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The Amy Adams Bio

The Amy Adams Review – MovieActors.com

by Nate Lee

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Best Film:

Enchanted / The Fighter

"The Fighter" was a top to bottom Oscar contender, which Amy contributed to, as witnessed by her own nominations. "Enchanted," though, was a truly remarkable film, almost as much fun as "Mary Poppins," and completely (sorry Patrick Dempsey and Susan Sarandon) due to Amy Adams overwhelming charisma and her being deliciously perfect for the role of the ultra-positive Giselle.













Great Performances You May Not Have Seen:
Sunshine Cleaning (with sister Emily Blunt, starts a crime-scene cleanup business)

Miss Pettigrew Lives for the Day (a '30s-era starlet and employer of Frances McDormand, her social secretary and mutual advisor)

Leap Year (a woman determined to get her boyfriend to marry her by asking him on Leap Year day)

Standing Still (the bride of Adam Garcia in a strange wedding weekend)

Junebug (Oscar nominated performance as a naïve Southern pregnant woman caught in a family war)
Blockbusters:
The Fighter (Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performance as Mark Wahlberg's loyal girlfriend, Charlene)

Catch Me if You Can (Leonardo DiCaprio's one true love)

Enchanted (Golden Globe-nominated performance as Giselle, a fairy tale princess, banished to NYC where as a fish out of water she meets Patrick Dempsey)

Doubt (Oscar, Golden Globe and SAG-nominated performance as an innocent nun at a Catholic school, caught up in a war of wills)

Charlie Wilson's War (Charlie's administrative assistant)

Julie & Julia (Julie Powell, who cooks Julia Child's entire cookbook and blogs about it, with Meryl Streep)

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (Amelia Earhart)
The Real Amy Adams:
The Ultra-Positive Roles

Amy has remarked that being known for roles like Princess Giselle doesn't bother her because as an actress she takes the roles home with her and prefers not to be bummed out all the time. No doubt playing Giselle keeps her happy.
Acting Style:
Usually a string of roles so similar to the aforementioned Giselle in Enchanted would tend to typecast any actor to that kind of role forever. However, her strong, determined but definitely not always positive and happy roles in Julie & Julia, Leap Year, and more so in The Fighter, show Adams' true skills and versatility.
Bits and Quirks:
Hugely happy eyes and, with the pretty bright, red hair, has a lock on the young innocent. Also, a great close-mouthed determination. Great with accents. Fluid in moving, due to years of ballerina training, and that residual "glow." A puppy dog innocent look, and a bow of the head to amplify the innocence.
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Great Scenes:
Enchanted

> The huge song and dance in the park, "That's How You Know"
> The Happy Working Song, cleaning up the apartment
> The fight on the tower with the dragon
> Shopping
> Climbing up on the billboard

The Fighter

> Arguing with Christian Bale as Dicky on her porch, with expletives flying
> Arguing about who should train Mark Wahlberg as Micky
> Arguing with the mom and the sisters

Sunshine Cleaning

> Disposing of the mattress
> With Alan Arkin, and the sign on the car
> Confessing everything to the cleaning-store owner

Miss Pettigrew Lives For The Day

> Singing "If I Didn't Care" in the nightclub
> Meeting Frances McDormand as Miss Pettigrew
> Giving Miss Pettigrew a makeover

Leap Year

> The bar scene, negotiating with Declan, the bartender
> The kiss at dinner
> Visiting the castle and falling down the hill
> The "proposal" at the end in the restaurant

Catch Me If You Can

> Showing off Leonardo to her parents
> Leo escaping the FBI, trying to explain things to Amy and arranging to meet at the airport > Meeting Leo in the hospital
> Making love and the proposal