Melissa McCarthy: “In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner”

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On struggling with self-image:

“In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes … ‘ I was an idiot … It’s a decade of tears.”

On criticism:

“I’ve never felt like I needed to change. I’ve always thought, ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.’ But sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me. Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you.”

On an article referencing her as “America’s plus-size sweetheart”:

“It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction … Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?”

… says Melissa.

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84 thoughts on “Melissa McCarthy: “In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner””

    • There is no way that would put any fat guy actor up there saying America’s Plus Size Stallion. Awful double standard. I love her!

  1. yikes, shes a house. She contradicts herself saying she has never felt she needed to change then saying she wants to be thin. At any rate, who doesnt? Shes like a commentator on this site.

  2. I really like her, she’s so funny and cute… But she really does need to lose summer weight… Even if it’s just 10 lbs, her head is now to small for her body…

  3. Wow has she gained? don’t remember her being quite this big.
    I love her attitude though. she seems to have a good handle on her image.

  4. I really like her quotes a lot. She is real and honest and seems to have plenty of confidence ! But I still wish she could lose a couple pounds, not for the look but for her own health.

  5. I like her bangs, suit her face. As for quotes most of us have been there, crying over not being “enough” – smart, beautiful, thin, talented, etc., good thing she got over that and grew into herself instead of playing pretense like many people out there, living in a state f people-pleasing and fit into other people’s “boxes”. Also i like her attitude to criticism, sure it gets to her sometimes, even hard but it does to everyone, but unlike her, not many succeed to maintain a belief in themselves the majority of the time, her philosophy “i am who i am, if that’s not who you need, find someone else”, i mean it’s very hard to be yourself, heck for many people out there it’s even hard to keep touch with who they are, so much pressure&expectations from everywhere already, but when you’re also trying to live in this society by being your own true self – life becomes tough.

    • I really love your comment! You articulate so well, what I usually think about people trying to be themselves. Many people think they are, but they’re not. It’s just so flipping difficult!

  6. I like her attitude about ‘if you want somebody different, pick somebody else’. But, her attitude towards her health is also illogical, and I bet a lot of her eating is emotional, not rational.

  7. My brother and I often joke about how hard it must be for these rich celebrities to resist all the expensive restaurants, rich food, etc. Look what happened to James Gandolfini, and Patrice O’Neal, and Luther VanDross.

  8. I like her, she seems funny and down to earth but she should lose weight. I don’t think she’s uncomfortable with her weight, I just cannot believe it. Even I don’t feel comfortable with my body and I’m way smaller than her.

    • I agree with you. I feel like it must be uncomfortable being so big, sitting in a car, train, plane seat, buying clothes, walking up a few flights of stairs, etc. one day at work the elevator broke and a larger lady in our office acted like it was the End of Times to walk up 5 floors.

      • Yesss.. like.. 3 days ago on my 6 hour long trip.. I was in economy class .. and I was having my first day of period and lack of sleep.. just wanted to put the seat back and rest.. but the lady behind me was Melissa’s size.. so if I lay back she will have no space at all.. felt bad 4 her.. first 2 hours did not lay the chair back.. but then my back was really aching so I had to do it.. but I was feeling so uncomfortable because she was having no space

  9. Agreee with her last comment. There are so many overweight male stars and you don’t see headlines like “plus-sized comedy star jonah hill” or “thick actor seth rogen etc etc etc” (I’m aware both of them lost weight now but you get my point) but for the ladies it’s like if you’re big it becomes part of your persona, like almost every headline or gossip story about a “bigger” actress involves her size. I don’t see that for men.

        • @skinnyvscurvy-65699726a3c601b9f31bf04019c8593c:disqus I’m trying to reply to you but it wont let me on your comment yet. I did search, actually, I did google news. And not a single headline about his weight showed up. I’m sure if you search “Ricky Gervais weight” or “Ricky gervais chubby” something would come up but in searching for it especially I feel like that’s kind of “cheating”… odds are SOMEONE has SOMEWHERE wrote an article involving his weight. But if you type in “ricky gervais news” on google, nothing weight related comes up. If you type in Melissa McCarthy news, several things do.

  10. I really like her. I think she has a great personality. And I always love her comments. But … she really got fat. Yes maybe she was never thin to begin with and always a little chubbier, but there is still a huge difference between her in Gilmore Girls and her now. It looks very unhealthy.

    • She has a lot of fat. She isn’t fat. Fat doesn’t have to define a person. I have long finger nails and hair, but I am not long hair or fingernails.

        • Why be so snarky? Just saying my point of view. I wouldn’t ever tell someone that I claimed to like that she “got fat”. It’s unhelpful. I highly doubt that she is unaware that she is overweight. My comment purely came from an empathic place for her, and I was merely giving another way to look at it. No need to be catty.

      • For me she is fat. (‘She has a lot of fat’ or ‘She is fat’ says, for me, the same thing btw.) And I think many others think she is fat as well. Hell, I think her BMI is severely obese.

        BUT that doesn’t change the way I think about her. It’s not because she is fat, I don’t like her anymore. Like I said. I love her and her personality.

        It’s just something that I noticed. And I really do think it’s unhealthy the way she looks now.

      • …. Well the difference is that “fat” is both a noun and an adjective in the English language, while “hair” and “fingernails” are just nouns.

        • I don’t care about what the English language says. You missed my point. Why do we have to define a whole person, by the way she looks. There is so much more to her than just that she is ‘fat’. She has extra fat on her…that doesn’t have to define her.

          • I understand your point, but fat is an adjective just like tall. instead of “she is tall” should he start saying “she has extra height?” No matter how you word it, it means the same thing. Saying someone is fat doesn’t mean you’re defining them by that. It just describes that person.

      • Was that from Jarmaine? 😀 “You have fat, doesn’t mean you’re fat. You have fingernails, doesn’t mean you’re fingernail” lol. Anyway doesn’t really suit this particular context.

  11. She’s cute and funny, and I can admit that being overweight is not something I’d ever want for myself, but I won’t call her a liar for saying she is happy and comfortable with herself. It’s not outside of the realm of reality that someone who isn’t my ideal body type could actually be happy with themselves.

  12. There have been male comedians whose personas were always associated with being overweight, like Chris Farley, etc. But it’s certainly more acceptable for a man to be overweight in the entertainment industry than a woman. They’ve always had the chubby male on SNL and just now have a big woman with Aidy Bryant

      • Didn’t say it was funny. I’m just disagreeing with her statement that it’s only women overweight comedians who are defined by their size. But it certainly seems more palatable to viewing audiences to see a fat man than a fat woman on TV or in movies as there are much fewer of them with leading roles.

  13. You used to cry about why you weren’t thinner? Well, it’s not a mystery as to why you aren’t thin: You spend all day eating! I mean, I have a terrible diet, and I live on fast food, but even I only weigh 120-125 lbs. It takes A LOT of work to get as big as she is. Hilary Duff and Demi Lovato obviously overeat, but this McCarthy woman never stops eating…seriously, to be as large as she is would require never putting down the fork. So, McCarthy, if you would just put down your fork SOMETIMES, you could look like Demi Lovato. Or at least Nancy Grace…

    • Everyone’s metabolism is different. Just because you can eat fast food and stay thin doesn’t mean everyone reacts that way. And you can’t assume people are fat just because of eating — ever heard of hypothyroidism? You just sound ridiculous.

      • Every fat person nowadays claims they have hypothyroidism. I agree that not everyone can look like a rail thin model naturally, but there is not excuse to being 300 pounds. For example, girls like Hilary Duff and Beyonce can’t stay thick naturally, but they at least watch what they eat and look healthy. 99 percent of very obese fat are that way because they eat too many calories.

        • I agree, most obese people do not suffer from hypothyroidism. My point is that you can’t ASSUME an overweight person is obese solely because of poor eating habits. Hypothyroidism is one possibility, but there are also many other factors such as medications/stress. You can’t conclude much about a person just by looking.

          PS – I didn’t realize you monitor the diets of Hilary Duff and Beyonce. Are you their personal chef? Provide their groceries? No? Then you have no way of knowing that they “watch what they eat.” I reiterate, you CANNOT make conclusions about a person’s diet just by looking at pictures. My sister is 5’9″ and 120 pounds. You’d never guess she eats nothing but fried chicken, chips, and ice cream and has never worked out a day in her life. Meanwhile my roommate is quite chunky and she runs 4 miles a day and eats pretty healthy. Looks can be deceiving.

          • It’s science (Per NIH):

            The same amount of energy IN and energy OUT over time = weight stays the same

            More energy IN than energy OUT over time = weight gain

            More energy OUT than energy IN over time = weight loss

            This applies to people with Hypothyroidism and other health issues, too. I have hypothyroidism, but I am not overweight because I do not overeat.

          • Exactly. Although hormones and genes play a huge role in our metabolism, they can’t defy the laws of physics by creating energy and matter out of nowhere in the form of adipose tissue. As for Melissa – I guarantee she overeats. Didn’t she admit this in a previous interview, saying she can’t be bothered to change? her choice, but maybe not too smart in the long run.

          • lolllll who ever said a lack of T3 hormone could defy the laws of physics? you clearly have never thoroughly learned about the endocrine system. in short, hypothyroidism results in a low BMR that decreases further as you calorie restrict. most people calorie restrict to lose weight, and it works. but hypothyroidism causes BMR to fall sharply as calories are restricted, resulting in a stunted ability to create a calorie defecit and hence lose weight. most hypothyroid sufferers do struggle with weight gain. it’s not impossible to lose weight of course, but it’s much tougher.

            and i’m not saying you’re wrong. melissa mccarthy could very well overeat. I’m just saying people shouldn’t throw out the “put down the fork” comments without really knowing the full story. that’s all.

          • In fact there are many overweight people, especially part of the HAES/Fat Acceptance movement (look it up online) who seem to think their bodies defy physics, by claiming they ‘barely eat’ or just live off salads even though they’re morbidly obese, and I know people like this in my family who are in denial about their over-eating. Like I said, hormones and genes play a role, may make it more difficult to lose weight, but you don’t get to 300+ lbs unless you overeat, which Melissa clearly does. Also, I did study health science in college so don’t tell me what I do/don’t know; if you believe MM became morbidly obese without overeating, I’ve got a bridge to sell ya.

          • You’re correct that more energy in than out = weight gain. The trouble with hypothyroidism is that as those people restrict calories, their basal metabolic rates also decrease severely, so their weight loss progress can be extremely slow, EVEN on VERY restrictive diets. What are they supposed to do – restrict calories down to zero?

            So yeah, people with hypothyroidism do tend to gain a lot of weight. Not all, but most. Shame you don’t know more about the condition you apparently suffer from.

          • People with hypothyroidism can maintain a healthy weight without excessively restricting calories, so I have no clue what you’re talking about. It’s called eating sensibly and portion control. I found an NIH study called

            “Discrepancy between self-reported and actual caloric intake and exercise in obese subjects.”

            Overweight/obese people who suffer from hypothyroidism likely underestimate their daily caloric intake. Hypothyroidism doesn’t cause obesity, overeating does.

          • No duh. I’m simply saying it’s a lot harder for people with the condition to lose weight compared to normal. That’s just a consequence of missing a very important metabolic regulator. Never said it’s impossible to lose weight, just more difficult due to a low BMR. Sooo yeah, it can very well contribute to the overweight status of the majority of sufferers.

            Not saying the condition sentences you to a life of obesity at all, but it sure can help you get AND stay there.

  14. All comments about health aside, I love her, think she’s super funny and esp when it’s real humour… and less abt her weight…(IMO she does awkward peeps quite well – like Zack Galifenaikis sp? – I think I’d pee in my pants if they were in a movie together)
    She also has a v good stylist, IMO. These are some great outfits she’s wearing well annnd are cool/stylish.
    I wish her the best…it sounds like she struggles with emotional regulation in general so I hope she develops some skill in that and some healthy habits…

  15. Dude, leave her alone, she is not promoting her body as ideal, she just wants to be left alone about it. You see models snorting coke and smoking cigarettes, but still they are idolized, let people be happy in their own way.

  16. Lol I think it’s so funny that no one says anything mean about Melissa even though she’s 300 lbs. But people here are so quick to insult Hilary Duff, Kim Kardashian and JLo. What gives?

    • Kim Kardashian and J.Lo are held up as sex symbols in our society, the media calls them hot. But Melissa is just the fat funny lady in movies. I mean what’s there to say, we know she’s too large…it feels too obvious to say. I like her, but she’s gotten too big lately.

      • Yeah, I see your point. And these two are constantly in your face wearing skimpy outfits. It seems like they want you to see how hot they are, which may annoy certain people. I still think it’s kind of ridiculous that you can’t say anything mean about the obese funny lady, but it’s perfectly acceptable to comment about a normal sized woman’s thick thighs.

    • There are plenty of excuses for not brushing your teeth, like lack of access to care or lack of awareness. The same can go for being fat — lack of knowledge about healthy eating or lack of access to healthy food. Don’t be so harsh. You sound rude and cold.

      • fat tolerance is fat enabling.

        as for lack of access. sorry, but prehistoric people were able to keep their teeth clean using herbs, gum, and twigs. now we are tens of thousands of years advanced, and we have google and libraries now. no excuses.

        • lol. not another trolllllll.

          prehistoric people weren’t bombarded by highly processed food (which is more affordable and accessible than healthy whole foods, mind you). you can’t compare that culture to ours. AT ALL.

          you clearly don’t know what access means. not everyone has google and a library. you’re either a pathetic troll or an ignorant turd. take your pick.

  17. Gwad, now put this words into a girl with anorexia or bulimia, what if a famous anorexic star said something like “I mean, I used to cry over why I couldnt get skinnier, but then, I mean, I stoped eating, and yes, Im thiner than the avarage, but Im not here to fit into hollywood standarts, its okey, if I want to be dangerously overeight, and woman should admire me because thats girl power”…I liker her, I do, and I believe in having selfconfidence, but I believe that loving yourself, means really loving yourself not savotaging with overeating or underating.
    Yes woman are beautiful in all shape and sices, but puting yourself on any risk because you are confortable, is not empowering, its comfotable…

  18. This is the thing, obesity is a much bigger no pun intended problem than anarexia, people are so worried about driving women into eating disorders by glorifying thin models, what about the fact that most women are either overweight or obese? And the ones who aren’t are skinnyfats and not in shape.

    • Actually overeating can be considered a form of an eating disorder. A lot of people overeat because of some emotional issues, and often those issues stem from “glorifying thin models”

      Some people experience the media as a trigger to stop eating, others experience the media as a trigger to overeat because they feel inadequate/depressed.

        • there’s a difference between a feeling and a behavior. people are entitled to feel however they want about what the media puts out there. and those feelings can be triggers for eating disorders, be that anorexia, overeating, or a host of others. what’s to denounce? it’s a serious condition tied to serious mental issues.

          you CANNOT be this ignorant. it’s so sad.

    • Excellent point, there needs to be more emphasis on fitness, primarily weight training and cardio, not things like yoga and pilates……also on a healthy paleo centered diet. This woman does have an eating disorder, like down below says, practically everyone who is obese, has an eating disorder.


        Subject: Re: New comment posted on Melissa McCarthy: “In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner”

        • Source? I googled it and couldn’t find anything. Also, everyone knows that overrating and junk food are bad, and exercise is important, the problem is some people lack self discipline. Melissa has all the resources to change her ways if she chose to.

  19. She doesn’t want to be judged by her weight but she’s constantly bringing it up in interviews and all of her movies are jokes about her being fat and funny. I’m sorry you can’t complain about it when your whole career relies on it

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