STARRING: Melissa McCarthy
She may be well known for her comedy, but Melissa McCarthy is set to make you cry as much as she does laugh in her new Netflix film, The Starling.
“I don’t love when characters are just serious all the time or when someone’s goofy all the time. I don’t know how to do a comedy without pathos,” the actress says of why she enjoyed her new role. “You have to really let a character fall and fail for you to root for them to get up.”
The actress stars as Lilly, a woman adjusting to life after the loss of her baby daughter. As Lilly attempts to find her way through her grief, she finds herself in a constant battle with the starling bird that has claimed dominion in her backyard, and becomes obsessed with how to rid herself of her new neighbour.
McCarthy also reunites with former Bridesmaids co-star Chris O’Dowd, who plays her struggling husband Jack. While Jack has been admitted to a mental health facility to help him cope, Lilly attempts to remain strong – something McCarthy says she found difficult at times. “I am not a stoic person,” she explained. “I don’t have a great poker face in my real life. I cry at the drop of a hat. So to play someone that is going through this grief and loss, but is choosing not to show it, was a really unusual challenge.”This one’s definitely a tearjerker – so be sure to grab those tissues!
(Available now on Netflix)