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Melissa McCarthy's 'People' cover story: 'I used to cry about why I wasn't thinner or prettier'

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In promotion for her new movie Tammy, Melissa McCarthy is on the cover of People this week. In the cover story, she discusses her journey to Hollywood’s A-list—or, as the cover line touts, “My Journey from Tears to Triumph.”

McCarthy opens up about her difficult younger days. “In my 20s I used to cry about why I wasn’t thinner or prettier, but I want to add that I also used to cry about things like: ‘I wish my hair would grow faster. I wish I had different shoes …,’ ” she told People. “I was an idiot … It’s a decade of tears.”

She noted: “I’ve never felt like I needed to change. I’ve always thought, ‘If you want somebody different, pick somebody else.’ But sure, criticism can sometimes still get to me. Some things are so malicious, they knock the wind out of you.”

McCarthy also touched on the criticisms she often faces because of her weight—and notes that many fans just don’t have the same concerns when it comes to male celebrities. “It’s like I’m managing to achieve all this success in spite of my affliction,” McCarthy said in response to an article calling her “America’s plus-size sweetheart.” “Would you ever put that in the headline for a male star?”

She’s right, of course, and elsewhere in the chat McCarthy notes, “I feel like I got hit with a lucky stick.” Sounds like McCarthy at some point gave herself an inspiring speech—but one a bit kinder than this.