Amy Adams

Amy Adams

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    • August 20th, 1974
Amy Lou Adams (born: August 20, 1974) in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado, and has English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German, and Norwegian, ancestry. Adams sang in the school choir at Douglas County High School and was an apprentice dancer at a local dance company, with the ambition of becoming a ballerina. However, she worked as a greeter at The Gap and as a Hooters hostess to support herself before finding work as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse in such productions as "Brigadoon" and "A Chorus Line". It was there that she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner-theater director who asked her to move to Chanhassen, Minnesota for more regional dinner theater work. Nursing a pulled muscle that kept her from dancing, she was free to audition for a part in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which was filming nearby in Minnesota. During the filming, Kirstie Alley encouraged her to move to Los Angeles, where she soon won a part in the Fox television version of the film, Cruel Intentions (1999), in the part played in the film by Sarah Michelle Gellar, "Kathryn Merteuil". Although three episodes were filmed, the troubled series never aired. Instead, parts of the episodes were cobbled together and released as the direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2 (2000). After more failed television spots, she landed a major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002), playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. But this did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for, with no work being offered for about a year. She eventually returned to television, and joined the short-lived series, Dr. Vegas (2004). Her role in the low-budget independent film Junebug (2005) (which was shot in 21 days) got her real attention, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as other awards. The following year, her ability to look like a wide-eyed Disney animated heroine helped her to be chosen from about 300 actresses auditioning for the role of "Giselle" in the animated/live-action feature film, Enchanted (2007), which would prove to be her major break-through role. Her vivacious yet innocent portrayal allowed her to use her singing and dancing talents. Her performance garnered a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Adams next appeared in the major production, Charlie Wilson's War (2007), and went on to act in the independent film, Sunshine Cleaning (2008), which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Her role as "Sister James" in Doubt (2008) brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy Film award. She appeared as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and as a post-9/11 hot line counselor, aspiring writer, amateur cook and blogger in Julie & Julia (2009). More recently, she starred with Jason Segel in The Muppets (2011) and alongside Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve (2012).


Acting (47 Credits)

2021The Woman in the Window as Anna Fox
2021Dear Evan Hansen as Cynthia Murphy
2021Zack Snyder's Justice League as Lois Lane
2021Zack Snyder's Justice League as Lois Lane
2020Hillbilly Elegy as Bev
2018Vice as Lynne Cheney
2018Sharp Objects as Camille Preaker
2017Justice League as Lois Lane
2016Nocturnal Animals as Susan Morrow
2016Arrival as Dr. Louise Banks
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as Lois Lane
2014Big Eyes as Margaret Keane
2014Lullaby as Emily
2013Man of Steel as Lois Lane
2013Her as Amy
2013Back Beyond as Peggy Dodd
2013American Hustle as Sydney Prosser
2012Trouble with the Curve as Mickey Lobel
2012The Master as Peggy Dodd
2012On the Road as Jane / Joan Vollmer
2011The Muppets as Mary
2010Leap Year as Anna Brady
2010The Fighter as Charlene Fleming
2010Love & Distrust as Charlotte Brown (Segment 4: Pennies)
2009Moonlight Serenade as Chloe
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian as Amelia Earhart
2009Julie & Julia as Julie Powell
2008Sunshine Cleaning as Rose Lorkowski
2008Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day as Delysia LaFosse
2008Doubt as Sister James
2007Enchanted as Giselle
2007Charlie Wilson's War as Bonnie Bach
2007Underdog as Polly Purebred (voice)
2006Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby as Susan
2006Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny as Gorgeous Woman
2006The Ex as Abby March
2005Junebug as Ashley Johnsten
2005Standing Still as Elise
2005The Wedding Date as Amy Ellis
2004The Last Run as Alexis
2002The Slaughter Rule as Doreen
2002Catch Me If You Can as Brenda Strong
2002Serving Sara as Kate
2002Pumpkin as Alex
2000Cruel Intentions 2 as Kathryn Merteuil
2000Psycho Beach Party as Marvel Ann
1999Drop Dead Gorgeous as Leslie Miller


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