Melissa McCarthy Talks Working With 20-Somethings In ‘Life of the Party’

Melissa McCarthy is set to debut another movie this weekend, as Life of the Party hits theaters. McCarthy plays a newly divorced mother that decides to go back to college. It happens to be the same college her daughter just enrolled at! Because of that, Melissa found herself working with a 20-something cast, which apparently she was warned about!

Yes, Melissa McCarthy was warned about working with a supporting cast of younger women, which included Molly Gordon, Debby Ryan, Gillian Jacobs and Jessie Ennis. McCarthy, 47, talked about it with People, as she said, “People said to me, ‘You’re doing a movie with a bunch of twentysomething women? Good luck with that.’ I was like why? Why is that going to be a bad thing? And it turned out to be such a wildly happy experience for everybody. From every single part of the crew, they were just like, ‘This is a crazy happy set.’”

It sounds like that advice was way off for McCarthy, as she had a great time working with these ladies. Heck, it even gave her a peace of mind on the thought of her daughters, Vivian, 11, and Georgette, 8, getting older. She said, “These women are so strong and professional and kind and unabashedly joyful. They’re just a force. I feel like the second we met, we were suction-cupped and superglued together. It made me feel good for my girls, like [someday] you can get to this level of success and still be solid and happy.”

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While Melissa's husband, Ben Falcone, came up with the idea of the movie, it seems like it hits close to home for McCarthy. She said, “Ben came up with the idea for the film because he said, ‘What if you went to college with Vivian someday?’ I said, ‘I think that sounds awesome!’ He said, ‘No, the point is that it’s jarring and not normal. Do you not see that?’ But that’s the way I am: I will be terrible at letting go. If I could go to school with my girls, I would in a minute. But Ben’s just like, ‘Yeah, let’s not do that to our children.’”

Life of the Party opens in theaters on May 11!

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