Melissa McCarthy may be the star of Spy, but there are a few other characters in the film who steal every scene they’re in: the wigs.
McCarthy sat down with People and EW editorial director Jess Cagle to talk about Spy and how she considers the wigs to be one of the most important parts of building a character.
“When I read a character that I really, really love, I know immediately what they look like,” McCarthy said. “And then it just doesn’t make sense if it looks like me. I don’t want to rehearse like that. I want to go through 100 percent and actually become that person that I thought of when I initially read it.”
She told Cagle that when she’s creating a character, her first stop is a wig store, where she tries on every wig she can find. Once she finds the right look, she sends director Paul Feig photos of what she’s thinking. “I’ve sent him many strange pictures of myself from a wig store,” she said.
“I’m the idiot that’s always like, ‘Can I look even worse, please?’” she added.
Spy opens in theaters June 5.