Written by Zoë Holloway, April 28, 2016

After Trainwreck’s worldwide success, funny woman Amy Schumer could’ve been forgiven for sitting back, taking a long vacay and counting her growing pile of cash. But just because that film cleaned up at the box office – raking in a cool US$140m – and made her a household name, it doesn’t mean the 34-year-old is taking it easy. Far from it.

Amy’s bagged herself a swag of awards including Emmy’s Golden Globes and Critics Choice Awards, and formed her own star-studded squad with BFF Jennifer Lawrence – who has also become her writing partner on an as yet untitled film.

Oh, and did we mention that the comedian also found love late last year? Amy’s furniture maker beau Ben Hanisch is totally smitten with her, and from all accounts, the feeling is mutual. ‘I totally fell in love,’ Amy has admitted. Talk about a big year! Here, Amy dishes on her life, love, and BFFs…

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Professionally, the past 18 months have been pretty special and you’ve got a new man in your life too. How’s it going?

We met and it’s been really good, (although the relationship) became viral Internet news. (I think) It’s because he’s really cute and I think people were like, ‘What? Dating Amy? But he has all his teeth!’ and people were shocked.

Ben’s not in the industry. Has it been hard for him or his family to cope with the attention?

I told (Ben’s Mum) ‘Deb, journalists are going to call you. Just say ‘no comment.’ She’s like, ‘I got it, Ame. I got it. No comment. Not a problem’” Not even 10 minutes later, I get a Google alert that says, Time magazine [reported] that Deb was like, ‘I’ve never heard of her before in my life.’ Too far Deb!’

Growing up, was there something that destined you to become a comedian?

My parents divorced when I was 12 and then my father was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. We went through a bankruptcy and moved to Long Island from Manhattan. I think it was the divorce and my dad getting sick that were influential. I love to laugh. I seek laughter all the time. I think that’s something that also comes with having a sick parent is you don’t know what’s going to happen and so I’ll be like, ‘I’m psyched my legs still work.’ And I want to, like, experience all I can and make as many memories as I can.

You and JLaw have also become besties. You’ve holidayed together, danced on top of Billy Joel’s piano, presented at the Golden Globes and you’re writing a film together. What’s the deal between you two?

Real friendship! It’s my picture next to Jennifer Lawrence’s—like the last person you want to be next to. And all the pictures we took of us, I look like her coach!

Any roles you won’t take?

Sure. Because I have standup in my life, I have the freedom not to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll be the stupid friend who has no substance and doesn’t evolve at all.’ I can say, ‘No, I don’t want to be Olivia Wilde’s fat friend.’

Read the whole interview in this weeks issue of OK!

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