Amy Adams (born 20.8.1974)
Amy Adams is an American actress, born in Italy. Her breakthrough role came with 2005's Junebug, for which she won an Academy Award.
Childhood: Amy Adams was born to Kathryn and Richard Adams in the Vicenza area of Italy. She is the fourth of seven siblings raised as Mormons. Richard Adams was a US serviceman and the family was stationed in Italy when Amy was born. They eventually settled in Castle Rock in Colorado when Amy was around eight years old.
Whilst she attended County Douglas High School, Amy Adams sang in the school choir as well as training at a local dance company. When she graduated from high school, Amy moved to Atlanta with her mother where she pursued musical theatre, as she did not feel that she was talented enough to become a professional dancer.
Amy's first full-time job was working for the restaurant chain Hooters, something that the press mentioned often, early on in her acting career.
Acting Career: Amy landed professional dancing jobs at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse. She was spotted by Michael Brindisi, a dinner theatre director. Brindisi then offered her work with Chanhassen Dinner Theatres. She worked for the company in Minnesota for three years but was forced to take time off work when she pulled a muscle.
During her time off, Amy Adams auditioned for Drop Dead Gorgeous, landing her first film role. Her colleague in the film, Kirstie Alley, convinced Amy that she should move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film.
Although Amy does not have fond memories of her first year in LA, she found work relatively quickly, in Manchester Prep, the Fox Network spin-off of the film Cruel Intentions.
Amy Adams was then cast in a number of low budget films, such as Psycho Beach Party (which also starred Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose) as well as landing a number of bit-parts in TV series such as Smallville, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Charmed.
Amy was then cast in 2002's Catch Me If You Can. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Catch Me If You Can told the true story of the con-artist Frank Abagnale Jr. Although the film was a success, it failed to be the springboard to success that Adams had hoped, though working with that caliber of actors gave her a great deal of confidence.
In 2004, Amy Adams was cast in The Last Run. She also voiced characters on the popular cartoon series King of The Hill. She briefly appeared in Dr. Vegas, playing Alice Doherty, but following a dispute over her contract, she was fired.
Adams was cast alongside Dermot Mulroney and Jack Davenport in The Wedding Date, though the film failed to attract attention.
Amy Adams' breakthrough role came in 2005 with the release of Junebug. Adams was cast as Ashley Johnston, a young pregnant woman and the film was shot on a small budget in North Carolina. Adams won the Special Jury Prize at that year's Sundance Festival for her performance as well as being nominated for an Academy Award.
Her performance in Junebug led to a number of roles on high profile films such as Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, the comedy vehicle for Will Ferrell, also starring Sacha Baron Cohen.
Adams also played Katy in the US version of The Office, the British comedy series masterminded by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.
In 2007, Adams starred in Disney's Enchanted, which also starred James Marsden, Susan Sarandon and Patrick Dempsey.
Adams went on to work with Tom Hanks again in Charlie Wilson's War. The film also starred Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Adams next film was another independent, named Sunshine Clearing. It received mixed reviews at the 2008 Sundance Festival.
In 2008, Adams starred in Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, opposite Frances McDormand. This was followed by a role in Doubt, again working with Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as Meryl Streep.
2009 saw Adams star as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian. The film also starred Ben Stiller.
Personal Life: Amy Adams became engaged to her partner, Darren Le Gallo in April 2008.
ABC Digital accidentally listed Adams and Hanks as having received Oscar nominations when they hadn't.
ABC Digital has issued an apology after the agency accidentally listed both Amy Adams and Tom Hanks as nominees for the Academy Awards on its official website earlier this week.
“We apologize to the Academy, press and fans for any confusion,” the company said in a statement. “This morning, in an attempt to release breaking news as announced, ABC Digital briefly posted inaccurate nomination information on the Oscar.com website. The nominees announced by the Academy on Twitter were accurate. ABC quickly identified and corrected the errors. We apologize to the Academy, press and fans for any confusion.”
However, sources say that Adams didn’t even notice this mistake, only finding out whether she was nominated or not for her smash hit movie Arrival after the mistake had been corrected.
Garfield spoke to Amy Adams about his time in 'The Amazing Spider-Man' movies, from which he was dropped in 2014.
Although they were the movies that made him a household name at the start of the decade, Hollywood star Andrew Garfield has hit out at The Amazing Spider-Man movies for being “corporate” and “compromised”.
In a new video interview with fellow star Amy Adams for Variety, the 33 year old actor expressed his “heartbreak” about being involved with the movies. Garfield was, of course, singled out and dropped from the franchise after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 bombed in 2014, with the planned sequels being folded into the wider Marvel cinematic universe.
Andrew Garfield with 'Hacksaw Ridge' co-star Teresa Palmer in 2016
Continue reading: Andrew Garfield Laments "Compromised" Spider-Man Movies
Not even Isla Fisher’s family can tell her apart from Amy Adams.
Speaking on the ‘Today Show’, Fisher revealed that one year she swapped her face for Adams’ on a family Christmas card and no one noticed.
Isla Fisher, not Amy Adams
With her third film this year, after Batman v Superman and Nocturnal Animals, 42-year-old five-time Oscar nominee Amy Adams is getting some of the best reviews of her career.
Arrival is a smart, provocative science-fiction drama, and director Denis Villeneuve (Sicario) says it was a challenge to cast the lead role. "I needed an actress with a real wide range," he says, "and a lot of intelligence to her eyes." On reading the script, Amy Adams was hooked. "The first five minutes of something usually makes me decide whether or not I'm going to like a script, and this one begged me to keep going," she says. "When I got to the end of it, I had to go back and read it again. It's about the way we communicate with each other, the relationships that we have, the way we move through the world."
Adams tends to play complex women, and she says it's tricky finding characters as sharp as Arrival's Dr Louise Banks. "I think sometimes females are written as if they're smart," she says, "but then not given anything smart to do or say. So the fact that she gets to be smart, not just act smart, is awesome."
Continue reading: Amy Adams Liked Dressing Down For Arrival
This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with the weight of its themes. It may be fiction, but the film's exploration of the power of language raises fascinating ideas about the human mind. It's also produced to an extremely high standard, with striking effects and sumptuous cinematography and editing. And as played by Amy Adams, the movie also carries a surprising emotional kick.
Adams plays linguistics expert Louise, who is asked by the American government to help decode the language of aliens who occupy gigantic monolithic ships that appear suddenly, floating over various locations around the globe. So she heads to the American site in Montana and begins working with scientist Ian (Jeremy Renner) under the watchful eye of Colonel Weber (Forrest Whitaker). And of course she's taken aback by these seven-legged creatures who communicate with odd tones and swirling symbols. When coordinated efforts with other teams around the world begin to descend into mistrust, everyone stops sharing their data, and the military leaders decide to take matters into their own hands and destroy the ships. But Louise begins to believe she is onto something important, and she tenaciously pursues a course of action that terrifies everyone, including her.
Expertly directed by Denis Villeneuve (Sicario), the film never lapses into sensationalistic action, and it's even more gripping as a result. Several scenes generate goosebumps for their inventive visual flourishes, including the surprising gravitational twists and the face-to-face interaction with two freaky but oddly endearing aliens Louise and Ian name Abbott and Costello. Special effects are seamless, grounding everything that happens as something eerily believable. But the emphasis is on the emotional drama surging within Louise, and the huge implications it has for the entire world.
Continue reading: Arrival Review
With five Oscar nominations under her belt (for Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master and American Hustle), Amy Adams has two more awards contenders in cinemas this month.
First up (in the UK) is Nocturnal Animals, designer-turned-filmmaker Tom Ford's three-sided drama about a woman facing the fall-out from a failed relationship. Ford remembers the moment he decided he wanted to work with Adams. "I think American Hustle was the first time a lot of us realised how beautiful she was," he says. "God, how beautiful her breasts are! It was a surprise. It was like, wow! As a gay fashion designer and not a lecherous straight man, I can say that."
For her part, Adams was impressed with how Ford planned to tell such a complicated story. "It seemed nearly impossible," says the 42-year-old actress. "And that became very attractive to me. Tom explained in such a beautiful way how he would use music, sound and light to pull us in and out of story and time and space. I'm a great fan of his work. He's been successful in so many domains - perfumes, clothes, movies. He's always so impeccably elegant, so perfect, and that always makes me feel a little unkempt next to him! But really he doesn't care at all."
Continue reading: Amy Adams Needed To Learn Poise For Nocturnal Animals
It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing debut A Single Man, and it's no surprise that his second film is just as exquisitely beautiful to look at. What's unexpected is the complexity of the storytelling. Adapted by Ford from Austin Wright's novel Tony and Susan, this movie has three sides to it: a romantic drama, a darkly personal odyssey and a freaky thriller. These elements kind of fight for the audience's attention, but they're sharply played and packed with intense emotion.
Set in Los Angeles, everything revolves around gallery owner Susan (Amy Adams), who lives in a spectacular home with her banker husband Hutton (Armie Hammer), who's facing financial problems. Susan is shocked when she receives a manuscript by her ex-husband Edward (Jake Gyllenhaal), who has finally finished his long-gestating novel. But as she reads it, she realises that their break-up inspired the story, and she pictures Edward in the central role as Tony, a man travelling through Texas with his wife and daughter (Isla Fisher and Ellie Bamber), who are kidnapped and brutalised by roadside thugs led by the unstable Ray (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). So Tony teams up with jaded detective Bobby (Michael Shannon) to track them down.
The film's central narrative is Susan's deeply internalised discovery of her own dark soul, which plays out both in her scenes with Hutton and figuratively in the fictional thriller narrative. All of these things take complex twists and turns that have vivid moral shadings. But of course the Wild West action element continually steals focus from the more understated personal drama. In this sense, Gyllenhaal has the trickiest role, or rather two roles, as the story's catalyst and victim. Meanwhile, Adams is strikingly transparent as Susan, engaging in jagged interaction with both Gyllenhaal's enigmatic Edward and Hammer's eerily heartless Hutton.
Continue reading: Nocturnal Animals Review
Adams was quizzed on the Hollywood gender wage gap, and said that women need to be valued more in wider society.
Amy Adams has addressed the gender wage gap in Hollywood, arguing that women in the film industry will be paid more if the view of them in wider society changes.
Ever since Jennifer Lawrence’s much-discussed essay she published via Lena Dunham’s ‘Lenny’ newsletter over a year ago, the disparity in pay between leading male and female actors has been a hot-button issue in the industry and the media.
Amy Adams addressed the Hollywood gender wage gap in a new interview
The film would be based on Laura Joplin’s book, ‘Love, Janis’.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film will be directed by Sean Durkin who helmed Martha Marcy May Marlene and Williams is in early negotiations for the role.
Michelle Williams is reportedly in early negotiations to play Janis Joplin
Continue reading: Michelle Williams 'In Talks' For Janis Joplin Biopic
For a short time, Edward and Susan had a happy marriage, they lived in a nice neighbourhood, Susan had a good career and Edward was not far from taking the bar. Susan lives a fast-paced life and as such barely sleeps and Edward would somewhat affectionately tell her that she's a 'nocturnal animal'.
25 years later, Susan has remarried a serial philanderer and her life is far from happy. Unexpectedly a manuscript arrives at her door titled 'Nocturnal Animals' and with the dedication to 'Susan'. She pushes the pages aside and decides to leave them but eventually she can't help but start to read the book that she inspired Edward to write.
The story that unfolds is an incredibly dark tale of murder and revenge and Susan is shocked and traumatised that she would play such a pivotal role in the creation of such a dark piece of work. Susan's interpretation and retelling of the story soon impacts on her life and is unsure how Edward's return into her life will turn out.
Continue: Nocturnal Animals Trailer
Date of birth
20th August, 1974
This sci-fi drama has an enjoyably brain-bending plot that leaves the audience almost stunned with...
It's been seven years since designer Tom Ford made a splash with his award-winning writing-directing...
For a short time, Edward and Susan had a happy marriage, they lived in a...
Louise Banks is a communications expert, she's spent years studying linguists and is considered the...
Bruce Wayne knows that the Earth is under threat from evil forces much worse than...
After 2013's beefy Man of Steel, director Zack Snyder goes even bigger and darker with...
Every superhero has a dark side and being 100% human, Batman is in doubt over...
What happens when two superheroes with vastly differing opinions come head to head? Well, not...
Clark Kent is a reporter for the Daily Planet in his everyday life, but a...
When an alien lifeform crashed to Earth decades ago, no one noticed. When his own...
Tim Burton combines his sunnier filmmaking style (Big Fish) with his more deranged impulses (Dark...
Margaret is an inspirational American painter desperate to sell her unique artwork depicting women and...
With only a hint of a futuristic setting, Spike Jonze takes a remarkably honest look...
Theodore Twombley is a reserved man going through the hardest time of his life with...