Melissa McCarthy shot to fame as the irrepressible chef Sookie St James in the TV series The Gilmore Girls. On the big screen, she has varied her roles between comedy (The Back-up Plan and Life As We Know It) and suspense (opposite Ryan Reynolds in The Nines). Now she gets to shamelessly steal scenes from Kristen Wiig in this summer's comedy hit Bridesmaids.
How was it to be involved in a film project like this one that encouraged improvisation?
Melissa McCarthy: I've never had that freedom before. Now it just seems like, "How is it that everything is not done like that?" When the script is that good and that fully formed, you're not running up and changing everything. You're changing, like, "Yesterday I had some apple juice" to "pork chops"! And you can keep surprising each other that way. So all your energy goes into playing the character instead of trying to remember if it's "there is" or "there are".
Where did your character's outrageous costumes come from?
Melissa McCarthy: I don't know why, but the first time I read the script, I just had that exact image of her - everything about her. When I showed up, I had those weird sandals and umpteen racks of clothing in different varieties. And I just kept begging for cropped Dockers and plaid shirts and strands of pearls. It was not a good idea visually, but it was right for her.
Did you dream of having a big wedding when you were young girls?
Melissa McCarthy: I didn't do the wedding thing. I grew up on a farm, so it was weird, running around looking for animals we didn't own. I wanted to marry them! No.
Have you ever experienced any wedding disasters?
Melissa McCarthy: The only horrendous wedding I've been to was for a dear lovely friend in Palm Springs, which is kind of the centre of the sun. And she had it in August. So it was about 115 degrees at 1 o'clock in the afternoon out in the desert, and people mid-ceremony were just cracking open bottles of water and pouring them over their head. We were eyeing each other like, "I don't care if it works out." And we were supposed to be rooting for them. It was so hot. Kids were going down. It was like high noon, and I thought, "Oh God, if I pass out, please don't let me wet my pants." Because I knew that I was going out.