News & Press

Appearing in Adult Swim Games' Battle Chef Brigade, out on Nintendo Switch and PC late 2017!

September 2017

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. :)

Performing LIVE on Otamatone at Tom's on Abbot Kinney!

August 2017

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 Downsizing, starring Matt Damon, to open Venice International Film Festival!!

July 2017

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!

Appearing on Ryan Murphy's FEUD: Bette and Joan, debuting March 5th on FX!

April 2017

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!

The OA now available on Netflix

December 2016

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!

Appearing in The Miseducation of Cameron Post, starring Chloe Grace Moretz

November 2016

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.

Performance at Carnegie Hall: January 18th, 2016!

January 2016

In what I can only describe as a dream come true, I had the incredible opportunity to perform the music of my FAVORITE contemporary composer (Sir Karl Jenkins) at Carnegie Hall this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, January 18th, 2016!! I even had a small solo in one of my favorite pieces :3 It was a night I will never forget!!

National commercial with Project Runway's Tim Gunn now airing!

November 2015

The Project Runway-inspired Dish Network commercial I shot--featuring a cameo appearance from Tim Gunn himself--is now airing nationwide! Click here to see the commercial, and keep an eye out for me on TV! =D

Ladies versus Butlers! now streaming online

November 2015

Melanie plays crazy school chancellor Kaede Tenjouji in the wacky anime series Ladies versus Butlers, now available for streaming on Crunchyroll! Check out a preview of Melanie's work in the series above.

Filming for Simbi_Zombies: A fantasy band feature film

October 2015

Just wrapped filming for Simbi_Zombies: A fantasy band feature film! If fantasy grunge/reggae/K-Pop zombie movies are your thing, be sure to check it out when it's released. :)

Melanie to speak at New York Media Festival

September 2015

Melanie will be speaking at the New York Media Festival, leading the "Women In Games" breakout session during the Games conference on Thursday, October 8th. Click here for more information.

Filming for Momsters: When Moms Go Bad!

July 2015

Just filmed an episode of the Investigation Discovery series Momsters: When Moms Go Bad, hosted by Roseanne Barr! I'll be appearing in the upcoming season.