Melanie Lynskey relishes ‘Sharing very deeply’ with Yellowjackets teammates on video chat: ‘We’re like sisters’

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The video chat kept the yellow jackets Thrilled throughout the “intense” filming and worst of the COVID pandemic, star Melanie Lynskey exclusively told PEOPLE in this week’s issue.

The Showtime mystery series was filmed in the final months of 2019, and its stars quickly realized they needed a way to decompress between scenes because, as Lynskey says, “the dynamic lag is also very intense. , as if going through a number of different emotions within the hour.”

Then one of his partners took action. “Wildcat [Cypress] started a text string, then it turned into Marco Polo because of how Juliet [Lewis] is with the texting,” Lynskey, 45, says of Lewis’ epic voice-to-text messages.

“We started doing Marco Polos to each other and they got really intimate, like we shared really, really deeply with each other,” the Emmy nominee continues. “And so we have this knowing about each other that’s very deep and deep and a lot of respect and love, but we can also really gossip and complain. We’re all pretty good at complaining.”

Lynskey added, “We’re like sisters, you know?”

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Melanie Lynskey photographer in Malibu, California on July 27, 2022.

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Since the show aired from November 2021 to January 2022, Lynskey has dealt with the massive fan reaction to the show.

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“I was honestly surprised at how much of a phenomenon yellow jackets has become,” she admits. “I never had the expectations, I’ve been doing this for 30 years. I felt like it was good, I felt really good. And I was like, ‘I hope people like this’, but the magnitude of the response was really amazing to me. »

Not only did fans love it, but so did critics. On July 12, the former two and a half men star received his first Emmy nomination.

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“I think the Emmy nomination is more meaningful for a lot of reasons,” she told PEOPLE. “One of them is that I kind of passed the point in my life where I had hoped for something like that. I was just happy enough to be a working actor and grateful for that. And I have health insurance and all that kind of stuff.”

Lynskey describes his nomination as “a dream come true for a dream I stopped having”. She adds, “It’s very, very special.”

Melanie Lynskey

Melanie Lynskey

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As for Season 2 of the hit series, which has already revealed several new cast additions and promotions, Lynskey says “it’s all really exciting.”

As for what’s in store for her character Shauna, the actress says she was in the dark until very recently: “I really don’t know anything. Warren Cole who plays my husband emailed me and said, ‘What do you know?’ And I said, “I haven’t read anything. I don’t know anything.” And he said, ‘Here’s what I’ve got so far.’ And he had quite a bit of information, which surprised me, but I’m not going to comment on that.”

She adds, “I was kind of waiting and I think they’ll come to me when they’re ready to share something.”

“I try to give them enough space because I don’t imagine the pressure of your first season being perceived like that,” she admits. “And then every actor wants to know, ‘What’s happening to me? What’s happening to me?’ So I’m like, ‘When you’re ready, I’ll read everything.'”

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The 74th Emmy Awards will air live September 12 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on NBC. yellow jackets is now streaming via Showtime.

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