The Telegraph published yesterday an amazing interview with Amy Adams, in which they talked about pretty much everything. Her life before being famous, her earlier career, working with DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, about Aviana and being a working mom, about having post-natal depression (which came out as a huge surprise to me), about the pressure and the feelings on her wining an Oscar and, of course, about Big Eyes.
Playing Keane – whose husband, Walter, for a decade passed off her Big Eye paintings as his own – has heightened Adams’s interest in art. ‘Now Darren will take me to these underground art shows and exhibitions, and you can see how her influence lives on.’ She hasn’t yet heard Keane’s reaction to the film, and when I read to her what the 87-year-old painter told a newspaper in October – ‘It was really traumatic. Christoph Waltz looks like Walter, sounds like him, acts like him. And to see Amy going through what I went through… It’s very accurate’ – Adams looks relieved. ‘That’s really what you want when you’re playing someone. Not to traumatise them,’ she adds with a prettily lopsided smile, ‘but to be accurate.’
One of my favourite parts of the article is this one:
One of seven children, Adams was raised a Mormon until the age of 12, when her parents divorced and left the Church. ‘It instilled a certain work ethic in me,’ she says. ‘Everybody was always expected to pitch in and help around the house.’ There’s a glass-half-full legacy too. ‘My aunt always used to say, “A happy day keeps the blues away,” and I loved her for that. I read something recently about how the way we greet our children in the morning dictates so much of their self-worth during the day, and of course it can be hard if you’re up early and tired, but I try to put a smile on and be cheery with my daughter [four-year-old Aviana]. Non-morning people would probably find that really annoying,’ she laughs.
Go to The Telegraph to read the full interview.
Amy Adams is one of that talented actresses and everybody knows it. She’s also the most award nominated actresses of her generation. The Hollywood Reporter published this article this week, talking about Big Eyes and how Amy is the full package. Check it:
With the possible exception of Meryl Streep, it is hard to think of an actress who has been more consistently good — and often great — over the past decade than chameleonic Amy Adams, whose run of excellence really began in 2005 with Junebug.
The 40-year-old’s incredible body of work since — which includes more than 25 films and has been highlighted by standout performances in Enchanted (2007), Julie & Julia (2007), Charlie Wilson’s War (2007), Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), Trouble with the Curve (2012), The Master (2012), Her (2013) and American Hustle (2013) — has collectively produced five Oscar noms and five Golden Globe film-related noms. (Among female performers, only Streep has more of the former within that same span, while Streep and Judi Dench have more of the latter. Not bad company to be in!)
I predict that the tally of the latter count will increase by one for Adams — and, yes, Streep, too, for Into the Woods — on Dec. 11, when the nominations for the 72nd Golden Globes will be announced. Adams is vying for a slot in the best actress in a musical or comedy category, which is rather thin this year, for her latest performance, as the unique painter Margaret Keane in Tim Burton’s Big Eyes, and I think she’s going to get it. Is it the finest film that she’s been a part of? Absolutely not — many have found it a bit too lightweight and glossy and expect it to face an uphill climb at the Oscars — but that is entirely in spite of, not because of, Adams’ work in the film.
Vogue followed Amy to her Vogue covershoot and asked her 73 questions about her life and work. Check it:
Amy Adams talks to Hermione Hoby about her transformation from Disney princess to the smouldering, scheming star of American Hustle
Amy Adams has sparkly blue eyes, a cute, upturned nose and a reputation as one of the most polite actresses in Hollywood. Many of her more memorable performances, in films such as Junebug, Julie & Julia and Enchanted, have been steeped in sweetness. Indeed, she has seemed, at times, too good to be true; until now. Her performance in David O Russell’s new film, American Hustle – as Sydney, the hardened, hyper-intelligent and schemingly seductive partner to Christian Bale’s con-man – turns her reputation on its head in glorious style, and has already earned her a Golden Globe nomination.
It’s a film so good, and so distinctively itself, that people will be dressing up as its characters and quoting their lines for decades. Perhaps the most delicious of all its astonishments is the sight of Adams and Bradley Cooper grooving and smooching by the light of a mirrorball to Donna Summer’s I Feel Love.
Adams says that, after reading Russell’s script, she wanted to build a character “in which everything felt justified and it didn’t feel like she was just a sexy sociopath.” None the less, the internet is already teeming with screengrabs of her wiggling bottom and over-the-shoulder smoulders. I quote her a line from one American critic who, after seeing the film, asked: “How many youngsters will be jump-started into puberty by… Amy Adams in American Hustle?”