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[[caption-width-right:300:And Creator/DavidORussell said she's "so not [[Film/{{Enchanted}} a princess]]"....]]

->''"I didn't get into acting to have a moment, I got into it because of people who've inspired me, like Creator/JudiDench, Holly Hunter, and Creator/JodieFoster."''

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 laboured for years in minor roles and guest spots on TV shows - she can be spotted in episodes of ''{{Series/Charmed}}'', ''Series/TheWestWing'', ''{{Series/Smallville}}'' and even ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' (where she played Tara's racist cousin). Although Creator/StevenSpielberg hoped getting cast in ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' 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 ''{{Film/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.

''{{Film/Enchanted}}'', Disney's AffectionateParody of themselves, cast Amy as Giselle - the Disney Princess forced into the real world. Her knack for playing TheCutie did lead to her being slightly typecast afterwards - usually as NiceGirl characters or a ManicPixieDreamGirl. But working with David O Russell helped - directing her in films like ''Film/TheFighter'' and ''Film/AmericanHustle'' 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 Franchise/DCExtendedUniverse as Lois Lane.

[[IdenticalStranger Not to be confused with]] Creator/IslaFisher[[note]]Their resemblance is a CastingGag in ''Film/NocturnalAnimals''[[/note]]. Or, if you're reading this in UsefulNotes/NewZealand, [[NamesTheSame the]] [[https://amyadams.national.org.nz/ politician]].
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!!Notable roles
* ''Film/DropDeadGorgeous'' (1999)
* ''Film/CruelIntentions 2'' (2000)
* ''Film/PsychoBeachParty'' (2000)
* ''Film/CatchMeIfYouCan'' (2002)
* ''Film/{{Junebug}}'' (2005)
* ''Series/{{The Office|US}}'' (2005 -- 2006)
* ''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/AmericanHustle'' (2013)
* ''Film/{{Her}}'' (2013)
* ''Film/BigEyes'' (2014)
* Film/DCExtendedUniverse (2013 -- present) as ComicBook/LoisLane:
** ''Film/ManOfSteel'' (2013)
** ''Film/BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice'' (2016)
** ''Film/{{Justice League|2017}}'' (2017)
* ''Film/{{Arrival}}'' (2016)
* ''Film/NocturnalAnimals'' (2016)
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!!Associated Tropes:
* TheCutie: Most of her roles tend to be this. Her appearance lends itself to it.
* HeroesWantRedheads: If she's not the hero, 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.
* 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.
* MoeStare: A ''natural'' at doing this, which comes in handy when she's playing innocents.
* MsFanservice: At times. Particularly in ''Psycho Beach Party'', ''American Hustle'' and ''Nocturnal Animals''.
* NiceGirl: Again, most of her roles. It overlaps with the fact she's usually TheCutie and almost always either the main character or main love interest.
* OlderThanTheyLook: 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.
* PrettyInMink: Has worn full length fur coats in ''Miss Pettigrew'' and ''American Hustle''.
* 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?" As such, she's repeatedly expressed a preference for heroines who are classically feminine, yet strong-hearted and intelligent. ([[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.)
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