From playing Sookie on Gilmore Girls to Megan in Bridesmaids and plenty of excellent roles in between (her bit part in Go, anyone?), Melissa McCarthy is by far one of Hollywood's funniest leading ladies. And, thankfully, Hollywood seems to finally have taken note, giving her a bevy of exciting roles: Tammy, which she co-wrote and stars in, hits theaters this July, and Paul Feig's Spy, in which she plays a James Bond-esque secret agent, is set to be released next spring. So, when an excellent LGBT news publication like The Advocate swoops in to discuss all this upcoming brouhaha with so excellent a lady, the results are bound to be, well, excellent. Below are just a few of the gems from McCarthy's recent Advocate interview, from drag queens to gay boyfriends to Lena Dunham and back again. Just try to get to the end without wailing "Why aren't we best friends, Melissa?!" I dare you.
1. She Dreams of Being a Drag Queen (and has the wig collection to prove it)
Asked, "Can gay men take credit for discovering you?" McCarthy answered:
"For sure. They accepted me as a woman trying to be a man who’s trying to be a woman. I wanted to be a drag queen so badly. I’ll bet I still own more wigs than any drag queen — I love me a wig. [...] When I left [L.A. improv and sketch comedy troupe] the Groundlings, I had about 63. I also keep all my wigs from movies. I’ve donated a lot to Groundlings, but at any given time I probably have about 25 wigs."
And, given her so eminently fabulous, dear sweet Jesus 2011 photoshoot for Entertainment Weekly as Divine in John Waters' camp classic Pink Flamingos, I'd guess she'd do one helluva job.
2. She's dated a gay man or two in her time
"Just one? There were so many. In my early 20s I was like the last stop before a guy said, 'Yep, it’s official: I’m gay.' I’d be like, 'Really?!' I’d think, But he’s so funny, so charming, and such a good dresser. I never saw it coming."
You and me both, dude.
3. Her Bridesmaids character was inspired by a lesbian couple
Though Megan spends a good amount of screentime lusting after John the Air Marshal (AKA, McCarthy's IRL beau, Ben Falcone, co-writer and director of Tammy), the character was apparently inspired by two of the actress's friends from college:
"I love a woman who’s solid in her shoes. Megan was partially based on two girlfriends of mine, a couple, at Southern Illinois University. They were so at ease with each other and with everything: 'We’re together, we’re great, what’s all the fuss about?' I’ve always been attracted to that confidence, so that’s what I channeled for Megan."
4. Her Tammy co-star Susan Sarandon is a great kisser
Though Sarandon and McCarthy play grandmother and granddaughter in Tammy, the two did once have a more romantic encounter on an episode of McCarthy's sitcom, Mike & Molly — to which McCarthy revealed:
"She’s a good kisser, by the way. I loved that Molly actually considers it for a moment when Susan’s character propositions her. Molly’s like, Hmm … should I? Nope, I’m married. But the joke on set was that I don’t know if I’d really be able to say no! I mean, come on, it’s Susan Sarandon."
Maybe romantic tensions are becoming a trend of her lady co-stars? As she went on to confirm, albeit jokingly, re: female buddy-cop comedy The Heat:
"Sandra Bullock and I have always said that it was a love story."
5. But Her Real Girl Crush is on Lena Dunham
Asked point blank — as this is The Advocate, after all — if there are any women who currently "steam-heats her undercarriage," à la Megan, McCarthy spilled that she has a thing for Hannah Horvath:
"The more I watch Girls the more I realize I’m crazy about Lena Dunham. She’s my girl crush. She’s smart, funny, confident, and she isn’t afraid to look awkward. She’s exactly who she is, take it or leave it. Nothing’s more charming than someone who doesn’t take herself too seriously."
Amen, Melissa. A-men.