With four consecutive smash hits under her belt, Melissa McCarthy is arguably the most popular and most successful comedic actress on the planet. But that’s not to say that everyone is in love with her. Film critic Rex Reed famously called her “a tractor-sized hippo,”; and the anonymous comments on her IMDB page have been even more mean-spirited. Among some of the nastier thread titles that users are currently expending energy on: “Fat obnoxious pig,”; “The fattest thing I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been on safari,”; “YOU KNOW THE OLD SAYING ABOUT FAT BROADS…”; [sic].
As it happens, Melissa McCarthy sometimes browses through the comments on her IMDB message board, and has managed to find what could very well be the single meanest thing anyone has ever written about her (or about anyone else for that matter).
“What one post said was, ‘I hate that fat pig, and I hope she drops dead of a heart attack in front of her children.’ It was like from someplace in Ohio, at 3:43 a.m, and when I read it, all the air left my lungs,”; McCarthy told Rolling Stone. “Like, wait a minute. My kids? Like who—? What kind of a—? I kind of wanted to go to Ohio and just be like, ‘Hey, I have two girls, I do my best, and you hope I die in front of them? Like, what the f***?’ I mean, you can hate my movies, find me boring or over-the-top, whatever it is. But when you move into that realm of the world…Yeah, that was a big one for me.”
McCarthy also revealed that she used to be a size six in high school, but that having kids, not exercising, and eating poorly quickly changed that.
“I thought I battled weight throughout high school, but I look back at pictures of me as a cheerleader, doing sprints, lifting weights, doing gymnastics, playing tennis, and while I wasn’t reed-thin like some girls – we’re so f***ed up in this country that somehow equates that with better – I was a size six the entire time. So what on Earth was I freaking out about? Like, I would kill, absolutely kill, to look like that now.”
But shortly after McCarthy moved to L.A., she gave up exercise and started to put less thought into her diet, which resulted in an immediate weight gain. “I stopped walking and ate sh***y food. I was in good shape, then suddenly I gained 25 pounds, like what the f***? And then after my second kid, I haven’t lost any, because I’ve been working every day of my life. But it wasn’t like I ever wanted to play the stunning-girl lead part who just says 17 dry lines. That didn’t seem like fun to me. But you go through everything, like maybe if I was taller, prettier, thinner, would I be going out on more auditions? But then in the back of my head, I didn’t want to do those parts. I still wanted to be taller, prettier and, you know, wealthier. Like, why not? I’m not nuts. Oh, I was always crying. I’d cry about not having any money, not getting any work, why aren’t I taller, prettier, thinner. And why am I not dating? And why is everyone I am dating most likely gay?”
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