You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

McCarthy works through confidence issues

Eye on the Oscars: The Actress - Supporting Role: Melissa McCarthy

Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.”

“I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. “It was a little nerve-wracking, too, to be with my friends Kristen (Wiig) and (co-screenwriter) Annie Mumolo. I didn’t want to screw it up for them. The whole way home I was beating myself up.”

As it turned out, her worries were unfounded. She nailed the audition that included an improvisation of her tale about falling off a cruise ship and chatting with a dolphin, and was a scene-stealer in the ensemble cast.

McCarthy has been causing audiences to bust a gut during her years of doing standup in New York, and almost 10 years at the Groundlings in L.A. She’s also a TV star, and Emmy winner, co-starring on CBS’ “Mike & Molly.”

“A couple of weeks ago I did a show at the Groundlings that I hadn’t done for a while,” she says. “I thought I tanked but somebody told me they (the audience) were laughing like crazy. I said I thought they were silent.”

Her improv training at the Groundlings, where she worked with Wiig, Mumolo and Maya Rudolph, came in quite handy when they all gathered together for weeks of “Bridesmaids” rehearsals to hone the characters and story.

“It made it so great, because I guess you could say there’s a shorthand, or less of a shorthand than just trust,” McCarthy says. “We’re used to improvising together. When you really have people who improvise well, no one tries to take the forefront. It’s not a fight for who can get the most jokes in.”

And with “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy had a stronger sense that it would generate laughs.

“The first time I saw it I was with my mom and dad,” she says. “My dad kept hitting me in the arm he was laughing so hard. Nearby were some 19-year-olds laughing. I said to myself, ‘I don’t know that this isn’t hitting everyone in the right spot.’ ”

Return to the main page >>

More Film

  • No Merchandising. Editorial Use Only. No

    'Black Panther' Powers Past $300 Million at International Box Office

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

  • AMERICA Land of the FreeKS

    Berlin Film Review: 'America: Land of the Freeks'

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

  • Shape of Water

    How ‘Game of Thrones’ Has an Emotional Connection to ‘Shape of Water’

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

  • Black Panther

    Box Office: 'Black Panther' Rules With $108 Million in Second Weekend

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

  • Guillermo del Toro To Open Cinema

    Guillermo del Toro to Open Cinema Named after Him at Guadalajara Fest (EXCLUSIVE)

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

  • 'Lemonade' Review: A Quietly Seething Romanian

    Berlin Film Review: 'Lemonade'

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

  • Cinema Audio Society 2018 Winners: 'Dunkirk,'

    'Dunkirk,' 'Game of Thrones' Win Cinema Audio Society Awards for Sound Mixing

    Since creating a bigscreen comedy isn’t producing widgets, uncertainty is a constant sidekick. So it might not be a shock to mention that Melissa McCarthy was filled with doubt after she left her audition for “Bridesmaids.” “I was pretty intimidated, being in the same room with (director) Paul Feig and (producer) Judd (Apatow),” says McCarthy. […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content