If actress keeps a diary, it's hard to imagine how she'd be able to adequately describe all of the red-letter days she's experienced in the last two weeks.
The Plainfield native went from presenter to winner on Sept. 18 when she won the for her role in the sitcom Mike & Molly. Wednesday, she landed on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter, and this weekend she'll be hosting Saturday Night Live (10:30 p.m., NBC).
Of course, it may be her scene-stealing role in Bridesmaids, this year's breakout summer comedy, that opens doors to a whole new level of fame.
According to The Hollywood Reporter story, McCarthy's been tapped for two high-profile films, Dumb Jock, being directed by Bridesmaids' Paul Feig, and Judd Apatow's untitled Knocked Up spinoff. She's also in negotiations to star in Identity Theft, with Jason Bateman, she's penning a movie with Bridesmaids writer Annie Mumolo, and she and her actor husband, Ben Falcone, just sold a comedy project to CBS.
“She’s really one of my new heroes,” Feig told the magazine. “I’ll do anything to keep working with her. When you find someone like her, you don’t let them go.”
As she noted herself when collecting her television acting award, it's all a bit hard to fathom when your humble start was in a town that boasted about 4,400 people when the 41-year-old McCarthy was in high school.
"I'm from Plainfield, Ill., and I'm standing here, and it's kind of amazing," a teary-eyed McCarthy said in her Emmy acceptance speech.
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