Like a boss, Melissa McCarthy has spoken up in the name of women in world of the comedy film industry. At the premiere for her new film, The Boss, McCarthy chatted with the Australian Associated Press on the topic, stating that women are “terribly under-represented” in the industry. The star expanded on her comment, as the New Zealand Herald relays.
“Showing real women, showing three-dimensional, complicated, challenging, flawed women is really what we are kind of missing.”
As an actress who has starred in a number of films dominated by female talent, including Bridesmaids, McCarthy honed in on the need for “real women” on camera and on set.
“All the funny, amazing women that we know and grew up with, that we love, that we are friends with, that we work together — there are so many amazing people out there and it is like let’s represent the real women.”
McCarthy’s director-husband and director of the film, The Boss, Ben Falcone, agreed with his wife on the issue of underrepresentation of talented females in comedy and shares that while things are getting better, there is still room to encourage females to break into the industry. Falcone shared his own views on the matter.
“It is getting better and there are so many talented actors and writers and directors that can make it better. I am looking forward to seeing more.”
McCarthy was also sure to voice her view on women in general and how sad it is that females feel the need to constantly compare and compete as opposed to uplift and encourage. It was during an interview with Redbook that Melissa relayed her thoughts on the competitive nature of women.
“With women, there’s this constant weird cultural thing where we’re always supposed to be comparing ourselves with one another. Who wore it best? [Who’s] butt’s better? Instead, how about if everyone wins? How intensely boring would it be if we were all the same? There’s an epidemic in our country of girls and women feeling bad about themselves based on what.5% of the human race looks like. It starts very young. My message is that as long as everybody’s healthy, enjoy and embrace whatever body type you have.”
Melissa McCarthy has shot to super stardom over the past couple of years since coming on the scene in the beloved television series The Gilmore Girls, finding further TV success on Mike and Molly and then making a solid career out of big screen comedy in Bridesmaid, The Heat, and Tammy. Within the film The Boss, McCarthy plays a successful business woman who has recently been released from prison.
The film has a star cast including Kristen Bell, Game of Thrones actor Peter Dinklage, and legendary actress Kathy Bates. The Boss is set to hit theaters early next month.
While promoting for the new film down under, Melissa visited the set of an Australian morning talk show. The Sunrise crew handed over total control to McCarthy, making her the boss for the day. Part of the top priorities for the new head of crew was to give the host of the show, Larry Emdur, a full makeover. McCarthy humorously chatted about the importance of makeup in television while applying mascara to the brows of the morning talk show host.
“We’re from Hollywood, no one wears their own eyebrows. Look at that Larry, who feels better about himself now?”
Melissa McCarthy becomes the boss of Sunrise https://t.co/9koPKJFkX7
— news.com.au (@newscomauHQ) March 22, 2016
“The 45-year-old also took over the control room, but the hosts could not have been more complimentary of her, describing McCarthy and Falcone as a ‘lovely couple’ who were ‘absolutely brilliant, fun and really open’.”
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