I had the amazing opportunity to see the movie I feel pretty a few days ago, and I have to say it really touched me. It was funny, emotional, and super relatable. I enjoyed every moment. After I felt so inspired to love each and every imperfection I have, and to be thankful for the body I have.
“In I FEEL PRETTY an ordinary woman who struggles with feelings of insecurity and inadequacy on a daily basis wakes from a fall believing she is suddenly the most beautiful and capable woman on the planet. With this newfound confidence she is empowered to live her life fearlessly and flawlessly, but what will happen when she realizes her appearance never changed?”
The next day I was invited to speak with the lead actress Amy Schumer and ask her a few questions! She had such incredible advise about being yourself and going after what you want in life. She spoke about us as women and as mothers that we have a duty to be kind to ourselves so younger generations learn to love themselves. It was inspiring and powerful to hear what she had to say! Here is some of the phone conversation we had below!
“Stefani Kemp: --the role of Renee, is super relatable to women everywhere, and I think people in general. What is something that you learned personally from playing the role of Renee? Amy Schumer: Thanks for asking that ‘cause I learned so much. I’ve been pretty kind to myself. Like, I do love and like myself, but playing Renee when she has her most insulated self-confidence and ego, I learned both that it’s important to love yourself, but not to the extent that it hurts anyone else, you know? But, when I was looking in the mirror in that scene where I, you know, discover that I’m suddenly beautiful, as an actress, I wasn’t picturing someone else. I was really looking at myself and being grateful for the package I come in. I was grateful for my strong legs and arms and for being healthy and it just gave me this really grateful sense of the package that I come in, instead of searching for flaws. And, I’ve carried that with me ever since filming and I’m going to keep that with me. Stefani Kemp: I love that. Thank you.
Amy Schumer: Thank you. Thank you so much
Stefani Kemp: Thanks. I was just thinking, like, last night when I saw the movie, I really think I enjoyed the most, looking around and Just watching people’s reactions!
My question for you is what was your favorite scene in the movie where you feel, proud of?
Amy Schumer: “my favorite experience is seeing the movie, I personally organized a screening for just teenage girls, and that was, like, the gift I gave myself, because I mean, I think--I really want women of all ages to see this movie. And, of course, I want men to see it just because, you know, I hope that it sells tickets and everything that’ll mean for women and movies like this. But, really, I wanted to reach teenage girls. And, so to give myself the gift of getting to watch it with them and a theater filled with, you know, these girls who were 13, 14, it was so fun to watch with them. I loved--first of all, they didn’t have their phones out, and not because they were told not to. They just didn’t, which I thought was cool. And, they were really laughing along with it and these moments. You know, the scene where I almost kiss the brother, they were going, “No, no, no, no,” you know, like, really participating. And, then at the end, giving the speech, they were wiping tears and, like, kind of holding each other and just, you know, you could hear a pin drop. And, so I think while I filmed the movie--the scenes all--there were so many that felt really important to me, but I don’t even know which one it was because I just got to see it with these teens. And, so that speech at the end where I really just got to say these things that I wanted them to hear and, you know, Marc and Abby wrote this movie, but I wrote most of that speech. And, getting to see it affecting them, and then getting to, like, you know, take pictures with all them after and hanging out and talking, I could see that it had really woken something up in them that I don’t know if they’ll just have it for that night or if they’ll carry it with them ‘cause it’ll be something that continues to fuel them. But, that speech and getting to see those girls experience it is--it made it one of the best nights of my life and it’s something that I will be so proud of forever and carry with me.”
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