Just a Minute With: Amy Adams for "Sunshine Cleaning"

Thu Mar 19, 2009 12:32pm EDT
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By Sue Zeidler

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Amy Adams is best known for her squeaky-clean persona in roles like the fairytale princess in "Enchanted," her Oscar-nominated turn as a naive nun in "Doubt" and a young, pregnant woman in "Junebug."

Her latest film, "Sunshine Cleaning," debuted in limited release last week and expands nationwide on Friday, and again has Adams playing an optimist. But this time, slacker mom Rose faces a gritty task, trying to better herself by starting up a morbid crime scene cleanup business.

Currently one of the hottest stars in Hollywood, Adams was born in Italy, the fourth of seven kids in a large military family that wound up settling in Castle Rock, Colorado.

She got her start in dinner theater, honing song and dance skills that would later help her score the leading role in "Enchanted," her first big commercial break.

Adams, engaged to marry actor Darren Le Gallo, is due to appear in "Julie & Julia," teaming again with Meryl Streep, her co-star in "Doubt" and as aviator Amelia Earhart in "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian" with Ben Stiller.

She spoke to Reuters about her girl-next-door image, Hollywood amid a recession, wedding plans and the prospect of motherhood.

Q: It seems like you are linked, to some degree, with that wholesome girl-next-door image you've portrayed on screen so often. Are you offered many opportunities to break out of that optimistic, cheerful "All-American" mold?

A: Occasionally, but not as often as I'd like. I think people can see me one way and it can be hard to break out of that. I'm not interested in doing something intentionally to prove something, but I'm extremely open to exploring new territory. It's kind of the point of it.   Continued...

<p>Actress Amy Adams poses at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>