This movie is largely based on your personal experience. How much of the real Amy Schumer is involved?
I would say 70% of the real me is in this movie, but there’s a good 30% that’s not. My sister is married, we are really close, my dad is a mess, this is very similar. My father is still alive. Multiple sclerosis is such a weird disease, every time I get a phone call from his hospital I always think he’s dead. I’ve shown to him some scenes in the movie, he’s blown away. My parents have always been so encouraging and excited for me, from the beginning. I don’t drink as much as her and I don’t have nearly as much sex, unfortunately. I wish I had the time! It’s a portrait of me like maybe I was ten years ago…
What about your collaboration with Judd Apatow?
I love movies that are really funny and then surprisingly make you emotional. Judd is the best in doing that, all his previous movies inspired me. He was so encouraging, telling me to keep writing Trainwreck, without him I would just have stopped doing that. There were things we disagreed on the set but it was always friendly and respectful.
When did you discover your love for comedy?
I was five years old, I was doing the play The Sound of Music and every time I walked on stage everybody would laugh. I was upset like everybody was laughing on me, but it was explained to me that they were laughing because they loved me and I was funny, and I was making them happy. So since then I embraced comedy. I think some people just walk in and you start laughing, I hope to be like that.
Which is the secret in order to laugh about things people usually cry about?
I think it just depends on how you look at things. We all have fucked-up families, tragedy in our lives, and my family deals with it through comedy: we laugh about how horrible things can get, that is our mechanism. Admitting your own insecurity and trauma makes people feel less alone. I just realized that and started working from there.
When did you become so fearless and what does intimidate you today?
I’ve always been strangely fearless. When you are a kid you have that kind of confidence, you worry about anything, you don’t know about things like gender roles, or something that stuck in your stomach. I think I just held on that kind of confidence longer than most people. What intimidates me? When I have to ask for another drink on the plane, sometimes the flight attendants are so mean! Little weird things like that, I’ve never intimidated people. I just feelAdriano Ercolani