Creator / Amy Adams
And David O. Russell said she's "so not a princess"....

"I didn't get into acting to have a moment, I got into it because of people who've inspired me, like Judi Dench, Holly Hunter, and Jodie Foster."

Amy Lou Adams is an American actress, born August 20, 1974 in Italy and relocated to Castle Rock Colorado at 8. She started her career as a theater actress. Her first film role was in the 1999 Black Comedy Drop Dead Gorgeous. She laboured for years in minor roles and guest spots on TV shows - she can be spotted in episodes of Charmed, The West Wing, Smallville and even Buffy the Vampire Slayer (where she played Tara's racist cousin). Although Steven Spielberg hoped getting cast in Catch Me If You Can would spell big things for her, she actually did not work for a full year afterwards. When she was considering dropping out of acting, the script for an independent film called Junebug fell into her lap. Her role earned a surprising Best Supporting Actress nomination. But it was her next project that catapulted her to superstardom.

Enchanted, Disney's Affectionate Parody of themselves, cast Amy as Giselle - the Disney Princess forced into the real world. Her knack for playing The Cutie did lead to her being slightly typecast afterwards - usually as Nice Girl characters or a Manic Pixie Dream Girl. But working with David O Russell helped - directing her in films like The Fighter and American Hustle that helped break her out of her 'nice girl' image and show audiences her range. She now has five Oscar nominations and no win yet (but give it time) and is currently part of the DC Extended Universe as Lois Lane.

Not to be confused with Isla Fishernote . Or, if you're reading this in New Zealand, the politician.

Notable roles

Associated Tropes:

  • The Cutie: Most of her roles tend to be this. Her appearance lends itself to it.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: If she's not the hero, she's usually The Hero's Love Interest.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: There's nearly always something very lovable and vulnerable about her characters, and her eyes are a big part of conveying that.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: She played these a lot.
    • Giselle from Enchanted, who has the excuse of being a fairy tale character who suddenly fell into Robert's life.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 Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, although there's a bit of sharing going on and Delysia actually matures because of Miss Pettigrew as well.
    • Amelia Earhart in 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.
  • Moe Stare: A natural at doing this, which comes in handy when she's playing innocents.
  • Ms. Fanservice: At times. Particularly in Psycho Beach Party, American Hustle and Nocturnal Animals.
  • Nice Girl: Again, most of her roles. It overlaps with the fact she's usually The Cutie and almost always either the main character or main love interest.
  • Older Than They Look: She's in her early 40s. She looks like she's in her early 30s, at the latest. She has a sense of humor about it, actually.
  • Pretty in Mink: Has worn full length fur coats in Miss Pettigrew and American Hustle.
  • Spirited Young Lady: As she's noted, she has a rather "traditional" view towards femininity and approach towards gender dynamics. On the other hand, when asked about "Girly Girl or Tomboy", her answer was "Why not both?" As such, she's repeatedly expressed a preference for heroines who are classically feminine, yet strong-hearted and intelligent. (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.)