Hollywood told Amy Schumer to lose weight if she wanted to become a successful actress. For a short while, she listened, shedding some pounds for her film “Trainwreck.”
But as many Amy Schumer stories go, her begrudging acquiescence quickly turned into a giant middle finger. In her stand-up special “Amy Schumer: The Leather Special,” released Tuesday on Netflix, the comedian candidly addresses the pressures she faced to fit that leading-actress mold.
“I’m what Hollywood calls, very fat,” she said. “Somebody, like, explained to me, ‘Just so you know, Amy, no pressure, but if you weigh over 140 lbs, it will hurt people’s eyes.’”
“I just bought it. I was like, ‘Okay, I’m new to town,’” she continued. “So I lost weight.”
Although Hollywood might have been happy with the results ― “Trainwreck” launched her to superstardom ― Schumer never felt comfortable in her new body type.
“I look very stupid skinny. My dumb head stays the same size but then my body, like, shrivels,” she said. “Nobody likes it. It’s not cute on me.”
So to remedy the situation, Schumer “revenge ate” after “Trainwreck” filming was complete to get back to her original weight.
“I feel very good in my own skin,” she explained. “I feel strong. I feel healthy. I do. I feel sexy.”
On that note, it may be time to officially retire “revenge body” and fully endorse “revenge eating” as our new mantra. Sorry, Khloe.