<p><span></span>She starred in one of the biggest comedies of the year, but life wasn't always so great for <em>Bridesmaids</em> star <a href="http://dynamic.bauerpublishing.com/mt-search.fcgi?blog_id=2&tag=melissa%20mccarthy&limit=20&IncludeBlogs=2"><strong>Melissa McCarthy</strong></a>. The actress tells the new issue of <em>Life & Style</em>, on newsstands now, about being bullied before making her mark in Hollywood.<br />
"I think everybody has had to deal with it to some degree or another," the 41-year-old actress and mother told Life & Style about bullying, at the Ivory VIP event at the Metropolitan Pavilion in NYC on Nov. 7. "Mine wasn't physical, but I think everyone's had an experience involving a group that seems cooler and makes you feel like you're less than you are," she says.
As a self-described "weird punk kid," Melissa says she wants her kids to accept everyone for who they are. "Every time we see someone or something different, I always try to say, 'Isn't that amazing?'" she tells Life & Style.
Melissa admits her family helped her stay strong and get through the tough times. "I had great parents," she says. "I probably cried in the bathroom, but I would come back out and just go on." As a parent herself, with husband Ben Falcone, the actress tells Life & Style she'll make sure her daughters Vivian, 4, and Georgette, 1, know how to handle bullies.
"I'm just going to tell my children a hundred times that a bully is not worth it," she tells Life & Style. "If you say that, hopefully your kid at some point will recall it and realize that maybe it's the bully who's insecure."
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