Melissa McCarthy covers EW: “I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life”


I LOVE this Entertainment Weekly cover. This is one of the most fantastic things I’ve ever seen. I love Melissa McCarthy’s “Queen-face”. I love the corgi! Is that a real corgi, or is it a cartoon? I’m asking because his expression and his eyes are so cartoony. It’s amazing! In the early EW excerpts from the cover story, Melissa talks about body image and how she used to be a goth when she was a kid (I want pictures), and she also discusses that controversy last year with the Marie Claire blogger who went completely crazy criticizing Melissa’s body.

Bridesmaids, Mike & Molly, and a winning SNL gig have turned Melissa McCarthy into a red-hot star, as well as the cover girl for our 2011 Comedy Issue. EW sat down with the hilarious McCarthy for a little steak, a bunch of drinks, and an unexpected amount of tears.

“Comedy to me is all about the bumps and bruises and weird tics,” says McCarthy. “It’s everything you find out about somebody when you fall in love with them that on paper is really creepy but you find adorable.”

When McCarthy was a teenager at an all-girls Catholic school in Plainfield, Ill., she stunned her mild-mannered parents by diving deep into a wickedly surly goth phase.

“There was a three-year chunk as a teen where I should have been tranquilized and put in a cage,” she says. If her daughters ever try to pull some of the crap she did in high school, she has a plan. “I will embarrass my kids to their core. I will threaten to show up in hot pants and a tube top. Their dad will drive me. And he’ll let me and my friend Lisa get pretty drunk in the backseat and we will come into that party and just rip it up.”

Now she’s suddenly finding herself one of comedy’s most sought-after actresses, even though she doesn’t look like your typical movie star. “Do I sometimes hope I wake up in the morning and people are like, ‘What’s wrong with her? She looks emaciated,’ ” she says. “Of course I would love that. I’m such a clothes whore I would love the opportunity to be a hanger. But I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life.”

The Emmy Award winner also spoke out about how she felt when a blogger famously commented on her weight and said: “My first thought was ‘Gosh, I hope she doesn’t have a daughter.’ And then after a second I thought, ‘What a sad, troubled person. You’re making such a sh**y judgment on people.’”

[From Entertainment Weekly & The Mail]

I’m glad that Melissa is being crowned the “Queen of Comedy” and that she’s getting so much love from so many people. I like that she seems to have a plan too – she’s producing and developing her own projects and not just waiting for people to hand her work. That’s very smart.

As for her comments about body image and all of that – isn’t it refreshing to hear from someone who isn’t completely delusional? I mean, Melissa knows what size she is. She’s not trying to convince us or herself that she’s a size 4 (side-eye at Kim Kardashian and Kirstie Alley). Melissa has a realistic self-image and she’s not putting on airs. I really like that about her.


Cover courtesy of EW, additional pic by WENN.

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  1. jess says:

    I love the corgi

  2. Katalina says:

    It is a real corgi. They actually discuss the photo shoot a little in the mag and how some of the stuff was her idea. And if I remember correctly, the corgi’s name is Chloe!

  3. NM9005 says:

    Sookie was my favorite character on “The Gilmore Girls”. I always found her face very pretty too. She has something you can relate too + she obviously has talent.
    That dress however, was ugly, it didn’t complement her at all.

  4. RocketMerry says:

    Yay! I love her. She’s incredibly funny, classy and gorgeous.

  5. lilred says:

    She seems like she would be awesome to hang out with.

  6. Nanea says:

    She looks like Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands grabbed one of QE II’s corgis.

  7. Rita says:

    The dog steals the cover. Glad to hear she feels good in her own skin. Life is a lot better just accepting it all instead of constantly fighting it.

  8. Wildone says:

    I love her photo shot she look fantastic in the other pictures as well, the one with her and the drag queens is my favorite.

  9. Chelsey says:

    I know I’m in the minority here, but I thought she was the least funny character in Bridesmaids…all of her comedic “bits” were already shown in the previews, and they weren’t even funny then, so when the movie came out I didn’t laugh at all at her character. I haven’t seen Mike & Molly but I just don’t think she’s that funny or great. I just don’t get the fuss. I like her outlook on her body image, and I think that is awesome, but her comedy, not so much.

  10. mememe says:

    I really like her, she was hilarious in Bridesmaids, tha scene with the dog-stealing had me laughing my a** off! Plus, she was adorable in Samantha Who, a breath of fresh air. And, yes, ok, she is really huge. I don’t care.

  11. Jennifer says:

    Love her! Just started watching “Samantha Who” on Netflix and she was in that too. After reading the article, I learned that the guy who played her love interest in “Bridesmaids” is her real-life husband.

  12. Audrey says:

    I <3′d her in Samantha Who and Gilmore Girls! Mike and Molly is a hit or miss but I did like her performance in Bridesmaids. It was endearing and raunchy at all the same time! :)

    On her weight, I know that she did lose a considerable amount of weight while on Gilmore Girls but slowly started to gain it back during her Samantha Who days. It’s nice to see her say she is comfortable now because she has made the effort to lose the weight. It is a struggle, no doubt but I <3 her at any weight. :)

  13. manele says:

    well now she is known for her size, she is known this way.
    the roles she is getting are related to her current look so if she lost weight, she would not get that work.

  14. Gigohead says:

    I have to say, I don’t watch SNL, but when she came on, she was soooo awesome!!! What a naturally funny woman! Her time was BETTER than the SNL players! Loren Michaels needs to bring this woman back season after season. That will be the only show I will watch.

    I disagree with Manele, she is a natural comic, skinny or fat…talent is talent and trust me, there are a lot of skinny actresses that can’t do comedy.

  15. F5 says:

    hideous cover..but of course just like with Adelle, big women get a free pass for being “awesome and beautiful” ( we don’t know that they’re that great) while gorgeous women get knocked down all the time..
    Gross is not funny to me (humor wise) but to each his own..

  16. Bec says:

    In my humble opinion I think she’s a comic genius. Brilliant. I’m so happy to see her success. I’m glad you liked the cover – I wasn’t crazy about it but I love her.

  17. Bitsof moly says:

    @F5 – I all you plan to do is judge book (magazine) by a cover shoot, whether you are gorgeous or not, I can already tell that your personality is not all that great. Good luck on your future photo shoots!

  18. Blue says:

    yes “gorgeous” women are so hard done by aren’t they. Btw , gorgeous is in the eye of the beholder.Big women do not get a free pass and are judged and criticized a lot. She’s big and doesn’t put on a pity party and is confident, it shows and people like her what’s wrong with that? If someone sucks big or small, people will not like them. Everyone has people that they like whether the whole world disagrees or not, they aren’t getting a free pass they just have fans.

  19. lisa says:

    I hope this last.. but Hollywood has a way of celebrating larger women then then the love fest ends and they kind of go into the background again. This happens time and time again. I could name a list quite extensive but wont. I think she has a great attitude. I just hope she doesn’t get typecast-ed or typecast herself as the funny funny fat girl.

    That happens too often too. She is a talented woman.. and that has nothing to do with how she looks.

    I don’t like the cover.. mainly because it just seems that when a woman looks a certain way or is a comedian the cover can’t ever just highlight HER she has to be in some costume. I know they do that with men too.. but mostly certain women..

    Anyway.. I think she is awesome. And it is good she is developing her own material. SMART.. because she will not get the roles she deserves. Those go to some who are way less talented.

  20. dena says:

    Wasn’t she the goth girl who re-enacted the murder of the wife in “The Life of David Gale”?

  21. dj says:

    I’m so glad she is being truly recognized for how funny she is. Mike and Molly is hilarious and she is a real person. Love, love, love her. Congratulations to her and all the funny women in TV and movies (no matter their size)!

  22. lbeees says:

    I love Melissa McCarthy… she was amazing in Bridesmaids.

    As to the weight, it is her own choice and her own body. I don’t think anyone is truly ‘joyous’ at being overweight, and I’m sure she would be happy to lose some, but I accept and love her as she is. Still, being overweight isn’t healthy and everyone knows it; yet, many health issues arise from anorexia or smoking, to name a few of Hollywood’s favorite vices. So it may be a wash in the end.

    With the super skinny girls, we all can lie to ourselves and pretend that the anorexic ones are “just naturally thin” *coughLeeanncough*, but our plump ladies have no recourse. Their weight is obvious–yeah, they’re fat! No getting around it!

  23. lucy2 says:

    Love that she got the cover! She’s had a well deserved great year, and I too was glad to read that she’s making stuff happen on her own too.
    There’s another great photo inside the magazine of her as the Queen of Hearts.

  24. Crimson & Clover says:

    What I love about Melissa McCarthy is how she advocates not only a healthy body image, but a healthy life. It’s possible to be healthy *and* be overweight. At my skinniest, I will never be thinner than an 8. If I absolutely starve myself and live on water and carrots I could be a 6, but that’s not healthy. Healthy me is an 8-10. I’ve heard McCarthy talk in the past about how she manages her food, excersises regularly, etc, but she isn’t killing herself to be a body type that probably isn’t realistic for her. I think this is a really great, important message for women. Some women are “lucky” and are born to be size twos, others are meant to be 12 (I say “lucky” because my skinny friends complain about lacking boobs, asses, etc). As long as you’re healthy and taking care of yourself, it’s beautiful either way. We shouldn’t have to apologize if we don’t look like how some fashion magazine editor thinks we should look.

    I support the Melissa McCarthy revolution.

  25. Maritza says:

    I love her show “Mike and Molly”, it’s a very funny show. Her stunt in SNL was funny too.

  26. felicia says:

    So, when I first saw the screencap, I couldn’t understand why they made her look like Paula Deen, but now that I see the whole cover, it makes a bit more sense. :)

    I think Melissa McCarthy is hilarious.I’ve loved her from Gilmore Girls. When my friends and I went and saw Bridesmaids, she had us rolling the entire time. I also adore how comfortable she seems to be in her own skin. I hope to see her get the work she deserves because she is phenomenal.

  27. Shoe_lover says:

    she stole the show on Bridesmaids!!! she was so hilarious

  28. kelbear says:

    I watched Bridesmaids today for the 3rd and I like it more each time!

  29. Michelle says:

    This woman is a trip! I love her show, her movie in Bridesmaids, and her SNL skit. She looks like she would be so fun to hang with! I wish her all the best!

  30. bee says:

    Always loved Melissa. She is hilarious and gorgeous.

    @F5, who hurt you? Why are you so angry?!

  31. Marianne says:

    I like Melissa, but I didn’t think she was the funniest gal in Bridesmaids. And Mike & Molly isn’t that great of a show. But still I thought it was adorable when she won the Emmy.

  32. Eve says:

    I love her and I think she’s incredibly funny but I can’t, for the life of me, enjoy Mike & Molly. Sorry.

  33. Darlene says:

    LOL, tranquilized and put in a cage! LOL! Where are THOSE PHOTOS??!?! I want to see Goth Melissa!!!

  34. curegirl0421 says:

    I love her sooooo much. She is such an inspiration to me, as a larger girl. So often I feel confident, beautiful, poised and healthy – until someone tells me I should feel otherwise either in words or pictures of “perfect health.” Would I love to lose a few? Sure. I’m with Melissa – I’d love to be able to wear some of the cute stuff out there. But I’ve been the same size for 15 years, so there’s that – she gives me the confidence to be who I am and say “F U” to everyone else. I can’t WAIT to see her clothing line!

  35. Happy21 says:

    I think she’s great. I think its about time that people put size aside and focus on a person’s talent. I thought that Hollywood was doing this years ago with Queen Latifah but we seemed to do a 360 and focus again on size. While I agree that overweight to the point of unhealthyness is not something to be applauded, a person can be healthy and overweight.

    I am slightly overweight but am extremely healthy – I eat well most of the time, I excerise and I rarely even get so much as a cold whereas friends of mine who do nothing but watch what they eat and exercise all the time are constantly sick.

    I think that women who are knocked for being too skinny bring attention to themselves by constantly talking about weight. You don’t see too many starlets who are extremely thin who do not talk about their weight all the bloody time. Some people are very thin because of illness that they cannot help and those people are the ones I feel bad for. Most people, however, aren’t just naturally bony. I get a kick out of celebs who say oh I’m just thin, I have a good metabolism or whatever, bullshit – why are there photos of you from two years ago where you are easily 10 pounds heavier.

    While I detest the Kardashians, I am glad that they are the way they are about their bodies (although Kourtney has gotten a little thin these days…).

    I think Melissa McCarthy could be what Hollywood needs to finally make it not about size but about talent and well being.

  36. sassy says:

    i hope she doesn’t become overexposed.

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