STAR OF THE WEEK - Amy Lou Adams

DOB: August 20, 1974
Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vicenza, Veneto, Italy
Occupation: Actress


· Amy has twice won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for American Hustle (2013) and Big Eyes (2014).

She has been nominated five more times: Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for Enchanted (2007); Best Supporting Actress for Doubt (2008), The Fighter (2010), and The Master (2012), and Best Actress in a Drama for Arrival (2016).

· As of 2017, she has appeared in four films that have been Oscar nominated for Best Picture: The Fighter (2010), American Hustle (2013), Her (2013) and Arrival (2016).

· She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 11, 2017.

Interesting facts:

· Adams makes an effort to remain unaffected by her fame, believing that it would hinder her ability to play roles with honesty. She has spoken about suffering from insecurity and lack of confidence from a young age and later discussed how motherhood had made her calmer. She frequently breaks into song when stressed at work. Unlike some of her female contemporaries, Adams dislikes talking about issues such as the gender pay gap, believing it to be a topic for producers and decision-makers and not actors.

· Having experienced difficulty in her early years in the film industry, Adams works closely with underprivileged students at New York City's Ghetto Film School.

· Describing herself as an obsessive performer, Adams has said, "I’m never satisfied with the take. I’ll walk away from it, but I could go and go and go. I’ve had to learn to be OK with it.”

· Her father was in the military and was also an amateur actor.

She was born on the U.S. military base located in Aviano, Italy, but spent part of her childhood in the U.S. military base located in Vicenza, Italy.

· Amy was invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) in 2006.

She once worked at Gap, a clothing store chain.

· During a red carpet interview at the 81st Academy Awards, she claimed to suffer from extreme stage fright and claustrophobia.

· Meryl Streep taught her how to knit.

Was admittedly so distracted by co-star Lee Pace while filming Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008), since "he just looked so dashing", that the director had to ask him to leave the set.

· Did her own singing in The Muppets (2011), Enchanted (2007) and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day (2008).

· Her ancestry includes English, as well as smaller amounts of Danish, Swiss-German and Norwegian.

· Tenth highest paid actress of 2017 with $11.5 million.

· She and Gal Gadot are the first live-action Lois Lane and Diana Prince Wonder Woman to be onscreen together.

· 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.