Melissa McCarthy Livens Up Redbook’s July 2014 Cover

Posted Wednesday June 4, 2014 3:25 PM GMT

It seems there’s nothing she can’t do, and Melissa McCarthy looks like she’s loving life on the cover of Redbook's July 2014 issue, on newsstands June 10th.

The “Identity Thief” star explained the reasoning behind her plus-size clothing line- “When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me. I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”

McCarthy also confessed she hasn’t always been so cool- “I wore white kabuki makeup, had blue-black hair. At one point I shaved an inch and a half around my hairline and continued the white makeup up so it made my head look slightly deformed. I thought it was hilarious. [Laughs] I was in a little town and I just got a kick out of it. I was never sullen. I was a terrible punk—I was still so chatty.”

In the parenting department, Melissa had to explain to her eldest daughter that being a celebrity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. “She asked me, ‘Are you famous?’ And I said to her, ‘Famous doesn’t mean anything. Just because people know my face doesn’t mean they know us or that it makes us any more interesting or better.’”

And Mrs. McCarthy couldn’t say enough good things about husband Ben Falcone. “We have a great marriage, and outside forces can’t really change that. Success doesn’t define us, even though we love what we do. The important thing is our family and kids. I see teenagers or people who are 21 and think, I was an idiot at that age. I was running around New York like a crazy woman. Thank God I only had three and a half cents to my name. I was too immature to handle success then.”

Photo Credit: Matt Jones for Redbook

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