Melissa McCarthy moved to New York with $35 in her pocket: Watch

Look how far she’s come! Melissa McCarthy may be one of the biggest names in Hollywood, but her success didn’t happen without some struggle to make it to the top.

The 47-year-old Life of the Party actress sat down with Willie Geist for a Sunday TODAY interview airing on Sunday, May 13, during which she reflected on the beginning of her career by hilariously explaining her first days in New York City.

In the clip shared exclusively with Us Weekly, Geist begins the conversation by reflecting on McCarthy’s move to NYC when she was just 20 years old. “Is it true you had $45 [in your pocket]?” the 43-year-old journalist asked the comedian.

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Melissa McCarthy on Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist.

“Yeah, 35,” she quickly corrected. “Yeah, I don’t think I went into the 40s.”

The two shared a laugh and the Emmy-winning actress joked, “Fancy pants here,” pointing to Geist. “Yeah, just a terrible decision,” she recalls. “I’d had never been here. And just showing up … just shy of being, like, in overalls with a shuck of weed, I was like, ‘I’m from a soybean farm.’”

The Gilmore Girls alum – who Forbes listed as the fourth highest paid actress with $18 million in 2017 — also reflected on having “no way to take care of myself.” She noted, “My friend and I would, like, split a bagel.”

McCarthy also told Geist that when she made the move to New York, she just showed up at an address that a friend had given her. “I showed up with all my bags, and this girl was like, ‘What are you doing here?’ and I was like, ‘I’m moving in!’” she joked.

To learn more about McCarthy’s humble beginnings, tune into Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist on Sunday, May 13, at 7 a.m. ET.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Spy' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Spy' New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on June 1, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GEMANY - MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy attends 'Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover' Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 27: Actress Melissa McCarthy attend the UK Premiere of 'Spy' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 27, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Melissa McCarthy is seen on May 10, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Janet Mayer/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES - MAY 8: The Late Late Show with James Corden airing Tuesday, May 8, 2018, with guests Melissa McCarthy and Chris Parnell. (Photo by Terence Patrick/CBS via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Jennifer Lopez and Melissa McCarthy on Wenesday, May 9, 2018 -- (Photo by: Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 07: Melissa McCarthy is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on May 07, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by RB/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
OPELIKA, AL - APRIL 30: Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy attend 'Life Of The Party' World Premiere at AMC Tiger 13 on April 30, 2018 in Opelika, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)
AUBURN, AL - APRIL 30: Actress Melissa McCarthy attends the 'Life Of The Party' Auburn University Tour at Auburn University on April 30, 2018 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 24: Actor Melissa McCarthy (L) and Director/Actor Ben Falcone attend CinemaCon 2018 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to �The Big Picture�, an Exclusive Presentation of our Upcoming Slate at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on April 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for CinemaCon)
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! - ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live! features a week of guest hosts filling in for Jimmy, starting Monday, December 4. The guest host for Thursday, December 7 was Melissa McCarthy with guests Octavia Spencer ('The Shape of Water'), Actor Dave Franco ('The Disaster Artist') and musical guest Hanson. (Randy Holmes/ABC via Getty Images) DAVE FRANCO, MELISSA MCCARTHY
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 16: Melissa McCarthy is seen on January 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG015/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Melissa McCarthy is seen on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG020/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Comedian Dave Chappelle (L) and actor Melissa McCarthy speak onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE -- 'Jimmy Fallon' Episode 1722 -- Pictured: Melissa McCarthy as Press Secretary Sean Spicer on April 15, 2017 -- (Photo by: Chris Haston/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Kristen Bell and actress Melissa McCarthy arrive for the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'CHiPS' held at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 20: Actress Melissa McCarthy arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'CHiPS' at TCL Chinese Theatre on March 20, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actress Melissa McCarthy poses in the press room during the 2017 People's Choice Awards at Microsoft Theater on January 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 18: FAVORITE COMEDIC MOVIE ACTRESS, Melissa McCarthy during the PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARDS 2017, the only major awards show where fans determine the nominees and winners across categories of movies, music and television. Broadcast live from the Microsoft Theatre Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Ben Falcone (L) and Melissa McCarthy attend the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 13: Melissa McCarthy attends the Viacom Winter TCA Panels and Party on January 13, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Joshua Blanchard/Getty Images for Viacom)
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