Amy attended the Telluride festival on Saturday (September 03), for a screening of Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival. She also got a tribute to her work, made during a Q&A that preceded the screening. You can check HQ images in our gallery, and also read a little bit about the event on the article published by The Guardian, reproduced below.
Amy Adams leads Denis Villeneuve’s brainy sci-fi drama Arrival, which had its North American premiere at the Telluride film festival on Saturday, but she often prefers being a supporting player.
During a tribute to the actor that preceded the well-received screening, Adams took part in a discussion which focused on her ability to invest the smallest roles with considerable interior life. Adams has been nominated for the best supporting actress Oscar four times (for Junebug, Doubt, The Fighter and The Master) – most recently she also netted her first leading Oscar nod for American Hustle.
“In my experience, the lead role has the burden of plot,” said Adams. “A lot of the times, as a supporting character, you get to play an amazing character. I’m not looking at the size of a role, I’m looking at the chance to grow.”
Referencing Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 drama The Master, in which she plays a Lady Macbeth-like wife to Philip Seymour Hoffman’s charismatic cult leader, Adams said she took on the role because of the scene where her character masturbates her husband, and then proceeds to wipe her hands on a towel and put in a damper. “This girl is crazy!” Adams said, laughing. “Sometimes it’s as a simple as that. That’s what I wanted to do with my summer.”
That scene was included in a 20-minute showreel to honor Adams, that she sat through before the conversation. She was spotted wiping away tears during a selection from Doubt, in which she appeared alongside Hoffman, who passed away unexpectedly in 2014. (“He’s one my favorite people that I’ve had the honor to have in my life,” she said.) Also included were clips from her work in Enchanted, Julie & Julia, and incongruously, Man of Steel.
“I don’t typically like to watch my work after I’ve seen it once, maybe twice,” said Adams, looking a little uncomfortable. “I’m a really harsh critic of myself.”
Adams conceded she does a “worrisome amount of preparation” before each project. “I don’t sleep, I start acting weird. You can ask my husband!” she said, pointing to him in the front row.
“It’s irritating,” she continued. “I’ve stopped talking to people on set about my preparation. For me it gives me a lot of confidence in my character. You never know what’s going to happen on set, so I tend to be someone who’s really self reliant.”
Adams did however note that she’s learned to loosen the reigns a bit, after collaborating with Spike Jones on his 2013 futuristic romance Her. She noted that she felt a “shift” in her process while on set.
“I stopped caring about the weight of criticism that was with me, just trusting I was enough,” said Adams. “Spike and I had many conversations about this. I really was so tired of giving a fuck all the time. Watching I can see it in my work – when I stopped needing to be so perfect.”
Adams said that parenthood is the presiding factor in determining her career choices. “I really love the stuff I get to do now, because I have a different kind of balance,” she said. “I’m looking for sets that are calm. I want to come back the same person I was. I don’t want the experience on set to be something that’s disruptive to my life.”
“I love having a separation between work and life – it allows me to get lost in my work too,” she added. “I can’t come home acting like my character from American Hustle … ”
Arrival opens in the US and UK on 11 November