The Nightmare Before Christmas, Hot Fuzz, The Great Mouse Detective, The Court Jester, Fantastia, Aladdin, Stoker, the Indiana Jones Trilogy, Beetlejuice, and 놈놈놈 (also known as 좋은놈 나쁜놈 이상한놈/The Good, The Bad, and the Weird)
Community, Suits, Criminal Minds, Breaking Bad, Mozart In The Jungle, Orphan Black, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Law and Order: SVU, Grey's Anatomy, Cowboy Bebop, Great Teacher Onizuka, Lupin III, Android Kikaider: The Animation, Hellsing, Case Closed/Detective Conan, and Neon Genesis Evangelion
The Importance Of Being Earnest; Ubu Roi; Six Characters In Search Of An Author; Waiting For Godot
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett; The Giver; Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs; Wendal, His Cat and the Progress of Man; A Wrinkle In Time and A Wind In The Door; The Elements Of Style; and the Harry Potter books. Also, I love Reader's Digest and have been reading it regularly since I was eight years old.
Macaroni and cheese, bubble tea, apples, grapes, avocadoes, good matzoh ball soup, pizza, mushrooms (cooked, not raw), bibimbap/비빔밥, kong kuk su/콩국수, mashed potatoes, and dumplings. And Chipotle veggie burritos.
Music is paramount in my life, and I have a very, very wide range of music that I love. Here are just a FEW of my very favorites: Mark Bacino, Prozzak, Era, Alexander Rybak, Claude Francois, Kaoma, Yoko Kanno, Nilüfer, Tarkan, Three Dog Night, The Turtles, Adiemus/Karl Jenkins, Beethoven, Leonard Bernstein (particularly his Mass), Menotti, Mozart, Mussorgsky, John Rutter, Tchaikovsky, Eric Whitacre, Bobby Darin, Darren Korb (particularly the Transistor soundtrack), E.L.O., Liquid Tension Experiment, B’z, Tomoyasu Hotei, L’arc~en~Ciel, Tak Matsumoto, Porno Graffitti, MC Mong, Nemesis, Samulnori, Turtles/거북이, Yoon Do Hyun Band, Better Than Ezra, Eve 6, The Floyds/Floyd’s Funk Revival, Huey Lewis and the News, Incubus, Marvelous 3, Mr. Big, SR-71, Stone Temple Pilots, Stroke 9, Bacilos, Chayanne, Juanes, E Nomine, Raffi
Kirby's Adventure, Dance Dance Revolution (DDR), Pump It Up (PIU), Transistor, Nidhogg, QWOP, Spaceteam, Just Dance
Woohoo!! Come December 2017, you'll be able to hear me as the voice of no-nonsense Razel, spunky Ardea, blasé Bea, adorable Lupa, and other characters in Battle Chef Brigade, a "chef's pairing of equal parts old-school brawler, match-three puzzler, served with a side of light RPG progression"! The game, developed by Trinket Studios, will be published by Adult Swim Games and available on Nintendo Switch and PC in late 2017!! I had a blast voicing these characters--this project was SUPER fun to be a part of. :)
My alter ego, Meladactyl,
will be performing on Otamatone LIVE at Tom's Flagship Store on Abbot Kinney in Venice this weekend! Here are the details:
Who: You! And me, Meladactyl, on Otamatone!
What: Melanie Plays Your Favorite Songs On The Otamatone, Poorly But Fervently
Where: Tom’s Flagship Store, 1344 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
When: Friday, August 4th, 7:30PM
Come hear me play some very serious music on a very serious instrument for very serious people. And get the iced vanilla coriander latte. Trust me on this one.
For answers to all of your questions about the Otamatone (including, "What IS that thing???"), click here.
Alexander Payne's upcoming feature film, Downsizing, will be opening the Venice International Film Festival! This is quite a coveted slot, which La La Land held last year. I had the incredible honor of working with the inimitable, incredible Mr. Alexander Payne on this film (penned with writing partner Jim Taylor). I'm so proud of the cast and crew and team that produced it!! Mark your calendars for Downsizing's release date: December 22nd, 2017!!!
Click here to view the news article on Variety.
UPDATE: After opening the Venice Film Festival to rave reviews, Downsizing has gone on to open the Telluride Film Festival and will next screen at Toronto International Film Festival and Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX!
I'll be appearing on the season finale of Ryan Murphy's new series, FEUD: Bette and Joan, on FX at 10PM on Sunday, April 23rd!! This was my first project as an official Angeleno!
Update (April 2017): You can view a clip of my appearance on FEUD: Bette and Joan above!
Season 1 of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's new series, The OA, is now available on Netflix. I play Ali, Jesse (one of the main character)'s sister. You can find me starting at about 17:15 into Episode 4, or click here to watch a clip from that scene.
Update (January 2017): The OA has been the #1 series on IMDb for three weeks straight!
I am THRILLED to share that I just wrapped a major supporting role in the film The Miseducation of Cameron Post, directed by Desiree Akhavan and starring Chloe Grace Moretz! This is a really special film, based on the young adult novel of the same name by Emily Danforth. I can't WAIT for you to see it.