Melissa Farman is an American actress. She is known for playing a young Danielle Rousseau in Lost and for her role as Bristol Palin in HBO’s Game Change. She is a student in the honors program at the University of Southern California where she is double-majoring in English and political science.
Melissa, who is of French, British and Italian descent, was born in New York City and raised in Paris, France, far away from Wasilla, Alaska, where the abstinence activist she portrayed was reared. Melissa’s parents and their families were instrumental in the world of early aviation and they wanted their daughter to (figuratively) embrace the open skies, too.
Having a near-photographic memory, Melissa excelled in academics (graduated with top honors), but she was drawn to the world of art, as well. She studied ballet and jazz and connected especially to poetry at an early age after being assigned to read Victor Hugo’s Tomorrow, at Dawn, which deals with the poet’s feelings about the untimely death of his daughter.