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"Everybody felt so free."

By Tessa Petak
Mar 09, 2021 @ 10:00 am
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Melissa McCarthy just wants to make you laugh. On this week's episode of Ladies First with Laura Brown, the comedian and actress opens up about the small part she and her husband, writer Ben Falcone, feel they get to play in making people smile during a trying year.

"I can't solve Covid. I can't make things better. I can't make all these angry people better," she tells InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown. With comedy, she says, "Maybe I can just help someone get the stupidest giggle ... whatever it is." At the end of the day, she adds, that's her job. "I can throw myself down a flight of stairs and hope that it lets someone forget their troubles."

McCarthy does possess the unique ability to make us forget the real world for just an hour or two. Every flick of she makes guarantees belly-shaking laughter, or a few chuckles at the very least — something we could all use during these (dare we say it one more time) unprecedented times.

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One film of hers in particular that we could watch over and over again turns 10 years old in April. That's right, we're talking about Bridesmaids, the iconic and hilarious 2011 comedy starring McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Maya Rudolph. And the stars enjoyed making it maybe even more than you enjoyed watching it.

"I have to say that was one of the most incredibly joyful [films to make]," she says. "There's people laughing and crying full-out in almost every scene, because everybody felt so free and there wasn't a lot of pressure. Annie [Mumolo] and Kristen [Wiig] [were] just like, do whatever. They're so open to everything that it just allowed everyone to kind of do their best work."

A lot has changed in the last 10 years for the actress. For starters, she has starred in a ridiculous amount of blockbuster hits, like Identity Thief and Spy. And even though she's one of the most influential comedians of the last decade — and recently named one of the New York Times 25 Top performers of the 21st century — McCarthy doesn't view herself as the megastar she is. And she's certainly not in this business for the fame or attention. In fact, quite the opposite.

"I love what I do, but I don't think of myself in that way at all," she tells Brown adding, "My chosen profession is to completely remove myself and to step into the shoes of someone else. So it is the opposite of 'Well, if you want to be an actor, you want to be known.' It's like, 'No, no, that's something that's been put on us.' I went into acting because I find other people more interesting. And I love delving out of myself and into someone else."

Listen to the full episode and subscribe on AppleSpotifyStitcher, or wherever you find your favorite podcasts. And tune in weekly to Ladies First with Laura Brown hosted by InStyle's editor in chief Laura Brown, who speaks to guests like Michelle Pfeiffer, Emily RatajkowskiCynthia Erivo, Naomi Watts, La La Anthony, Ellen Pompeo, Rep. Katie Porter, and more to discuss current events, politics, some fashion, and, most importantly, the major firsts in their lives.