Sookie St. James is perhaps best described as Lorelai Gilmore’s accident-prone best friend and platonic life partner.
Played by Melissa McCarthy, she’s funny, beautiful, creative, and caring. She also happens to be fat. But you know what’s really cool about Gilmore Girls? No one ever mentions that Sookie is fat. It’s never a plot point that she can’t get a man because she isn’t skinny. She’s not depressed. There’s never a Very Special Episode where she comes to terms with how fat she is and tries to loose weight. She never goes on a binge diet or is seen making herself exercise to make up for whatever she ate that day. She’s just awesome. Not “she would be so pretty if she just lost some weight” awesome. Just awesome. Period.
I fell in love with Melissa McCarthy in the role as Sookie because she’s just so charming and real, but also because it’s so rare to see a woman her size being the love interest on a show, accepted and loved for Who She Is and not What She Should Be. I wish I could say I’ve brought myself to watch more of her work since then, but I just haven’t been able to. The Chris Farley-esque body comedy where her fatness is her punchline makes me feel all wounded. Maybe it’s a good sign that women can have body comedy, too… I just wish a talented fat actress could get noticed for something else. I know that she’s at least partially responsible for some of these characters (she wrote and produced her latest film, Tammy), so I suppose she’s comfortable with the roles she chooses. I just wonder what the chances are that she’d get a movie funded where she wasn’t having the play a variation of the same bumbling fatso?
ANYWAY. Back to Sookie.
Sookie is a talented chef, and much of her screen time involves her in/around the kitchen. She’s constantly experimenting with different dishes and ingredients, often allowing her imagination to get the best of her as she prepares incredibly elaborate meals (ahem, not that I can relate or anything). I wanted her drink to be creative and decadent; a little cocktail she would enjoy as a fellow foodie.
MMmm, sauce bath. Images found here.
So, in her honor, I present to you: