Melissa McCarthy Talks 'Bridesmaids' Audition
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 tone—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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