In 2011, Melissa won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series playing Molly Flynn on Mike & Molly.
She has often played the best friend of the lead character--Sookie to Gilmore Girls' Lorelai (Lauren Graham), Dena to Samantha Who?'s Samantha (Christina Applegate), Marilyn to The Third Wheel's Michael (Ben Affleck), and "herself" to The Nines' Gavin (Ryan Reynolds).
Melissa and husband Ben welcomed a daughter on May 5, 2007.
Melissa appeared in a TV commercial for Washington Mutual.
Melissa credits the producers of MADtv for helping her get the role of Sookie.
Melissa enjoys acting in both independent films and big budget films.
In early 2007, Melissa was pregnant and so was her character, Sookie, on Gilmore Girls.
Melissa has been a guest on her cousin's talk show The Jenny McCarthy Show.
Melissa stars in the movie The Nines released in 2007. Melissa plays the role of Amber Strang in the movie Cook-Off!
Melissa appeared in the following movies: Auto Motives, Pumpkin, The Life of David Gale, Chicken Party, Cook-Off!, and Just Add Water.
Melissa is 5'4" tall. Melissa has green eyes and dark blonde hair.
Melissa was cast as Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls after Alex Borstein, who was originally chosen for the role, couldn't get out of her MADtv contract then. The pilot was actually shot with Borstein initially, so they had to film it again with Melissa. Series creator Amy Sherman-Palladino remembers that once Borstein left, everyone was so disappointed and convinced that nobody could be as good as her, but then Melissa came in and blew everyone away by making the character completely her own.
Melissa says she wants to direct her attention to writing, directing, and producing.
Melissa says fans love her because of her dimples.
(on comparisons between Dena of "Samantha Who?" and Sookie of "Gilmore Girls")
Melissa: At first I was afraid they were going to be pretty similar because they're both pretty bubbly and kind of high-energy. But the more I get into Samantha Who? I think it's the possibilities of Dena that make them very different.
(on wishing to be 20 again)
Melissa: If you really think about it, those were hard years. To learn everything through the process of failing certain things, that wasn't all fun! Maybe you want to go back and have key moments.
(on the relationship between her character Dena and Sam in "Samantha Who?")
Melissa: You have those friends that you were so close with all through grade school and really have a history with them. That stuff still counts, and I think that's what gives them their nice relationship.
(about having a lot of dialogue in "Gilmore Girls")
Melissa: It was never not in my mind that I couldn't complain what I had to do when Lauren [Graham] had, like, 700 pages a week! She has close to a photographic memory, and I don't know if they ever realized that if she hadn't had that memory, the show would have been literally impossible.
Melissa: We are so excited about the baby. I'm hoping the baby has a lot of Ben's calm traits and less of my spazzy ones.
(On "Gilmore Girls")
Melissa: I think it's hit 100 shows because of all its different characters.
Melissa: It is amazing to have the same steady job for five years.
(On working on the movie "The Life of David Gale")
Melissa: It was such a fun thing to do especially when there's no risk of how far it's going to go. If he would have let me, I guess I would have had to keep going. It was really fun to kind of spread that energy around.
(On dressing for her role in the movie "The Life of David Gale")
Melissa: The first time it took about 5 or 6 hours to get into the braids and the dreads, and then I just kept it on the whole time, which was interesting to walk around like that. People give you some looks.
(On her 'Goth' character in the movie "The Life of David Gale")
Melissa: Strangely, I was really gothic in high school so it was very familiar to me. I fear that a lot of people would see me who haven't seem me since high school and think, "Oh my God, she hasn't changed at all." It's real embarrassing; I still don't dress like that, it was just for the movie. My mom has seen it all - the piercings and the craziness - and I think she's glad I didn't stick with it.
(from an interview on "The Life of David Gale")
Melissa: You always figure out your own backstory. Everyone's perception of that will be different, which is kind of fun.
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