'Ghostbusters' Stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon Land 'Women in Comedy' Co
By Rachel McRady
Photo: Elle Magazine
Who ya gonna call? This year one of the most iconic comedies is getting an all-female reboot. To celebrate the upcoming film, Ghostbusters stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon each got their own separate covers for Elle magazine’s “Women in Comedy” issue.
The funny women look glam and dolled up for their sartorial shoot. For her cover, McKinnon donned a black pantsuit and looked like she was standing in a wind tunnel, with her hair whipping back.
The Saturday Night Live regular admitted that impersonating others is a big part of how she shows herself.
“I came to a reckoning that [pretending to be other people] is in fact such a real, huge chunk of the way I communicate. I thought it was something I was putting on to disguise something else, but it’s not,” McKinnon said.
Her interviewer, Lizzy Goodman, quipped that meant that the SNL star is, in fact, really Justin Bieber – the pop star she regularly impersonates.
As for her fellow SNL comedian, Jones, the writer and jokester has always wanted to be in the business of making people laugh.
“I just knew that I was funny, and I knew that it was just a matter of time. I didn’t know what was going to actually happen—this is definitely way bigger than I thought—but I knew there was no way I was going to be that funny and nobody was going to notice it,” she said.
Though this is the first lead in a feature film for Jones, she’s joining seasoned stars McCarthy and Wiig. The Gilmore Girls alum insisted that she gets “psychotically attached” to her characters, saying, “Even if she’s fictitious, she’s always real to me: three-dimensional, flawed, loving, screwed-up, as real women are.”
It’s not the first time McCarthy has covered Elle for an annual issue. In November 2013 she posed for the “Women in Hollywood” issue, and the shoot proved to be controversial. As other ladies stripped down for racier photos, the Mike & Molly star donned a large trench coat.
She later responded to critics of the magazine, saying, “What I found so bizarre is I picked the coat. I grabbed the coat. I covered up. I had a great black dress on but I thought, ‘It comes out in November.’”
For this cover, McCarthy wore a silky teal top and in the inside pages she sported a black fitted dress with matching heels.