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OTRC: Melissa McCarthy talks weight loss struggle, cheerleading past

Melissa McCarthy appears on Anderson Cooper's daytime series 'Anderson' in an episode that aired on Nov. 28, 2011. (Telepictures Productions / Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution)

Melissa McCarthy says she is still trying to lose weight, a task she calls a "work in progress," but adds that she currently has other things to worry about.

The 41-year-old has been gaining popularity in the past year. She won her first Emmy for her role in the CBS sitcom "Mike & Molly," which premiered last year and depicts an overweight couple who met at an Overeaters' Anonymous meeting, and gained praise for her supporting part in the 2011 female comedy movie "Bridesmaids" and her hosting stint on "Saturday Night Live."

The Illinois native recently told Anderson Cooper on his daytime talk show "Anderson," in an episode that aired on Monday, November 28, that she continues to struggle with her weight, saying: "I've been up and down. I've been much thinner since my second baby. I'm still working on it. It's a work in progress."

"Yes, do I hope I wake up tomorrow and it's like, 'What's the matter with her?' I hope I wake up at like 94 pounds," the actress added, as seen in a video posted by People magazine. "I don't think that's going to happen. I think two kids and 41, it just ... there's so many other things to worry about. I think the kids are healthy, I've got a great husband and I go to work every day and do what I want. I'll keep working on the other. I just can't put any time to worrying about it."

McCarthy and husband Ben Falcone welcomed baby Georgette in March of 2010. She joins big sister Vivian, who is 4.

"I want them to be confident, strong, healthy, happy women and I want them to define themselves by their actions and what they do and how they treat other people," the actress said about her daughters.

'MOST PUNK'

McCarthy also revealed that during her days at a Catholic high school, she was a cheerleader, played tennis and was a member of the student council. She said she used to be "super preppy," but then changed her image.

"By the end I was like, blue-black hair that I'd shave in patches," McCarthy said. "I'd wear like, turtlenecks for pants. It kind of made them like harem pants. My mom loved it and so did the nuns."

Also on the "Anderson" episode, a photo of McCarthy's yearbook picture was shown - she sports short, cropped hair and bears the titles "changed the most in 4 years" and "most punk." She also went by the nickname "Missy."

McCarthy began her on-screen career in the late 1990s, appearing on shows such as "The Jenny McCarthy Show" and "D.C." before she scored her breakout role as bubbling Sookie St. James in 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.

She continues to act and is also trying her hand at fashion design. McCarthy helped create her own dress for the 2011 Emmy Awards and studied clothing and textiles in college. She said in September that she plans to launch a plus-size fashion line.

"it's kind of going back to what I always thought I would do," she told Cooper.

McCarthy can be seen next in the movie "This is Forty," Judd Apatow's spin-off of his 2007 film "Knocked Up." In the new film, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, who is also Apatow's wife, reprise their characters as a long time married couple facing relationship woes.

"This Is Forty" also stars John Lithgow, Chris O'Dowd, Albert Brooks, "Knocked Up" actors Jason Segel and Charlyne Yi and Melissa McCarthy, who starred in the Apatow produced film "Bridesmaids" and Ava Sambora, daughter of actress Heather Locklear and Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora. "This is Forty" is set for release next year.

Check out excerpts from Melissa McCarthy's appearance on "Anderson" below.

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