I love Amy Schumer. There’s a deluded corner of my brain that believes someday we may actually break through this one-sided fan/celebrity dynamic and become the carb-loving, feminist buddies destiny secretly wants us to be.
Perhaps this is why I was surprisingly stung when I noticed her recent post on Instagram, posing alongside Oprah, with the hashtag #nonewfriendsexceptoprah.
The pair had just recorded an interview for O’s SuperSoul Sessions, where they bonded over being introverts who found social situations exhausting. In contrast to Oprah’s BFF Gayle King – a true extrovert who draws energy from being around other people – Schumer and Winfrey agreed they could only recharge by being alone.
Sometimes at parties they even hide in the toilets to get a few minutes to themselves (I did that two weeks ago – see, so much in common already!).
In fairness, who wouldn’t let Oprah into their inner circle – even if you are an introvert with a ‘no new friends’ policy? But this isn’t the first time Schumer has mentioned her closed shop policy on new people.
Recently while promoting her movie, I Feel Pretty, on US morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan, she was asked how she managed to keep her guest list so small at her last-minute Malibu wedding back in February:
“For a couple of years now, I have a no new friends policy. No new friends! No new friends!” she declared. “It’s too much to juggle.”