Melissa McCarthy makes $12m a year, wakes up at 04:30, and doesn't use her phone at weekends
Melissa McCarthy is doing pretty well for herself these days, but it wasn't always this way. Earlier this year, in an interview with Glamour, she revealed that she'd struggled with paying her bills in her early 20s, after she moved to New York City to pursue a career in comedy.
"I remember when you could still get a $5 bill out of an ATM and I couldn't get it because [my balance] was under $5," she told the publication. However, by 2018 she was one of Hollywood's highest-earning actresses, reportedly earning $12 million in 2018 alone. At the age of 48, she's now worth $60 million, according to Forbes.
In a recent profile published at the New York Times, McCarthy opened up about what her life is really like day-to-day, from when she wakes up to her thoughts on technology. She follows in the same vein as celebrities such as Richard Branson and Mark Wahlberg by getting up early each day, waking at 4:30 AM to begin her "carefully curated" day.
Getting up early in either her Los Angeles or Atlanta home, she tries tries to not wake her family, makes some coffee, and then spends this part of the morning watching TV (typically Knight Rider or The Incredible Hulk, it turns out). Rather than take up any meditational practices or checking emails for work, she instead focuses on her wellness in other ways. "I treat myself right," she says.
The way she sees it, the entire world is set up around efficiency, but its not a trend she buys into, being more interested in her home being a place to spend time with her family.
“We are literally knocking down walls to help ourselves multitask,” she says. “Maybe I’ll start a business called ‘Walls,’ and my specialty will be putting walls in, because in 10 years we’re all going to want them again because we’ve made our houses into studio apartments.”
On top of this, she tries to keep her home not one dominated by technology, resisting having her phone out at all time - something that many of us often fail at. She tries to keep it to a minimum, but when it comes to the weekends - it's time for friends and family. On Sundays, she and her husband, director Ben Falcone, invite friends and family over for dinner and put the phones down.
McCarthy admits that phones drive her crazy, and their rule for these situations is that you can use your phone if you absolutely need to, but there's no scrolling. As far as she's concerned, if you’re scrolling, you’re not actually checking anything important. “You’re absent-mindedly removing yourself from the space you are in,” she explains.
How often do you find yourself absent-mindedly scrolling through your various social media feeds when you're with others, without any particular reason for your peruse of the likes of Instagram and Twitter? Maybe it's worth putting it down once in a while, like she does.