Actress Melissa McCarthy is one of the funniest women in Hollywood and she will not disappoint in her upcoming film “Tammy,” which she stars in next to Susan Sarandon. In an interview with the Advocate published on May 15, the Oscar-nominated star talks about finding acceptance within the gay community and how gay men discovered her and influenced her career.
In the interview, the actress first known for her role on TV’s “Mike & Molly” and her breakout role in “Bridesmaids,” explains how gays and lesbians were always apart of her life. Growing up in Plainfield, Ill., McCarthy said she was introduced to the LGBT world because all her friends were gay. As sort of an oddball, she felt acceptance and found a place within the gay community.
She explains to the Advocate, “It was just my world. I was a little odd, and I found them to be the most accepting group. We were a band of outsiders who went downtown and realized, “Oh, we’re all right.” There were tons of creative people doing their thing, and it was only the scared people who wanted to shut it down.”
As far her career goes, McCarthy does credit gay men for discovering her. Again she touches upon acceptance as one of the main reasons saying, “They accepted me as a woman trying to be a man who’s trying to be a woman.” One of those men credited with launching her career was screenwriter John August. McCarthy appeared in his 1999 film “Go,” a movie she says was huge for her. His talent was an inspiration to her and her experience in “Go” also led her to acting roles in two other August projects. She did a short film titled “God” and was later directed by August in the movie “Nines.”
But not everything was positive in her acting career. Last year “Mike & Molly” was criticized by GLAAD for the use of the slur “shemale.” McCarthy comments that she wasn’t conscious of the language being seen as offensive, but says she would’ve definitely taken action.
“Had I known it was a sensitive topic, I would’ve had them change that. So many people get blasted on the show, and I feel like everyone should get equal slaps, but I’m never for comedy that turns mean-spirited.”
In the interview, Melissa McCarthy also talks about dating gay boys, her Irish-Catholic upbringing as it relates to the gay community, having a fascination with drag queens and working alongside Susan Sarandon in “Tammy” set to be released in theaters on July 2. To read the entire interview visit Advocate.com.