Also in the next year, she plans to launch a plus-size clothing line (“It’s what I always thought I’d end up doing,” says the onetime fashion major), work on M&M and other projects, renovate a new, larger house they’ve bought (“Renovating is one of my favorite things on the planet,” says McCarthy, a loyal HGTV viewer) and clear time for her weekly dinner dates with Falcone. “Lately, it’s more every other week,” he says. “We go out to dinner at 5:12 pm, and we’re home by 6:38 and put the kids to bed.”
Mostly she’s going to enjoy having a life and a career that are where she wants them to be. By 40, she says, one gains perspective. She no longer focuses on “the stupid stuff I worried about at 20—because at 20 you don’t have any responsibilities, so of course you’re a shallow narcissist. You can’t appreciate anything, you’re so self-absorbed. I bought into it—I should be taller, thinner, have better hair. But I think that’s part of being young. Now, especially with kids, you lose any sense of time or energy to worry about all the little stuff. It’s like the chip was taken out.
“Could things change and be better?” she continues. “Could I sleep more? Sure, and maybe I will. Or maybe I’ll never sleep again and things will be fine. I’ve discovered,” she says, smiling broadly and lifting her latte, “a love of coffee that has helped my life.”
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