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Melissa McCarthy Talks 'Bridesmaids' Audition

Melissa McCarthy Talks 'Bridesmaids' Audition

Melissa McCarthy strikes a pose in a bikini tee in this new shot for GQ.

Here’s what the 40-year-old Bridesmaids actress had to share:

On her character in Bridesmaids: “I read the script and had such a weird, fast reaction to Megan. I knew exactly what I wanted her to look like, to sound like, and I got an intense feeling of ‘I like her so much! This will never work out!’ For the audition, I wore no makeup and a bad pant. Once I look like the character, it really locks me in, even if people sometimes say, ‘We need you not to be repulsive.’”

Paul Feig, the film’s director, on Melissa: “We would always do an improv section during the auditions, and quickly we realized, ‘Holy s—, this woman is on fire….’ Melissa came in with this character that was just a force of nature. At first I was like, ‘Is she playing it as a lesbian?’ Then it got into all this weird sex stuff.”

Co-star Rose Byrne, on Melissa: “Melissa is nothing at all like Megan. That’s not hiring someone to do what they do; that’s a real performance. Melissa’s beautiful and feminine, but Megan’s toneā€”it’s almost like she’s a coach. There’s no doubt in her voice. For me a lot of the comedy comes from the tension between the wildness of her ideas and the way she would say them with such authority and confidence and speed.”

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  • weee

    loved her, so funny

  • Nona

    She’s really funny! And brave lol

  • Robert

    I love me some Sookie St. James!!! Melissa McCarthy can do no wrong as far as I’m concerned, and I’m glad she’s finally being recognized for being funny. She’s always been hilarious, but she’s never really been allowed to showcase her comedic brilliance until now.

  • BEAN

    ITS COMING OUTTA ME LIKE LAVA!!!! Loool I love this lady!

  • lala

    she’s HOT!!!!

  • S@n


  • Jordan

    Delta Work called and she wants her look back!

  • ariana

    she’s a good actress.

  • essie

    omg hilarious cover… i was caught off guard by her performance in Bridesmaids since i only knew her from Gilmore Girls where her character was the COMPLETE opposite… and finding out she’s related to jenny mcCarthy, i guess humour runs in the family

  • lynn

    SHE made the movie!! From the years of watching Gilmore Girls, I would never have thought that she could play this character. Boy was I w wrong. One of my favorite movies this year.

  • Lilo

    HA! that shirt’s funny on her!

  • e

    if it wasn’t for her Bridesmaids would have never done so well.


    She was the movie! I wish I had a friend like her character. Love her!

  • Jasmine

    @TWPUMPKIN: Me too! You gotta love her.

  • queen2105

    Hoolywood will make her to loose weight

  • randy22123

    I definitely hope not! she’s hot just the way she is and she is one of the best comedians i have seen in a long while.