The A-List Interview: Melissa McCarthy

From her wig obsession to her girl crush on Lena Dunham, Tammy's Melissa explains it all.



McCarthy and Ben Falcone in Bridesmaids


Although you’ve never played a lesbian, your man-hungry Bridesmaids character, Megan, was pretty butch.
I love a woman who’s solid in her shoes. Megan was partially based on two girlfriends of mine, a couple, at Southern Illinois University. They were so at ease with each other and with everything: “We’re together, we’re great, what’s all the fuss about?” I’ve always been attracted to that confidence, so that’s what I channeled for Megan.

And until Hollywood makes a lesbian buddy comedy, The Heat will have to suffice.
[Laughs] Sandra Bullock and I have always said that it was a love story.

Have you ever questioned your own sexual identity?
I don’t buy it if anyone says they haven’t. I think everyone does at some point. Growing up with so many gay friends, I was always in the minority as a straight girl, so there was definitely a time when I was like, “Boy, everywhere we go, I’m not meeting any fun guys … Am I looking in the wrong place?” But then I met Ben and [sighs] I liked him. It’s all just part of growing up and finding yourself.

If you can’t find yourself at an all-girls Catholic school …
I know, right? Looking back, yeah, I totally blew it. I really missed my moment.

To paraphrase one of your best lines from Bridesmaids, which woman steam-heats your undercarriage?
The more I watch Girls the more I realize I’m crazy about Lena Dunham. She’s my girl crush. She’s smart, funny, confident, and she isn’t afraid to look awkward. She’s exactly who she is, take it or leave it. Nothing’s more charming than someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously.