Melissa McCarthy's Fantastic Quotes on Body Image Are Important & Inspirational

Melissa McCarthy may play the funny lady onscreen, but offscreen, she's... well, she's equally as funny, actually. But in between the jokes, McCarthy is also one hell of a smart, inspiring celebrity. In her candid interview with People , McCarthy admits she "would do anything for a laugh," but that isn't the only thing that defines her. She's one of the most confident actresses out there, and it's easy to love her for it, but even the most confident actress on the planet knows that criticism can suck. McCarthy's faced plenty of her own, and here's what she has to say about it:

She also told People that while she's embraced confidence as she's gotten older, her 20s were not exactly the most confident time in her life.

McCarthy has left tears (mostly) behind, and, instead, is working on making people laugh. Her newest film, Tammy , hits theaters July 2, and from the look of the new trailer, she will deliver the same craziness she showed us in The Heat and Bridesmaids. But until then, here are some words of wisdom from the funny woman herself.

McCarthy On Being Called "America's Plus Sized Sweetheart"

Uh, no, no you would not. Unless I missed when we started separating actors into the same gross categories, they're still allowed to be referred to by something other than their BMI.

McCarthy On That Nasty Review in The New York Observer

Film critic for the New York Observer Rex Reed called McCarthy "tractor-sized" and a "gimmick comedian who has devoted her short career to being obese and obnoxious with equal success," in his review for her film Identity Thief, proving that some film critics should really freelance as playground bullies. Luckily, McCarthy stayed classy as ever and responded to the mean comments in her interview with The New York Times, stating:

McCarthy On Our Never Ending Body-Hating Cycle

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McCarthy dropped this #realtalk on Good Housekeeping:

On Being a "Work In Progress"

One, let's give McCarthy's character in Bridesmaids a mini applause for the awesome advice above. McCarthy herself knows that there is no point in throwing yourself a pity party. Here's what she had to say about it to More Magazine :

Thanks for being the best work in progress we know, McCarthy.

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