Melissa McCarthy, already an Emmy-winning and Oscar nominated actress, is expanding her resume to include clothing designer. The Bridsemaids and Mike & Molly star has teamed up with Sunrise Brands to create casual sportswear that will include straight and plus sizes. And lest you think she’ll just slap her name on the brand and watch the money roll in, McCarthy actually studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology and only got into comedy after celebrated shoe designer Brian Atwood suggested she do so.
“I lived on a farm in Illinois and we didn’t have a lot of money,” McCarthy tells Women’s Wear Daily. “But I lived vicariously through magazines. I was obsessed with Jean Paul Gaultier. I still have the scrapbooks and I’ve kept all my designs and sketches. I loved the playfulness of fashion. I think maybe that’s why I became an actress. You put on one outfit and feel one way, and another one will make you feel another way. Clothes are a wonderful tool.”
Although McCarthy’s line doesn’t have a name yet, its collection is set to hit stores in fall of 2015 with items ranging between $39 and $118. McCarthy also expects to make her clothing available online for purchase, though which stores and online retailers will carry the line is still unknown.
“When I go shopping, most of the time I’m disappointed. Two Oscars ago, I couldn’t find anybody to do a dress for me,” McCarthy told Redbook earlier this year. “I asked five or six designers—very high-level ones who make lots of dresses for people—and they all said no.”
McCarthy starred in Tammy earlier this year and can currently be seen in St. Vincent with Bill Murray. She’s working on no fewer than four new movies in the next few years, one of which includes a sequel to The Heat, the 2013 buddy cop flick that co-starred Sandra Bullock.