Melissa McCarthy opens up about being called sloppy during a press conference.
Melissa McCarthy recalled an experience with a reporter, where he negatively commented on her appearance in a room full of other members of the press.
I always feel like those characters become so real and personal. I really get protective. Years ago 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?’ she told InStyle.
It was a huge interview with maybe 100 people in the room, and he was sneering. I said, What are we talking about? I cant answer your question because I dont understand it.’
He goes, You look sloppy, youre not wearing any makeup, your hair is not done, youre yelling at people. I was like, OK, so have you ever asked this of a guy? Im playing a character. You need to get out more if you dont think there are real women like that.’
He goes, Oh, fine, Im aggressive, call it whatever you want. If you dont want to answer the questions, you shouldnt come to the panel. I was like, I really want to answer your questions. Im sorry I didnt wear makeup in a part. Im sorry I didnt look pleasant for you. But I also dont think you should be here writing about movies.’
Melissa McCarthy went on to describe another interview where there was fat-shamed by a reporter who would later lose their job over another matter.
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 wont mention names but just think about it.
He kept asking, Are you shocked that you actually work in this business at your tremendous size? He was like, Oh, your tremendous size, you can actually work? 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, Shes crazy,’ Melissa continued.
When we left, their producer was horrified and said, Well never play what he said. Im so sorry. But it happens all the time, to the point where its fascinating because they dont do it to men.