Melissa McCarthy has sure won the hearts of everyone around the world. By looking at her you just see what a wonderful person she is, and her wit and sense of humor have us rolling on the floor laughing. Take a look at the amazing transformation of Melissa McCarthy.
Even though she grew up in southern Illinois, she was a well-known standup comedian in New York. After New York, she moved to Los Angeles, where she currently resides. She joined a comedy group called The Groundlings, where Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph trained her, and that is where she learned the difficulties of being an actor. “Crazy’s just crazy and there’s nowhere to go. You can have a point of view, it can be very strange, but we have to know your reasoning,” she shared with The New York Times, regarding her training years.
Sookie St. James
Melissa McCarthy played Sookie St. James, the fun and eccentric chef, and best friend of Lorelai Gilmore, on Gilmore Girls. She even reprised her role in the Gilmore Girls revival, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. “I get so sentimental to be back on those sets and to see everybody. It was amazing how we just all fell back into it.”
Mike and Molly
Mike & Molly was a comedy series, which granted McCarthy an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series. She shared with Entertainment Tonight, “I liked that they had real jobs. He wasn’t a cop by day and a superhero by night — which I love those too but I liked that I was like, ‘I know these people.’ I’ve got cops in my family. I just bought it all. It just all seemed easy.” The series lasted for six seasons.
Bridesmaids were the movie that made McCarthy known to the world as an amazing actress and a comedian. She was even nominated for an Oscar for the best-supporting actress. Bridesmaids opened many doors for her, and she soon appeared in a number of movies. She played Maggie in St. Vincent, Diana in Identity Thief, Susan Cooper in Spy, Michelle Darnell in The Boss, Abby Yates in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call, Deanna in Life of the Party, and Detective Connie Edwards in The Happytime Murders.
“All through high school I was very tunnel vision on, ‘I want to make women’s clothing,'” McCarthy told Forbes. She went to Southern Illinois University, but after two years she switched to the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. However, she dropped put to pursue a comedy career. Now, she is going back to her fashion roots, with her women’s clothing line called Seven7, launched in 2015. “I’ve fluctuated, I’ve been every size in the rainbow, but when I got to a certain size I couldn’t find the clothes that still made me feel modern,” McCarthy shared with Forbes. And that is why she made sure that her clothing line has everything to offer for women, going from size 4 to 28. “I think you should dress exactly how you want to dress — then you always look your best.”
“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,'” she shared with People. “I was an idiot. … It’s a decade of tears.” In a review for Identity Thief in the Observer, McCarthy was referred as “tractor-sized Melissa McCarthy”, for which she told The New York Times, “I felt really bad for someone who is swimming in so much hate. I just thought that’s someone who’s in a really bad spot, and I am in such a happy spot. I laugh my head off every day with my husband and my kids who are mooning me and singing me songs.” On the Today show, she revealed, “I know I am not the ‘norm.’ It never occurs to me in terms of being a role model, though, because I don’t know any perfect women. If I, off the top of my head, name 20 of the most amazing women in my life, it’s all shapes, sizes, ages, colors, jobs. I can only go off my reality.”
Regarding her marriage with her husband, actor, producer and director, Ben Falcone, McCarthy said to Daily Mail Australia, “We have always been lucky that we have worked together for so long.” The two met in 1998, while on a comedy writing class at Groundlings, and they have been married for over ten years. In an interview with Us Weekly, McCarthy said how she “got hit with the lucky stick with Ben,” to which Ben stated, “We got hit with the same lucky stick. From the very first time we spoke, we were on the same page. We love each other, respect each other and try not to sweat the small stuff. And we really make each other laugh.” They have worked on a couple of movies together, like Tammy and The Boss, and McCarthy shared with Guardian how Falcone is “the calmest, most reasonable, funniest man in the world.”
In 2013, Falcone and McCarthy launched a production company called On the Day Productions. “We’ve been writing together for longer than we’ve been married,” McCarthy and Falcone said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter. “To be able to produce our own work and other people’s work that we are so passionate about is really a dream come true.” The Boss from 2016 was one of the movies produced by their company.
Even though she noted how she doesn’t care what people think about her body, she did lose a few notable pounds over the years. When Gayle King of CBS This Morning asked her about it, McCarthy jokingly said, “I’m just crying off the pounds.” She further added, “I feel amazing and I finally said, ‘Oh, for God sakes, stop worrying about it’ and it may be the best thing I’ve ever done. … I think there’s something to kind of loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it, that’s bizarrely worked.”
Walk of fame
In 2015 Melissa McCarthy got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and she was surrounded by her closest friends and family, which include Falcone, Ellen DeGeneres, director Paul Feig, and many more. “It was a little overwhelming, I thought, ‘Just try to stay in it so you remember it, don’t get so overwhelmed,’ because I’m like, I don’t want to forget today, I don’t want to forget my mom, my kids, anybody that I get to see here watch this happen. I want to remember every second of it,” she revealed in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.
Before making the movie The Heat, Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy never met, but they quickly became “inseparable,” according to director Paul Feig. “Normally after movies, those friendships go away. Theirs blossomed.” Their children became good friends as well. “Louis was my Georgie’s first friend her own age. And all three of our kids, my two kids and her boy, they still play together. They have a special relationship,” McCarthy revealed to E! News in 2013.
She has two daughters, Vivian and Georgette, and she said that she is trying to inspire her daughters to be themselves and to be happy in their skin and in their bodies. She shared with Redbook, “Give me your best punch in the face, and I’ll take that punch, rather than have my kid feel bad about herself. … There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what .5 percent of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”
Kent Sublette, one of the head writers of Saturday Night Live, came to an idea that McCarthy should play former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. McCarthy accepted, but she wasn’t sure how everything will work out. “How am I going to do that?” she asked on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. She did such an amazing job that she won the Emmy Award for best guest actress in a comedy series. Spencer himself laughed at the whole thing. “That was kind of funny,” he confessed on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
McCarthy has come a long way from her farm. She is now one of the highest-paid women in Hollywood. “I’ve gotten lucky’’ she confessed, but she also noted, “I’ve worked hard. However, she doesn’t get too comfortable with her money. ‘’I always assume every job is my last,” she revealed. “Twenty years of desperately trying to get a single job gets deep in your DNA.”
Nobodies is a comedy series which premiered in 2017 on TV Land. It was created by Hugh Davidson, Larry Dorf, and Rachel Ramras. They were all part of the Groundlings once, just like McCarthy and Falcone. Unfortunately, the show was canceled after two seasons.
McCarthy joined forces with Walmart to make a short film that promotes equality and inclusion. “When people start talking about changing the climate and become aware of something that’s so systematic — that’s a step in the right direction,” she explained in an interview with Today Style. “That doesn’t mean it’s fixed. But you have to start somewhere.” She has high hopes for the future. “Realizing that the numbers are not OK, there’s not enough diversity, as long as [we] keep shining the light, it’s a very exciting time.”
“The older you are, the more interesting you are as a character,” she said. “Yes, things may start to sag and shift, but the older you are, the wiser, the funnier, the smarter you are. You become more you.” She added a little humor in it. “I always say, ‘Once I hit 70, it’s going to be all caftans and turbans and big wacky glasses.'” She even noted how aging can be an opportunity. “Getting older means knowing yourself, and if you know yourself, express it.”
Joy in your life
“The small happy moments add up. A little bit of joy goes a long way,” she shared with Redbook.