Melissa McCarthy has unveiled her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – and revealed she feared it might have been a prank.
The 44-year-old Bridesmaids actress was joined by her husband and frequent collaborator Ben Falcone for the ceremony, as well as talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and Paul Feig, who directed her in The Heat, Bridesmaids and her new film Spy.
“It was emotional… it is kind of overwhelming. When I pulled the cover off the star I thought it would say ‘just kidding’. That would have been a good one,” she said after revealing her star in front of the famous TCL Chinese Theatre.
During her emotional speech before she unveiled the star on Hollywood Boulevard, she said she felt she was living in a dream.
“I still can’t believe what is happening and where I’m standing right now, it’s a little overwhelming in the best of ways, I need a moment to process what is happening,” she said.
“I feel slightly like I’m in the middle of a fever dream and that’s kind of reasonable because later when I try to describe what is happening right now I would have a hard time convincing somebody of the following: I was on Hollywood Boulevard getting my star and Ellen DeGeneres was there and said nice things.
“And then I will have to say the super fancy director Paul Feig also said lovely things about me and we are on our third movie, going into our fourth movie together which seems, again, like I’ve gone nuts.
“And then I would have to say, ‘Remember that really cute guy Ben Falcone who I had a crush on in (improvisation group) Groundlings? I’m married to him in the dream and we have two kids and I don’t think anybody is going to believe me.’
“If I had told myself any of these things 10 years ago I would have assumed I was having a nervous breakdown. I cannot be more delighted this is real.”
McCarthy’s fourth film with Feig is a highly anticipated, all-female version of Ghostbusters, which will begin shooting in June.
Asked how she was preparing for a movie with such high expectations, she said: “We are diving in, 100 per cent full throttle. Whatever Paul says, I just go with it.”