On Monday night, Opelika was the center of the entertainment world. Comedian and actress Melissa McCarthy greeted fans and media on the red carpet at the world premiere of her newest movie “Life of the Party.”
McCarthy is known for her role in movies like Bridesmaids, Identity Thief, Tammy, Ghostbusters, the TV show Gilmore Girls and the late night TV show Saturday Night Live.
She is funny, talented and beautiful.
She, along with her crew from the movie, attended the event at the AMC Tiger 13. Auburn University students showed their school spirit in order to land the premiere. In addition, McCarthy and her husband, director Ben Falcone, gave a $25,000 gift to Auburn University’s performing arts center for the naming of the stage door. Auburn said in a news release that Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema matched the donation for a total $50,000 gift.
Checking off a bucket list item, The Citizen and its sister company CTV Beam had the opportunity to stand on the red carpet and photograph and interview the stars.
The movie synopsis: dumped by her husband, long-time housewife Deanna turns regret into re-set by going back to college. Winding up at the same school as her daughter, Deanna plunges headlong into the campus experience – embracing the fun, the freedom and the frat boys.
While that only tells a small portion of the movie, most of the actors Monday night described the film as one that every daughter should watch with her mother. Most actresses interviewed, including Gillian Jacobs, Adria Arjona and Debbie Ryan, talked about the female empowerment they felt from making the movie that audiences would feel from watching it. Jacobs, when asked what advice she would give, said that daughters should listen to their mothers.
My personal favorite person to interview was Stephen Root. Root has played in movies like Office Space, Get Out, the HBO shows True Blood, The Newsroom and many more. He was so personable and fun.
This was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime event for our staff. How often is our region going to be able to host a world premiere and have our area overrun by Hollywood movie stars? It was exciting, even if we weren’t able to get a one-on-one interview with McCarthy herself. As it turns out, there were quite a few media outlets and fans lining the red carpet and they were late starting the movie. Towards the end, McCarthy’s assistants whisked her into the movie theatre so they could get started. We don’t mind. We’re happy to be involved. The movie hits theaters May 11 and you can check out the interviews on CTV Beam’s Channel 7 Saturday at 10 a.m. ET and again on Monday at 3 p.m. ET.
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