Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Amy Lou Adams was born in Vicenza, Veneto, Italy, to American parents Kathryn (Hicken) and Richard Kent Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. 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). More recently, she starred with Jason Segel in The Muppets (2011) and alongside Clint Eastwood in Trouble with the Curve (2012).

YearTitleCharacterRelease Date
2019The Woman in the WindowAnna Fox2019-11-15
2018BackseatLynne Cheney2018-12-21
2017Justice LeagueLois Lane2017-11-17
2016Nocturnal AnimalsSusan Morrow2016-11-18
2016ArrivalDr. Louise Banks2016-11-11
2016Batman v Superman: Dawn of JusticeLois Lane2016-03-25
2016DC Films Presents Dawn of the Justice LeagueHerself2016-01-19
2014Big EyesMargaret Keane2014-12-25
2014The Untitled Rick Howard Project2014-05-13
2013American HustleSydney Prosser2013-12-12
2013Man of SteelLois Lane2013-06-14
2013Back BeyondPeggy Dodd2013-02-26
2012On the RoadJane / Joan Vollmer2012-12-21
2012Wide-AwakeThe Light-Bringer2012-12-07
2012Trouble with the CurveMickey Lobel2012-09-21
2012The MasterPeggy Dodd2012-09-14
2011The MuppetsMary2011-11-23
2010The FighterCharlene Fleming2010-12-17
2010Love and DistrustCharlotte Brown2010-11-02
2010Leap YearAnna Brady2010-01-08
2009Secret Ingredients: Creating Julie & Julia2009-12-08
2009Julie & JuliaJulie Powell2009-08-07
2009Night at the Museum: Battle of the SmithsonianAmelia Earhart2009-05-21
2009Moonlight SerenadeChloe2009-01-01
2008DoubtSister James2008-12-12
2008Miss Pettigrew Lives for a DayDelysia Lafosse2008-03-07
2008Sunshine CleaningRose Lorkowski2008-01-18
2007Charlie Wilson's WarBonnie Bach2007-12-21
2007UnderdogPolly Purebred (voice)2007-08-03
2006The ExAbby March2006-12-01
2006Tenacious D in The Pick of DestinyGorgeous Woman2006-11-22
2006Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky BobbySusan2006-08-04
2006Stephen Tobolowsky's Birthday PartyHerself2006-05-30
2005JunebugAshley Johnsten2005-08-03
2005The Wedding DateAmy Ellis2005-02-04
2005Standing StillElise2005-01-02
2004The Last RunAlexis2004-01-01
2002Catch Me If You CanBrenda Strong2002-12-25
2002Serving SaraKate2002-08-20
2002The Slaughter RuleDoreen2002-01-01
2000Cruel Intentions 2Kathryn Merteuil2000-11-09
2000Psycho Beach PartyMarvel Ann2000-08-06
2000The Chromium HookJill Royaltuber2000-05-13
1999Drop Dead GorgeousLeslie Miller1999-07-23
1970Untitled Superman ProjectLois Lane
1970The True American