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2021 Apr 28

Amy Adams on Anxiety, Finding Contentment and Her New Netflix Thriller, The Woman in the Window

Amy Adams on Anxiety, Finding Contentment and Her New Netflix Thriller, The Woman in the Window

Amy Adams never planned to take on so many dark, gritty roles. After all, she first became known for playing sweet and innocent characters in movies such as JunebugEnchanted and Doubt. “I intend to do something light, but I keep being offered these beautifully complex roles,” says the actress, 46, whose later performances include well-reviewed turns in The MasterNocturnal Animals and Sharp Objects. “I don’t know what it says about me, that I’m really attracted to the psychology of [people’s] damage,” she told Parade during a recent COVID-safe Zoom from her home in Los Angeles, where she’s been isolating with her husband, artist Darren Le Gallo, and their daughter, Aviana, 10.

Enter her next tense psychological thriller, The Woman in the Window (May 14 on Netflix). She’ll star as Anna Fox, a woman questioning her own reality as she struggles with her mental health and agoraphobia, with an intense fear of being outside her New York City brownstone apartment. When Anna thinks she witnesses a murder while watching her new neighbors from her window, she is forced to confront the traumas of her own life. The film takes on new significance since nearly everyone has spent the previous year in some kind of state of quarantine, peering out of windows themselves. “Given how isolated we’ve all been, I’m curious to see people’s response to the film,” she says. “If it’s more triggering, or if they have more empathy.”

The Woman in the Window, based on the New York Times bestselling novel by A.J. Finn (the pen name of writer Daniel Malloy), also stars Julianne MooreJennifer Jason Leigh and Gary Oldman. It was directed by Joe Wright, who is so consumed by detail, he had Adams run up and down the stairs more than 25 times while hyperventilating. Wright “wanted it to feel like a fever dream of anxiety, and that’s what it felt like,” she says.

But making the movie wasn’t all dark and heavy. “Any time you work with me, there’s a blooper reel,” Adams says, adding that her mistakes usually involve her cursing like a sailor when she messes up. When she had forgotten her daughter was on set one day and she messed up a lot, well, that was the day “we started a swear jar,” she says with a laugh.

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2020 Nov 25

Amy Adams on her singular career and her latest role, in Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy

Amy Adams on her singular career and her latest role, in Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy

Netflix Queue released an interview and new shots with Amy Adams. I encourage you to go and read it on their site and admire the beautiful outtakes.

Few actors can stand shoulder to shoulder with Amy Adams. The six-time Academy Award nominee has delivered many extraordinary performances over the course of her career, from her breakout in the 2005 indie sensation Junebug, to her portrayal of Lynne Cheney in Adam McKay’s 2018 political biopic Vice. She’s captivated critics and audiences in Enchanted, Doubt, The Fighter, The Master, American Hustle, and Arrival — not to mention her striking turn in the Southern Gothic miniseries Sharp Objects, which she also produced.

Yet Adams remains grounded. She’s confident, committed to doing the work, but not necessarily Method. “I think sometimes the character comes with me a little bit more than I intend it to,” she says. “It seeps into my being a bit.”

It’s true that she seems to effortlessly inhabit the roles she chooses, including her latest, starring opposite Glenn Close in Ron Howard’s Appalachia-set drama Hillbilly Elegy. The film is based on the best-selling memoir by J.D. Vance, and is adapted for the screen by Vanessa Taylor (The Shape of Water). Adams plays Vance’s mother, Bev, a career nurse and single parent struggling with substance abuse and the scars of extreme trauma.

Her approach was shaped by time spent on set with the real-life Bev (who is now in recovery). “She’s very energetic and colorful and a big personality, ” Adams says. “I think her true desire was to be the best mother she could be, the best nurse she could be. And life got in the way.”

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2020 Oct 29

Amy Adams, Glenn Close talk their major Hillbilly Elegy transformations

Amy Adams, Glenn Close talk their major Hillbilly Elegy transformations

When the trailer for Hillbilly Elegy hit the internet last week it made waves in part because of the major transformations of its lead actresses. (The other part probably has something to do with it being another potential awards vehicle for both stars, who are long overdue for an Oscar.)

Glenn Close and Amy Adams dished on these transformations and their juicy roles in a post-screening Q&A of the forthcoming Netflix film alongside director Ron Howard.

In the film, which is based off of J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir of the same name, Adams plays Bev, a woman struggling to raise her two kids while battling addiction, and Close plays her mother, Mamaw, who is resilient and whip-smart but who’s had a rough life of her own. The past and present are interwoven as J.D. (played by Gabriel Basso as an adult and Owen Asztalos as a child) — now a Yale Law student — returns to his hometown amid a family emergency and must come to terms with his own history, Appalachian values, and the American dream.

Close and Adams are nearly unrecognizable in their parts, something they both credit the makeup and hair departments for. Close is certainly no stranger to major transformations. “I played numerous characters where you really are in character when you’re in full drag,” she admitted, citing her 101 Dalmatians and Albert Nobbs roles as examples.

As Mamaw, she said she specifically didn’t want to see her own face in the mirror. “I wanted to change my face a little, mainly for me as an actress, because I did not want to be distracted knowing that it was Glenn Close’s face.”

In addition to the makeup, Adams also wore a wig, which she remembered fondly. “I always name my wigs, and that wig was ‘Beaverly’ because it was so hot it was like wearing a beaver hat on my head,” she joked.

For both Close and Adams, it was important to get not just the looks, but also the mannerisms and heart and soul of their characters right. They both got to speak to Vance’s family, and in Adams’ case, she got to speak with Bev herself.

“I think when I’m playing somebody who you know is out there that is going to see this, I’m glad that you can see deeper than just the mistakes that she’s made because that was something that was really important to me,” Adams said. She also shared how important it was to her personally to get Bev’s struggles with addiction right. “There’s been several people that have been really important to me that have been touched by addiction. It’s a story of a whole bunch of people who’ve really struggled and it was really important to me to find the humanity in that struggle,” she said.

The weight of that “terrified” her, she said, but at the end of the day, she was thankful she took on the role. “As hard as it was embodying the character, it was an uplifting experience,” she said.

The feeling was mutual for Close. “You are defining for yourself a whole landscape of psychology and emotion, and as an actor I don’t want to repeat myself, and this I went into it slowly step by step. It was one of the great experiences that I’ve had in my career,” she said.

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2020 Aug 29

Amy Adams Joins Universal’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Musical

Amy Adams Joins Universal’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Musical

Amy Adams has joined the cast of Dear Evan Hansen, Universal’s adaptation of the Broadway musical.

Stephen Chbosky (Wonder) is directing the feature which has a script by Steven Levenson, who wrote the book for the stage musical. Music and lyrics are by Academy Award-winning duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who also worked on La La Land and The Greatest Showman.

Ben Platt, who originated the role and even won a Tony for it, is reprising the character of Evan Hansen, a socially awkward teen who gets caught up in a lie when he says he was best friends with a schoolmate who commits suicide. The act initially brings him closer to a crush and brings him attention but he must face repercussions when the truth surfaces.

Kaitlyn Dever is playing Zoe, the crush, while Amandla Stenberg has nabbed a part that expands upon the original stage role. Colton Ryan will play Connor, the teen who dies. Nik Dodani is also on the  roll call.

Adams will play Cynthia Murphy, the mother of Dever and Ryan’s characters. The character kicks off the musical with a duet with Hansen’s mother’s with the song Anybody Have a Map? 

Marc Platt, who produced La La Land, and Adam Siegel will produce for their Universal-based Marc Platt Productions.

Universal’s senior vp of production Sara Scott and director of development Lexi Barta are oversee production on behalf of the studio.

Adams has sung for her supper in several movies, Disney’s Enchanted and The Muppets, among them. The six-time Oscar nominee next stars in Netflix drama Hillbilly Elegy and the thriller The Woman in the Window.

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2020 Mar 01

Amy Adams’ Bond Group Teams With eOne To Adapt Robert Beatty’s Fantasy Thriller ‘Willa Of The Wood’ For TV

Amy Adams’ Bond Group Teams With eOne To Adapt Robert Beatty’s Fantasy Thriller ‘Willa Of The Wood’ For TV

EXCLUSIVE: Amy Adams’ Bond Group and eOne are to produce a television adaptation of Robert Beatty’s fantasy thriller Willa of the Wood.

The YA project is the latest development for Adams’ nascent company Bond Group Entertainment, which the Arrival and Vice star established with her manager Stacy O’Neil. It also sees Adams reunite with eOne, with whom she worked on Sharp Objects, the HBO thriller based on the book by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn.

Willa of the Wood is set in a dark, mysterious forest where its ancient inhabitants, known as the Faeran, don’t trust the destructive, tree-cutting humans. Willa, the clan’s best forager and thief, has been taught to avoid humans at all costs. As Willa’s adventures offer her insight about mankind, she becomes a bridge between two competing worlds, but soon encounters conflict from all sides.

The two companies are to adapt Willa of the Wood, which was published by Disney-Hyperion in July 2018 and is the first book in a multi-book series, as a television series. eOne will serve as the studio.

Beatty, who is also behind the bestselling Serafina Series, will exec produce. Adams, Kathleen Clifford, Eddie Adams and Stacy O’Neil will produce for Bond Group, while Amanda Bowman Gerisch and Kristen Barnett will oversee for eOne.

It is the latest high-profile project for Bond Group Entertainment, which is also working with Laura Dern and Jayme Lemons’ Jaywalker Pictures to develop an adaptation of Claire Lombardo’s The Most Fun We Ever Had, for HBO, where Bond Group has a first-look deal.

Source: Deadline

2020 Mar 01

Amy Adams, Laura Dern to Produce ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Adaptation at HBO

Amy Adams, Laura Dern to Produce ‘The Most Fun We Ever Had’ Adaptation at HBO

HBO is developing a series adaptation of the Claire Lombardo novel “The Most Fun We Ever Had” with Amy Adams and Laura Dern onboard as executive producers.

Described as a multigenerational saga spanning half a century, the story follows four sisters, each struggling to exist in the shadow of their parents’ idyllic marriage, whose lives are complicated by the unexpected return of the son one of them gave up for adoption fifteen years earlier.

Lombardo will pen the adaptation in addition to co-executive producing. Adams and Stacy O’Neil will executive produce under their Bond Group Entertainment banner, with Bond Group’s Kate Clifford co-producing. Dern and Jayme Lemons will executive produce via Jaywalker Pictures. Anya Epstein is onboard as showrunner. The Gotham Group’s Rich Green negotiated the deal on behalf of Ellen Levine and Alexa Stark at Trident Media Group.

Both Dern and Adams have found success with similar stories on HBO in the past few years. Dern won an Emmy for the her role in the first season of “Big Little Lies” along with a Golden Globe for the first season. She also picked up an Emmy and Golden Globe nomination for starring in the HBO film “The Tale.” Adams, meanwhile, earned an Emmy and a Golden Globe nomination for her starring role in the HBO limited series “Sharp Objects” in addition to another Emmy nomination for best limited series as a producer on “Sharp Objects.” Both the first season of “Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects” were based on novels by female authors, while the second season of “Big Little Lies” was based on an original story by “Big Little Lies” author Liane Moriarty.

Adams and Epstein are also currently working on a series adaptation of the Barbara Kingsolver novel “The Poisonwood Bible” at HBO as part of Adams’ first-look deal with the network. It was announced last year that Dern is set to star in and executive produce the limited series “The Dolls” alongside Issa Rae at the premium cabler.

“The Most Fun We Ever Had,” Lombardo’s debut novel, was first published back in June and became a New York Times bestseller. Her short fiction has appeared in Barrelhouse Magazine, Little Fiction, and Longform, among others. Her short story, “I Only Want to Talk About the Nice Things,” was one of 2016’s Best of the Net, and was number one on Longform’s 2015 fiction list.

Source: Variety

2018 Nov 23

Amy Adams – The journey from big to small screen

Amy Adams – The journey from big to small screen

American psycho-thriller TV series ‘Sharp Objects’ is based on the life of Camille Preaker, an alcoholic journalist, who revisited her hometown in Missouri when she had to report the frightful murder of one preteen girl and the missing of another. As she got home, she had to face her past and the disastrous situation that first pushed her away.

The challenging role of Camille in this eight-episode series was played by Amy Adams. The Hollywood superstar and perpetual Oscar nominee moved from the silver screen to small screen with this role. Amy believes this transition to be an ‘intense experience’.

Early Career

Amy did not have an easy start. She struggled to balance between the roles she played and her real life. Initially, her husband suffered, she suffered, and when her daughter was a young girl, she had some extremely challenging experiences. She never wanted to be the mother who came home but was not present. So, she had to figure something to work it out.

Coping with the Struggles

Amy learned her way through. Today, she gets time to relax, does a lot of meditation and breathing, and sometimes takes moments to just lay down on the set for a while.

Amy also takes assistance from well-known acting coach Warner Loughlin. Warner Loughlin has helped Amy gear up for complicated roles. Amy works with the acting coach before she starts a project. She does not do so for all projects but for the ones that seem to be quite complicated – like Camille or Louise in Arrival.

Amy’s On-Screen Cults
Hollywood has been a preferred target for the cult leaders and staying away for long is not that easy for any superstar. Amy starred in The Master – a Paul Thomas Anderson film centered on a cult known as The Cause, wherein the role of the leader is played by Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Even the cult of Cruel Intentions made a significant impact on the generation of teenagers. It is popularly recognized for marking the first starring role given to Amy.

Amy does not cry easily
In several interviews, Amy has been reported to share that it is very difficult to make her cry. If she is upset, she gets mad. If someone makes her feel sad, she shuts down. Her nature to get upset but not cry has earned her the nickname of Angry Adams. She tends to get extremely precise and angry.

Playing Camille
Sharp Objects required Amy to put on and lose weight. In certain scenes, she had to be completely naked on the screen and also be involved in some sensitive and delicate scenes. Amy dealt with situations with the media in the past, like the Arrival premiere wardrobe malfunction fiasco and she knows how to embrace it all.
In a few scenes, the actress needs to show some vulnerability because of sexual experiences. Amy admits that to carry them off, she would have a sip or two of whiskey just like that of her on-screen character.