The fact that Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone, are a couple of movie stars has little to do with the decade of marital bliss they've sustained.
"We have a great marriage, and outside forces can't really change that," McCarthy tells Redbook in the magazine's July cover story. "Success doesn't really define us, even though we love what we do. The important thing is our family and kids."
Not that the "Heat" star has always been so together. There was a time, says the 43-year-old actress, when her priorities were somewhat out of whack. "I see teenagers or people who are 21 and think, ‘I was an idiot at that age. I was running around New York like a crazy woman. Thank God I only had three and a half cents to my name. I was too immature to handle success back then," she says.
But McCarthy and Falcone's daughters, Vivien, 7, and Georgette, 4, might have a better handle on the meaning of success than their mom once did. Vivien has come to understand something about her mom's celebrity status. "She asked me, ‘Are you famous?" Mccarthy tells Redbook. "And I said to her, ‘Famous doesn't mean anything. Just because people know my face doesn't mean they know us or that it makes us any more interesting or better.'"