Friday 28 April 2017

'Being Irish is part of the way I approach the world' - Melissa McCarthy

Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 17, 2016. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok
Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live
Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. / AFP / Tommaso Boddi (Photo credit: TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

Comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy has said that being Irish "is part of the way" she approaches the world.

McCarthy, whose impersonation of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live went viral at the start of the month, praised her Irish roots in an interview with IrishCentral.com.

"My grandmother and grandfather both came over from Ireland," she said.

"They had a tough go of it. But family was important to them and they pulled themselves up by their bootstraps and kept it intact and took each day at a time. I strongly relate to that."

Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live
Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live

"Being Irish is part of the way I approach the world," added the 46-year-old.

 "Well, we’ve had a rough enough time you know? We’ve had a rough go of it, but I think there’s a sturdiness that comes from that too, and I think that there’s a really realistic way of looking at the world that comes from it."

The Bridesmaids star said that there's a "scrappiness to the Irish" that she relates to.

"There’s a scrappiness to the Irish that I can very much relate to," she told Irish America Magazine.

Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. / AFP / Tommaso Boddi (Photo credit: TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room during the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. / AFP / Tommaso Boddi (Photo credit: TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)

"It’s a kind of working-class, not afraid to get your hands dirty, take care of a situation kind of thing. Being Irish means being self-sufficient and doing whatever is needed. My dad’s friends in Chicago were all Irish and we grew up thinking of ourselves as Irish."

"His dad was a Carty, but the name got changed to McCarthy when he emigrated. I’m truly a Carty."

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