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Five months after giving birth to her second daughter, Georgette, actress Melissa McCarthy freely admits, “I’m not a great pregnant woman.”
“I have a baby-baby at home and a 3-year-old [Vivian]. I’m not like the woman that’s like, ‘Isn’t this miraculous? Isn’t this amazing?’” the former Gilmore Girls and Samantha Who? sidekick — who’s graduated to leading lady in the upcoming sitcom Mike & Molly — tells PEOPLE Moms & Babies.
“I’m super round and super tired. My husband says it’s like he’s married to a 90-year-old because I just go out mid-sentence. He says, ‘You were in mid-thought and then the next thing you stop talking. I turn around and you’re sound asleep on the couch.’”
It’s no wonder she’s a bit exhausted. Along with having two little ones at home, McCarthy’s shooting her new series while simultaneously filming Bridesmaids alongside Maya Rudolph and Kristen Wiig.
“I don’t sleep one bit. I was up at 3 a.m. today. I don’t know when I’m going to snap,” she jokes. “It might be an ugly day. I’m like a three-and-a-half, four-hour-a-night sleeper. It’s not enough to function.”
She does have one post-pregnancy luxury: On Mike & Molly, McCarthy plays one half of a romantic pairing who meet in a weight-loss support group, so she hasn’t felt the usual Hollywood pressure to shed her baby weight in hurry.
“I was eight-and-a-half months pregnant [when I first went up for the role] and I looked like a Weeble at that point. I thought, ‘Well, now is the time,’” she explains. “We did the pilot four weeks after I had the baby so I was like, ‘It’s perfect.’”
As the mother of two daughters, McCarthy, 39, says she’s conscious of Hollywood’s pervasive effect on body-image and hopes any slimming down on her part is celebrated more for achieving a healthier lifestyle than conforming to a svelte aesthetic.
“For me personally, I’m heavier right now and am trying to lose some weight,” she notes. “I just had a baby and I’m heavier than I want to be. I hope that people will root for me becoming healthier.”
– Scott Huver