The Trainwreck star unapologetically confirms her comedy provides "a voice for women"

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd
Updated October 15, 2015 12:15 PM
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Through bawdy humor and laser-sharp insights, Amy Schumer has nailed the female experience for many during her meteoric rise in the past year. And unlike so many women who are prone to over-apologizing, the comedian isn’t saying sorry for emerging as an unexpected feminist.

“I really enjoy surpassing people’s expectations,” she tells Elle magazine for its special Women in Hollywood issue. “I think it’s good for all women. Like: You can’t f— with us, because some of us will fight back harder than you bit.”

Shining a humorous light on insecurities many women share has become a hallmark of her Comedy Central show, Inside Amy Schumer – and she apparently operates like that in real life, too.

Brie Larson recalls the very first day she worked with Schumer on the set of Trainwreck: “We were shooting the baby shower scene, and after Amy introduced everyone she said, ‘Okay, let’s go around the room and tell each other when we first got HPV.’ She brings to light the parts of our lives that we usually conceal. She’s using comedy to break down barriers.”

And she knows it. The native New Yorker unapologetically confirms to the magazine that her comedy provides “a voice for women.”

It seems like it’s no accident, therefore, that Schumer has grown close to Oscar-winning star Jennifer Lawrence, who recently made headlines of her own for an essay that frankly addresses Hollywood’s gender pay inequality.

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Like Lawrence, Schumer is making no apologies for her success, and answers in her characteristically straightforward manner when asked how she feels about no longer being considered an underdog.

“So it’s not a game now … because people know I’ve got something to say? And I’m being given the benefit of the doubt, instead of being judged and belittled? I’ll take that,” she says. “I’ll take people listening to and respecting me any day of the week.”