October 17, 2011 09:00 AM

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Even as so many of her professional dreams — an Emmy award, a Saturday Night Live hosting gig — are coming true all at once, Melissa McCarthy can count on her kidsVivian, 4, and Georgette, 19 months — to knock her back down to earth.

“The morning after the Emmys, my oldest one woke me up and she was like, ‘Mama, last night they made you a princess,'” McCarthy tells PEOPLE at the Art Mere Art Pere for Livestrong event in L.A. of the awards show, where along with the trophy, she also received a tiara, sash and roses on stage with her fellow Emmy nominees.

“She was so excited, and I said, ‘Do you want to see it?'” the Mike & Molly star says. “And she’s like, ‘I want to see it,'” McCarthy continued.

“I took her in and showed her the Emmy and she’s like, ‘No — the crown,'” says McCarthy, 41. “She was literally like, ‘What is this piece of tin?'”

“She was so irritated,” the Bridesmaids actress continues. “She clearly had had it with me. And really all she wanted was the crown.”

Despite her daughter’s fascination with the tiara, McCarthy is still happily reeling from the events of the past several months.

“It’s a little crazy,” she says of life post-Emmy win. “It’s been the time of my life, everything about it — the show and the Emmy and then doing SNL. … I appreciate every day. It has not escaped me that something crazy is going on.”

— Scott Huver

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