If Sarandon's look is what people mean when they say aging gracefully, why not just be hot instead if you can?
Melissa McCarthy chats with The Advocate about her relationship with gay people, her sexuality and her career.
On being introduced to LGBT people for the first time:
“All of my friends were gay. In high school we started going to downtown Chicago clubs like Berlin, one of the best gay bars ever. I remember being undressed and then redressed by two drag queens up on a pillar, and at the end I looked like Bea Arthur. At 43, it’s still one of the greatest nights of my life.”
OMG...I am two years older than Melissa and went to Berlin religiously. I wonder if she was still going in college? What a kick to imagine I might've been in the same club with a future A-list superstar (and very funny, sweet woman). I love crossed-paths what-if scenarios like that.
She has this to say regarding how she's raising her kids to be LGBT-friendly:
“Well, I actually love that I don’t really have to talk about it either. Our friends at the table are gay couples, and my kids have friends with same-sex parents. It’s just a part of this next generation, so there’s no need to explain it. It’s a fantastic reality without lines or rights and wrongs. I love that my girls see no difference between those same-sex couples and the male-female couples that we hang out with. I’m more proud of that than anything.”
Most subversively, she pooh-poohs anyone who claims not to have questioned his or her sexuality at some point:
“I don’t buy it if anyone says they haven’t. I think everyone does at some point. Growing up with so many gay friends, I was always in the minority as a straight girl, so there was definitely a time when I was like, 'Boy, everywhere we go, I’m not meeting any fun guys…am I looking in the wrong place?' But then I met Ben and [sighs] I liked him. It’s all just part of growing up and finding yourself.”
McCarthy is plugging her summer (July 2) movie Tammy, another of her knee-slappin' caper flicks, and one in which ageless Susan Sarandon improbably plays her grandmother.
Trailer after the jump...