In the land of Photoshop, thigh gaps, and juice cleanses, Melissa McCarthy has always stood out in Hollywood physically and honestly, I thank the gods that she does. She’s got so much talent and is such a joy to watch on-screen that her size becomes irrelevant, as it should. In the most recent issue of More magazine, she opens up about her struggles with body image:
“I’ve been every size in the world. Parts of my twenties, I was in great shape, but I didn’t appreciate it. If I was a 6 or an 8, I thought, why aren’t I a 2 or a 4?”
As a young woman rapidly approaching her 28th birthday (Shhhh), I can relate to the sheer Tom Foolery of not appreciating my figure in my early twenties. For some reason, we women have this insane notion that no matter what, we’re never good enough and there’s always something that needs to be fixed. It’s madness, I tell you! But I do wish I would have worn nothing but bikinis and spandex six, seven, or eight years ago and not been self-conscious about it at all.
I wish Melissa didn’t always get asked the “body” questions, but I understand why we want to hear from her about it more than we do from oh, say, Jessica Alba or Kate Upton. To us, they’ve always looked “perfect” and we assume they’ve never struggled with what “real” women struggle with, and even if they have it’s hard to relate to women who have always been thin and toned and Bond-Girl hot.
That being said, there were a few other awesome parts to the interview that made me chuckle:
On her personality:
“I’m a Midwest girl. I’m chatty. I’ll talk to anybody. In L.A., that frightens people. You talk to somebody in a line in L.A., and it’s like you’ve asked them to remove their pants.”
On her “character actress” label:
“The goal is always that the characters are grounded. I like to play an eccentric version of people, but I never like to be wacky, wacky, look how crazy I am.”
On her upcoming role in The Heat with Sandra Bullock:
“I did not want to play two dingbats who suck at their jobs. I’d rather watch a character be good at something and be challenged — there’s more to play in that.”
PREACH, GURL. I once had to have my desk moved to the back of the room for a week because my teacher wrote “social butterfly” on my report card, and my parents thought that was an apropos punishment. It’s not our fault that we’re so popular!