Melissa McCarthy is arguably one of the most reliable actors working today. She’s expertly demonstrated her dramatic range while balancing out her comedy chops. In the upcoming crime film “The Kitchen,” McCarthy looks to blend both skill sets into, what should be, another esteemed performance. In honor of the film’s release, we’re celebrating her versatility.
Initially, McCarthy was a mainstay on the small screen. In 2000, she was cast in “Gilmore Girls” as Sookie St. James, Lorelai Gilmore’s best friend. The series ran for seven seasons and had a revival on Netflix in 2016. During McCarthy’s time on the series, she also landed bit roles in feature films “White Oleander” and “Charlie’s Angels.”
The following decade, though, was when McCarthy achieved new career heights. She won her first Emmy for her starring role on the sitcom “Mike and Molly” in 2011. The very same year, she appeared in the ensemble comedy “Bridesmaids” which became her breakthrough into stardom. In addition, she achieved her first Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, a rarity for such a comedic performance.
After “Bridesmaids,” McCarthy and director Paul Feig became frequent collaborators. Both “The Heat” and “Spy” became critical and financial successes. Plus, despite the toxic, online backlash, the all-female “Ghostbusters” reboot still earned its fair share of fanfare.
While McCarthy has enjoyed comedy stardom, she still exercises her dramatic prowess. In 2014, she starred in “St. Vincent” as a mother looking to start a new life with her son co-starring Bill Murray and Naomi Watts. Then, of course, came “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” Her performance as Lee Israel, a real-life letter forger, won her rapturous acclaim, including her second Oscar nomination.
Along with “The Kitchen,” McCarthy is next slated to take on the role of Ursula in the live action adaptation of Disney‘s “The Little Mermaid.” McCarthy is currently in talks for the role, but if she does sign on, it could be another opportunity for the actress to showoff her transformative talents.