Birthday girl Melissa McCarthy turns 46 years old today, and what a year it has been. The longtime Mike & Molly star landed what just might be her biggest (and funniest) role yet in the female-led Ghostbusters reboot after slaying her way through leading roles in 2016’s The Boss and last year’s Spy.
But McCarthy certainly remembers her roots in Stars Hollow, where she won our hearts as the lovable chef Sookie St. James all those years ago. When the new Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life reboot was announced, we couldn’t wait to see Sookie back with our favorite mother-daughter duo, and the funny lady made sure to make it happen.
“For the longest time it was just not going to work out schedule-wise,” she told People, revealing that when something fell out of her schedule, she quickly made time to return to Stars Hollow. “I went back and visited about two weeks ago and saw the sets again and everybody on them,” she said. “I got so sentimental.”
“And it felt like the greatest idea in the world. It was lovely,” she added. While we anxiously await her return in the new Netflix series, join us in taking a look back at her transformation since her Gilmore Girls days. Happy birthday, Melissa!