Comedy star Amy Schumer takes us inside the making of her big screen debut, Trainwreck.
Famous for her fearless, bare-all comedy you can rely on Amy Schumer not to sugarcoat the experience of writing and starring in her first film.
Trainwreck is based on her own experiences and sexual exploits, so she is reliably honest about what is fact and what is fiction in the movie’s storyline.
“I would say 70% of the real me is portrayed in this movie and then there's a good 30% that's not. I don't drink as much as her unfortunately; I don't have nearly as much sex I would say it's a portrayal of me ten years ago,” she explains.
A native New Yorker, Schumer began doing stand up in 2004 but didn’t get her big break until she appeared on the fifth season of Comedy Centrals Last Comic Standing, where she made it to the finals.
Since then, she has built a huge fan base and made jaws drop globally with her unique style of outspoken comedy, won awards for her sketch show Inside Amy Schumer and says she decided to make a film because it offered a “stronger punch” than stand-up.
In Trainwreck Amy plays a fictional version of herself: an all-drinking, all-swearing, serial dater whose life gets pretty complicated when she falls for a genuinely nice guy, played by Bill Hader, making her question her core belief that “monogamy isn’t realistic".
The film is directed by Judd Apatow, who Schumer says has “really perfected the balance of heartfelt and comedy.” It is this union with Apatow that has drawn comparisons between Schumer and fellow heart-on-sleeve, self-confessed feminist Lena Dunham, which doesn’t bother Schumer one bit.
“She’s a genius. She's unapologetic and unafraid and she inspires me,” she says of the GIRLS star. It is this inclusive attitude that has really set Schumer apart; citing Roseanne, Ellen and Goldie Hawn as her favourite performers.
She is a cheerleader for other women, often speaking out against the media portrayal of unrealistic, body stereotypes.
“I think I've a really good hold on what I look like,” she says. “I feel beautiful. I feel strong and I feel healthy. I feel worthy of love and affection and erections. I think the women that we put on camera in Los Angeles look a very specific way and it’s kind of drilled into our heads that if we don't look like that one person, then there's something wrong with us and I don't believe that. I want other women to feel beautiful and good about themselves. And I think through being an example is the best way I can do that.”
Whilst Schumer says she has no problems exposing herself emotionally, she admits to feeling embarrassed filming the sex scenes.
“I've shot sex scenes before. All the scenes are funny but that was a real sex scene in the movie on the couch, and I felt very vulnerable. Judd was more embarrassed than we were. We had to ask him not to say the word ‘thrust’ any more. Gross!” she laughs.
Despite the amount of attention she is currently receiving, Schumer says she still finds the label celebrity “embarrassing” and wants to think more about her work.
She is focused on creating comedy that people can relate to in their own lives, hence her method of finding humour in aspects of life that could be considered depressing.
“I think it just depends on how you look at it. We all have really f**ked up families and tragedy in our lives and my family deals with it by laughing. We laugh at how horrible things can get and that is our coping mechanism. In admitting your own insecurities in trauma it makes people feel less alone and I’m realising that and working from there…”
Trainwreck officially launches in Australian cinemas on August 6.