After lunch, Glamour’s special projects director Justine Harman introduced two women who also happen to be some of the most gifted comedians in the game and working to make big changes in the world: Ilana Glazer and Jameela Jamil.
Glazer is the Emmy-nominated actor, writer, producer of Broad City and cofounder of the storytelling network Generator Collective, which focuses on policy impact. Jamil is an actor on The Good Place, host of TruTV’s The Misery Index, and founder of the I Weigh inclusivity movement. The women discussed likability, activism, messing up in public, and why it’s okay to not know sometimes.
Read up on how Glazer and Jamil are using humor to change the world here.
My Go Big Moment: “I Chose Surrogacy’
Actor, comedian, and podcaster Michelle Buteau opened up on stage about her surrogacy story.
“All I want to do is have kids,” she told the audience. “I didn’t realize what I would go through, emotionally. It was just four years spending thousands and thousands of dollars. Countless shots. Bruised bodies, tired spear, a partridge in a pear tree.” After four years, Buteau decided that surrogacy was the best option for her.
“I’m not a control freak—but wow, you have never felt so out of control,“ she said. “I also had a glimmer of hope, like this could actually happen. And when I start to feel good about myself, I booked a movie with my friend Ali Wong, Always Be My Maybe, and she’s like, ‘Awesome. You’re also going to play my best friend, who is eight months pregnant and a lesbian.’ And I‘m like, ‘What?’ Playing a pregnant person and putting on a belly every day was such a mind fuck…. It was so crazy because the week that I was giving birth in the movie was the week that my surrogate was getting transferred with our embryos. And I’m like, ‘Wow, life is just serving me all the jokes and I have to figure out how to deal with them.’ I was really sad that I couldn’t carry, but I was so happy that somebody else could.”
Through surrogacy, Bateau and her husband welcomed twins. She told the audience: “I just want to let you guys know that whatever you want in life, I want it for you. It might not be the way you planned or you want, but never give up because you can get your shit together and get what you want in life.”