Forget Angelina Jolie – I Want A Playdate With Melissa McCarthy
I’m embarrassed to admit that I watched Bridesmaids for the first time last weekend and, I know I’m late to the party, but can I just say? Best. Movie. Ever. What really did it for me was watching Melissa McCarthy in her role as Megan (you know, the freak who bites Annie in the ass). I got obsessed with McCarthy and Googled her the minute the movie ended, and then just this past weekend I watched her host Saturday Night Live where, again, she killed it. This is one funny lady!
Turns out McCarthy’s a mom to two little girls – 4-year-old Vivian and 18-month-old Georgette – and she’s just as endearing off-screen. For starters, she’s all about plus-size women looking and feeling good about themselves. So much so that she’s launching a fashion line for other plus-size women after the headache of searching for an Emmy dress (McCarthy ended up designing her own with couture dressmaker Daniella Pearl). “Trying to find stuff that’s still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible. It’s either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle,” she says in this month’s The Hollywood Reporter.
In the same issue, she reveals that becoming a mom has made her less insecure about her looks. “The stupid stuff like…how I look I can’t control, so I just try not to give too much energy to it,” she says. “At 20, I would have been like: ‘Don’t they like me? Was it my hair?’ At 41, I think the things that define me, I hope, are a lot more than those kinds of petty things.”
How cool is this woman? Forget Angelina Jolie and Gwen Stefani. I want a playdate with McCarthy! (Tina Fey‘s up there on my list, too. There’s something about a sense of humor – especially when dealing with spit-up and tantrums – that trumps my list of qualities in a friend.)
I love that McCarthy embraces her body and how she’s so clearly setting a good example for her daughters – and for girls in general who are so often bombarded with stick-thin role models when it comes to celebrities (and, let’s face it, kids look up to celebrities whether we like it or not). McCarthy is fully having a moment and I, for one, couldn’t be happier.
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