Amy Lou Adams is an American actress. Known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, she has been featured three times in annual rankings of the highest-paid actresses in the world. Take a look below for 33 more fun and interesting facts about Amy Adams.
1. Her accolades include two Golden Globes and nominations for six Academy Awards and seven British Academy Film Awards.
2. Born in Vicenza, Italy, and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado, Adams is the fourth of seven siblings.
3. She trained to be a ballerina, but at age 18 found musical theater a better fit, and from 1994 to 1998 she worked in dinner theater.
4. She made her feature film debut with a supporting part in the 1999 satire “Drop Dead Gorgeous.”
5. After moving to Los Angeles, she made guest appearances in television and took on “mean girl” parts in small-scale features.
6. Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg’s 2002 biopic “Catch Me If You Can,” opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, but she was unemployed for a year afterward.
7. Her breakthrough came in the part of a loquacious pregnant woman in the 2005 independent film “Junebug.”
8. The 2007 musical “Enchanted,” in which Adams played a cheerful princess, was her first major success as a leading lady.
9. She followed it by playing naive, optimistic women in a series of films such as the 2008 drama “Doubt.”
10. She subsequently played stronger parts to positive reviews in the sports film “The Fighter” and the psychological drama “The Master.”
11. In 2013, she began portraying Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe.
12. She won two consecutive Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for playing a seductive con artist in the crime film “American Hustle” and the troubled painter Margaret Keane in the biopic “Big Eyes.”
13. Further acclaim came for playing a linguist in the science fiction film “Arrival,” a self-harming reported in the HBO miniseries “Sharp Objects,” and Lynne Cheney in the satirical film “Vice.”
14. Adams’s stage roles include the Public Theater’s revival of “Into the Woods” in 2012, in which she played the Baker’s wife.
15. In 2014, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by Time Magazine and featured in the Forbes Celebrity 100 list.
16. She is married to actor and artist Darren Le Gallo, with whom she has a daughter.
17. Adams was born in August 20, 1974, to American parents Richard and Kathryn Adams, when her father was stationed with the United States Army at the Caserma Ederle military complex in Vicenza, Italy.
18. She is the middle of seven children, with four brothers and two sisters.
19. After moving from one army base to another, Adams’s family settled in Castle Rock, Colorado, when she was eight.
20. After leaving the army, her father sang professionally in nightclubs and restaurants.
21. Adams has described going to her father’s shows and drinking Shirley Temples at the bar as among her fondest childhood memories.
22. The family was poor; they camped and hiked together, and performed amateur skits usually written by her father and sometimes by her mother.
23. Adams was enthusiastic about the plays and always played the lead.
24. Adams was raised as a Mormon until her parents divorced in 1985 and left the church.
25. She didn’t have strong religious beliefs, but has said that she valued her upbringing for teaching her love and compassion.
26. After the breakup, her father moved to Arizona and remarried, while the children remained with their mother.
27. Her mother became a semi-professional bodybuilder who took the children with her to the gym when she trained.
28. Adams has compared her uninhibited early years with her siblings to “Lord of the Flies.” Describing herself as a “scrappy, tough kid,” she has said she fought frequently with other children.
29. Adams attended Douglas County High School. She was not academically inclined, but was interested in the creative arts and sang in the school choir.
30. She did not go to college, which disappointed her parents, and she later regretted not pursuing higher education.
31. At 18, Adams realized that she wasn’t gifted enough to be a professional ballerina, and found musical theater more to her taste.
32. One of her first stage roles was in a community theater production of “Annie,” which she did on a volunteer basis.
33. To support herself, she worked as a greeter at a Gap store. She also worked as a waitress at Hooters, but left the job after she saved enough money to buy a used car.