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Kiwi actress Melanie Lynskey, nominated for two gongs at the 75th Emmys Awards, has announced she won’t be attending the ceremony due to Covid.

The star is nominated for lead actress in a drama series for Yellowjackets, and guest actress in a drama for her brief role in The Last of Us.

“My little one came home from school on Friday and wanted to have a cuddle with mama. As we were cuddling and talking about her day, I noticed she was really warm,” Lynskey’s post reads.

“After the cuddles we did a Covid test, and sure enough she was positive. Eventually, so was I. We are both feeling fine, but the way [sic]! But I’m giving out our personal medical information to let everyone know why I’m not attending the Emmys tonight!”

“For many years, these types of amazing events were not a part of my life, and to finally be invited to the party and not get to go is painful,” she continued.

“This is the greatest honour of my career, and there was a team of amazing people who were going to get me ready today.”

She had attended the Emmys ceremony in 2022, having been nominated for Yellowjackets but lost to Euphoria’s Zendaya.

The star revealed she had planned to wear a dress made by US luxury fashion designer Christian Siriano, which she described as “my favourite dress I’ve ever put on, and designed, so I’d be comfy at the after-parties … I’m hoping I have another occasion to wear it to. It’s so stunning, and I love you and thank you for your hard work, Christian.”

She also thanked her Yellowjackets co-stars, and fellow nominees Bella Ramsey, Sharon Horgan, Sarah Snook, and Elizabeth Moss.

Her post included a drawing by her five-year-old daughter, which she says “reminded me of all that is important in my world.”

“I did have a bit of a cry when my test came up positive, and was sitting despondently on the stairs when my daughter handed me this,” she wrote.

“One page says that she loves me, and the other page says that Dada loves me, and then there’s a mama snail and baby snails (???). Anyway. It reminded me of all that is important in my world. I would choose cuddling my feverish little one every time, even if it means missing a night like tonight.”

Lynskey was recently in New Zealand – she shared a photo of a tattoo designed by her daughter, inked at Auckland studio Sacred Tattoo.

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