Comedian Any Schumer has found her happy place with her new husband and a new film that has a strong message on self-esteem, writes Michele Manelis
AMY Schumer has a few words of advice for wouldbe brides and grooms – get it done quickly. The US comedian says that she and 37-year-old chef Chris Fischer planned their surprise February wedding in just three days.
“I highly recommend it, because there wasn’t enough time for things to go poorly,” she says. “Nobody humiliated themselves; it all went smoothly. Of course, other than the fact that there was a drunk bride.”
Eighty guests, including one of her best friends, Jennifer Lawrence, witnessed the Trainwreck star wed the James Beard Award winner in a private ceremony on a beach in Malibu. Celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Larry David, Chelsea Handler and Jake Gyllenhaal were on hand as she walked down the aisle in a white Monique Lhuillier gown. Schumer was thrilled with the dress in unexpected ways. “I didn’t have to wear Spanx, I didn’t wear a bra and I didn’t have to suck in!” she says, with her trademark candour and a hearty laugh. “I felt like I could be totally free and be myself. And peeing was pretty easy. That feels good when you know you have to pee – and you can. “My sister was the only bridesmaid but Jennifer Lawrence gave a toast, which was really sweet.” Lawrence is nine years younger but despite the age difference, they have much in common. Schumer explains their friendship. “She is an old soul. She is wise and she has been famous for so long, I have a lot to learn from her. “We give each other advice – mostly unsolicited advice.” Schumer offers an example. “At my wedding, Jennifer was talking about how she was hitting on Larry David. And as her friend, I was like, ‘Hey, let’s steer you in another direction’. And besides, I’ve told her not to date actors or comedians.”
The big wedding day itself was not a lifelong dream for Schumer, whose new rom-com I Feel Pretty opens this week.
“It was never something I’d fantasised about, and I always thought if I ever met someone that I’d want to commit to, we’d go to a courthouse, but the two of us were like, F--- it. Let’s have fun and let’s have a wedding.
“I will wear white and we will walk down the aisle and do the whole thing. So we let ourselves have that.”
Schumer’s romantic past includes a two-year relationship with furniture designer Ben Hanisch, and wrestling champion Dolph Ziggler (dumping him because the sex was “too athletic”, she said during a Howard Stern interview).
“I’ve been heartbroken and I’ve been in abusive relationships. There’s a story in the movie about finding out the guy she was dating had a girlfriend. Well, that happened to me.”
Schumer didn’t have to go far to meet the one she would marry.
Much has been made of their lightning-fast courtship and there are a few things she’d like to clarify, thank you very much.
“Look, I’d just like to say, we didn’t meet, have sex and then elope,” she says. “We got to know each other, and now I’ve known him almost a year.
“He’s the brother of my assistant, Molly. And so he got to know me with my family – no makeup, just being myself.
“So we really got to know each other (properly).
“I guess maybe after five or six months was when we started looking at each other a little bit differently. Then we asked Molly if it was OK with her.” She laughs. “And I think she said yes because she was afraid of losing her job.”
So how did Schumer know he was “the one”?
“Well, I am 36 and I had been dating forever, but I also knew I would never settle.
“And then I met him and he was just the kindest, smartest, funniest, most giving person I had ever met, and I wanted to partner up with him. I thought we would really make it through the tough times in life.”
In Manhattan to promote I Feel Pretty, today also marks her two-month wedding anniversary. “We made it!” she laughs. “I love that I’m never going to get a text that says, ‘You up?’
“I am not going to go home
with anyone else … I’m psyched to be done dating. I don’t have to meet another person’s family – this is it. I really feel that. I really appreciate that and I feel calm.”
I Feel Pretty is about a woman struggling with selfesteem issues who wakes up believing she has transformed into the most beautiful woman on the planet before realising that in fact her appearance never changed.
“The message of this movie was really important to me, and that is to get out of your own way and realise that what you look like is not who you are, that you have a voice and have all this potential.
“It’s really your responsibility to live up to it.
“And love yourself like you are your own mother.”
Schumer has struggled with self-image for many years, and built a career from her confessional, confrontational and searingly honest comedy, but that is in her past. “I feel like I finally understand myself and that’s a gift that I wanted to give to everybody.”
Now that she’s married to a world-class chef, she’s learning the basics of cooking.
“He’s teaching me a lot about vegetables,” she says with a laugh. “He loves fennel, he loves celery root – things that I have mostly avoided.”
It also means she’s been given a lifelong waiver from culinary duties.
“I’ll be honest with you, I never have to cook and I never have to do the dishes.
“He loves cooking. It took me a while to understand, like, ‘So, you want to make dinner?’” She laughs. “And he’ll say, ‘So, you want to get up and perform in front of 10,000 people?’ And I am like, yeah, you are right!”
The message of this movie was really important to me, and that is to get out of your own way and realise that what you look like is not who you are AMY SCHUMER
BODY OF WORK: Amy Schumer in I Feel Pretty and (below left) on her wedding day with new husband Chris Fischer.