Born August 6, 1976 in Perth, Western Australia, Melissa Suzanne George is an athlete and an actress who made a name in her hometown and in the United States. At an early age of seven, she became interested in dancing and took up lessons in jazz, tap, ballet and modern dance. Eventually, she became engrossed in roller skating and received the Australian National Roller Skating Champion Award. For two consecutive years since 1989, she earned bronze medals at the National Championships and a silver medal at the 1991 Junior World Championships. The second of four children, George attended Warwick Senior High School. As a teenager, she took an interest in modeling and was dubbed as Western Australia's Teenage Model of the Year in 1992. At 16, a casting agent discovered her and George landed on the role of Angel Parrish on Home and Away, an Australian soap. She then moved to Sydney in pursuit of her acting career. She has since then appeared on various TV shows including Friends , LA Confidential, Alias , Charmed and Lost in Oz.
George was cast as Cleo Miller on the comedy crime film Sugar & Spice. She also played Elkie on the romantic comedy Down with Love, which starred Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor. In 2005, she starred opposite Vincent Cassel on Derailed. On the same year, she earned her first starring role through the remake of The Amityville Horror, where she played Kathy Lutz. George's other films are Stopping Power, Triangle and The Betrayed. In 2008, she landed a role in the HBO drama In Treatment. Her character is that of Laura, an An attractive and young anesthesiologist who has been under Paul's treatment for a year, Laura faces a dilemma of choosing between leaving her boyfriend or marrying him.
Melissa George is married to Claudio Dabed, whom she met in Bali, and has a stepdaughter named Martina. Other credits of hers include 30 Days of Night in 2007, W Delta Z, Turistas and Music Within.
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Spouse: Claudio Dabed (22 September 2000 - present)
Stepdaughter, Martina, born 1995.
Was an Australian national champion in rollerskating. She won bronze medals in the National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.
Dropped out of high school at age 16.
Best friends with Rachel Blanchard.
Met her future husband Claudio on June 20, 1998 in Bali
Husband Claudio is Chilean
Named Western Australia's teenage model of the year (1992)
Studied in Warwick Senior High School.
She's the second of four children.
Parents: Pamela and Glenn George.
She has two sisters named Marnie and Kate and one brother named Brett.
2007: 30 Days of Night - Stella Olemaun
2006: Turistas - Pru
2005: Derailed - Deanna Schine
2005: The Amityville Horror - Kathy Lutz
2003: Down With Love - Elke
2003-2005: Alias - Lauren Reed
2001-: Thieves - Rita
2001: Mulholland Dr. - Camilla Rhodes
2001: Sugar & Spice - Cleo Miller
1999: The Limey - Jennifer
1998: Dark City - May
1997-2000: Roar - Molly
The great thing about film is you start and finish. It's a journey that lasts so long, TV lasts a long time.
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.
(on her film Sugar & Spice) Huge party, from the day we started until we wrapped in Minneapolis. We'd all go to coffee in the morning and we became best friends. We were so excited to be in an all-girl film. It was one big shopping spree. They put us in this hotel across from a shopping mall, and we were often late for work!
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.