Celebrity Parents Melanie Lynskey Has 'Very Little' in Common with Her 'Yellowjackets' Role as a Mom: 'Joy of My Life' Lynskey, who has a daughter with husband Jason Ritter, tells PEOPLE there's not a lot of overlap between her real life as a mom and her character's journey By Glenn Garner Glenn Garner Instagram Twitter Glenn Garner is a Writer/Reporter who works heavily with PEOPLE's Movies and TV verticals. Since graduating from Northern Arizona University with a dual major in journalism and photography, he got his professional start at OUT Magazine, The Advocate and Teen Vogue, and he's since consistently kept his finger on the pulse of the LGBTQ community. His first book The Guncle Guide was released in 2020 and was featured on Katie Couric's list of 100 recommended books of the year. People Editorial Guidelines and Anna Lazarus Caplan Anna Lazarus Caplan Instagram Twitter Digital News Writer, PEOPLE People Editorial Guidelines Published on March 23, 2023 08:52 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Melanie Lynskey. Photo: Steve Granitz/FilmMagic Melanie Lynskey can't relate much to the character she plays on Yellowjackets — particularly in one area. "We have opposite parenting styles," the New Zealand native, 45, told PEOPLE on the red carpet of the Showtime series' season 2 premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles Wednesday night. She added of the differences between herself and her character, Shauna, "I feel so fortunate to have my daughter, and I love her. It's like the joy of my life. Every day, I'm like, 'Thank you, thank you, thank you for this child.' I want to spend every minute with her." But Lynskey's portrayal of the troubled Shauna — who has a 16-year-old daughter and possibly another child — doesn't jibe with her real-life role as the mother of a daughter, whom she shares with husband Jason Ritter. "It's different for Shauna," the star said. "She didn't want to have a kid. She's kind of doing her best. But I don't know, I think there's not a lot [of overlap]. There's not a Venn diagram where the things kind of connect." Never miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human-interest stories. Melanie Lynskey. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock Jason Ritter to Guest Star on Yellowjackets Season 2 Alongside Wife Melanie Lynskey Shauna's complicated emotions and epic adventures in adulting are all set against the backdrop of the story, which is part-survival narrative, part-psychological horror show and part-coming-of-age drama, as it chronicles the lives of four women bonded by a 1996 plane crash that stranded their high-school soccer team in the brutal Canadian wilderness for 19 months. The show explores how the teens survived in the wild, but the storyline shifts between 1996 and 2021 as their adult counterparts are plagued by an anonymous stalker who blackmails them with the mysterious truth of what went down in the woods. Yellowjackets received an immediate renewal after it garnered critical acclaim early in its first season in November 2021. Since then, the show has received numerous accolades, including seven Emmy Award nominations. Season 2 picks up where the action left off, with Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Juliette Lewis and Christina Ricci as the present-day, adult versions of the core four survivors. Sophie Nélisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sophie Thatcher and Sammi Hanratty play their teenage counterparts, respectively. Melanie Lynskey on Yellowjackets. Paul Sarkis/SHOWTIME Everything to Know About Yellowjackets Season 2 Among the new cast members this season are Elijah Wood, Lauren Ambrose and one very special guest star: Lynskey's Parenthood-alum husband Ritter, 43. His guest appearance will mark the second time the couple has acted together on television, following their roles on the Jessica Biel-fronted Hulu true-crime drama Candy, which also starred Biel's real-life husband Justin Timberlake. Ricci, 43, and Wood, 42, also have an onscreen reunion on Yellowjackets, having first starred together over 25 years ago, in Ang Lee's 1997 drama The Ice Storm. "I was super excited to work with Elijah before we started working together because we had been in a movie together when we were 15. And he was amazing to work with," Ricci told PEOPLE Wednesday at the premiere. She added, "We've run into each other over the years, but we haven't necessarily stayed in touch. So it was fun to see him and then kind of get to know him and work with him more." Yellowjackets season 2 premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.