Amy Adams TIME 100
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Amy Adams

Apr 23, 2014

Amy and I properly got to know each other in Albuquerque, N.M., while we were shooting Sunshine Cleaning. One night I was driving us home from a Mexican restaurant. I had just told her I was a great driver. Then, as we were leaving, I put the car in drive — rather than reverse — and drove us into a tree. It was a tap, not a cataclysmic crash. But to Amy, stuff like that is heaven. She just burst out laughing. That’s what I love most about Amy — she’s silly and funny and dirty. And she’s incredibly honest. She’s self-admittedly terrible at small talk and hiding her feelings, which I really admire in an industry full of gush. She’s also spooky-good at her job. There’s a certain mystique about Amy that helps the audience go with her on this chameleon of a career, from Enchanted to The Fighter to American Hustle. And I don’t think she’s discovered her full bag of tricks even yet.

Hollywood's Renaissance Woman

Leslie Miller, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999
Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999: Adams' breakout role was as teen beauty contestant Leslie Miller in this 1999 dark comedy. Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards starred as beauty contestants out to sabotage each other and kill their competitors, with Ellen Barkin and Kirstie Alley as their scheming mothers.New Line Cinema
Leslie Miller, Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999
Brenda Strong, Catch Me If You Can, 2002
Susan, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, 2006
Giselle, Enchanted, 2007
Sister James, Doubt, 2008
Julie Powell, Julie & Julia, 2009
Charlene Fleming, The Fighter, 2010
Mary, The Muppets, 2011
Lois Lane, Man of Steel, 2013
Sydney Prosser, American Hustle, 2013
Drop Dead Gorgeous, 1999: Adams' breakout role was as teen beauty contestant Leslie Miller in this 1999 dark comedy. Kir
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