She made headlines when her plus-size frame was photoshopped in promotion posters for The Heat, but Melissa McCarthy insists her weight is not an issue— at least not to her.
In a new interview with More Magazine, Melissa, 42, opens up about her size and why she’s happy in the skin she’s in.
"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?'" she says. "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."
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Despite critics having once called her “tractor-sized” and a “hippo,” Melissa admits that she tormented herself over her appearance when she was in her 20’s and 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,” she realizes. "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."
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But the mother of two, who has won an Emmy Award and scored a No. 1 hit movie, Identity Thief, is proud of the work she’s done and the people she’s inspired by being true to herself.
"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," Melissa says."You can push things now. With all the great performances in Bridesmaids, it changed how people see funny women."