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

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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.

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