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Celeb Discovery Story: Hear How Amy Adams Went from Small Town Mormon to Hollywood Superstar

Do you ever let your age deter you from following your dreams? Well…don’t! Did you know that Amy Adams didn’t truly get her start working until she was in her 30’s? Adams didn’t make her mark on the Hollywood map until the 2005 indie success Junebug.

Adams grew up one of seven children in a Mormon family in Castle Rock, Colorado. Her survival jobs included being a greeter at The Gap and a hostess at Hooters. Sound familiar? We actors often have to take all sorts of jobs to make ends meet. Don’t lose hope — the stars have been there too and each experience you have will inform your career!

Soon after Adams took a job as a dancer at a Boulder dinner-theatre club she was noticed by a Minneapolis director who asked her to move to Minnesota for more regional dinner theatre work. Once in Minnesota, Adams auditioned for Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999), which was filming there and starring Kirstie Alley. Kirstie encouraged her to move to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams as an actress: Adams made the move and decided to devote her life to acting. Once in LA, Adams did small parts in movies here and there, but it took a lot of time, hard work, and luck to start getting the roles of her dreams.

Today, her awards include a Best Supporting Actress Critics Choice Movie Awards for her performance in the 2005 film Junebug and a Best Actress Golden Globe Award for her performance in last year’s hit American Hustle. She is also a five-time Academy Award nominee.

What’s next for Amy? Oh, you know, just playing Lois Lane in the next Batman vs. Superman premiering in 2015 and currently starring in Tim Burton’s new film Big Eyes.

That’s what we call a success story! Of course, everyone could use a little Kirstie Alley mentor to get started, but that’s what we’re here for at ClaimFame! So remember, you’re never too old or too inexperienced to follow a dream. Get going and apply to casting calls today!


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