Nobody likes a know-it-all, but sometimes you’re glad to have one around. Enter Adam Conover and his hilarious investigative series link
In the recent episode “Adam Ruins Weight Loss,” actress link
joins in the debunking activities as a Southern Chef going head-to-head with fat-free foods. Spoiler alert – they’re not so good for you.
What is good is Melanie. We discovered that she can also be seen in a couple of indie films streaming online, including the coming-of-age drama A COUNTRY CALLED HOME, and the touching drama HEARTLAND.
A proven character actress, Melanie has been working non-stop lately. Her credits include indie films like THE LAST MARK, TENDER MOMENTS and the upcoming ANTIQUITIES. She’s also appeared on the television in THE MIDDLE, SALEM, A FACE TO KILL FOR, THE CON, ARREST & TRIAL, and THE DAILY APPLE. The Houston, Texas native, who now spends time in Los Angeles, has deep roots in the south, starting her performing career as a dancer with Patsy Swayze’s Houston Jazz Ballet Company.
Melanie Haynes recently took time to answer a few questions:
Tell us about your role in “Adam Ruins Everything.”
MELANIE: I play a Southern Chef in "Pauleen's Kitchen" who helps to illustrate how fat free foods are made palatable by adding extra sugar. It's a really fun little bit!
Did you do anything specific to prepare for the role?
MELANIE: Well, I've been preparing my whole life! I was born in Kansas and moved to Texas later, so I've experienced a lot of down home Southern type cooking and cooks! I've also watched and enjoyed Paula Deen's work!
How was it to work alongside Adam Conover? Any misconceptions about him?
MELANIE: Adam is a real sweetie and totally professional! The whole cast and crew was! But, Adam was even warmer and friendlier than I expected.
Was there any improv on set or did you stick to the script?
MELANIE: This is a very tightly written and executed show, so we followed the script as written. The director did give me another line on set to help the flow of the scene. Other than adding a few oh's and ah's and maybe even a giggle or two, it was by the book.
What can you share about your role in “A Country Called Home”?
MELANIE: I play the diabetic mother of one of the main characters - Reno, who is Trans - played by Mackenzie Davis. My character doesn't follow the advice of her physicians and lands in the hospital in a coma when we first see her. MacKenzie was an absolute gem to work with. My scenes are with her and Imogen Poots, who is also a sweetheart!
And, talk about your role in the dramatic indie film “Heartland”.
MELANIE: My character, Gail, is a Midwestern church lady who is best friends with Beth Grant's character. She, another friend, played by Eve Gordon, and I are also involved in a pyramid scheme selling a health juice. We are loving and caring of our friend, but do not understand nor approve of the behavior of her lesbian daughter, played by Velinda Godfrey, who also co-wrote the script with Todd Waring.
If you could choose, do you prefer comedy or drama?
MELANIE: That's hard to say. I have always loved comedy and I am often cast in comedic roles. But it is always great to be able to sink my teeth into something emotional and dramatic, as well.
And, now just for fun:
Who’s your favorite actor/actress?
MELANIE: Oh, there are so many I LOVE - from the past and now!! I will say that I have been influenced in the past few years by Margo Martindale. When I started seeing her work in so many places, I thought there might still be a place for me to spread my wings and move beyond my local Texas market.
What role from the past do you wish you could have played?
MELANIE: Everything I ever auditioned for and didn't book! :-) Seriously, I admire so many great performances, but I prefer to look ahead to see what lies in store for me.
Favorite movie or TV show from your childhood.
MELANIE: Well, I'll definitely date myself here! THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, the original STAR TREK, and then, MASH, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, ALL IN THE FAMILY and so on!
Tell us one thing that would surprise our readers to learn about you.
MELANIE: The first thing I wanted to be was a trapeze artist! My father built us a huge swing set when we were kids, and I spent hours on the trapeze.
How can fans keep up with you?
MELANIE: There is a button to click on my acting website link
to add yourself to my mailing list.
My Facebook page: link
is probably updated most often!
Melanie Haynes in ADAM RUINS EVERYTHING