Melissa McCarthy reveals how her new film empowers women

Mar 25, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. ET
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Melissa McCarthy's new film The Boss is another knee-slapping comedy, but this movie also makes an important statement about women supporting other women.

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McCarthy sat down for an interview with Bust magazine to talk about her new film, which she stars in and also wrote with husband Ben Falcone. The comedian said she had a specific idea for the film's message in mind while writing the script.

"Watching [women] become friends and then essentially become family, that's the kind of thing I root for when I watch a movie," Melissa said. "I want to see that. I love to show women and girls uniting. I love showing that because I think so often in movies, you see women just fighting and not liking each other. That's not real life. That's not the norm."

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McCarthy also dropped some inspiring advice during the interview on why you don't need to stick to the status quo.

"There are just so many 'shoulds' in life," she said. "You should do this, you should wear this, you should drink this, you should only be eating this. We spend so much of our lives trying to follow the checklist, and there's an appeal to just throwing that list out."

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Plus, McCarthy opened up about why she's drawn to playing quirky, awkward and complicated characters.

"I have a real fascination with people who have that wall up," McCarthy revealed. "Like, what put that up? I always wonder... 'what's on the other side of that?' I never quite buy that sort of bluster. It always kinda breaks my heart."

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