Just in case you needed recent proof of awesomeness though, here are a few quotes from an interview she did with Entertainment Weekly:
On comedy: “Comedy to me is all about the bumps and bruises and weird tics,” says McCarthy. “It’s everything you find out about somebody when you fall in love with them that on paper is really creepy but you find adorable.”
On her teenage years: “There was a three-year chunk as a teen where I should have been tranquilized and put in a cage.”
On embarrassing her daughters: If her daughters ever try to pull some of the crap she did in high school, she has a plan. “I will embarrass my kids to their core. I will threaten to show up in hot pants and a tube top. Their dad will drive me. And he’ll let me and my friend Lisa get pretty drunk in the backseat and we will come into that party and just rip it up.”
On her body image: “Do I sometimes hope I wake up in the morning and people are like, ‘What’s wrong with her? She looks emaciated,’?” she says. “Of course I would love that. I’m such a clothes whore I would love the opportunity to be a hanger. But I think I’m more confident than I’ve ever felt in my life.”
God, I just love this lady, don’t you? You do, right? If you don’t, may I ask what your problem is?
October 30, 2011 at 10:00 am by Emily
“I remember being in a pep rally, and I heard one of the coaches of the boys’ teams making a dumb joke about the dumb cheerleaders, and I thought, Are you kidding me? I’m out there doing back handsprings and aerials on blacktop to cheer for your stupid team that, by the way, is not doing that well. And you’re in here with the guys making fun of it? I was like, I’m done.”
It’s really no secret how much I love and admire and respect and sort of idolize this lady, and it’s only getting more intense with each passing day. Are you guys feeling it too, or am I pining alone? Also I suppose we could get into that age old debate about whether or not cheerleading is a sport or hard or whatever.
October 17, 2011 at 4:30 pm by Emily
To quickly catch you up on Saturday Night Live news: Kenan Thompson is engaged to his model fiancée; meanwhile, castmembers Fred Armisen and Abby Elliott broke up. (A 20-year age gap, you say? RRRRRRRRED FLAG!)
Saturday’s episode of SNL, hosted by Emmy-winning Melissa McCarthy, garnered higher ratings than the season premiere, incredibly. Did McCarthy’s performance manage to top Alec Baldwin’s? Absolutely. The lady was up for anything.
The cold open uses Taran Killam’s (who?) considerable talents (I know, right?) very nicely, but what really makes this sketch sing is Melissa McCarthy’s man-arms. (As per its usual, the Onion A.V. Club hated this sketch, along with everything else ever. Vulture, in the meantime, applauded McCarthy’s range.)
The opening monologue is cute. I really love Kristen Wiig as McCarthy’s foil.
October 3, 2011 at 11:30 am by Jenn
For real, can we? I’ve watched Bridesmaids twice this week, I’ve been praying real hard about getting into Mike and Molly, and Melissa is hosting Saturday Night Live tonight. All of those things combined mean that now is the perfect time to convince you all how awesome this lady is:
On her Emmy win: “I remember my knees went first, and I thought, ‘Oh God, please don’t fall down,’ ” she says of her thought process in that moment. “Just keep it upright. You’re in a dress. Your mom and dad are watching.”
On being invited to host SNL: “I went into such an embarrassing, weird, inappropriately loud cry,” says McCarthy of her response, laughing about a story she shares often. “Annie [Mumolo, Bridesmaids writer] was running in circles. She thinks something horrible is happening because I’m bent over, literally, in the rug section of Living Spaces wailing.”
On appearances: “The stupid stuff like what I wear or how I look I can’t control, so I just try not to give too much energy to it,” she continues, noting later that after having her second child, her body is a work in progress. “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.”
Was that charming or was it charming (here’s a hint, you guys: it was charming)? Are you in love yet? Are you at least going to watch SNL tonight?
October 1, 2011 at 11:00 am by Emily
This is, hands down, one of the funniest women going today. You mark my words, this lady’s going to go places and totally reinvent funny women in cinema.
McCarthy recently sat down and did a profile with GQ magazine, and her peers had a lot of flattering things to say about her, all of which sentiments I totally share:
Maya Rudolph: Honestly, I’ve always felt that Melissa is hands down one of the most incredible performers I’ve ever worked with. I’ve heard people over the years say, “I really like her on ‘Gilmore Girls.’ ” In the back of my mind, I was always saying, “Just you wait.” When we were making Bridesmaids, I secretly delighted in knowing that vintage McCarthy was about to be unleashed upon the world, and I was excited to tell the world, “Hold on to your ass.”
Word. Here’s the bit that actually made me laugh the frig out loud:
Paul Feig: In the bridal-salon scene, she hefts the couch: “Oh, that’s nice.” I remember just telling her to jump over it. She got stuck, but she just committed to the scene. [laughs] The scene [in which Megan, stricken with diarrhea, screams,] “Look away!” [from atop the bathroom sink] was in the script, but there was this whole thing she improvised where she’s suddenly screaming at the dress-shop owner, “Give me your fucking jacket!” She wanted to wipe her ass with the woman’s jacket.
Right, and the other bit that had me peeing, too:
Ben Falcone, “Air Marshal Jon”: Melissa will do anything to get a laugh. It’s pathological. Once [with the Groundlings] she had a sketch where this guy spurns her, and she gets so mad that she tries to pop these balloons she’s brought him. She couldn’t get one to pop, but she wasn’t going to lose. She finally head-butts the freaking thing, and it pops, and she smashes her face into the stage and breaks her nose. To this day she’s like, “Well, the audience liked it.”
So. You guys onboard yet?
July 19, 2011 at 9:30 am by Sarah
Reactions to this year’s Emmy nominations have run the gamut, from surprised delight to shocked indignation, from shocked bemusement to surprised consternation. Everyone is, in a word, dismayed. (Full lists of the 2011 nominees are over here.)
Here is a roundup of all the Shock, Delight, and Ire accumulated over the past couple days:
- Bridesmaids’ scene-stealing Melissa McCarthy had been announcing the Emmy nominations live when she realized she herself was nominated as Outstanding Lead Actress for her role in CBS’s sitcom Mike and Molly. “I could not have been more shocked,” she said. Also: “I was like, ‘I hope I don’t wet my pants.’”
- The LA Times describes this year’s myriad surprises as “both heartening and irritating.” Among the nicest surprises: hard-won noms for Martha Plimpton, Joan Cusack, and Kristen Wiig. The LA Times also underscores that returning nominee Steve Carell has incredibly never won an Emmy for his work on The Office.