Category: Interviews

2018 Jun 28

Amy Adams and Jean-Marc Vallée talk family dysfunction and rock to Led Zeppelin

Amy Adams and Jean-Marc Vallée talk family dysfunction and rock to Led Zeppelin

Amy Adams and Jean-Marc Vallée talked to LA Times about Sharp Objects. Check below the interview:

Get actress Amy Adams and director Jean-Marc Vallée into a room together and at some point Led Zeppelin might start blaring through the puny speakers of an iPhone, with Adams doing a subtle sing-along midway.

“We could keep this going,” Adams warns, as she bobs her head in time along with Vallée to the iconic band’s “What Is and What Should Never Be” inside a Beverly Hills hotel on a recent afternoon.

The musical moment is enough to make you wonder what could have been. The two were set to team up on a biopic of Janis Joplin, with Adams, a multi Oscar-nominee whose acclaimed work in films such as “Arrival,” “American Hustle,” “Nocturnal Animals” and “The Master” propelled her to the top ranks of Hollywood actresses, set to play the legendary ’60s rock singer.

That project was ultimately shelved. But music, ever so slightly, has finally united them in a different endeavor: HBO’s“Sharp Objects.”

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2018 Jun 22

Why Amy Adams Played a Big Part in the Gender Pay Gap Discussion

Why Amy Adams Played a Big Part in the Gender Pay Gap Discussion

During the infamous 2014 Sony Pictures hack, lots of confidential information got released to the public, including salaries of actors working on American Hustle. The company’s PR nightmare turned into a widely discussed social issue regarding Hollywood’s gender pay gap. It was revealed that female stars Amy Adams and Jennifer Lawrence were paid less than their male co-stars Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner.

At the time, this sparked debate and outrage all over social media and Hollywood. Jennifer Lawrence even wrote a lengthy piece about her thoughts and posted it publicly, which deserved much applause. Amy Adams kept silent at first, but the Sharp Objects actress and American Cinematheque awardee eventually spoke up about the issue as well. She made a fair point by saying that the tough questions about gender pay gap should be directed to Hollywood producers. They provide the numbers and attach prices to actors that will best fit their budget, so they should be on the hot seat. Bustle commended Adams for her insightful statement, because most of the time, the media focuses on women as if they hold the answer to the entire dilemma.

Adams also voice her opinions in Allure‘s April 2016 issue. Glamour quoted her revealing statements as she confessed, “I negotiated, and I tried to get paid as much [as Jeremy Renner and Bradley Cooper]. But I felt like if I kept pushing, I wouldn’t have had the opportunity,” she said. “So that’s on me.”

Her statement brought forth what a lot of other women around the world are not comfortable doing: negotiating pay and benefits. Adams is a talented actress who is frequently invited to awards shows and takes home plenty of recognition. She has already received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and her craft has continually improved over the years. It begs the question as to why was she was not considered of the same value as her male co-stars in American Hustle.

Since the incident, more stars in Hollywood have contributed their two cents on the issue. Well and Good recently reported about Benedict Cumberbatch’s noble stand on refusing to accept a role if his female co-star is not paid the same amount. This takes some power away from producers’ hands and shows an act of solidarity among actors.

Other actresses are becoming increasingly outspoken as well. The Hollywood Reporter talked to Ellen Pompeo about fighting for a salary that she deserves. The Grey’s Anatomy star openly discussed figures to the media in the hopes of inspiring other women to do the same. The Time’s Up movement could help end gender pay gap as well by forging 300-strong women actors to fight against sexual harassment and discrimination in Hollywood. Time’s Up is the organization that received Mark Wahlberg’s $1.5-million dollar donation after netizens called him out for passively agreeing to a huge pay gap. That amount was his purported compensation for the reshoots of All the Money in the World, while his co-star, Michelle Williams, reportedly got only $1,000.

Evidently, women are slowly but surely making changes to an industry plagued with politics and inequality. Along with the initiative of Amy Adams and other influential actors, this gap may hopefully be closed for good sooner rather than later.

2018 Jun 21

(Article) – Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson Aren’t Afraid to Tackle Big Topics

(Article) – Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson Aren’t Afraid to Tackle Big Topics

Last month HBO launched the promotional tour for Sharp Objects with an interview to The Wall Street Journal magazine given by Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson.

“Don’t they look related?” says author Gillian Flynn, glancing at Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson, who raise their eyebrows quizzically. The pair play mother and daughter in Sharp Objects, the much-anticipated HBO adaptation of Flynn’s 2006 debut novel, but the suggestion that they resemble their characters makes the actresses understandably uneasy.

Even for those who know Adams’s dramatic range, her portrayal of Camille Preaker is a departure. The darkest, most complex character in a career that has earned Adams, 43, five Oscar nominations, Camille is a newspaper reporter who has written her own story on her body, carving words into her skin. Since being institutionalized, she’s tried to drown her cutting addiction with alcohol. Meanwhile, as Camille’s mother, Adora, Clarkson, 58, relishes withholding affection from her firstborn even as she smothers Camille’s teenage half-sister, Amma, with attention.

When Camille returns to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to investigate the murder of a young girl, she is forced to confront her past and her grief over the death years before of her younger sister, Marian. She and Adora, who presides over the town with emotionless elegance, share a sense of loss, but little else.

The withering mother-daughter dynamic is the brainchild of Flynn. The 47-year-old author—who penned the screenplay for David Fincher’s 2014 adaptation of her novel Gone Girl—wrote this eight-episode series, which airs starting in July. She and Adams also served on the project as executive producers, a first for each of them. The project was spearheaded by women, including Marti Noxon, a Mad Men veteran who co-wrote and was showrunner; and Jessica Rhoades, then a television executive at Blumhouse (the production company that also released Whiplash and Get Out). Jean-Marc Vallée, fresh off the success of HBO’s Big Little Lies, directed the five-month shoot, with long days on set in Northern California, Los Angeles and the 100-degree heat of Georgia—especially grueling for Adams, who was covered with prosthetic scars from the neck down.

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2017 Nov 10

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Amy Adams Talks ‘Justice League,’ American Cinematheque Award

Variety – Amy Adams can rise to any challenge: sparkle as a princess, brawl like a Boston barmaid, dance with Muppets, kiss Superman, earn five Oscar nominations and hold her own against Meryl Streep — twice. Still, on Nov. 10, the deeply private, craft-driven actress will face a new test when Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Natalie Portman, Kristen Stewart, Chris Messina and Denis Villeneuve take the stage of the Beverly Hilton Hotel to praise her talents as the 31st recipient of the American Cinematheque Award.
Being lauded for her entire body of work is “a little overwhelming,” says Adams. “I tend to look at things piece by piece.

As for the prospect of watching a montage of her entire filmography, Adams falls silent. “Yup,” she eventually says with the well-mannered equanimity of an actress who spent years doing dinner theater in Minnesota. Then she giggle-exhales.
I wasn’t even comfortable at my wedding having my family say things that were nice,” admits Adams, who married actor and artist Darren Le Gallo in 2015 after 14 years of dating. “I’m like, ‘OK, let’s move on.’

Adams started her career as a dancer-waitress who high-kicked her way through “A Chorus Line” while serving the audience plates of prime rib. She wore nothing but a gold-embroidered jacket, nude hose and a hat — more costume than her earlier job at Hooters, at least — but the gig got her a better dinner theater engagement, and then the motivation to audition for, and win, the role of an oversexed beauty pageant bimbo in 1999’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” who does naughty things to a model of the Washington Monument. Adams was ninth-billed, but she took it as seriously as if she were the lead. In that first role, her comedy gifts already seem fully formed, the big eyes, bigger grin, deadpan innocence, and sugar-dipped voice that lets her get away with the craziest lines. Co-star Kirstie Alley encouraged Adams to move to Los Angeles, assuring the then-25-year-old, “You’re young. You’re funny. You’ll work.”

So she did. Within a week, she had a manager, Stacy O’Neil, and her first part as a manipulative prep-school heiress in a soon-canceled “Cruel Intentions” spinoff show that was re-edited into the movie 2000’s “Cruel Intentions 2.”

From there, Adams played the villain in “Psycho Beach Party,” which released that same year, did a ton of TV, and scored a plum role as the pig-tailed Southern nurse who steals conman Leonardo DiCaprio’s heart in 2002’s “Catch Me if You Can.” Its director, Steven Spielberg, loved her. Adams hoped she’d finally managed to find her breakout part. But after “Catch Me if You Can,” she didn’t work for a year.

Adams was nearing 30 and running low on hope — the one thing her characters almost always have in unlimited supply. Finally, she landed 2005’s “Junebug” and claimed her first Academy Award nomination. From there Adams launched into the spotlight with four more nominations in five years starting with 2008’s “Doubt,” “The Fighter,” “The Master” and “American Hustle.” It feels like the main reason Adams hasn’t yet won an Oscar is her filmography has been so consistently strong that voters feel safe putting her off another year (and another, and another).
O’Neil remains Adams’ manager today. “She’s been not just a manager, but a mentor,” says Adams. “It’s really important for women in our industry to have mentors, people you can really trust who can advise you towards a future that you really want.
Her manager, agent and publicist are all women and, like her, all mothers. On the morning we spoke, Adams was helping her daughter Aviana prepare for her own awards ceremony: a taekwondo test.

I work with really lovely, respectful men, as well,” Adams says, but her all-female trifecta has proven especially empowering. “They really understand what my priorities are and they understand who I crave to be, even if I’m not always her.

People focus on the awards roles, but every film has pushed Adams closer to being the actress she’s still striving to become. Not Streep, of course — “There is no next Meryl Streep” — but her own kind of chameleon, the all-American sweetheart you don’t dare cross.

Sunshine Cleaning,” in 2008, with Emily Blunt gave her a chance to appreciate the powerful support of forging a strong female bond on the set. “It’s not always the case that us actresses get to work with each other,” notes Adams.

The Muppets” (2011) pushed her to think about how to honor the spirit of childhood and connect with younger audiences the way she once she fell in love with Fozzie Bear.

Mention 2006’s “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” in which Adams’ wallflower goes from zero-to-60 when she seduces Will Ferrell on a bar table, and she lights up.

I love it!” she says. “To witness that particular brand of genius, of improv and thinking on your feet and creating situations and creating dialogue. It’s not my greatest talent, but it was so much fun to get to be a part of it and get to play and learn from these masters.

No wonder she recently signed up to work with “Talledega Nights” director Adam McKay again on his Dick Cheney biopic “Backseat,” in which Adams plays the former vice president’s wife, Lynne.

The American Cinematheque award is unusual in that it celebrates actors at the mid-points of their career. That suits Adams quite well. “I still sort of have that dream that my best work is in front of me,” she says. “There’s a lot to be done.”

She’s just started to discover herself as a producer on the HBO crime thriller “Sharp Objects,” based on the novel by “Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn. Adams also stars in the series, and the dual roles behind and before the camera have given her a deeper respect for the labor, and hours, of putting together a show. She hopes to use that knowledge to be able to create work for other actresses, becoming the mentor she was grateful to have, someone who would advise that “Psycho Beach Party” starlet: “Keep your head up, don’t be so discouraged. Work hard. Enjoy your downtime.

First, though, she’s got to get through all those compliments at the Beverly Hilton — and that montage. “I liked my Amelia Earhart wig,” the one from “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian,” she concedes. “My husband’s always encouraging me that I should maybe try to cut my hair like that.” Like the phenomenally empathetic actress she is, Adams’ goal for the night is to let herself get carried away by the emotions.

Hopefully I’ll be able to take it in and not shut down,” laughs Adam. “These moments are rare.

2017 Nov 10

Meryl Streep Pens Amy Adams Tribute: “A Woman of Many Imaginative Gifts”

Meryl Streep Pens Amy Adams Tribute: “A Woman of Many Imaginative Gifts”

Meryl Streep penned to The Hollywood Reporter a guest column honoring Amy Adams.

The toughest act in show business is how to maintain your core central living self while submitting yourself to not only the (sometimes) alien persona of a fictional character but to the relentless forensics that is modern showbiz promotional flogging.

Amy has cannily managed this better than most, partly because of her unflagging, good-natured work ethic, but mostly because of a level-headed, uninflated sense of herself, her priorities and what is real and what is bullshit. She has a geiger counter of a bullshit meter, and for such a polite person is not afraid to hold it up to the bloated face of this business and let us all hear the ticking as loud as she does. She won’t perform what is not real, and she won’t say what is not true.

I have seen her hold back so as not to hurt feelings, and I have seen her curtail her tongue when it could (should?) give a lashing, but she makes her point as much with what she doesn’t as what she does say.

She is a sturdy girl, and a woman of many imaginative gifts: The combo should take her to as long, long, long a career as she can stand to give us.

The full article is on the current THR issue.

2017 Aug 03

Amy Adams Deserves a Larger Role In The DC Universe

Amy Adams Deserves a Larger Role In The DC Universe

The DC Comics movie universe is still finding its feet, but it may finally be hitting its stride thanks to the success of Wonder Woman. We hope that the studio will take a hint from the movie’s success and give its women a larger role. They could start with Justice League later this fall. Amy Adams has already shined as Lois Lane in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so it would make sense to increase her role in the new movie, too.

Adams is easily one of the most talented actors in the franchise and DC would do well to provide a larger part for Adams to strut her stuff. Jesse Eisenberg has been nominated for an Academy Award, but was slammed for his performance as Lex Luthor. J.K. Simmons won his for his role in Whiplash, and he’s a great choice to fill the role of James Gordon. Meanwhile, Adams has been nominated for an Oscar a whopping five times and still feels like an afterthought sometimes. Despite her pedigree, she’s one of the most underutilized people in the series.

Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman has always been lacking in humanity or anything that actually makes the character interesting, so having Lois Lane to provide some actual depth could go a long way to helping fans better identify with the movies. Adams has discussed her struggles with the role before. She said that it often felt like the character existed in service to the story, rather than having her own development. Given the positive reaction to Wonder Woman, which was rife with well-developed characters, DC would be wise to allow a little more screen time to its most famous non-super-powered female character. They could start by testing the waters of her popularity in other media.

DC has been going all out trying to appeal to wider audiences with its cast of heroes. The company has also adapted most of them to the world of video games. The fighting game, Injustice 2, features tons of heroes and villains and there’s also a variety of online casino games that center on many of the popular films. They’re already working on slots based on Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel movie and it wouldn’t be a stretch to see them do a larger Justice League reel and include Adams alongside the rest of the cast. She’s proven herself not only as a critical darling but also a big box office draw. It would make sense for them to use her portrayal of Lois Lane to help bring in even more fans.

We’ve yet to see Lois Lane featured in any of the trailer for the upcoming movie, but we’re sure to see her and how she’s handling the events at the end of Dawn of Justice. So far Justice League looks like a lot of fun, and we only hope that DC has learned enough from Wonder Woman to pay more attention to its female stars, particularly Adams. Justice League will be in theaters November 17, 2017.

2016 Nov 27

The Guardian: “‘I thought, if I can’t figure this out, I can’t work any more’

The Guardian: “‘I thought, if I can’t figure this out, I can’t work any more’

Earlier this month The Guardian has published a great article with Amy, made right after the Arrival premiere at BFI London Festival. They mentioned the headlines made the day after, about a supposed “wardrobe malfunction”, and the interview started from it. Go to their website for the full piece, but here’s an excerpt:

When we meet in a central London hotel, she is wearing a simple blue dress and oversized matching cardigan which she hugs around her protectively; only her blow-dried hair and full makeup, still fresh from a photo shoot, suggest a life that involves a little more maintenance than that of your average woman.

“Are you going to ask about my dress [from the premiere]?” she asks warily, and her shoulders hunch a little as she retreats a few inches back on the sofa.

No, I was going to mention the gross reaction to it, I say.

“Oh right!” she says, moving forward, shoulders relaxing. “You know, this is something I struggle with because I’m not going to wear turtlenecks for ever. So I hope we can get to a point where a woman can wear a low-cut gown and still have some relevance. It’s disheartening, and having a daughter it’s doubly disheartening, that we’re still here. I was talking about this earlier with my husband: can you imagine a woman saying about a man, ‘Well, you saw how his pants fit – you could clearly see the curve of his bottom! And I’m not supposed to touch it? Come on!’” This subject means so much to her that, despite her wholesome Midwestern nature, she dares to say ‘bottom’ to a stranger – although she winces a little. Normally, her strongest expressions run the gamut from “gee” to “gosh”.