Melissa McCarthy, who walked away with an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series at the recent Emmy Awards, says that motherhood helped her deal with her body insecurities.
"The stupid stuff like what I wear or how I look I can't control, so I just try not to give too much energy to it," McCarthy told The Hollywood Reporter. "At 20, I would have been like: 'Don't they like me? Was it my hair?' At 41, I think the things that define me, I hope, are a lot more than those kinds of petty things."
The "Mike & Molly" star told the trade magazine that her body his a work in progress since giving birth to her second child, Georgette a year and a half ago. In 2005, the actress married actor Ben Falcone, 38, who played her love interest in "Bridesmaids." The couple also has a 4-year-old daughter named Vivian.
McCarthy plans to bring body acceptance to other women, with her own plus-sized fashion line.
"Trying to find stuff that's still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible," McCarthy said. "It's either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle."
The actress was even wearing her own design when she won her Emmy award after trying on "9 million dresses with taffeta or shiny bows."
"I designed [my dress] and I worked with Daniella Pearl, who is an amazing couture dressmaker," the actress told Us Weekly. "I just didn't see anything that I liked out there."
The actress told the magazine she had experience designing clothes before. "I went to college for clothing and textiles and always thought I would design women's clothing," she said. "Then [I] ended up in New York thinking I was going to go FIT and I started doing standup. So how A went to B, I don't know!"
"Mike & Molly" debuted in 2010. On the comedy, McCarthy plays a school teacher who falls for a police officer, portrayed by Billy Gardell, after meeting him in a weight loss support group. "Mike & Molly" returned for a second season on September 26.
McCarthy also played Sookie St. James on the series "Gilmore Girls," which aired between 2000 and 2007. She later portrayed Dena on the comedy show "Samantha Who?," which starred Christina Applegate and ended its run in 2009.
McCarthy earned praise by many critics for her role as Megan in the comedy film "Bridesmaids," which was released in May. She has also appeared in movies such as "White Oleander," "Charlie's Angels," "The Back-up Plan" and "Life as We Know It." McCarthy is set to appear in the 2012 movie "This is Forty," a Judd Apatow comedy film seen as a sequel to the hit 2007 movie "Knocked Up."