Amy Schumer & Jennifer Lawrence Aren't BFFs, But Their Professional Relationship Is Still A Great Thing
Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence rode on a jetski together and danced atop Billy Joel's piano together, that much is true; however, that doesn't mean they are best friends. And that's OK. Schumer, riding high on endorphins last night at the Emmys (as she should have been: she was nominated and won for her work on Inside Amy Schumer), told E! Online about her burgeoning friendship with the Hunger Games star: "We really like each other, but I think the media blew it up. We're not BFFs. We're just Fs, but we're really good Fs," Schumer said of her new buddy Lawrence. And even though you might want to revel in the fantasy of the Schumer-Lawrence friendship, Schumer admitting their relationship is mostly professional should still be exciting. Girl gangs are important in Hollywood, and it's even more exciting when those girls are giving each other jobs.
Lawrence and Schumer are having a very public getting to know you, and while it's definitely fun to watch, it's personally more encouraging to me that they have pooled their creative energies and are using the power that they have as white women in the spotlight. The comedian, 34, and the actress, 25, are working on a comedy film — Lawrence's first stab at screenwriting, mind you — which they will both star in, playing sisters. (Schumer also told E! that they hope to start shooting in February 2017). Even if they aren't as close as the public wants them to be, it's even better than they are eschewing dudes in their combined creative pursuits.
It's been a revealing and depressing year when it comes to the state of women in Hollywood. The 67th Annual Emmy Awards were the most inclusive historically when it came to women, but that really isn't saying much, since the Emmys have a history of shutting women and people of color out. But there were encouraging moments, like Jill Soloway winning for directing the Amazon series Transparent, and Allison Janney winning her record seventh career Emmy. And, of course, the incomparable goddess Viola Davis, who called out Hollywood for its racism when she made history for being the first African-American woman to take home the golden statue for Lead Actress. Ba-bam.
So, yes, while you hope that Schumer and Lawrence are constantly sending each other silly texts laden with strings of emoji, you should also be happy that they are helping each other get that cash. It should send a message to men in Hollywood that they should be scared. I like this new girl-gang nepotism that seems to be emerging, and I would be thrilled to see more powerful women in the industry developing friendships with professional benefits, even if they aren't super close as friends.