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You go, Melissa McCarthy! You rock that cover!
The 43-year-old Bridesmaids and Mike & Molly star appears on the July 2014 cover of Rolling Stone, flexing her muscles in a black, gray and blue raglan top and a look that screams, basically, "Hey, I'm on the cover of Rolling Stone!"
Such an honor is certainly deserved. The actress, an Illinois native and cousin of Jenny McCarthy, rose to fame playing Lorelai's sweetheart of a BFF Sookie on Gilmore Girls and has in recent years become the It girl of raunchy, in-your-face, potty-mouthed comedy movies, a genre mostly dominated by men.
Melissa, who is promoting her newest film, Tammy, directed and written by husband Ben Falcone, also graces the July 2014 cover of Redbook. The full-length photo shows her wearing a cream jacket over a printed white T-shirt and black patterned pants. In 2013, the actress famously drew controversy over an Elle magazine cover that showed her covered up by a loose-fitting coat. She later said she picked out the outfit.
Melissa, described by Rolling Stone as "fearless, fierce and funny," was nominated for her first Oscar for her role as no-holds-barred, puppy-loving bridesmaid Megan in the 2011 hit female comedy film Bridesmaids (she lost to Octavia Spencer of The Help).
The actress recalled to Rolling Stone how she rambled about "dolphin sex" during an improv comedy-filled audition with co-star Kristen Wiig, in front of director Paul Feig and producer Judd Apatow.
"Sex with a dolphin? Handplay with a dolphin! You just could not have been any weirder," said Melissa, whose Bridesmaids character talks about being rescued by a dolphin in the movie.
Melissa began her entertainment career as a stage comedian in New York. She talked to Rolling Stone about how at age 20, she performed her act in character, as a draq queen named Miss Y. Years later, she later established her own company by the same name in Los Angeles, where she lives with Falcone and their two daughters and where Mike & Molly, CBS' sitcom about a couple who met at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting, is filmed.
Melissa, who has struggled with her weight in the past, also talked to the magazine about her health.
"I could eat healthier, I could drink less," she said. "I should be learning another language and working out more, but I'm just always saying, 'Ah, I could get hit by a bus tomorrow.'"