Amy Adams Interview: ” I remember a point where I was feeling very discouraged about not getting enough work…” – ‘Sharp Objects’

Amy Adams is in a particularly upbeat mood these days.  She’s recently wrapped work on her new HBO limited series, Sharp Objects, and she is also the proud recipient of the 31st American Cinematheque Award in honor of her body of work.  It’s quite a distinction given that Adams is only 43 and she feels “very humbled” at the recognition.

In the meantime, the ebullient red-headed actress is forging a new identity as both producer and star of her upcoming HBO TV series, Sharp Objects,  directed by Jean-Marc Vallée, who helmed the critically-acclaimed Big Little Lies.  Adapted from the 2006 best-selling debut novel by Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl), the series runs for eight episodes and is slated to be shown on HBO in July.

Adams plays crime reporter Camille Preaker who has recently been released from a psychiatric clinic and decides to investigate the murder of two children as a way of dealing with her own personal traumas. The case lands her back in her childhood home and under the intense scrutiny of her mother Adora (Patricia Clarkson), the town’s seemingly picture-perfect socialite who is hiding a few demons of her own, and her younger half-sister Amma (Eliza Scanlen), whose double life as a Southern belle and master manipulator causes Camille great concern. If the gripping trailer for Sharp Objects is any indication, this is liable to be one of the most ambitious ventures of Adams’s career.

“I saw this project as a way of putting to use everything I’ve learned in the course of my career,” Adams says.  “I also want to be able to develop projects like this which create more work for women.  I would like to mentor aspiring actresses and give them good advice just the way I was given help at various points in my own career,  I remember a point where I was feeling very discouraged about not getting enough work and my manager, Stacy O’Neill, told me:  “Keep your head up, don’t be so discouraged. Work hard. Enjoy your downtime.”

 

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