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[[caption-width-right:350:And Creator/DavidORussell said she's "so not [[Film/{{Enchanted}} a princess]]"....]]

Amy Lou Adams is an American actress born August 20, 1974. She started her career as a theater actress. Her first film role was in the 1999 BlackComedy ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous''. She appeared in minor roles for several years. She received an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for her performance in the 2005 film ''Film/{{Junebug}}'', but it was her leading role in Disney's 2007 musical ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' that made her a star.

And she also played Tara Maclay's cousin in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. [[IdenticalStranger Not to be confused with]] Creator/IslaFisher.

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!!Notable roles
* ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' (1999)
* ''Film/CruelIntentions 2'' (2000)
* ''Film/PsychoBeachParty'' (2000)
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Junebug}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' (2007)
* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'' (2008)
* ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/SunshineCleaning'' (2008)
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian'' (2009)
* ''Film/JulieAndJulia'' (2009)
* ''Film/LeapYear'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheFighter'' (2010)
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' (2011)
* ''Film/TheMaster'' (2012)
* ''Film/TroubleWithTheCurve'' (2012)
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)
* ''Film/AmericanHustle'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Her}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/BigEyes'' (2014)
* ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (2016)
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!!She provides examples of:
* UsefulNotes/AcademyAward: She's been nominated five times, but has yet to win.
* TheCastShowoff: Before becoming a film actress, she worked in theater (more specifically, dinner theater), making her an easy fit for the singing and dancing required for ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''
** Later, the filmmakers of ''Film/TheMuppets'' gave her a golden opportunity to shine in a GratuitousDiscoSequence.
* TheCutie: Most of her roles. Pretty much seems to be RealLife too, especially if her Golden Globe speeches are any indication:
--> "[[TearsOfJoy I always cry when I'm not supposed to]]--and then when a director ''asks'' me to cry, [[SelfDeprecation I can't cry, and...and it really sucks....]]"
* TheDanza: Miss Adams's character in ''Film/{{Her}}'' is called Amy.
* DyeHard: Despite being best known as a FieryRedhead, she's a natural blonde.
* TheFashionista: Gets constant praise for her award-ceremony wardrobes, for example.
* HeroesWantRedheads: If she's not the {{Red Headed Hero}}ine, she's usually TheHero's LoveInterest.
* InnocentBlueEyes: There's nearly always something very lovable and vulnerable about her characters, and her eyes are a big part of conveying that.
* LostInCharacter: [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]], but Amy's noted that a major reason she strongly prefers playing pleasant and joyous heroines is that the demeanor of the characters she plays has an influence on her own demeanor, at least until shooting ends.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: She played these a lot.
** Giselle from ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', who has the excuse of being [[RefugeeFromTVLand a fairy tale character who suddenly fell into Robert's life]].[[note]]("Fell" being sort of literal in this case....)[[/note]] She helps him loosen up, and even helps him with his relationship, only to end up falling for him. For his part, Robert helps her find some firmer ground.
** Delysia Lafosse to uptight British governess Miss Pettigrew in ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'', although there's a bit of sharing going on and Delysia actually matures because of Miss Pettigrew as well.
** UsefulNotes/AmeliaEarhart in ''[[Film/NightAtTheMuseum Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian]]'' plays this trope down to the letter for the main character, Larry. Subverted in that Larry doesn't undergo any real changes after spending time with her, she's just there to act as a foil to his more reserved personality.
* MsFanservice: At times. Particularly in ''Psycho Beach Party'' and ''American Hustle''.
** RealLife: Amusingly enough, her first full-time job was as a ''Hooter's waitress''.
--> [[ReluctantFanserviceGirl "I did learn, quickly, that short shorts and beer don't mix!"]]
* NiceGirl: Again, most of her roles--and again, seems very much to be RealLife, if the [[Heartwarming/AmyAdams moments in the "Heartwarming" tab]] are any indication. And it seems she will ''always'' be quick to thank you for a compliment.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She is 40, but looks at ''least'' ten years younger. It can be pretty hard to imagine that Amy is any older--if ''that''--than Creator/JenniferLawrence, when we see them together in ''Film/AmericanHustle''.
* PlayingAgainstType: In ''Film/TheFighter'', where she trades in her innocent persona for a sexy, no-bull, tough-as-nails lass who isn't afraid to [[LetsGetDangerous throw down]] or swear. Like the film itself, her role received a lot of praise. Her ice-cold LadyMacbeth character in ''Film/TheMaster''[[note]] (a character who, interestingly enough, disturbed even AMY) [[/note]] is an even more dramatic example, as well as her scheming, conniving turn in ''Film/AmericanHustle''. [[note]] Though in this case, there's a strong undertone of emotional innocence--albeit [[BreakTheCutie broken]]--in Sydney, which arguably adds to the tragedy of her character.... [[/note]]
--> ''(To Creator/DavidORussell, during Amy's 2014 Golden Globe speech)'' Thank you so much for letting the world know that a [[Film/{{Enchanted}} princess]] [[Film/TheFighter can punch]] and [[Film/AmericanHustle wear a low-cut gown.]]
* PrettyInMink: Has worn full length fur coats in ''Miss Pettigrew'' and ''American Hustle''.
* [[PromotedFanboy Promoted Fangirl]]: She grew up a fan of the old Superman films, and constantly auditioned for the role of Lois Lane. After several misses (though she once played [[MonsterOfTheWeek Jodi Melville]] in an episode of ''Series/{{Smallville}}''), she finally landed the role for ''Film/ManOfSteel'', which made her very happy.
* {{Red Headed Hero}}ine: Practically all her roles [[StarMakingRole since]] ''Film/{{Enchanted}}''--''Film/TheMaster'' being a notable exception (Red-headed; '''not''' a heroine).
* SpiritedYoungLady: As she's noted, she has a rather "traditional" view towards femininity and approach towards gender dynamics. On the other hand, when asked about "GirlyGirl or {{Tomboy}}", her answer was "Why not both?" ([[Film/ManOfSteel Her portrayal of Lois Lane]] shows a nice example of this: A spirited and down-to-earth gal with a playful demeanor and rather "vulnerable" undertone to her personality.)
* StarMakingRole: Her well-received leading role in Disney's ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'', which became a breakout hit, instantly turned her into a star. Though before, she had managed to receive an Oscar nomination for ''Junebug''. Such a situation isn't exactly uncommon, however, as several actors have received respect from the Academy before becoming more familiar to audiences in sweeping, broad hits (Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio and Creator/KateWinslet managed to earn nominations before ''Film/{{Titanic|1997}}'' had come out, after all).
* ThoseTwoActors: Apart from Amy Adams, who else links ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar,'' ''Film/{{Doubt}}'' and ''Film/TheMaster''? Why, Creator/PhilipSeymourHoffman.
* TomHanksSyndrome: Her films in TheNewTens with the sole exception of ''Film/TheMuppets'' have been DarkerAndEdgier. That being said, her films [[StarMakingRole pre]]-''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' were usually {{Dramedy}} or/and BlackComedy.
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