Finding The Woman in the Window
By Kirsten Howard
Since making her debut in Drop Dead Gorgeous, Amy Adams has starred in a number of risky projects that have ended up paying off.
Adams was born in Italy as a middle child of seven, and lived the life of a military brat until she was eight years old.
She gave up her dream of becoming a ballerina when she was 18, and discovered that she still enjoyed performing on stage, but this time as an actress.
The first film role she snagged was in Drop Dead Gorgeous, a satirical comedy about a gaggle of beauty pageant contestants who start dying in suspicious ways.
Bit parts in popular TV shows like Charmed, That '70s Show and Buffy the Vampire Slayer would follow.
Amy Adams in Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Her breakout role would arrive in 2005, when she starred as the heavily pregnant Ashley Johnsten in Junebug.
The project earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress, and an Independent Spirit Award win.
A couple of years later, she led the cast of Enchanted, a live-action homage to Disney’s animated fairy tales.
Adams fought hard for the role and the director knew she was the perfect choice. The movie grossed over $340 million worldwide.
The actress continued to take chances on different projects, starring in serious fare like Doubt and The Fighter, but also popping up in Night at the Museum 2 and The Muppets.
Night at the Museum 2
After trying to play Lois Lane on the big screen for a while, she finally landed the part in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
She would go on to reprise the role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.
In the meantime, she picked up even more Oscar nominations for her performances in Vice and American Hustle.
This year, Adams stars as an agoraphobic murder witness in The Woman in the Window, a film based on the bestselling novel of the same name.
Her co-stars are Gary Oldman, Julianne Moore and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier actors Anthony Mackie and Wyatt Russell.
The movie was supposed to be released back in 2019, but was re-edited due to poor test screening responses.
The Woman in the Window’s theatrical release was ultimately cancelled in 2020, and it was picked up by Netflix.