Melissa McCarthy Never ‘Needed to Change’

Jun 25, 2014 11:42am
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Melissa McCarthy isn’t shedding tears over her size.

“I’ve never felt like I needed to change,” she told People recently. “I’ve always thought, ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.’”

That doesn’t mean the 43-year-old funny actress is immune to criticism.

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“Sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me,” she said. “Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you.”

She cited a recent reference to her as “America’s plus-size sweetheart.”

“It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction … Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?” she told People.

McCarthy wasn’t always this confident.

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“In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes …,’” she revealed in the magazine. “I was an idiot … It’s a decade of tears.”

The “Identity Thief” star credits her husband, Ben Falcone, who starred opposite her in “Bridesmaids,” for giving her the self-confidence to become a superstar.

Indeed, Falcone, 40,  directs McCarthy for the first time in the new comedy “Tammy,” which the couple co-wrote.

“I’ll do almost anything for a laugh,” McCarthy said of the bold characters she plays. “I’m completely delighted by people who think, ‘I don’t care what anybody else thinks, I look great in this, and I rock it and I love it.’

It’s such a delightful sort of confidence.”

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