This is so heartbreaking. Amy Schumer revealed her serious side during Barbara Walters’ ’10 Most Fascinating People of 2015′ TV special airing on Dec. 17. The comedian was forced to fight back tears as she revealed her father’s tragic struggle with MS, admitting it can be ‘so painful.’
Amy Schumer, 34, may have been one of America’s leading funny women in 2015, but behind closed doors, the comedian lives with almost daily heartbreak: her father’s battle with multiple sclerosis. The Trainwreck star looked on the verge of tears as she opened up to Barbara Walters, 86, during ABC’s 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015 special, revealing the tragic details of his 22-year-long battle with the disease, something that she says, has actually inspired her comedy over the years.
During a more serious moment in her interview with the veteran journalist, airing on ABC on Dec. 17, Amy gave fans a glimpse into her personal life while discussing her father, Gordon Schumer‘s, decades-long battle with MS. “He’s not good,” admitted the actress. “Some days he’s really good and he’s with it and we’re joking around. And some days I go to visit my dad and it’s so painful. I can’t believe it.”
The Emmy-winning actress was just 12-years-old when her father was diagnosed with the debilitating disease — an event that she admits, caused a great deal of pain and confusion for her early on. “In terms of my dad being sick, it was just confusing to me, especially the way MS works,” Schumer explained. “He was in physical pain. That’s when I kind of took the lead and took care of everybody in my family. I would keep them – I would keep everybody laughing. I’m the one who ties it all together.”
Today, Amy’s father resides in an assisted living facility, a facet of her life that actually inspired part of her movie Trainwreck. As fans of the blockbuster comedy will recall, the actress’s onscreen character, also named Amy, has a father that lives in a similar facility and also suffers from MS.
“There is no denying that there is a lot of me in this movie,” Amy said at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas, back in March. “I, as they say, went there. It’s really personal. It’s about stuff I was struggling with and am constantly battling.”
In addition to opening up about her father’s struggle, Amy also addressed another heartbreaking moment in her life over the past year: the tragic shooting at a Lafayette, Louisiana screening of Trainwreck back in July. In the months since the horrifying event that left three dead and nine injured, Amy has launched a crusade against gun violence, along with her cousin, New York Senator Chuck Schumer.
“Knowing it was my movie, I did feel some distant sense of responsibility,” she revealed. “Did this animal seek out my movie? And from the way he felt about women, it sounds like he did. Amy added that while the situation is scary, she refuses to live her life in fear. “If I can help at all I’m gonna try, even if that means I’ll get hurt.”
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