Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Birth Name:

Amy Lou Adams

Body Height:

1.63 m


Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents, Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, a U.S. serviceman who was stationed at Caserma Ederle in Italy at the time. 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). In the early 2010s, she starred with Jason Segel in The Muppets (2011), with Philip Seymour Hoffman in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master (2012), and alongside Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake in Trouble with the Curve (2012). She played reporter Lois Lane in Man of Steel (2013) and con artist Sydney Prosser in American Hustle (2013), before portraying real-life artist Margaret Keane in Tim Burton's biopic Big Eyes (2014).

In 2016, she reprised her role as Lane in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), and headlined Denis Villeneuve's science fiction drama Arrival (2016) and Tom Ford's dark thriller Nocturnal Animals (2016).

Producers Filmography:

Sharp Objects (2018)

Actors Filmography:

Disenchanted (2018)
Backseat (2018)
Sharp Objects (2018)
Justice League (2017)
Nocturnal Animals (2016)
Arrival (2016)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)
Big Eyes (2014)
Lullaby (2014)
American Hustle (2013)
Her (2013)
Man of Steel (2013)
Back Beyond (2013)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
The Master (2012)
On the Road (2012)
The Muppets (2011)
The Fighter (2010)
Love & Distrust (2010)
Leap Year (2010)
Moonlight Serenade (2009)
Julie & Julia (2009)
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)
Doubt (2008)
Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008)
Sunshine Cleaning (2008)
Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
Enchanted (2007)
Underdog (2007)
The Ex (2006)
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny (2006)
Pennies (2006)
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
The Office (2006)
Standing Still (2005)
The Wedding Date (2005)
Junebug (2005)
The Last Run (2004)
Dr. Vegas (2004)
King of the Hill (2004)
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
The West Wing (2002)
Serving Sara (2002)
Pumpkin (2002)
The Slaughter Rule (2002)
Smallville (2001)
Cruel Intentions 2 (2000)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (2000)
Providence (2000)
Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane (2000)
The Chromium Hook (2000)
Charmed (2000)
That '70s Show (2000)
Psycho Beach Party (2000)
The Peter Principle (2000)
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Selfs Filmography:

Entertainment Tonight (2017)
Amy Adams: An American Cinematheque Tribute (2017)
The Hollywood Masters (2017)
The Oscars (2017)
The Making of 'Nocturnal Animals' (2017)
Xenolinguistics: Understanding 'Arrival' (2017)
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2017)
The Envelope (2017)
Close Up with the Hollywood Reporter (2017)
The 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2017)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2017)
E! Live from the Red Carpet (2017)
The 74th Golden Globe Awards (2017)
Variety Studio: Actors on Actors (2017)
Extra (2016)
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert (2016)
Made in Hollywood (2016)
Good Morning America (2016)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (2016)
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2016)
The Insider (2016)
Access Hollywood (2016)
Film '72 (2016)
The Graham Norton Show (2016)
Harry (2016)
Superman: Complexity & Truth (2016)
Conan (2016)
Up Close with Carrie Keagan (2016)
Rotten Tomatoes (2016)
The Noite com Danilo Gentili (2016)
Dawn of the Justice League (2016)
2016 Golden Globe Arrivals Special (2016)
73rd Golden Globe Awards (2016)
Celebrity Style Story (2015)
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2015)
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2015)
72nd Golden Globe Awards (2015)
The 41st Annual People's Choice Awards (2015)
Today (2014)
Saturday Night Live (2014)
73 Questions (2014)
Hollywood Film Awards (2014)
Inside Edition (2014)
2014 MTV Movie Awards (2014)
The Making of American Hustle (2014)
The Oscars (2014)
Inside the Actors Studio (2014)
EE British Academy Film Awards: The Red Carpet Show (2014)
The EE British Academy Film Awards (2014)
Late Show with David Letterman (2014)
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2014)
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2014)
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special (2014)
71st Golden Globe Awards (2014)
Chelsea Lately (2014)
DP/30: Conversations About Movies (2014)
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables (2013)
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2013)
Big Morning Buzz Live (2013)
The Daily Show (2013)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2013)
Strong Characters, Legendary Roles (2013)
Man of Steel: The Yahoo Live Fan Event (2013)
Vivir de cine (2013)
Journey of Discovery: Creating Man of Steel (2013)
Guys Choice Awards 2013 (2013)
All-Out Action (2013)
Henry Cavill: Becoming Superman (2013)
The Oscars (2013)
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2013)
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2013)
70th Golden Globe Awards (2013)
18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2013)
Project Runway Spotlight: Marchesa (2012)
Reel Junkie (2012)
9th Annual Style Awards (2012)
Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards 2012 (2012)
Sesame Street (2011)
Behind the Scenes with Melissa Leo (2011)
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011)
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber (2011)
The Role That Changed My Life (2011)
17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2011)
The 7PM Project (2011)
The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2011)
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards (2011)
Rachael Ray (2010)
Tavis Smiley (2010)
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols (2010)
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2010)
Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia (2009)
Museum Magic: Entering the World of the Photograph (2009)
The Curators of Comedy: Behind-the-Scenes of 'Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian' (2009)
Sunshine Cleaning: A Fresh Look at a Dirty Business (2009)
Doubt: Stage to Screen (2009)
Doubt: The Cast of Doubt (2009)
The Sisters of Charity (2009)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2009)
Star Movies: Live from the Red Carpet (2009)
The 81st Annual Academy Awards (2009)
Storymakers (2009)
The Orange British Academy Film Awards (2009)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2009)
Cinema 3 (2009)
15th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009)
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards (2009)
The 14th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2009)
2009 Britannia Awards (2009)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (2008)
Charlie Rose (2008)
The View (2008)
American Idol (2008)
Becoming Enchanted: A New Classic Comes True (2008)
An Evening at the Academy Awards (2008)
Oscar's Red Carpet 2008 with Regis Philbin (2008)
The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008)
The Making of 'Charlie Wilson's War' (2008)
Enchanted: CiTV Movie Special (2007)
Film Independent's 2007 Spirit Awards (2007)
The 78th Annual Academy Awards (2006)
2006 Independent Spirit Awards (2006)
Shootout (2006)
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2006)
The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards (2006)
The 15th Annual Gotham Awards (2005)
Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday Party (2005)
'Catch Me If You Can': The Casting of the Film (2003)
HBO First Look (2002)