person’s physique, probably the most thrilling a part of my job is subverting expectations.”