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Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helped Me Accept My Looks | Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Helped Me Accept My Looks

Originally posted 09/29/2011 10:00AM

Melissa McCarthy is no longer just a bridesmaid. She's the bride.

The Mike & Molly Emmy winner and Bridesmaids scene-stealer has some big plans on her plate – from launching her own plus-size fashion line to getting hockey's prized Stanley Cup (for a movie) – during what is already a stellar year for her.

But none of her professional plans can top her favorite pastime, being mom to her two daughters with actor-husband Ben Falcone: Vivian, 4, and Georgette, 1½. McCarthy tells the Hollywood Reporter that being a mother actually helps her feel less insecure about her looks.

"The stupid stuff like what I wear or how I look I can't control, so I just try not to give too much energy to it," she says, calling her body a work in progress after giving birth to Georgette. "At 20, I would have been like: 'Don't they like me? Was it my hair?' At 41, I think the things that define me, I hope, are a lot more than those kinds of petty things." 



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Melissa McCarthy Wins Emmy's First 'Best Pageant Ever' | Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy Wins Emmy's First 'Best Pageant Ever'

Originally posted 09/18/2011 09:15PM

Melissa McCarthy: Emmy winner ... and pageant queen!

When the Mike & Molly star, 41, accepted her first-ever Emmy for her outstanding lead actress on the CBS sitcom at Sunday's ceremony, presenters Sofia Vergara and Rob Lowe crowned the comedienne with a diamond tiara and gave her a bouquet of roses to go with her new hardware.

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