Whether you know her as Sookie St. James on "Gilmore Girls" or as Megan Price on "Bridesmaids," you probably adore Melissa McCarthy, who has become one of the most beloved actresses in Hollywood. The 47-year-old has starred in hit movies, made waves in the fashion world, and has even become a voice for body positivity and female empowerment.
Still, she wants to be seen for more than just her body, which she made clear in a recent interview where the plus-size actress was questioned about her weight.
Melissa McCarthy appears on the latest cover of AARP, where she discusses everything from growing older to playing Sean Spicer on "Saturday Night Live."
Though she's all about acceptance at any size, McCarthy says it's "dumb and boring" to be a plus-size woman in Hollywood today.
When asked what it means to be a curvy celebrity, the actress responded, "I just find it dumb and boring. I really do."
As expected, it has everything to do with society's double standards.
"No one's asking a man, how do you keep your legs in shape? Which I've been asked," McCarthy explained. "I think every time we categorize people—by weight, by race, by gender—we put them in boxes and it's not a good thing for the world."
Though just about every woman deals with speculation about her body, McCarthy has been scrutinzed even more closely because of her weight loss in recent years.
In 2016, she revealed her 75-pound weight loss had happened as a result of her "boring life" and a high protein, low carb diet. “You bring it real down, you don’t do anything fun and you go to bed at 7:30 — that’s the trick," she explained.
McCarthy may be over questions about being "a curvy actress," but McCarthy still champions for ALL women to be treated with respect.
That's a mission we can get behind.