Melissa McCarthy Weight Gain: Did She Gain Her Weight Back?


Melissa McCarthy appears to have had weight gain in her movie Genie.

Melissa McCarthy has sparked weight gain speculations with her looks on her recent release Genie. In the movie, the actress wore very weird costumes that were mostly unflattering and made her appear huger than we were used to, which led people to wonder if she had gained her weight back. Melissa McCarthy has not revealed if she has undergone weight gain but her weight keeps on fluctuating, so she could have gained weight, or maybe it’s just the costume.

Melissa McCarthy is brilliant at comedy as we have known since we saw her performance in television series such as Gilmore Girls and Mike & Molly, and in movies such as Bridesmaids, The Heat, Identity Thief, Boss, and Spy. She has done serious roles as well but it was her comedic roles that earned her two Primetime Emmy Awards. She has also received nominations for two Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards.

Melissa McCarthy is one of the highest-paid actresses in the world and has been in the Hollywood limelight for decades. All the years she has been in the limelight, she has faced intense scrutiny of her appearance and has been made to talk about her weight. Since she is not a conventionally thin woman like people expect every actress to be, her weight always becomes a topic in conversations about her. With her recent release Genie, people are talking about her weight gain. Here’s everything to know about it!

Previously, we touched on the weight gain stories of Adriana Lima and Nella Rose.

Melissa McCarthy’s Weight Gain: She Looks Bigger Than Before in Genie!

Melissa McCarthy (@melissamccarthy) looks like she has undergone a weight gain in her latest release Genie.

Melissa McCarthy sparked weight gain speculations after the release of Genie. houseandwhips.comMelissa McCarthy sparked weight gain speculations after the release of Genie.
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It’s been a while since McCarthy last did a proper comedy like the ones that she did in 2010 that she was so loved for. Recently she played Ursula in Disney’s live-action The Little Mermaid but it’s more of a fairy tale than a comedy. What might come close to the 2010s-style comedy she did is her recent release, the Peacock original film Genie. In the movie, she plays the titular supernatural being who is just so over-the-top and extra. It’s not her personality that seems to be extra, physically as well, she appears to have piled on some extra pounds, which has led to speculations about her weight gain.

Genie has Melissa McCarthy donning the most flashy and outrageous costumes that are very very eye-catching and reeling. As IndieWire put in, think of her costumes as a cross between a pirate and ABBA cosplay. Her flamboyance which seems a bit overdone with what she wears is something we can’t take all of in. Anyway, you may not be able to really observe what she’s wearing but you can’t miss that she looks a bit huge in those. It appears as though she has had weight gain again.

In all the years that we have known the Bridesmaids actress, she hasn’t been the conventionally thin woman that people expect every actress to be, which has been hard for her. She used to be very self-conscious about the fact that she wasn’t rail thin like most of the girls that she saw around her. So, she began to obsess over her weight from when she was in high school and she would freak about even the slightest weight gain. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Melissa McCarthy said,

I do think I worried about weight too soon, when it was only little-kid weight. I thought I battled weight throughout high school, but I look back at pictures of me as a cheerleader, doing sprints, lifting weights, doing gymnastics, playing tennis and while I wasn’t reed-thin like some girls…I was a size six the entire time. So what on Earth was I freaking out about?

What Has Melissa McCarthy Said About Her Weight Gain?

Melissa McCarthy's weight has often fluctuated. houseandwhips.comMelissa McCarthy’s weight has often fluctuated.
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As McCarthy started her career in acting, she seemed to have taken her focus off of her weight well, after the first few years. At the beginning of her career, after she moved to L.A. to pursue acting, she had the most drastic weight gain and it was the worst for her during that time because she went from being just average-sized to being 25 pounds heavier. The acting industry and L.A. itself aren’t kind to women who look anything other than stick-thin. As she recalled,

I stopped walking and ate [unhealthy] food. I was in good shape, then suddenly I gained 25 pounds.

Because Melissa McCarthy really could not afford to no do anything about her weight as she was just getting started in her career and since she was conscious about her weight herself, she went hard to undo her weight gain. She went on an all-liquid diet for about four months around the time that she was filming for Gilmore Girls and it worked. She lost 70 pounds. She has said that she would never do something that drastic again even though the diet was approved by her doctor because it made her feel “starved and crazy half the time.”

Anyway, since then, though the actress’ weight has mostly fluctuated, there has not been a dramatic weight gain or weight loss that has made headlines. She sometimes gains a few extra pounds and sometimes sheds them. Nothing to note about her weight. Melissa McCarthy even said in an interview with Refinery29 that she was forever going to fluctuate when she had just lost weight.

I have [lost weight], but I’ll be back again. I’ll be up, I’ll be down, probably for the rest of my life.

However, her looks on Genie looks as though she has undergone some drastic changes. She appears huge like she used to look before her weight loss. It’s hard to tell if it’s the costume (and costume wouldn’t be making that much of a difference anyway) but it definitely looks like she has had weight gain and she has packed on more than just the extra few pounds. She seems to have gained her weight back. People can’t stop talking about it but Melissa McCarthy has not responded to the speculations that she has had weight gain.