Melissa McCarthy: My 20s Were “Decade of Tears”
Melissa McCarthy talks about her journey from “tears to triumph” in a new People cover story.
She recalls, “In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes… I was an idiot… It’s a decade of tears.”
On screen, she has supreme confidence.
“I’ll do almost anything for a laugh,” says McCarthy. “I’m completely delighted by people who think, ‘I don’t care what anybody else thinks, I look great in this, and I rock it and I love it.’ It’s such a delightful sort of confidence.”
Despite having a different body type than most Hollywood actresses, the comedian tells the outlet, “I’ve never felt like I needed to change.”
Regarding haters, McCarthy explains, “I’ve always thought, ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.’ But sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me. Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you.”
She’s a bit miffed that her weight tends to be among the first things that get mentioned in articles about her, including one that referred to her as “America’s plus-size sweetheart.”
“It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction,” she laments. “Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?”
But overall, she’s enjoying her success.
“[Husband Ben Falcone] and I will have moments where we look at each other and go, ‘This is not bad at all.’ I feel like I got hit with a lucky stick,” says McCarthy.
What do you think about her comments?