Thompson on Hollywood


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.

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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"