Melissa McCarthy has achieved a lot that many plus-size women in America would like- fame and fortune- but also to a degree, that success has hinged a bit on being typecast because of her weight and not in spite of it.
Curvier women can relate a bit to the mixed bag that comes with being included or appreciated because of one’s size. And McCarthy hasn’t magically come to peace with her body image merely because she starred in one of the breakout hits of 2011. Speaking to the titular Anderson Cooper on his talk show Anderson, McCarthy opened up about her body confidence and attempts to slim down after having children. McCarthy said:
“I’ve been up and down… I’ve been much thinner since my second baby. I’m still working on it. It’s a work in progress… I hope I wake up at, like, 94 pounds,” she quips. “But I don’t think that’s going to happen.”
However, McCarthy notes, as a mom she recognizes that while she may have some off days worrying about her weight, in comparison to other issues, that’s not the most important thing. She says:
“There’s so many other things to worry about… I still worry about it, but I think, my kids are healthy, I’ve got a great husband, and I go to work every day and do what I want… I’ll keep working on [losing weight], …I just can’t put any time to worrying about it.”
McCarthy’s next film is the 2012 Judd Apatow release This is Forty, with Jason Segal and Megan Fox.