Golden Globes: Amy Schumer Talks Bittersweet Year, Gun Violence After Best Actress Nomination
" 'I wish I never even made this movie,' " she recalled thinking after the 'Trainwreck' theater shooting in July. "And then I was like, 'No, this is a call for me to get involved and do what I can.'"
Amy Schumer earned a best actress Golden Globe nomination on Thursday for her breakout role in Trainwreck, capping off a bittersweet year for the comedian.
Schumer, who was nominated for best actress in a motion picture comedy or musical, says she hit the lowest of lows after a Louisiana theater screening the film became the site of a mass shooting in July that claimed the lives of two audience members and left another nine injured.
"When the shooting happened in Lafayette, and Mayci Breaux and Jillian Johnson died, I was just completely heartbroken," Schumer told The Hollywood Reporter. "I was like, 'I wish I never even made this movie.' I was having these thoughts where I was just so upset. And then I was like, 'No, this is a call for me to get involved and do what I can.' It’s been really frustrating, but I really think we can end gun violence at the level it’s at. I feel like I’m helping, and I want to keep helping. I would rather not have to be involved and have everything be great already. But I’m proud to be saying what I believe in."
Earlier this week, Schumer joined Sofia Vergara, Jennifer Aniston and other high-profile industry voices calling for legislative action in the wake of the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., as part of an Everytown for Gun Safety campaign.
But after receiving her first-ever Golden Globe nom, the comedian allowed herself to revel in the accomplishment.
"Yay, I did it! I’m so excited!" she said. "I was in bed, and I woke up at 8:30 and thought I had missed it and realized I hadn’t. I opened my computer and went to the Golden Globes website, and America Ferrara was just beginning to call us, and I love her. And then Dennis Quaid said [my name], and he’s my friend. I started tearing up.”
As she recounted the moment, Schumer delivered a perfect imitation of Quaid saying "Trainwreck" in his deep Moviefone voice (the film also was nominated for best picture, comedy or musical).
Two years ago, Schumer didn't even think Trainwreck was going to happen.
"I thought [director-producer Judd Apatow] was just punking me," she said. "[Now] I can’t wait to share this with everyone in the movie."
Though she hadn't yet heard from Apatow or co-star LeBron James, she did receive one special text.
"The first text I got was from Chris Rock — he’s an up-and-coming comedian, you know?" quipped Schumer. "He said: ‘Golden Globes motherf—er!' "
Despite the exciting morning, it's back to work today for the comic actress. "[I'm] going to box in 10 minutes, then off to the writer’s room for my show [Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer]," said Schumer. "It’s a perfect way to celebrate."