It’s not often that we look to Hollywood for positive role models.
But when it comes to Melissa McCarthy, we gladly listen to her words and wisdom. Not only does she make us pee our pants in hysterical laughter, the mom-of-two inspires us when talking about body image issues and the sexist double standards in Hollywood.
In a candid interview with PEOPLE, the Bridesmaids actress, 43, opens up about her happy life with husband, actor Ben Falcone, and their daughters Vivian, 7, and Georgie, 4.
“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 …,’ ” McCarthy tells PEOPLE. “I was an idiot … It’s a decade of tears.”
After recently being labelled “America’s plus-size sweetheart,” McCarthy calls BS.
“It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction,” she shares. “Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?”
Regardless of the media’s focus on her body, McCarthy maintains a strong self of self-esteem.
“I’ve never felt like I needed to change,” she says. “I’ve always thought, ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.’ ”
Amen, sister! We are loving her perspective and self confidence. Hollywood, we beg you to create more stars like her!
Watch for the funnylady’s upcoming film Tammy – co-written by McCarthy and her husband – to hit theaters July 2.