Melissa McCarthy on the Cover of People

All joking aside, the Little Mermaid star admits she was “incredibly flattered” over the honor.

When Melissa McCarthy heard the news that she had been chosen to grace the cover of PEOPLE’s 2023 Beautiful Issue, her first thought was “Did my mom and my dad have the two main votes?”

“I thought the younger version of myself or everybody out there who isn’t the youngest or whatever… I felt like it was saying something really lovely to my younger self, to my 20-year-old self,” she tells PEOPLE in this week’s cover story. “And maybe to other people, too.”

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