Melissa McCarthy is stunning fans with her weight loss success, which she flaunted in her new role in Ghostbusters. Taking the red carpet at the premiere in Los Angeles, McCarthy rocked a lemon-yellow frock as the 45-year-old actress posed with Ghostbusters co-stars Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon, reported the Daily Mail.
Making its eerie debut in movie theaters in the United States on July 15, the Ghostbusters reboot features Melissa as Abby Yates. And she had some company in addition to her co-stars at the premiere, because some of the original Ghostbusters movie stars were present at the premiere.
The original film delighted audiences in June 1984, and one of its biggest stars, Dan Aykroyd, appeared at the premiere. Now 64, Dan posed with his wife Donna Dixon, while McCarthy posed with her own spouse, actor Ben Falcone.
While Melissa dazzled on the red carpet and in the film with her slimmed-down figure, she also has expressed concern that films primarily feature slender women with perfect bodies. Consequently, the actress wants more "real" women like her in movies, noted the List.
When McCarthy decided to star in the Ghostbusters reboot, she set a goal of showing off the power that "real" women possess.
"I think it's always incredibly powerful when we see, in films and in art, the women that we are surrounded by. I am surrounded by strong, flawed, funny, heroic, crazy, loving women."
Melissa contends that movies have failed to do justice to "real women," contending that instead, films featured impossibly perfect females who were always ideally attired and rarely displayed true emotion. Consequently, she is proud that Ghostbusters takes the opposite approach when it comes to its female characters.
"Don't be surprised when you see interesting, multi-dimensional women," she added. "That's the goal. We're not supposed to be perfect; we are supposed to be real."
And although the reboot has received some negative comments, Ghostbusters director Paul Feig defended the decision to feature women.
"I think ladies make really good ghostbusters. They are able to think on their feet, very nimble out there, able to do the action, able to fight, but also to be smart and use psychology to get around them."
Although McCarthy has shed weight, she still remains an inspiring role model for many larger women, pointed out Bustle. She has her own Melissa McCarthy fashion line and has worked closely with her stylist Judy B. Swartz.
Judy shared that the actress is determined not to try to squeeze herself into clothes that are too small or even to opt for comfortably oversized attire, and the stylist feels that attitude is what makes McCarthy so attractive.
"The most important thing a woman can do is make sure her clothes fit properly."
As for how Melissa lost those 70 pounds, she used a high-protein, low-carb diet, according to Hollywood Life.
McCarthy emphasized that there's no special secret, but she did head to bed early in the evening.
"No trick, nothing to tell, just super boring life. You bring it real down, you don't do anything fun and you go to bed at 7:30 — that's the trick," shared the actress.
In addition, Melissa stopped stressing about her weight, relaxing more rather than trying to be strict about her weight loss approach.
"I truly stopped worrying about it. I think there's something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked," she shared.
And while she is proud of her weight loss, McCarthy also takes pride in creating her own plus-size fashion line.
"People don't stop at size 12," Melissa pointed out. "I feel like there's a big thing missing where you can't dress to your mood above a certain number."
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