Melissa McCarthy is best known for her comedic performances in films like Bridesmaids and The Heat, as well as her less critically praised performance in her most recent film, Tammy. How well do you know one of the funniest women in Hollywood? The following are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Melissa McCarthy.
She dabbles in fashion design
McCarthy doesn’t just bring the funny—she can bring the fashion, too! She has designed several dresses and even wore a dress of her own design to the Emmy Awards the year she won for her work on the comedy series Mike and Molly.
She used to be a cheerleader
McCarthy was a cheerleader in high school; in fact, the actress was the head cheerleader on her high school’s team! However, she decided to quit the cheer squad after she began wearing goth clothes and living what she describes as a “goth lifestyle.” While she says that she still loved cheerleader, she didn’t know how to balance out her newfound interests with what was expected of her as a cheerleader.
She is well known for only taking short acting breaks after her pregnancies
McCarthy has two daughters: Vivian and Georgette. The actress only took a short break after giving birth to both children before returning to acting. In 2007, she gave birth to Vivian and returned to work 3 months later to work on Samantha Who. In 2010, she gave birth to Georgette and returned to work on Mike and Molly 4 months later.
She’s related to Jenny McCarthy
Melissa McCarthy doesn’t just share a last name with the famous Jenny McCarthy: they’re related! Melissa and Jenny are actually first cousins. She is the cousin of actresses Amy McCarthy, Lynette McCarthy and Joanne McCarthy.
She’s a “country girl”
McCarthy considers herself a country girl at heart; in fact, she grew up on a farm! She credits this upbringing with her love of animals and physical activity. Among the actresses many early “farm” adventures was an incident where she trapped inside a farm silo and needed assistance to get out.
She might star in the Ghostbusters reboot
McCarthy is currently being courted to star as one of the leads in the upcoming all-female Ghostbusters film. However, insider reports indicate that conflicts between the film’s production and the actress’ current TV and film schedule may present a problem with her being cast.