Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress. She is best known for playing characters with cheerful and sunny dispositions such as her Academy Award-nominated role as Ashley Johnsten in Junebug and her Golden Globe Award-nominated role as Giselle in Enchanted.
From 2000 to 2002, Adams appeared in a series of small films like Psycho Beach Party while guest-starring on television series such as Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville and The West Wing. She then appeared in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me If You Can as Brenda Strong, a role that was "supposed to be [her] big break" but she "was unemployed for a year after that". However, Adams stated that it "was the first time [she] knew [she] could act at that level with those people. To be believed in by Steven Spielberg... it was a huge confidence booster". She starred in The Last Run in 2004 as well as voicing characters on animated television series King of the Hill. In the same year, she was cast in the television series, Dr. Vegas, in the role of Alice Doherty but was later fired after a contract dispute.
Although Junebug had a limited audience, Adams' critically-acclaimed performance in the film helped to increase interest in her acting career. Adams went on to appear in films like Standing Still and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, and played the recurring guest role of Katy on the television series The Office. After providing the voice for Polly Purebred in Walt Disney Pictures' Underdog, Adams starred in Disney's 2007 big-budget animated/live-action feature film, Enchanted. The film, which co-stars Patrick Dempsey, Idina Menzel, Susan Sarandon, and James Marsden, revolves around Giselle, who is forced from her 2D-animated world to real-life New York City. Adams was amongst 300 or so actresses who auditioned for the role of Giselle, but she stood out to director Kevin Lima because her "commitment to the character, her ability to escape into the character's being without ever judging the character was overwhelming". Enchanted was both a commercial and critical success, with critics calling it a star-making vehicle for Adams the way Mary Poppins was for Julie Andrews. For her performance, Adams received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Actress. At the 2008 Saturn Awards she won the Best Actress award for her role in Enchanted. Three of the film's songs were nominated for Best Original Song at the 80th Academy Awards. After Enchanted, Adams appeared in Charlie Wilson's War as the title character's administrative assistant, which saw her co-starring with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Adams starred in three films in 2008: Sunshine Cleaning, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Doubt. In Sunshine Cleaning, an independent film that was shot in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico from February to March in 2007, Adams plays a single mother who starts her own crime scene clean-up business in order to make enough money to send her son to a private school. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival as one of the most anticipated titles but received somewhat mixed reviews and wasn't sold to a distributor as quickly as expected. In Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, a 1939-set film, Adams plays Delysia Lafosse, an aspiring American actress living in London whose life is changed after meeting a governess named Miss Pettigrew, played by Frances McDormand. The film received generally favorable reviews, with critics praising the performances of Adams and McDormand. Adams' role was noted to be similar to her joyful and naïve characters in Junebug and Enchanted; Carina Chocano of Los Angeles Times stated that "Adams is amazingly adept at playing smart playing dumb", while Kirk Honeycutt wrote that "Adams more or less reprises her princess from 'Enchanted,' only with a beguiling touch of ditzy naughtiness". When asked whether she is in danger of being typecast, Adams said, "Not at this point... Right now I'm just doing what I enjoy and I've done some different films, I've done some different types of roles. I've done drama this year, we had a film at Sundance ('Sunshine Cleaning'), but I enjoy playing upbeat characters, I really do because you take your characters home with you whether you intend to or not." In another interview, Adams said, "I think I just respond to those kinds of characters... They're so layered, and I love the fact that they've made this choice to be joyful... I really identify with that sense of hope." In Doubt, an adaptation of John Patrick Shanley's play of the same name, Adams stars as Sister James alongside Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Viola Davis.
Following Doubt, Adams will appear in Julie & Julia with Streep, which is set to be released in 2009, as a frustrated temp secretary Julie Powell, who decides to cook all of the recipes in Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She will then portray Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian and will co-star with Mark Ruffalo in the upcoming Noah Baumbach movie Greenburg. She is also been offered the role of Meryl in the Metal Gear Solid movie.
|1999||Drop Dead Gorgeous||Leslie Miller|
|2000||Psycho Beach Party||Marvel Ann|
|The Chromium Hook||Jill Royaltuber||Short film|
|Cruel Intentions 2||Kathryn Merteuil||Direct-to-video|
|2002||The Slaughter Rule||Doreen|
|Catch Me if You Can||Brenda Strong|
|2004||The Last Run||Alexis|
|2005||The Wedding Date||Amy Ellis|
|Junebug||Ashley Johnsten|| Won BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Supporting Actress|
Nominated for SAG Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2006||Pennies||Charlotte Brown||Short film|
|Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny||Gorgeous Woman|
|Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby||Susan|
|2007||The Ex||Abby March|
|Underdog||'Sweet' Polly Purebred (voice)|
|Enchanted||Princess Giselle|| Nominated for BFCA Critics' Choice Award for Best Actress|
Nominated for Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Musical or Comedy
Nominated for Satellite Award for Best Actress - Musical or Comedy
|Charlie Wilson's War||Bonnie Bach|
|2008||Sunshine Cleaning||Rose Lorkowski|
|Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day||Delysia Lafosse|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Julie Powell||post-production|
|Night at the Museum 2: Battle of the Smithsonian||Amelia Earhart||filming|
|2000||That '70s Show||Kat Peterson||Episode ("Burning Down the House")|
|Charmed||Maggie Murphy||Episode ("Murphy's Luck")|
|Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane||Dinah||Episode ("Tall, Dark and Duncan's Boss")|
|Providence||Rebecca 'Becka' Taylor||Episode ("The Good Doctor")|
|Buffy the Vampire Slayer||Beth Maclay||Episode ("Family")|
|2001||Smallville||Jodi Melville||Episode ("Craving")|
|2002||The West Wing||Cathy||Episode ("20 Hours in America: Part 1")|
|2004||King of the Hill||Merilynn/Sunshine (voice)||Episode ("Cheer Factor")|
|Misty (voice)||Episode ("My Hair Lady")|
|Dr. Vegas||Alice Doherty||Recurring|
|2006||The Office||Katy||Episodes ("Hot Girl", "The Fire" and "Booze Cruise")|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Host||Episode (March 8, 2008)|