Hollywood star Melissa McCarthy is great with words behind the camera, but it isn’t always as easy for her at home. The actress, who previously starred in several intimate movie scenes like “Identity Thief,” spoke about her experience having a sex talk with her daughter, Vivian. She said her first try was “incredibly awkward,” as they had it while picking up some dog poop.
McCarthy also spoke about her other conversations with her kids on sensitive topics. The actress said she and her husband, Ben Falcone, created a safe space where their kids talk openly with them. They’ve spoken about picking the right partners and red flags, so their kids know to find the best life partners.
Asides from being a mother, McCarthy is also a talented actress with a booked and busy career. She features as villain Ursula in the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid,” which premieres in 2023.
Read on to find out more.
An Awkward Time For An Important Conversation
McCarthy spoke about the experience on an episode of the “We Can Do Hard Things” podcast. The “Bridesmaids” star said she was packing some dog poop at the back of the house with her daughter when it happened. At the time, she thought it was a “really wonderful time” to have the conversation, but she was wrong.
Vivian, now 17, was immediately embarrassed when McCarthy brought it up and wanted her to stop. Recalling how she reacted, McCarthy said (per Page Six), “Vivi just goes, ‘Oh dear God, is this happening?’” Though the reaction discouraged her, she continued talking about it. “I was like, ‘There are different parts of bodies … uh.’… I was just like, ‘Let me be awkward and get through it.’”
The “Life of the Party” star said the conversation embarrassed her as she wanted to be “open” with Vivian as her mother. McCarthy also admitted that it was hard for her to talk about sex since she grew up in a conservative home. She said, “There is still a midwestern former Catholic person [inside me] that’s like, ‘Talk about sex and a lightning bolt comes down.’”
Melissa McCarthy Regularly Advises Her Kids
While the sex conversation was weird for them, McCarthy said she’d had several other great talks with her kid. She has since found better ways to discuss sensitive topics with her kids, Vivian and Georgette, and said she’s proud of herself.
The “Ghostbusters” star, who shares the kids with husband and fellow actor Ben Falcone, also said she and Falcone advise the kids together from time to time. They also created a safe space for them to open up to and seek advice from them.
She recounted how they once advised the kids on how to pick the right life partners. She noted that she urged them to pick respectful people to have intimate relationships with in the future. They should be “incredibly kind and respectful and only lift [them] up.”
She Teaches Her Kids About Spotting Red Flags
McCarthy also taught them how to watch out for red flags. She asked her kids to find people that would support and encourage them. “That person has to be incredibly happy when you succeed and incredibly supportive when you fail,” she explained. “If those are ever switched, that’s the biggest red flag on earth. And nothing should make you feel uncomfortable.”
McCrathy’s kids can definitely learn a thing or two from their parents relationship, especially for how loving it seems. The actress showed love to her husband on his birthday in August. She posted a short clip of Falcone dancing on her Instagram and captioned it, “Hands off, he’s mine!! Happy 49th Birthday to the most wonderful weirdo I know. I love you.”
What Is Melissa McCarthy Currently Up To?
McCarthy, who starred in the HBO Max film “Super Intelligence” in 2021, has major plans for the big screen. The 52-year-old is set to wow fans with her role as Ursula in the upcoming live-action musical/fantasy film “The Little Mermaid” in 2023.
The movie follows the storyline of the original Disney cartoon of the same name about the mermaid princess Ariel. McCarthy will star alongside Halle Bailey (who plays Princess Ariel), Simone Ashley, Jonah Hauer-King, and Jacob Trembley, among others.