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The Fighter's Amy Adams Talks Holding Her Own with Russell, Bale, Wahlberg and Leo

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood November 30, 2010 at 10:46AM

We've seen Amy Adams grab an Oscar nom for her breakout role in June Bug, steal scenes from the likes of Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War, hold her own with Leonardo di Caprio in Catch Me If You Can, and earn a surprise Oscar nom along with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis for Doubt. She can be sexy or innocent, a girlfriend or a nun, a girl-next-door or vamp. But given that range, The Fighter's earthy, beer-drinking, tough, Boston-accented Charlene is still a shocker. And by following David O. Russell's direction to play the yin to her showy castmates' yang, she could wind up stealing another supporting actress nomination. In short, Adams stands up to the power of Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo by being as quiet as they are noisy.
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We've seen Amy Adams grab an Oscar nom for her breakout role in June Bug, steal scenes from the likes of Julia Roberts and Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War, hold her own with Leonardo di Caprio in Catch Me If You Can, and earn a surprise Oscar nom along with Meryl Streep and Viola Davis for Doubt. She can be sexy or innocent, a girlfriend or a nun, a girl-next-door or vamp. But given that range, The Fighter's earthy, beer-drinking, tough, Boston-accented Charlene is still a shocker. And by following David O. Russell's direction to play the yin to her showy castmates' yang, she could wind up stealing another supporting actress nomination. In short, Adams stands up to the power of Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo by being as quiet as they are noisy.

Truth is, Adams is one of those sunny-seeming characters who has a rich past to draw on. She ran away from home in high school, and has said, "I come from a long line of powerful women." Check out this revealing USA Today feature.

I flip-cammed Adams, who is still glowing, six months after the birth of her baby. Interview and clips below.

Part One:

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Part Three:

Clip 1 - "I Am The One Who Is Fighting"

Clip 2 - "What Is The Problem"

Clip 3 - "You Can't Beat Me"

This article is related to: Awards, Genres, Headliners, Studios, Video, Oscars, Drama, Christian Bale, Paramount/Vantage/Insurge/CBS, Interviews


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.