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 AcademyAward nomination for her performance in the 2005 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''.

!!She provides examples of:
* AcademyAwards: 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}}''.
* TheDanza: Miss Adams's character in ''Film/{{Her}}'' is called Amy.
* DyeHard: Despite being best known as a FieryRedhead, she's a natural blonde.
* OlderThanTheyLook: She is thirty-nine but looks at least ten years younger.
* 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'' is an even more dramatic example, as well as her scheming, conniving turn in AmericanHustle.
* [[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.
* 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 KateWinslet managed to earn nominations before ''Film/{{Titanic}}'' had come out, after all).
* ThoseTwoActors: Apart from Amy Adams, who else links ''CharlieWilsonsWar,'' ''Doubt'' and ''Film/TheMaster''? Why, Philip Seymour Hoffman.

!!Notable roles
* ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' (1999)
* ''Film/CruelIntentions 2'' (2000)
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002)
* ''{{Junebug}}'' (2005)
* ''Film/TalladegaNightsTheBalladOfRickyBobby'' (2006)
* ''Film/{{Enchanted}}'' (2007)
* ''Film/CharlieWilsonsWar'' (2007)
* ''Film/MissPettigrewLivesForADay'' (2008)
* ''Theatre/{{Doubt}}'' (2008)
* ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian'' (2009)
* ''Film/JulieAndJulia'' (2009)
* ''Film/LeapYear'' (2009)
* ''Film/TheFighter'' (2010)
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' (2011)
* ''Film/TheMaster'' (2012)
* ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)
* ''Film/AmericanHustle'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Her}}'' (2013)