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April 10, 1984 |
Los Angeles, California, United States
Melnick was born in Los Angeles, California. She graduated from San Fernando High School in Southern California's San Fernando Valley, and enrolled in college at age fifteen in the fall of 1999. Her first film appearance was in Disney's The Parent Trap. Since then, she has appeared in films such as Go and Orange County.
Melnick is perhaps best known for her role as cheerleader Cindy Sanders on Freaks and Geeks, whom central character Sam Weir (John Francis Daley) had a longtime crush on. She also had recurring roles on Boston Public, and Do Over. In 2001, she reunited with some of the cast members of Freaks and Geeks, appearing in the show Undeclared (which was also developed by Judd Apatow).
In 2000, Melnick and the rest of the Freaks and Geeks cast were nominated for the YoungStar Award for Best Young Ensemble Cast - Television, though the award ultimately went to Malcolm in the Middle.
Melnick is a member of the band One Last Run. She stated in an interview with Seventeen that the band was so named because she often asks for "one last run" when snowboarding.
|1998||Parent Trap, TheThe Parent Trap||Girl at Poker Game|
|2003||Gentleman B.||Young Maria|
|2004||Hillside Strangler, TheThe Hillside Strangler||Karyn|
|2006||Iron Man, TheThe Iron Man||Chloe|
|2007||Everything or Nothing||Lynny Miller|
|2009||God Thinks You're a Loser||Candy|
|2010||1,001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position||Amber|
|1998||7th Heaven||Sheila||Episode: "...And a Nice Chianti"|
|1999-2000||Freaks and Geeks||Cindy Sanders||10 episodes|
|2000||Miracle on the Mountain: The Kincaid Family Story||Susan Kincaid||TV movie|
|2000||Malcolm in the Middle||Amber||Episode: "High School Play"|
|2001||King of the Hill||(voice)||Episode: "Kidney Boy and Hamster Girl: A Love Story"|
|2001||Judging Amy||Alice-Jane Kovac||Episode: "Imbroglio"|
|2001||Undeclared||Jenni||Episode: "Rush and Pledge"
Episode: "Hell Week"
|2002-2003||Do Over||Isabelle Meyers||16 episodes|
|2004||Boston Public||Rainy Murphy||4 episodes|
|2005||Life As We Know It||Sabrina||Episode: "A Little Problem"
Episode: "Breaking Away"
|2005||American Dad!||Hilary (voice)||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2005-2012||Family Guy||Ruth (voice), various voices||4 episodes|