Amy Adams – 10 facts about the Arrival star

As sci-fi blockbuster Arrival comes to BT TV Store, we celebrate by taking a closer look at its award-winning star, Amy Adams.

If you missed the hit sci-fi movie Arrival in cinemas, don’t fret – it comes to BT TV Store next week.

The film, nominated for the Best Picture award at the Oscars, features Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner as specialists in linguistics and physics, brought in to assist the US government when 12 extra-terrestrial spacecraft appear in Earth’s atmosphere.

To celebrate the ‘arrival’ of this intriguing and visually arresting blockbuster to BT TV customers’ screens, we take a closer look at its star – here are 10 fascinating facts about Amy Adams.

Amy Adams and her Arrival co-star Jeremy Renner.

1. From Italy to Colorado

As her father was a soldier, Amy Lou Adams was born on a US military base in Vicenza, Italy, in August 1976. Her family moved from base to base, eventually settling in Castle Rock, Colorado, when she was eight.  She says of her upbringing: "What it really does is teach you how to adapt and change and fit into a new group or school, and that really is a lot like turning up to a new movie project and finding your place."

2. A performing family

The performance gene ran in Adams’ family: her father sung and played guitar in bars and restaurants, while her mother was a semi-professional bodybuilder. “She did amateur competitions,” the actress says, “so we would go with her.… She was yoked. She still kind of is. It’s kind of bizarre”.

3. First jobs

Adams worked at the infamous Hooters chain in Atlanta, first as a hostess, then as a waitress when she turned 18. She lasted three weeks in that role before quitting, having saved enough money to buy her first car.

4. An acting breakthrough

Her film debut was in 1999’s Drop Dead Gorgeous, but her breakthrough role was in Steven Spielberg’s Catch Me If You Can, in which she played Leonardo di Caprio’s nerdy girlfriend. “That was the part that should have launched her career,” Spielberg said later. “But after the movie was released, she was no better off than she was before.”

Amy Adams in Catch Me if You Can.

Photo credit: Andrew Cooper/Dreamworks/REX/Shutterstock

5. An unusual lesson from Meryl Streep

Adams watched Meryl Streep knitting to relax and concentrate on the set of the 2008 film Doubt, and asked her venerable fellow actress to teach her the craft. Streep says of Adams: “She’s a very, very skilful actress. She’s deft. She has all those things we should know about but that we’re not supposed to talk about—technique. I have to tell you: it’s not common with younger actors.

6. A-list friends

Adams is close friends with Emily Blunt, who played her sister in the independent movie Sunshine Cleaning, and attended her 2010 wedding to John Krasinski. Blunt says it was her idea that Adams should pitch for the role of Sister James in the 2008 film Doubt, saying: “Amy was by far the best person for that part”.

7. Muppet skills

She had to operate a Muppet during the shooting of the 2011 film The Muppets. In one scene where many of the puppet characters cram into a car, there wasn’t enough room for all the puppeteers – so she and co-star Jason Segel worked the Muppets on either side of them.

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams in American Hustle.

Photo credit: Snap Stills/REX/Shutterstock

8. American Hustle kiss ideas

In the award-winning movie American Hustle, it was Adams that suggested Jennifer Lawrence’s character kiss hers during their bathroom confrontation scene, because it was the “craziest thing” she could imagine her doing. She said of Lawrence: "She does a great job at it! She has very soft lips."

9. Awards season regular

She has been nominated five time for an Oscar and six times for a Bafta, but is yet to win either award. She has, however, won two Best Actress Golden Globes for her roles in American Hustle and Big Eyes.

10. Enchanting us again in 2018

Adams was long slated to play tragic 60s rock singer Janis Joplin in a biopic entitled Get It While You Can, but production of the film hit several legal snags. Adams is no longer attached to the project, but she has signed up to recreate her role of Giselle, the animated Princess made real in the 2007 film Enchanted, in a sequel set for release in 2018 called Disenchanted.

Arrival is available to buy on BT TV Store on March 6th and rent from March 20th.

Arrival on BT TV Store

To buy Arrival on BT TV Store from March 6th, press the BT Player or BT Vision button on your remote control, and go to Library/Film. Alternatively, press the blue button to search.

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