Melissa George


Melissa George Trivia


  • Trivia

    • Melissa learned a bit of Portuguese for the movie Turistas.

    • Melissa claims that she was a class clown in high school.

    • Melissa was a huge Grey's Anatomy fan even before joining the cast for the show.

    • Melissa is a talented roller skater who took home bronze medals in national competitions in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal in 1991.

    • Melissa's nicknames are Mel, Gorgeous George and Roo.

    • Melissa described her role in the psychological thriller The Triangle one of the most difficult roles she has performed.

    • After meeting Chilean film director, Claudio Dabed, in Bali in 1998, the couple married on September 22nd, 2000. Claudio has one child, daughter Martina (born in 1995), from a previous marriage.

    • As a child, Melissa studied various styles of dance which included jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance.

    • In 2008, Melissa became an American citizen just so she could vote for Barack Obama.

    • In 1997, Melissa appeared topless in the Australian Playboy.

    • Melissa George became the first celebrity to imprint her hands into Walk of Fame of Warner Bros. Movie World in Gold Coast, Australia. She signed it "Love always, Melissa George, 2008" in August 2008 while she was filming Triangle.

    • Melissa made it to the list of Who magazine's World's Sexiest People of 2008.

    • Melissa divides her time between Los Angeles, where most of her work is, and Buenos Aires in Argentina, where her home is based. When she can, she visits her family in Australia.

    • Two of the directors Melissa would like to work with are Wong Kar-wai, who directed The Mood for Love and Pedro Almodovar.

    • During the earlier part of her acting career, Melissa made time to create a sleepwear line called An Angel at my Bedside and Mind, Body, & Soul, a lifestyle video aimed at teens.

    • Melissa played herself in the documentary film Jesus Can't Skate, directed by Jayson Sutcliffe. The film explored the world of roller figure skating featuring world champions and international competitions. Melissa also speaks of her experience as a champion skater during her teen years.

    • Melissa appeared on the cover of the following magazines: - Playboy (March 1997)
      - Men's Style (2004) - Jezebel (2005) - GQ (Autumn 2006)
      - Cream (June/July/August 2006)
      - Vogue (October 2006) - Sunday (February 2007).

    • Melissa's parents are Glenn, a construction worker, and Pamela, a nurse.

    • In early 2007, Melissa signed a contract with the Australian cosmetics king Napoleon. During 2007, she also represented Linneys.

    • Melissa made her acting debut as a teenage runaway Angel Brooks on the popular prime-time soap Home and Away in 1993. While her feature film debut was in 1998 in the movie Dark City. Melissa's first starring role in a movie was in the 2005 remake of The Amityville Horror.

    • Melissa's height is 5 feet 7.5 inches (1.71 meters).

    • Awards and Nominations:
      1994 - Most Popular New Talent, Logie, Home and Away (won)
      1995 - Most Popular Actress, Silver Logie, Home and Away (won)
      1995 - Gold Logie, Home and Away (nominated)
      1995 - Most Desirable Star on Television, British ITV Awards (won)
      1995 - Best Actress, British ITV Awards (nominated)
      1996 - Gold Logie, Home and Away (nominated)
      2004 - Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award - Female, Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Alias (won)
      2009 - Golden Globe Award for her performance in In Treatment (nominated)

    • Melissa is a close friend of Rachel Blanchard, who starred on the TV show 7th Heaven.

  • Quotes

    • Melissa George: (On which was the physically toughest and grueling situations when working on the films "30 Days of Night", "Waz", and "Turistas") Turistas, working in the jungle. It was rough. It was rough climates, rough sets, but really realistic.

    • Melissa George: (On director David Slade bringing the same vibe he had on his previous film "Hard Candy") Absolutely. Only because the way he shoots, it's about the actors. It's about the acting, and it's here. [demonstrates a close shot] A 150 lens is a wide shot for David Slade...[As with] Hard Candy, everything was really tight. And what he does is, as the story gets deeper and deeper, he goes closer and closer to the actors' faces, and then he pulls back. And that's the scariest, pulling back to a wide. He's very clever with his lenses and his storytelling, and with his actors.

    • Melissa George: (On the story in the film "30 Days of Night" being set in Barrow, Alaska and shooting in New Zealand.) Yeah. We shot in Queenstown in the snow, and all you could see was snow for miles, which is perfect for the beginning of the film. And then we built the Alaskan town of Barrow four times over in Auckland. And it's fake snow, but you realize you need to work with fake snow because you can't work in cold temperatures like that.

    • Melissa George: (On her acting range comparing the movie Amityville Horror to Turistas) I'm glad you saw that! That's why I wanted to do it. I wanted to do something young...and I just wanted to sort of mix it up.

    • Melissa George: (About her role Sadie on "Grey's Anatomy") Sadie gets a job at Seattle Grace due to her father, which is yet to be explored. She's taking a leadership role at the intern society, which is hysterically funny. I haven't stopped laughing for six weeks.

    • Melissa George: (on Barack Obama, prior to the 2008 presidential election) He's our Martin Luther King. He represents hope and change - the opposite of where (the US) is now. I would feel very safe living in America if he were president, he is an amazing man.

    • Melissa George: The thing is you never know how it's going to work out. The good thing for me is that because of my husband, my stepdaughter, the fact that I wasn't caught up 100 per cent in Hollywood, I didn't obsess about progress or success.

    • Melissa George: I just thought doing something tasteful in Playboy would have more of a knock-on effect outside Australia. The whole idea was to do something that resonated in a constructive way. Not just to be famous.

    • Melissa George: What my marriage has done when you marry the right person is they want to see you be the best person you can be but when you marry wrongly they want to put you down to make themselves feel better. I've married a man that actually wants me to be a great actress and puts that first.

    • Melissa George: It's not difficult finding good roles, it's difficult getting them. The problem is that other people already have them.

    • Melissa George: I love acting. I'm not interested in anything else. Acting is what I love -- being on set with great directors and exploring human behavior and telling wonderful stories for the big screen.

    • Melissa George: (She played double-agent Lauren Reed on "Alias") There was something about Alias where I got to be beautiful and loving in the day and evil at night, which was just a character that I did not relate to at all, but it was just such a fun, fun role.

    • Melissa George: The part I enjoy about acting is just having that imagination, taking your mind to a place that you wouldn't normally necessarily go to.

    • Melissa George: 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.

    • Melissa George: 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.

    • Melissa George: The great thing about film is you start and finish. It's a journey that lasts so long, TV lasts a long time.

    • Melissa George: 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.

    • Melissa George: (on her down-to-earth Aussie personality) I think people who meet me just pretty much get what I am about.