#GAReads | Melissa McCarthy on Social Expectations for Women: 'Are You Pleasant? Do You Not Make Trouble?'
Melissa McCarthy is InStyle’s February cover star and the interview is delightful—she discussed motherhood, her marriage, her actor friends, her love of Scotch and going to bed at 8:30 pm—and when the conversation intensified, it’s her own doing. A question about sensitivity to negative reviews became a dissection of social expectations of women in and outside of Hollywood:
“Having two daughters [Vivian, 11, and Georgette, 8], I think there is a weird layer in the world [for women] where it’s not just about looks but it’s also, “Are you pleasant? Do you not make trouble?” I don’t want to be around someone who’s a pain in the ass and confrontational, but I also don’t think that you always have to be Stepford Wife-y and can’t have opinions.”