Rockville Centre-raised comedy star Amy Schumer says she and boyfriend Ben Hanisch recently celebrated their first anniversary together even though, she jokes, a trip to Paris in September had tested them.
“Neither of us had ever been to France, because we’re both trash,” she cracked on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” Monday. “And so we were like, let’s go.” Unfortunately, the acoustics of their hotel bathroom were such that “you could hear everything,” Schumer, 35, continued. “And we both got violent food poisoning. Violent” — leading her to fret that after Hanisch heard her bathroom travails their relationship would be over. She joked to host DeGeneres, “I’m yelling at him, like, ‘It was so great dating you! I wish you the best luck! You’re gonna meet the greatest girl!’ ”
Despite this, she added happily, “We’re still together!”
Schumer also addressed cyberbully attacks on her following Hollywood trade reports that she was in negotiations to play the Mattel doll Barbie — or perhaps one of multiple Barbies — who is banished from Barbieland because of her appearance and attitude.
“There was an announcement,” she told DeGeneres, “that I might star in this movie playing I won’t say the name of it but it rhymes with Schmarbie.” That inspired Internet trolls to berate her on social media for her appearance.
“A bunch of times throughout my career,” Schumer reflected, “people have been like, ‘You’re too fat,’ or I’ve been bullied. And what’s cool is, from being in the public eye for this long . . . you build up a thicker skin from it. And then you’re, like, ‘Wait a minute. No. I look in the mirror and I know who I am and I feel beautiful and I feel strong and sexy.’”
Saying online trolls themselves must be “in more pain than we could possibly imagine,” she added that “women of all ages, there’s no one too young or too old to understand,” are subjected to unwanted commentary on their appearance. Overcoming it “really has to be about knowing who you are. And everyday,” she added, smiling, “I look in the mirror and I’m like, ‘I can work with this ,’ y’know?”