Acting Career in Australia to Hollywood Stardom
Melissa Suzanne George was born on August 6, 1976 in Perth, Western Australia to nurse Pamela and construction worker William Ward. At the age of seven, she began to take an interest in acting. At the same time, she also started taking jazz, tap, ballet, and modern dance lessons.
Her passion for dance eventually turned into devotion to artistic roller skating that she became a national roller skating champion and brought home bronze medals in the 1989 and 1990 National Championships. In 1991, she won the silver medal at the Junior World Championship.
In her early teens, she started to work as a model, and by the time she was 16, she was named Western Australia’s Teenage Model of the Year. Around the same time, she met casting agent Liz Mullinar and secured the part of Angel Parrish in the Australian soap Home and Away.
Her role in Home and Away brought her recognition in Australia, receiving five consecutive Logie Award nominations, winning two. She moved to Sydney to further pursue acting, where she had a recurring role in the television series Roar, opposite late actor Heath Ledger.
She then left Sydney for Los Angeles. In 1998, she made her film debut with Dark City. The following year, she landed a supporting role in Steven Soderbergh’s The Limey and was cast as Cleo Miller in the black comedy film Sugar & Spice, which was released in 2001.
Also in 2001, she had a minor role in David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive. During the next few years, she starred in the unaired pilot Lost in Oz, appeared in the short-lived TV series Thieves, starred in the sixth season premiere of Charmed and co-starred with Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor in Down with Love.
It was also in 2003 that she was cast as Lauren Reed in the television series Alias, which she played until 2004. For her performance, she received the Saturn Award – Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award – Female. In 2005, she had her first starring role as Kathy Lutz in The Amityville Horror, the remake of the 1979 film of the same name.
Later in 2005, she co-starred with Clive Owen and Jennifer Aniston in the thriller movie Derailed, which garnered negative reviews and was a moderate box office success. The following year, she starred as Pru Stagler, co-starring Josh Duhamel and Olivia Wilde in the horror feature Turistas, which also garnered poor reviews and barely made back its $10 million budget, earning over $14 million worldwide.
Subsequent Films and Thoughts on Plastic Surgery
In 2007, she played the lead role of Christine, opposite Ron Livingston, in the drama Music Within. She next appeared in the British horror thriller WΔZ and played a minor role in Home Sick. Later in 2007, she played the role of Stella Oleson in the film adaptation of 30 Days of Night, based on the comic book series of the same name.
She then returned to the small screen in 2008 as Laura Hill in the HBO series In Treatment, for which she received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film. She also became known for her recurring role of Sadie Harris in the medical drama series Grey’s Anatomy.
The Australian beauty isn’t a fan of plastic surgery. In an interview, the actress revealed how she hates Hollywood’s obsession with cosmetic procedures and how she sees people who undergo cosmetic surgeries as anything but beautiful.
“The world has bad plastic surgery. It’s called plastic surgery! Of course you’re not going to look good. If someone needs surgery after accident, I’m a big supporter of that but I don’t know why everyone wants to look like the Joker!”, the 37-year-old actress said.
She was also resolute in her claim to not ever succumb to plastic surgery although she believes in maintenance by keeping a beauty regime that involves having a chemical peel every two years.