Danger! Champion Amy Schneider has become the first woman to rake in $1 million in the popular competition program.
Already the highest-earning female contestant in quiz show history and the woman with the longest winning streak, she became one of only four Jeopardy on Friday! players to reach seven figures in regular season wins.
During an interview with the Associated Press about her various achievements, she revealed her approach to being a trans celebrity.
Winner: Danger! Champion Amy Schneider Becomes First Woman To Raise $1 Million On Popular Competition Show
Although she has publicly urged voters in her home state of Ohio not to vote Republican in the past, she insisted, “I don’t want my social media to be a place where people discuss politics all the time.”
She added: “But at the same time, I can’t ignore the fact that there are people who threaten my siblings in the trans community. Here I have a chance to say something about it, and I cannot be completely silent. I don’t necessarily want to be a super activist about it and beat that drum all the time.’
Schneider noted, “But I can’t shut up either, knowing that so many people are in danger of being really hurt by political policies.”
However, she is also polite to her political opponents: “I grew up in a Republican family and a Catholic environment, and many of the people I love are conservative in various ways. I know them, and I know that they do no harm intentionally and that they have reasons for the positions they occupy.
Achieved: She is already the highest-earning female contestant in quiz show history and the woman with the longest winning streak
‘So I want to involve people from (across) the spectrum where possible. But it has to be in a state where my right to exist has been granted, otherwise we can’t talk.’
She has amassed $1.02 million in 28 wins, cementing her 4th place on the list, which includes Ken Jennings with $2.5 million; James Holzhauer, $2.46 million, and Matt Amodio, $1.52 million.
Schneider, who is also fourth in consecutive wins and the first transgender to achieve quality for the tournament of champions, will compete again on Monday.
She is tickled by having fulfilled a prediction made by her 8th grade classmates in Dayton, Ohio – she was named Most Likely Jeopardy! contestant, based on her geography and spelling skills.
Her point of view: During an interview with the Associated Press about her various achievements, she revealed her approach to being a trans celebrity
She is a technical manager living in Oakland, California and told the AP that she has kept her day job but dreams of an entertainment career.
Speaking of fame in general, she said, “It’s still almost a shock to see myself on TV, even though I was there when it all happened. I thought I could win some matches, but I didn’t think I would do that well.’
Schneider recalled, “The other day my friend was talking about some famous people who went to her high school, and I thought, ‘I know there was someone who went to mine.’ I looked it up on Wikipedia and there I was, listed under notable alumni. That was a very strange moment to see that.’
Prescient: She’s tickled by having fulfilled a prophecy made by her 8th grade classmates in Dayton, Ohio – she was named Most Likely a Jeopardy! participant
When it comes to being a role model for trans people in particular, she said, “I’ve definitely heard of other trans people who were thrilled to see me there. But one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is hearing from parents, and sometimes grandparents, from transgender people, an older generation.”
Schneider explains: “There is a lot of fear for their loved ones who are trans, and they worry that they may be limited in life. Going out and showing that I can be successful in a very ordinary way has, I think, made many of them feel better about the people in their lives.”
She has dipped her toe in the comedy pool and “did open mics in town, just for fun and not seriously pursued, but I’ve been an artist all my life.”
Fans: She shared that ‘one of the things I’ve enjoyed the most is hearing from parents, and sometimes grandparents, from trans people, an older generation’
Schneider said: “As I struggled with the need to come out, certainly one of the fears was, ‘Will I still be comfortable in public and will I still be able to perform after I switch?” And seeing them certainly helped with that.’
She “dreams” about life in showbiz, but doesn’t know “exactly where I’d like to take that, and I don’t know what opportunities there will be” when she’s done with her run on Jeopardy!.
“But I’ve been working on my writing as a field in which I might find some opportunities. Other than that, I’m just kind of riding out and kind of seeing what does or doesn’t come out as it progresses.’