Melissa McCarthy on “Bridesmaids” and hitting her stride at 40

Most people recognize Melissa McCarthy from her role as the loveably daffy chef Sookie on the hit CW show Gilmore Girls. McCarthy’s star is on the rise and her fan base is steadily growing over her charming new hit sitcom Mike & Molly. And there is little doubt McCarthy could achieve star status after audiences see her in the new film Bridesmaids. The 40-year-old actress loves her delightfully weird Bridesmaids character Megan, she is frustrated by the of lack interesting women’s roles available on Tv and film, and is overjoyed by audiences response to her show Mike & Molly.

McCarthy was thrilled to receive a call from Bridesmaids co-writer Annie Mumolo requesting she read for producer Judd Apatow, as the actress is a fan of Apatow’s work.

Back in 2006 I had done the table read for the first draft of the movie. Now in that one I played a completely different person. I played a bridesmaid who just kept crying all the time, who kept getting overwhelmed. Totally different character, a much smaller part. And in this party I didn’t think there was a spot for me. So when they called with this one, strangely, I think Megan is exactly in my wheelhouse. Those are the women at least at Groundlings that I spent 10 years just enjoying so much portraying. So Annie Mumolo called me and said ‘We want you to come in for this, can you come in and read for Judd Apatow and Paul Feig?’

McCarthy has no regrets that she is 40 years old and just now hitting her stride. With several projects in the works, from her hit sitcom to co- writing a comedy with Mumolo to Feig creating a romantic comedy for her,  the actress could not be more excited.

“I’m 40, I feel 22. Maybe there’s more pressure on women where their main thing is their beguiling beauty. But I’m always like ‘Oh, can I wear a weird wig and maybe black out my front teeth?’

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