Is Melissa McCarthy in 'The Boss' Based on Martha Stewart?

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Melissa McCarthy as Michelle Darnell and Martha Stewart

Melissa McCarthy Invites Martha Stewart Comparisons in ‘The Boss’

Ridiculously wealthy? Check. Conservatively dressed? Check. Served time in prison? You bet. If we didn’t know any better, we’d think Melissa McCarthy‘s character Michelle Darnell in “The Boss” is based on Martha Stewart. Loosely based.

So is Michelle really Martha? “I can’t say,” McCarthy coyly replies during a recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

The “Bridesmaids” actress describes her character as the “47th wealthiest woman in the world who wields her power intensely” who also is an “incredible narcissist and is into, like, self-help books.”

Inspired by a Groundlings sketch character created more than a decade ago, “The Boss” tells the story of an ambitious woman who goes on a mission to rebrand herself as America’s Sweetheart by building a brownie empire after being released from incarceration.

Either way, the “Mike and Molly” alum’s  costar Kristen Bell says that on screen McCarthy’s performance is a good thing in “The Boss.”

The “Frozen” star, who is no stranger to comedies with roles in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Couples Retreat,” gushed about McCarthy to Made in Hollywood, calling her a “comedic genius,” adding, “She is just impenetrably funny. You cannot throw her off, but she’s also kind of a walking human heart. She’s exceptionally kind and emotionally connected.”

Of course, staying emotionally connected while shooting “The Boss” was likely no hard task for Melissa McCarthy, especially because her husband, Ben Falcone, called the shots at the comedy’s director and cowriter. Previously, Falcone acted as her boss on 2014’s “Tammy”–his directorial debut. He has also has also had supporting roles in her movies “Bridesmaids,” “Identity Thief,” and “The Heat.”

Compare Melissa McCarthy and Martha Stewart when “The Boss” hits theaters April 8.

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