Melissa McCarthy Five Facts
Melissa McCarthy in Universal Pictures' 'Identity Thief'
Though Melissa McCarthy has been steadily stealing scenes on big and little screens since the late 90s, her Oscar nominated performance in “Bridesmaids” propelled the Emmy winning actress into a whole new stratosphere of popularity.
Now McCarthy stars opposite Jason Bateman in the R-rated road-trip comedy “Identity Thief,” which opens wide this weekend. We all know McCarthy has a long scene-stealing future ahead of her, but here’s five facts about her that you might not know.
1. In high school, McCarthy was the head cheerleader, until she gave it up to become a full-on Goth. “I got real Gothic, “ McCarthy told Jimmy Kimmel. “I loved cheerleading, so I was kind of sad, but I didn’t know how to justify it with my new Goth lifestyle.” McCarthy delves into her full Goth regalia in the clip above.
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2. McCarthy is married to fellow “Bridesmaids” scene stealer Ben Falcone, aka Air Marshall Jon. The dynamic duo doesn’t just act in films and make kids together (they have two), they’re also writing and producing partners. The power couple currently has a number of projects in production, including “Tammy,” a film they wrote together that pairs McCarthy with Shirley MacClaine, slated for release later this year. “Tammy is a feature I wrote with my husband, Ben. I write with him quite a bit. We were writing together at Groundlings before we started dating. It’s always been easy, we both have different strengths, and we work really well together. I know some people think it’s a terrible idea, but I love it,” McCarthy told Deadline. You can see the couple's chemistry in the "Bridesmaids" clip above.