Suddenly everyone's in love with Amy Adams--both The New York Times' Manohla Dargis and Variety's Todd McCarthy feel the star of "Enchanted" is a contemporary blend of Carole Lombard and Lucille Ball. But, as Diane Baroni, executive editor of Moviecrazed, reported six years ago, Steven Spielberg and Leo DiCaprio were already aware of Amy's enormous potential.


Interview Magazine
December, 2002

When Amy Adams got the call from her agent saying that she'd heard from Steven Spielberg's office, the actress didn't quite believe it--even though she had already auditioned and been told the final casting decisions would be made that week.

"My agent said, 'Steven Spielberg wants to work with you,' and I was like, 'But...' You get used to disappointment in L.A.," she says.

Adams has appeared, briefly, in a handful of movies (most recently the forgettable "Serving Sara") and on such TV shows as "The West Wing" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"--"I was the guest-spot queen," she recalls with a self-deprecating laugh.

But it is her role as Leonardo DiCaprios love interest in "Catch Me If You Can," Spielberg's spin on the real-life adventures of an exceptionally gifted con man, that has propelled the witty, winsome actress to Next Big Thing status. When she talks about playing opposite DiCaprio in a Spielberg movie that also stars Tom Hanks, the Castle Rock, Colorado, native still seems a bit stunned: "It sounds corny, but Leonardo was so generous. And funny. And Steven lets you be so free."

She may be on stardom's edge, but Adams is not about to fall into any Hollywood traps. "I'm one of seven kids," she explains. "That'll keep your ego in check."