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