Melissa McCarthy has had a pretty amazing career. She's risen from a supporting part in "Gilmore Girls," to a movie career starring opposite greats like Kristin Wiig, Sandra Bullock, and Susan Sarandon, to headlining her own films. She's only just now entering the peak of her stardom, and she's set to appear in five movies next year—including the all-female "Ghostbusters" reboot, of course. This funny lady nowhere near done making her mark on movies, and yet she's already been rewarded with one of the highest honors in the entertainment industry: Melissa McCarthy just received her very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In case you need a refresher about just what the Hollywood Walk of Fame is all about, here are some key facts, from walkoffame.com:
- The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a 1.3-mile section of Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles. It is covered in plaques dedicated to entertainers of all kinds.
- The Walk of Fame presents stars in five categories: Film, Music, Television, Radio, and Theater. Only one person, Westerns star Gene Autry, has earned stars in every field.
- Over 200 stars are nominated each year, of which about 20 are chosen to receive the honor.
Though she may best be known for her comedy, McCarthy deserves this accolade for more than just making us giggle (though succeeding as a comedian no easy feat itself). Here are all the reasons she deserves to be recognized:
She promotes body positivity.
It's no secret that Hollywood demands that actresses reach for impossible standards of beauty only very few people could hope to achieve. Then, when a performer doesn't measure up, they're harshly criticized.
Well, McCarthy has had enough of that nonsense. As she told Good Housekeeping, "You just have to say, 'It's pretty damn good. I am right here at the moment, and I'm OK with it. I've got other things to think about.'" Damn right.
She worked her way up from the bottom.
McCarthy didn't just magically wake up one day with a huge career. As she told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, she came to LA with nothing, and worked minimum wage jobs while trying to break into the industry. She performed stand up, and joined the Groundlings, a well-known comedy troupe (other alums include Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Kristen Wiig… and basically half the cast of "SNL" at any given time). She also worked on a slew of films, before eventually finding her breakout role in "Gilmore Girls.'"
She fights sexism in the industry and supports other actresses.
Recently, McCarthy showed the world that she's even more awesome than we all thought, by calling out a reporter who had made sexist comments in his review of her movie "Tammy." She's stated that the gender bias in Hollywood "an intense sickness," according to Entertainment Weekly.
Not only does she speak up, she also lives her values: many of the films and other projects she's worked on starred multiple talented women in leading roles. What a boss.
She makes us laugh.
Seriously, is there anyone funnier than Melissa McCarthy?