The talented and hilarious Melissa McCarthy recently shared in a interview with InStyle about her latest movie “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” how the press was not always kind to the actress in the past.
McCarthy is known in the Hollywood community as a pillar of body positivity — including launching her own clothing line for women of each and every size.
McCarthy recently recalled a moment during a press conference where an interviewer asked her: “Why do you always feel the need to be so grotesque?”
“It was a huge interview with maybe 100 people in the room, and he was sneering. I said, ‘What are we talking about? I can’t answer your question because I don’t understand it,’” she explained. “He goes, ‘You look sloppy, you’re not wearing any makeup, your hair is not done, you’re yelling at people.’ I was like, ‘OK, so have you ever asked this of a guy? I’m playing a character. You need to get out more if you don’t think there are real women like that.’”
McCarthy went on to share how she continued the heated conversation with the interviewer, which led her to suggest he look into a different profession if he planned on asking these types of questions.
“I’m sorry I didn’t wear makeup in a part,” the actress had recalled saying to the interviewer. “I’m sorry I didn’t look pleasant for you. But I also don’t think you should be here writing about movies.”
And sadly, this was not the first time McCarthy had an exchange with critic who body shamed her for her size.
While McCarthy was promoting “Bridesmaids,” a male reporter asked a series of questions that eventually led him to be fired.
“He kept asking, “Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size?” the McCarthy recalled to InStyle.
“He was like, ‘Oh, your tremendous size, you can actually work?’ I just remember all the blood drained out of me. I thought, ‘With my tremendous size, I could tackle you so quickly,’” she went on.
“There were two cameras on him, and one was on me, and he went back to that question three or four times, and I just kept talking about the script or how fun Paul Feig was. He was looking around like, ‘She’s crazy.’”
McCarthy went on to share more on the double standard women in Hollywood deal with on a daily basis.
“It happens all the time, to the point where it’s fascinating because they don’t do it to men,” she said. “Not to be a jerk or single him out, but when John Goodman was heavier, did anybody ever talk about his girth?”
McCarthy shares two daughter, Vivian, 11, and Georgette,8, with husband and collaborator, Ben Falcone.
“I think there is a weird layer in the world [for women] where it’s not just about looks but it’s also, ‘Are you pleasant? Do you not make trouble?’” she said. “I don’t want to be around someone who’s a pain in the a** and confrontational, but I also don’t think that you always have to be Stepford Wife-y and can’t have opinions.”
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