MARIE CLAIRE: Cover Story August 2016

July 13, 2016

Amy Opens Up

​Amy Schumer has killed her way to the top with an unapologetic and unabashed brand of humor. Virtually no topic is off-limits in her comedy—nor, as it turns out, in her real life​.

By: Allison Glock


It is unseasonably hot the afternoon Amy Schumer arrives at New York's Central Park dressed in workout gear, sunglasses, and a baseball cap, her blonde hair tied in a low ponytail at her neck.

"Hope you like Lyme disease!" she deadpans as we set off toward a shady spot. While we walk, two things become clear: 1) Though the past year has brought a dizzying spate of good fortune, Schumer remains resolutely unsparing and unguarded, and 2) this is not going to be a stroll.

Powering forward, Schumer, 35, reflects on her recent past. "It's such a blur. I don't even remember what I've just done. I'm trying to figure out how to navigate all this. I don't have it down. I. Do. Not."

I remind her of some highlights: Her HBO stand-up special, Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo, directed by Chris Rock; the $140 million grossed by her debut film, Trainwreck, last year; her dramatic role in the upcoming military PTSD film Thank You for Your Service; a fourth season of her award-winning (including two Emmys and a Peabody) show, Inside Amy Schumer; and, most recently, filming a yet-untitled mother-daughter comedy with none other than OG icon Goldie Hawn, whom Schumer lured out of quasi Hollywood retirement to costar.

Here, a few highlights from her interview, on newsstands July 19:

On a recent sex dream she had about friend and Girls actress Jemima Kirke: "It was so awesome. I almost told her about it. Then I thought maybe Lena [Dunham] would get jealous. So I didn't."

On what she was like growing up: "I was always self-effacing, self-reflective. I hated feeling I was just like every other girl on Long Island. Looking at my clothes and my hair. I was very aware of not wanting to be the same as everyone."

On being in love: "Being in love is the scariest thing in the world. You want to f-ing cry and scream. I can't handle it. Every time we say good-bye, I think, This will have been a nice last week together. Or I tell myself nothing is real and he's going to leave me and tell me he never loved me. I feel so bad for him. How exhausting it must be dating me."

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