Melissa McCarthy: ‘We’re drawn to each other because of our weird character quirks’

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I haven’t watched Melissa McCarthy’s show, Little Big Shots, but I watched a few clips to write this and Holy Christmas, this bit with Melissa giving four-year-old Madison a princess makeover both warmed my heart and had me laughing out loud. Melissa is perfect for this kind of show because she’s really good at being silly without being condescending. To promote this season of LBS, Melissa is on the cover of People this week. Melissa is so beautiful, but I almost prefer her less posed. I am, however, coveting those earrings. In the interview, Melissa spoke about trying to raise her two daughters with confidence by embracing who they truly are, awkwardness and all.

Melissa McCarthy is talented, hilarious, down-to-earth — and not looking to fit into any kind of mold.

“How boring would it be if we were all the same? We’re drawn to each other because of all our weird, unexplainable character quirks,” the host and co-executive producer of NBC’s latest season of Little Big Shots tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “Life is short. Just be yourself!”

Raising two girls — she’s mom to 12-year-old Vivian and 10-year-old Georgette with her actor-director husband Ben Falcone, 46 — McCarthy’s mission to spread positivity and self-confidence is one that’s incredibly close to her heart.

“My oldest has a really good head on her shoulders, but kids that age are always thinking, ‘Does someone think I look silly?’ I tell them it’s all silly and we’re all idiots!” says the Oscar nominee. “The second you embrace that and have real friends, you realize that’s the fun part. Who is the dumbest and the goofiest? Those are the friends you’ll have all your life.”

Luckily for McCarthy, 49, the star says her daughters have remained incredibly “level-headed” as they navigate their pre-teen years.

“At that age, I was eating dirt and running around a farm like a dingbat, but they have a much bigger view of the world,” she says. “I love to see my two girls just truly say, ‘I know who I am and I know what I like and what I don’t like.’ And they’re kind, so to have all of that come together is lovely.”

[From People]

I think it’s safe to say Melissa was probably past her dirt-eating phase by the time she was her daughter’s age, but I get her point. I feel like my kids also have it so much more together than I did at their age but who knows, maybe that’s just memory through maturity’s eyes. The point is, we freak out, as our parents did with us, about this crazy world our kids have to navigate but when you really look at your kids, they seem to have it figured out.

As for the fact that we are all idiots, this is something Melissa has mentioned before. What I hear her saying, both then and now, is that there is an idiot in all of us and if she pops out on occasion, that’s fine, because it’s a part of us. Most of us have grasped that and live it. (And don’t pretend it’s not you because I follow a lot of you on Instagram and I know!) I love being silly and to Melissa’s point, those who were silly with me are still in my life today. But it is a very elusive concept for image-conscious teens and pre-teens. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t emphasize it every day, just don’t be surprised if they don’t fully embrace it until later. Until they do, all we can do as parents is provide a safe environment in which our kids can still be silly in private. I have no doubt Melissa and husband Ben Falcone do exactly that, just as I have no doubt their girls will embrace their inner idiots with pride.

Okay, so I watched the Little Big Shots trailer, this will probably become my go-to show when I need a pick-me-up. I love that it builds-up these kids while having fun. Not everything has to be somber to be important.

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  1. Sankay says:

    For whatever reason I’ve not heard about this show. I’ll have to check it out. I like Melissa.

  2. Seeker542 says:

    “And don’t pretend it’s not you because I follow a lot of you on Instagram and I know!”

    I’m being watched! 😂

    I post a lot of silly things and occasional mishaps on the gram.

  3. Jess says:

    I tell my 12 year old daughter the same thing, we’re all quirky weirdos and just be yourself. I didn’t figure that out until my early 30’s and I wasted so much time being afraid of who I was. I was socially awkward and shy and constantly beat myself up for saying “dumb” things, unless I was drinking then I could be the life of the party without a care in the world. At some point I developed a blood condition that kinda prevents me from drinking, or makes me feel terrible when I do, so I was soberly people watching one night and I realized…everyone is fkng awkward in their own way, and it completely shifted my thinking.

  4. whatWHAT? says:

    I love her so much. she’s so freaking funny and such a natural at comedy.

    whenever I watch her movies I always wonder how many of her lines were either ad-libbed or written in by her, and her delivery of those lines is perfect. I think Spy and The Heat are my favorites. the supporting cast in Spy is great and they all are so funny and perfectly cast. Jason Statham basically plays a spoof of most of his characters and he’s SO funny.

    • lucy2 says:

      I really wish they’d do a sequel to Spy, it was so funny, and I think it would do really well.

      • Charfromdarock says:

        I wish they would too.

        They can make a hundred Mission Impossibles, Bonds, Jason Bournes etc, make Spy a franchise too!

    • Bella says:

      Oh, yes on both counts!

    • emme says:

      Spy was the best! I showed it to my gf the other day and we just ended up watching it twice because it’s that fun.

      Also on another note, thanks for the article! Melissa McCarthy is always an awesome interview!

  5. lucy2 says:

    I love Melissa so much I might actually watch this, and it’s so not my usual type of show.

    I love the advice for people to just be themselves. I think most people would be so much happier if they weren’t worried about fitting in.
    A few weeks ago, I saw a big group of mothers and teen daughters on their way to a Broadway show, and EVERY single one was basically wearing the same outfit and had the same hairstyle.
    On their own, each looked fine. In a big group, it was…odd.

  6. BeanieBean says:

    I knew nothing about this show, but after watching the princess clip & then the trailer, I have got to see this! The combination of Melissa and those kids is irrisistble.

  7. Bella says:

    I adore this woman. Amazing actor and sooooooo funny.

  8. K says:

    I like what she’s saying here. One of the key things that helped me evolve from a severely socially anxious kid into a confident young woman who became a natural leader, was learning that if you make a mistake or embarrass yourself, the quickest way to get past it is to acknowledge the fail with a shrug and a laugh… then try again another way. My parents didn’t quite teach me that, as they’re overly-sensitive and serious. But my dazzlingly smart, eccentric, funny friends showed me by example. Being able to laugh at yourself (because, yes, we are all idiots some of the time) makes you relatable. People are more at ease with, and unlikely to bully someone who seems resilient enough to laugh at themself.