Even though comedic star Melissa McCarthy is so much more than her weight, it’s all people seem to obsess about nowadays. On the other hand, the celeb’s husband, Ben Falcone, sees her for all her other exceptional qualities.
In 2021, Falcone posted an image of him and his wife with a caption that read, “This was taken at a friend’s wedding, maybe 14 years ago. We had a good time. It was a fun wedding, but Melissa also makes everything fun—just by being herself. I’m such a lucky fella to be married to someone so smart, kind, beautiful and crazy funny. Happy birthday Mooch, love you!”
The two often work together in hilarious movies like “Bridesmaids,” “The Boss,” “Tammy,” and the apocalyptic Netflix comedy series, “God’s Favorite Idiot,” which they acted in together.
McCarthy started her career on shows like “Mike and Molly” and “Gilmore Girls.” In 2023, according to Forbes, she earned the accolade of the fourth highest-paid actress in Hollywood. Although her roles make viewers laugh, she always brings something new to the table with her characters, whether fighting the supernatural in “Ghostbusters” or going undercover in “The Spy.” She’s even tried her hand at musicals with Disney’s live-action flick, “The Little Mermaid.”
Now 52 years old, McCarthy was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people in 2016. By 2020, she was appointed #22 on the New York Times’ 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century.
McCarthy and her hubby love to get silly together, and it’s endearing to anyone who’s seen their chemistry. In 2019, the two made headlines when they rocked matching Adidas tracksuits and sneakers to the famous Vanity Fair Oscars after-party. People usually spend months figuring out the perfect outfit for this coveted event, but McCarthy decided to do this just a day before the Oscars.
McCarthy’s first cousin is fellow comedian Jenny McCarthy, a TV personality, actress, and model. Jenny defended her cousin after a film critic named Rex Reed had some brutal things to say when he reviewed Melissa’s film “Identity Thief.” In it, he called her “tractor-sized” and went on to call her a “gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success.”
Jenna hit back, telling E! News that his review itself was obnoxious, expanding, For anyone to attack like that, it’s just wrong and hurtful, and it doesn’t do anyone any good…” She went on to call her cousin “very talented” and told Reed to “go to hell.”
Melissa McCarthy graciously lets go of the haters who judge her about her fluctuating weight and instead pays attention to those who focus on her stellar acting skills. In 2016, McCarthy talked to Refinery29 about losing weight for “The Boss,” which she co-wrote with Falcone. She discussed how her weight will always go up and down throughout her life, but she doesn’t want people to see that as the most interesting thing about her.
She expanded more on the misogynistic viewpoint of people, saying, “There are so many more intriguing things about women than their butt or their this or their that. It can’t be the first question every time or a question at all…Can you imagine them asking some of these guys I work with, ‘How do you keep your butt looking so good?’”
In the interview, McCarthy spoke about stereotypes and how women are constantly categorized into lists, which is just another way of tearing them down. Since McCarthy has always had issues finding clothes that fit well and are flattering for her. As a result, she launched Melissa McCarthy Seven7, which sells up to a size 28. Although the company has shut down, according to reports, her fierce looks can be bought second-hand on various websites.
Falcone pays no mind to the criticism and gushes over her beautiful wife and mother of his children, with adorable captions on IG photos, “I told her, ‘I love you every day. But today I love you most of all.” Relationship goals, anybody?