Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helps Me Focus On What’s Important

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The Heat star Melissa McCarthy covers the July/August issue of More, and opens up about her career, her much-scrutinized weight and her seven-year marriage to fellow actor Ben Falcone, with whom she has two daughters, Vivian, 6, and Georgette, 3.

On how motherhood has changed her: “[I stopped focusing on] the stupid stuff I worried about at 20, because at 20 you don’t have any responsibilities, so of course you’re a shallow narcissist. You can’t appreciate anything, you’re so self-absorbed. I bought into it — I should be taller, thinner, have better hair. But I think that’s part of being young. Now, especially with kids, you lose any sense of time or energy to worry about all the little stuff. It’s like the chip was taken out.”

On her fans: “The letters I really love are from young actresses who were worried they had to fit a certain look. They say I’ve opened it up. And I don’t just mean plus-size girls. You can push things now. With all the great performances in Bridesmaids, it changed how people see funny women.”

On finding peace with her weight: “I’ve been every size in the world. Parts of my twenties, I was in great shape, but I didn’t appreciate it. If I was a 6 or an 8, I thought, ‘Why aren’t I a 2 or a 4?’ Now I feel like I have two great kids and the dreamiest husband on the planet, and everything else is just a work in progress.”

On her marriage: “I got hit with the lucky stick with Ben.” Her husband then adds, “We got hit with the same lucky stick. From the very first time we spoke, we were on the same page. We love each other, respect each other and try not to sweat the small stuff. And we really make each other laugh.”

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  1. Annie

    Speak for yourself, Melissa. Not everyone was a shallow, narcissist at 20. And I find it hard to believe she’s “at peace” with her weight. Since having children, she should be extra focused on being around for them as long as she can. She’s in denial.

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  2. Zinnia Slocski

    I have to agree with her, having children especially later on in like definitely make you look back on you younger days with a kinda laugh. I was self absorb and a bit narcissistic…I can admit that but you should be at 20. Get it out the way then because when you have kids all you can be is selfless.

    As for her to weight or her being in denial. ..She didn’t say she was giving up on trying to be healthy the article says in I quote ” its a work in progress” I think she’s just happy in her own skin and I think criticizing someone for that is just crazy.

    She is a beautiful woman with extreme talent I wish more people talked about that instead of her weight.

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