Melissa McCarthy starts her day bright and early — but not for what you might think

By Alexia Fernandez
October 17, 2018 03:11 PM
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Melissa McCarthy starts her day bright and early — but not for what you might think.

The Oscar-nominated actress told The New York Times Magazine she wakes up at 4:30 a.m. every morning to watch TV: “I treat myself right.

McCarthy wanders through her home in Los Angeles or Atlanta, makes coffee and watches old episodes of Knight Rider or the original episodes of The Incredible Hulk starring Lou Ferrigno.

“I watch [him] freak out, throw a clearly rubber tree. Bill Bixby’s high-waisted super chambray-colored pants,” she said. “They’re always so pristine. Even though he’s backpacking in the woods, he’s so freshly laundered.”

The actress — who’s getting Oscar buzz again this year for her performance as author-turned-forger Lee Israel in the new drama Can You Ever Forgive Me? — also says she reads the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times — and that she loves National Geographic, in which she admires photos of polar bears.

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On the weekends, she and her husband Ben Falcone abandon their phones and focus on their family, inviting longtime friends from their days in The Groundlings over for dinner, according to the magazine.

McCarthy previously opened up about how she and Falcone celebrated their 13th wedding anniversary, telling Ellen DeGeneres while on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that she gave Falcone a cell phone for seniors to celebrate their 13th wedding anniversary.

“It has huge buttons. It’s fantastic. Jitterbug, that’s right. Jitterbug. My kids are horrified by it,” she said.

Falcone went a more amorous route for his gift. McCarthy recalled, “[He gave me] two beautiful rings, one that said ‘Love.’ And I gave him a Jitterbug phone. I need to work on my romance skills.”