Melissa McCarthy On Her First Visit To A Gay Bar

Melissa McCarthy On Her First Visit To A Gay Bar

Speaking to PrideSource, actress Melissa McCarthy was asked about her experience the first time she stepped into a gay bar after growing up in rural Illinois:

“I thought, “Where has this been all my life?” That’s the honest to god truth.

“There was a feeling of anything goes, you’re OK, no one’s gonna find you odd. What you’re wearing, who cares! What you’re doing, dancing all night! There just was a celebration innately built in.

“It’s like, I didn’t go there to be somber, I went because I was like, there’s such a feeling of unity and I never felt… I just… I really did, I had such a strong reaction to it.

“It’s like, I think, certainly, from many of my friends I was with as they came out and struggled with their families or had delightfully surprising responses from their family, to have a place to go where they were just fully accepted, a lot of joy went with that.

“So I kind of sat in the backdrop of that and enjoyed it.”

McCarthy plays lesbian “Lee Israel” in her latest film, poignant Oscar-worthy dramedy “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” currently in select theaters.