AN OPEN BOOK
THE ACTRESS HOLDS NOTHING BACK AS SHE OPENS UP ABOUT FINANCIAL STRUGGLES, MARRIAGE AND MORE
Now at the pinnacle of her career, Melissa McCarthy dishes on past hardships, marriage and much more.
It was nearly a decade ago that Melissa McCarthy first made her mark in Hollywood with scenestealing roles in Mike & Molly and Bridesmaids — and since then, she’s grown to become one of the highest-paid women the business, earning around $18 million in 2017. But what fans may not realize is that the beloved star, 48, barely had a penny to her name when she first set out to pursue her acting dreams. Unhappy living on her family’s Illinois farm, she flew to NYC solo with just $35 in her pocket, confessing that she looked to her parents “for help when I couldn’t quite make it.” The Emmy winner also credits Mom and Dad for her success: “The fact that [they] didn’t give me guilt changed the course of my life,” she admitted. “Because if I’d been guilted out, I definitely would have quit.”
But even after finding success and cashing sizable paychecks, Melissa faced criticism, mostly for her weight. Though she’s taken the high road, she’s admitted that back in the day, the harsh words would have stung. “I’ve been every size in the world. Parts of my 20s, I was in great shape, but I didn’t appreciate it,” she explained. “If I was a 6 or an 8, I thought, ‘Why aren’t I a 2 or a 4?’” Now, she’s able to see a different side of things. “Instead of getting mad... I always feel like, ‘Oh, I hope you meet someone soon that you can talk to, someone that really makes you laugh,’” she shared of how she handles haters. These days, the actress focuses on time with her husband of 13 years, director Ben Falcone, and their daughters Vivian, 10 and Georgette, 8. And though Melissa and her man have grown closer from the projects they've worked on together, they have faced a few obstacles. (Earlier this year Ben admitted that directing his wife in her Life of the Party sex scene was "very tricky.") But overall, Melissa couldn't be happier with life. "I feel like I have two great kids and the dreamiest husband on the planet," she gushed. Ëverything else is just a work in progress."
“It’s the same thing I tell my girls: ‘If somebody is being mean, they’re probably really not happy,’” Melissa said of brushing off negative comments.