Melissa McCarthy: Motherhood Made Me Less Insecure About My Looks

The Emmy winner says she doesn't worry about her looks as much because her appearance "doesn't define" her

For years, Melissa McCarthy has been the proverbial comedic "best friend" sidekick -- but now she's finally in the spotlight.

The funny lady is having the best year of her career: She won an Emmy for her leading role on the CBS sitcom Mike & Molly and chewed up the scenery in the blockbuster comedy ensemble Bridesmaids. But the role McCarthy, 41, savors the most isn't professional -- it's being mother to her two young daughters, Vivian, 4, and Georgette, 1.

Parenting her girls with actor-husband Ben Falcone (he was the Air Marshal in Bridesmaids) has had a profound effect on McCarthy's self-esteem, she tells The Hollywood Reporter.

"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," she says, referring to her postpartum body as a work in progress. "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."

But McCarthy does care about fashion -- she even designed her own Emmys gown with the help of custom dressmaker Daniella Pearl. And as a plus-sized actress, McCarthy has to have a healthy sense of humor about her red-carpet options.

"Trying to find stuff that's still fashion-forward in my size is damn near impossible. It's either for like a 98-year-old woman or a 14-year-old hooker, and there is nothing in the middle," McCarthy jokes.

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