Melissa George played a spy in “Alias” and now she is one in “Hunted.” Is she a fan of spy stories?
Is Melissa George a Fan of Spy Movies?
Celebrity Q&A, Featured ArticleBy Paulette Cohn on October 18, 2012
—Daniel Chan, Portland, Ore.
George, 36, says she is not a spy fan per se, she just appreciates good writing, so when she read the script for “Hunted,” she quickly became a fan.
“‘Hunted’ just embodied all the complexity of a fully faceted, amazing woman, showing her strength and her vulnerability,” she says, by way of explaining why the role of Sam appealed to her.
That said, it wasn’t just the emotional aspects of the character that drew her to the role, she also liked the physical side of it. What many people may not know is that George competed in roller skating tournaments from age 5 on, winning bronze medals in the Australian National Championships in 1989 and 1990 and a silver medal at the Junior World Championship in 1991.
“I was a hardcore competitor, morning and night, before and after school,” she says. “I would travel the world. I was doing triples, spins and jumps. I had a lot of stamina, a lot of stability. So when I get these action roles, I feel like I learn routines faster because I’m used to learning a routine on skates, and I’ve got the strength and I can do jumps and I can kick.”
George, who was born in Perth, Western Australia, but became a U.S. citizen in 2008, has taken on diverse roles in TV series including “Charmed,” “Friends,” “Lie to Me,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and “In Treatment,” as well as the feature films, “Dark City,” “Mulholland Drive,” “The Amityville Horror,” “30 Days of Night” and “Triangle.” She says playing such varied characters actually may have hurt her career.
“Sometimes I look back and I think if I had a career that was a little bit similar with all my roles, maybe there would be a bit more of a thread and maybe people could relate to you a little more or recognize you a little more, but I don’t have that career. I go from one thing to the other, and I’m proud of that at the end of the day.”