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Melissa McCarthy on being comfortable, not too wacky and a mom

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

image003Melissa McCarthy stars alongside Sandra Bullock in “The Heat,” opening Friday. She is on the cover of the July-August issue of More magazine, on newsstands Tuesday.
 
Here are some excerpts, courtesy of the magazine: 
 
On being comfortable in her own skin: “I’ve been every size in the world. Parts of my twenties, I was in great shape, but I didn’t appreciate it. If I was a 6 or an 8, I thought, why aren’t I a 2 or a 4?”
 
On how having children changed her outlook:  “I bought into it — I should be taller, thinner, have better hair. But I think that’s part of being young. Now, especially with kids, you lose any sense of time or energy to worry about all the little stuff.”
 
On being a good character actress: “The goal is always that the characters are grounded. I like to play an eccentric version of people, but I never like to be wacky, wacky, look how crazy I am.”
 
On her latest role alongside Sandra Bullock in “The Heat”: “I did not want to play two dingbats who suck at their jobs. I’d rather watch a character be good at something and be challenged — there’s more to play in that.”
 
On being chatty in Los Angeles:  “You talk to somebody in a line in L.A., and it’s like you’ve asked them to remove their pants.”

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