Melissa McCarthy is interviewed in the new Good Housekeeping, and she says a few things which make me want to give her a hug and have a drink with her, not necessarily in that order. She admits on one hand that she wishes she were a smaller person, and hopes she would wake up one day and magically be a size six. Then she says that she’s at peace with her body and isn’t beating herself up over it. She makes a lot of sense to me and I struggle with similar body image issues. You want to be something you’re not, but you realize that you may as well be happy with what you’ve got. Here’s some of what she said:
In a new interview with Good Housekeeping, the Bridesmaids star opens up about her weight struggles and how she tries not to let her shape become an issue when it comes to her career and self-esteem, and RadarOnline.com has the details.
“Sometimes I wish I were just magically a size 6 and I never had to give [my weight] a single thought,” admits McCarthy, who plays tennis and does Pilates to stay in shape. “But I am weirdly healthy, so I don’t beat myself up about it – it wouldn’t help, and I don’t want to pass that on to my girls.”
Considering her healthy lifestyle, the actress, who is in the process of designing a plus-sized clothing line, doesn’t understand why she isn’t a lot skinnier.
“I don’t really know why I’m not thinner than I am. I don’t really drink soda; I don’t have a sweet tooth, and we eat healthfully at home.”
However, no matter how big or small her friends are, the actress points out that most people she knows are never happy with themselves.
“Pretty much everyone I know, no matter what size, is trying some system. Even when someone gets to looking like she should be so proud of herself, instead she’s like, ‘I could be another three pounds less; I could be a little taller and have bigger lips.’ Where does it end?”
Melissa’s moral to the story?
“You just have to say, It’s pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment and I’m OK with it. I’ve got other things to think about.”
Yay! I love that last line and strive to live by that sentiment. It’s not always easy, as she admits. Also, the thing about women not being happy with their looks no matter what is true. One of my friends is tiny and she means it when she says she feels fat, she’s not fishing for compliments. I just tell her I wish I was fat like her. I also agree with Melissa’s statement that almost everyone is on some kind of diet system. It’s crazy when you think about it.