Melissa McCarthy was once asked repeatedly about her “tremendous size” by a journalist.
“I do remember another interview I did for ‘Bridesmaids’ with somebody who later lost his job for a conversation he had on a bus with someone else. I won’t mention names, but just think about it,” the actress says in the February issue of InStyle. “He kept asking, ‘Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size?’”
She continued, “I just remember all the blood drained out of me. I thought, ‘With my tremendous size, I could tackle you so quickly.’ There were two cameras on him, and one was on me, and he went back to that question three or four times, and I just kept talking about the script or how fun Paul Feig was. He was looking around like, ‘She’s crazy.’”
After the interview, McCarthy, 48, says the producer of the show was “horrified” and told her they would not run that part of the interview.
“But it happens all the time, to the point where it’s fascinating because they don’t do it to men,” the “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” star said. “Not to be a jerk or single him out, but when John Goodman was heavier, did anybody ever talk about his girth?”
McCarthy also addressed another member of the press who asked her about her “grotesque” look in films.
“I was at a press conference for either ‘The Heat’ or ‘Tammy,’ and somebody from a very big organization kept asking me, ‘Why do you always feel the need to be so grotesque?’ It was a huge interview with maybe 100 people in the room, and he was sneering,” she said. “I said, ‘What are we talking about? I can’t answer your question because I don’t understand it.’ He goes, ‘You look sloppy, you’re not wearing any makeup, your hair is not done, you’re yelling at people.’”
She then questioned if he’d ever asked that to a man before and explained she was playing a character. She also told the reporter to get out more because real women do look like that.
“He goes, ‘Oh, fine, I’m aggressive, call it whatever you want. If you don’t want to answer the questions, you shouldn’t come to the panel.’ I was like, ‘I really want to answer your questions. I’m sorry I didn’t wear makeup in a part. I’m sorry I didn’t look pleasant for you. But I also don’t think you should be here writing about movies.’”
She added, “I thought if I tell him to eff off, he will win on every possible level.”