"Now being a mom, I can only imagine what it was like for her," Schumer said.
Amy Schumer and her mom Sandra shared a rather complicated relationship. In her Hulu series, Life & Beth, Schumer gives fans a glimpse of their challenging dynamic.
However, the two of them have managed to put much of their differences in the past, according to TODAY.
In the somewhat-fictional series, Schumer, who plays a dissatisfied wine rep named Beth, explained during a recent episode of the Making Space with Hoda Kotb podcast, that the show is “straight-up” from her life.
“Yeah, the things about me are pretty true,” she said of the show. “The things about other people, like my mom, (are) exaggerated.” But since most of the show is rooted in reality, the Academy Awards co-host felt she had to show her mother the scripts and watch the episodes alongside her so she could judge the fairness for herself.
“She’s just been very cool,” Schumer shared while explaining how her mother has taken to the version of their relationship that comes through on the show. “She’s like, ‘Look, I’m 73, and I’ve forgiven myself for these things.’"
But the most important thing here is that Schumer, who is a mom herself now, has forgiven her mother, too. "I have certainly forgiven her," the 40-year-old said. "And she’s a great grandma. We have a beautiful relationship, and the show is a lot about forgiveness and about dealing with your old traumas. I think it’s just better for you physically, mentally, all of it.”
Then, without delving into too many details, Schumer spoke about why she and her mom had a falling out in the first place. “Well, she and my dad divorced when I was, like, 12 or 13," she recalled. "They both started dating, and I think some of her behavior around that time was pretty destructive to my sister and I."
But in hindsight, she sees those "destructive" days differently. "Now being a mom, I can only imagine what it was like for her," she told Hoda. "She was, you know — single mother, three kids, we had no money. She's a speech and hearing therapist for the deaf. She’s working second and third jobs. Like, she’s just trying to keep it moving. And I really can’t judge her decisions, because I don’t know what it’s like to go through that. So I found a real level of forgiveness and empathy with her."
Schumer shared that she felt "a lot better than the sort of anger" remaining from her teenage years. But it wasn't easy for her to get to where she is now. "I think it took me 10 years," she said. "I think it hit me when I was 30, how destructive she was, and it took me 10 years to really, really let, let that all go."
With a laugh, she added, "I can still get annoyed with her, and I do. I mean, she’s my mom!"
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