get to know me meme (five favorite actresses): melissa mccarthy [1/5]

Q: On-screen you’re fearless about your sexuality: that SNL sketch where you played Arlene, crazily hitting on her coworker…and of course, Bridesmaids.
A: One of my favorite things is playing someone who’s utterly confident — even if they’re, just, like, wrong. They’re off the beaten track. They’re not polished or perfect, but they’re so solid in their shoes. They’re having the time of their life. And I always think, Now, that’s someone who’s interesting. They don’t give a shit what they’re supposed to be, or how they’re supposed to look. I find them mesmerizing. I think there’s greatness in not caring what other people think. (x)


A recent article referred to me as “America’s plus-size sweetheart.” It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction. I always find that interesting, because it’s like, would you ever do that to a male comedian considered overweight? Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star? I feel like it would never happen. And it’s not that it’s not a fact about me, but I don’t know what the obsession is with pointing it out. Because when that happens, I do feel like someone is saying, “Well, good for her, she’s doing well despite her troubled blah blah blah…” It blows my mind. My weight? It is what it is. Like most people, I know, it’s like, you gain a little, you lose a little. You have a good hair year, a bad hair year, you manage money well, you don’t manage it that well… your entire life ebbs and flows and ups and downs. And you could get hit by a bus tomorrow. It’s about being content. And sometimes other priorities win.