Aug. 20th, 1974
Amy Adams' Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2010 - The Fighter
2010 - Leap Year
2009 - Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian
2009 - Julie & Julia
2009 - Moonlight Serenade
2008 - Doubt
2008 - Sunshine Cleaning
2008 - Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
2007 - Underdog
2007 - Enchanted
2007 - Charlie Wilson's War
2006 - Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
2005 - Junebug
2005 - The Wedding Date
2005 - Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
2004 - The Last Run
2002 - Serving Sara
2002 - The Slaughter Rule
2002 - Pumpkin
2002 - Catch Me If You Can
1999 - Drop Dead Gorgeous
Guest TV Roles
Rebecca 'Becka' Taylor
Amy Adams was born in Italy to American parents Kathryn and Richard Adams, while her father was a U.S. serviceman. She was raised in a Mormon family of seven children in Castle Rock, Colorado.
Adams sang in the school choir at Douglas County High School and was an apprentice dancer at a local dance company, with the ambition of becoming a ballerina. However, she worked as a greeter at The Gap and as a Hooters hostess to support herself before finding work as a dancer at Boulder's Dinner Theatre and Country Dinner Playhouse in such productions as "Brigadoon" and "A Chorus Line." It was there that she was spotted by a Minneapolis dinner-theater director who asked her to move to Chanhassen, Minnesota for more regional dinner theater work.
Nursing a pulled muscle that kept her from dancing, she was free to audition for a part in Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which was filming nearby in Minnesota. During the filming, Kirstie Alley encouraged her to move to Los Angeles, where she soon won a part in the Fox television version of the film Cruel Intentions (1999) in the part played in the film by Sarah Michelle Gellar, Kathryn Merteuil. Although three episodes were filmed, the troubled series never aired. Instead, parts of the episodes were cobbled together and released as the direct-to-video Cruel Intentions 2 (2000) (V). After more failed television spots, she landed a major role in Catch Me If You Can (2002) playing opposite Leonardo DiCaprio. But this did not provide the break-through she might have hoped for, with no work being offered for about a year. She eventually returned to television, and joined the short-lived series 'Dr. Vegas'.
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.
Adams next appeared in the major production Charlie Wilson's War (2007) and went on to act in the independent film Sunshine Cleaning (2008) which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Her recent role as Sister James in Doubt (2008/I) brought her a second Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress as well as nominations for a Golden Globe, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a British Academy Film award. She appears as Amelia Earhart in Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009)and as a post-9/11 hot line counselor, aspiring writer, amateur cook and blogger in Julie & Julia (2009). She is a very sought-after actress with a bright future.
- Met her boyfriend, 'Darren Le Gallo' (qv), in 2001 in an acting class.
- Once worked at The Gap, a clothing store chain.
- Has made two movies back-to-back starring 'Meryl Streep' (qv): _Doubt (2008/I)_ (qv) and _Julie & Julia (2009)_ (qv). In the latter she has no scenes with Streep.
- One of seven children.
- Most unusual thing she has eaten is olive oil ice cream in New York City.
- Worked in a Hooters Restaurant until soon after she turned 18, when they started making her wear the customary outfits.
- She was born in Italy and raised in Castle Rock, Colorado.
- One of People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the world (2008).