Melissa McCarthy has said New York City drag queens helped her a lot when she only arrived to the big city having no money and no place to go to escape the tiny apartment she rented. She visited comedy clubs with drag performers looking for something to make her laugh while she was struggling.
“I was thinking, ‘how hard can it be?’” she said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “It was me there with my lovely gay guy friends and I was dressed like a big old drag queen. I went by Miss Y. I had a gold lame swing coat on, a huge wig, big eyelashes…” Melissa said she used to frequent Stand Up NY, where she would take to the stage and perform stand up next to the most successful drag artists of New York City.
And although her time as Miss Y is over, Melissa confessed to bringing a little of the drag queen to every single role of hers. “I really like to watch the bolder ones who are overly confident without anything to back it up,” she added. “I love the person in hot pants and a tube top that should not be wearing them that is just like, ‘I look f**kin’ good!’ I love that person! It’s somebody that’s somehow not bought into all the we-should and we-shouldn’t. They don’t give a s**t. I have a real obsession with people who just do not care.”