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7 Amazing Bodies of Mike & Molly Stars

Beyond their on-screen personas, Mike & Molly actors have shared their personal journeys, perspectives, and even some beauty and fitness secrets. From Melissa McCarthy's empowering approach to body image to Billy Gardell's transformation and self-care revelations, each cast member offers unique insights. We also explore how Katy Mixon approaches her craft, Holly Robinson Peete's skincare regimen, Reno Wilson's dual role as an actor and fitness instructor, Swoosie Kurtz's intriguing personality contrast, and Louis Marstillo's unconventional inspirations.


Melissa McCarthy


Melissa McCarthy played the lead role of Molly Flynn, winning an Emmy for it. She shared how she approaches body image to Life & Style. "I truly stopped worrying about it," she said. "I think there's something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked. It may be the best thing I've ever done. I feel amazing!"


Billy Gardell


Billy Gardell plays Mike Biggs on the show. He talked about his weight loss and body image to Entertainment Tonight. "I think you got to find peace with yourself and at some point, look in the mirror and go you know, 'it's probably time to take care of you.' Then I didn't get that note early on," Gardell said. "So I'm a big believer that when you get it, you get it. It doesn't matter when. As long as you get it."


Katy Mixon


Katy Mixon played Victoria Flynn on the show. She talked about how she approaches acting to "For me, all of the technicalities are different, but what I'm grounded in and my background is the same. You approach it the same way where you prepare, and as an actor, you go into a scene: 'What's my objective? What's my want? What's my tactic? Why am I talking? What do I need out of this person?' That's all the same. It's just you happen to be there for 14 hours filming so many different ways from so many different angles."


Holly Robinson Peete


Holly Robinson Peete played the recurring role of Christina. She shared her skincare secrets with New Beauty. "I use a couple different kinds of products, but I love Drunk Elephant. They're an excellent brand. I'm also really into steaming my face, it really feels like you get your pores open. I use lemon or other essential oils in just a pot, and I'll steam with over it with my hair up in a towel. It's really simple, and I find it works really well for me. I also exfoliate, exfoliate, exfoliate."


Reno Wilson


Reno Wilson played the role of Carl McMillian on the show. In addition to being an actor, he is also a fitness instructor. The Los Angeles Times reported that Wilson teaches a spin class. Sometimes, his Mike & Molly co-stars would attend the class. "The show that spins together stays together, wins Emmys together," he said. 


Swoosie Kurtz


Swoosie Kurtz plays Joyce Flynn on the show. She talked about her life and career to Smashing Interviews. "I think I'm an extrovert in front of a camera or on stage, but an introvert in life. It took me a while to figure that out. A lot of actors start out shy and then discover that they can, in front of a group of people, somehow be liberated by playing someone else."


Louis Marstillo


Actor and writer Louis Marstillo played Vince Moranto on the show. He talked about his approach to his career to Stage Rights. "My acting and writing work are actually influenced by people I knew and experiences I encountered in Buffalo, New York City, and Los Angeles, most of which were not at all connected to the world of entertainment. I draw so much inspiration from walking around the streets of New York City or going to offbeat neighborhoods in Los Angeles such as Atwater Village where I get to observe all different types of people. It is essential to get away from the business and explore real life as that can prove to be the best acting class. Growing up in a blue-collar, Irish neighborhood in Buffalo, New York as a full-blooded Italian, I was always on the outside looking in. I grew up with an older and a younger sister but had no older brother to stick up for me. As an Italian family, we had different food, different holidays, and a whole different perspective on life than our Irish neighbors. If I told a neighborhood kid they were wrong, a fight could ensue. A bunch of Irish guys punching me in the head helped prepare me for the harshness of Hollywood."

Anna Bechtel
Anna Bechtel is a freelance writer currently based in Hamden, CT. Read more
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