Melissa McCarthy struggles with her star status
Melissa McCarthy still struggles with her status as a Hollywood star.
The American actress and comedian achieved fame through her breakthrough role in the 2011 film Bridesmaids, and has since gone on to receive critical praise for her work in comedies The Heat and Spy.
But in spite of her long career in television and dedicated fan base, the 45-year-old reveals she's not entirely comfortable in being viewed as a celebrity.
"I still find it surreal doing interviews and understanding why anyone would want to talk to me," she told Britain's Heat magazine. "So, to try and get my head around the idea that anyone wants to see me act, that in itself is ludicrous."
Though Melissa may have some misgivings about the extent of her fame, she credits her success to maintaining a good work ethic and cheerful nature when she's in the public eye. For instance, the mother-of-two says even when there are "64 interviews before lunch" she still makes the effort to be a people person when attending press events as she knows that she is in such a privileged position as an actress. However, she continues to grapple with what she's meant to be doing during red carpet appearances, even when she's accompanied by her director husband Ben Falcone.
"Posing in front of cameras at an awards show - kill me now! I've never really known what to do with my hands. And whether I put them on my hips, by my side, above my head... It still feels really weird and embarrassing," she shared.
And even though Melissa is starring in the new Ghostbusters reboot and makes a guest appearance in the upcoming Gilmore Girls series, reprising her role as Sookie St. James, she doesn't expect a Bridesmaids sequel will be on the cards anytime soon. Though she would love to work with Kristen Wiig and screenwriter Annie Mumolo again, she thinks all of the stars are probably too busy working on other projects to participate for the time being.
"It could happen, but not for a long time," she smiled.
- Cover Media