Amy Schumer opened up about why she turned down hosting ‘The Daily Show.’ She also speaks out out about sexism in Hollywood, how she feels about her weight and body image and much more. The outspoken comedian and star of the movie ‘Trainwreck’ is speaking her mind, as always.
The 34-year-old comedian and actress has been rising in prominence and fame with her critically acclaimed show ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ on Comedy Central. She will soon be seen on the big screen in the Judd Apatow-directed comedy ‘Trainwreck’ opposite Bill Hader. It’s her first starring movie role and she’s also the screenwriter. She portrays a woman who we might call a “serial dater” who does not want to get married, thus twisting a male stereotype. To say it’s highly anticipated, as we often say of movies, is an understatement.
She has been outspoken about sexism, as the movie’s subject matter is an easy avenue to that much-needed discussion. According to People, at the recent press conference for the movie, she said, “”A lot of people have asked me if I intended to kind of flip the gender roles like I’m playing the guy, and that’s not been my experience at all.”
She continued, and added, “This is how I am and how a lot of girls are where the guy ends up being a little more sensitive and more invested. So the scene where I get high and then John [Cena’s] character looks through my phone, and then instead of comforting him I ask if I can leave – that did happen in my real life.”
In her powerful acceptance speech for the Trailblazer of the Year Award at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards earlier this year, she candidly — and sometimes profanely — took Hollywood to task, and had even cited her weight, to make a point, as being 160 pounds. That too served to make the speech go viral.
This time around, she had this to say about her weight, “It’s very therapeutic for me to be like, ‘Yes, I’m not going to look like a malnourished bird,’ and I like speaking to that, as well as speaking to my work and what I’m doing.”
The Daily Beast asked her why she had turned down ‘The Daily Show’ when offered seemingly a plum job, taking over for the departing and indeed iconic current host Jon Stewart. She said, “I was so honored to be asked and considered. With Comedy Central, I project so much ‘You’re my parents!’ on the network and the people that run it, so them saying, ‘We believe in you and trust that you can do this,’ I thought, ‘Oh my god, thank you!’”
She went on to say, “And then I thought, ‘Well, I could give everyone I love a job and we could all be together for five years. But picturing being in a building and knowing what I was going to do for five years—I love not knowing. And I’ve never done anything safe or to make money for that reason. So, you know, I said, ‘I can’t start now.'”
For viewers, yes, perhaps a missed opportunity, Amy Schumer as ‘The Daily Show’ host, but it’s certainly not the last we will see of her; quite the opposite as she’s on the threshold of what looks to be major stardom. You can see yet another interview with Amy Schumer — along with red carpet photos — below!
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