’90s blonde bombshell turned anti-science crusader Jenny McCarthy hasn’t exactly been known for her acting in recent years, while her cousin Melissa McCarthy has been taking Hollywood by storm. Do you think the former Playboy model ever thought that this would come to pass?
In a recent interview with Parade Magazine, Jenny was asked whether she’d like to collaborate with her hilarious cousin (as if that’s really up to her). She responded somewhat evasively:
“We did something a long time ago. When she first came out here, I put her on my sketch show as a PA [production assistant] to learn how to do the business because she wasn’t aware of Hollywood. The last couple of episodes I put her on a sketch and I went, ‘Oh my god! This girl is GOOD!’ Then she really did a good job of building her brand up and I knew it was only a matter of time before she broke. Now she’s the most sought-after person right now. I couldn’t be more proud.”
In other words, “I don’t know, because Melissa is way busy and has not been returning my phone calls, but did you know I gave her her first break? Let’s talk about that, instead.”
In actuality, I have no idea if the two are close or whether they’ll collaborate. But if they do, Jenny will certainly be riding Melissa’s coattails, and not vice versa. Excuse me for playing into a competitive mentality, but Hollywood is competitive by nature, and in an age in which 99% of the women who are allowed to entertain us are conventionally beautiful, it’s a refreshing turn of events to see the talented cousin do better than the “hot” one. In fairness, I will admit to feeling some ill-will towards Jenny due to her ever-growing body count. But compare Bridesmaids with Scary Movie 3, and you tell me which is funnier.