Calling all Melissa McCarthy fans, this one’s for you!
Beginning with her role as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls (from 2000 to 2007)—which she reprised in 2016 for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life on Netflix…thank goodness—fans have been in awe of McCarthy’s comedic chops and acting prowess.
On Tuesday, E! announced that the 48-year-old actress would be receiving the first-ever People’s Icon Award at the 2018 E! People’s Choice Awards further proving what we already knew…McCarthy is a freaking star.
From her comedy roles like Bridesmaids and This Is 40 (a small part, but so good) to her newest role as the real-life celebrity biographer Lee Israel in Can You Ever Forgive Me?, McCarthy has proved time and time again that she is an acting force to be reckoned with.
So, in honor of the funny gal’s impressive People’s Choice Awards honor—she will be recognized at the live award show this Sunday—we had to take a look back at her very best characters throughout the years.
Whether you loved her on TV—as either Sookie on Gilmore Girls, Dena on Samantha Who? or Molly from Mike & Molly—or are a big fan of her hilarious movie catalog including, The Boss and Life of the Party, we can all agree that when you see the Illinois native on screen you are almost always guaranteed to smile.
Her comedic timing is totally on point no matter what the role and she’s just so freaking lovable.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to look at all of McCarthy’s iconic roles below before you watch her accept the People’s Icon of 2018 award at the PCAs this weekend.
Plus, McCarthy is also a PCAs finalist for Comedy Movie Star of 2018, so she might be a two-time winner by the end of the night!
(E! and NBC are both part of the NBCUniversal family).