Amy Adams Talks New Movie Hillbilly Elegy and Which of Her Favorite Films She Still Quotes

Kaitlin Reilly
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Amy Adams may have a new, Oscar-buzzy movie out, but that doesn't mean she has forgotten her first. The six-time Academy Award nominee sat down with E! News to discuss Hillbilly Elegy, her upcoming film with Glenn Close from director Ron Howard, but couldn't help but gush over the cult classic Drop Dead Gorgeous.

The 1999 mockumentary is about the Mount Rose beauty pageant and the subsequent bizarre tragedies that ensue. In addition to then Hollywood newcomer Amy, the film stars Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley, Brittany Murphy, Allison Janney, and Denise Richards.

When asked about Drop Dead Gorgeous' cult status among fans, Amy said that while she was surprised by the continued popularity of the movie more than 20 years since its release, she knows the movie is special.

"I am constantly quoting the film so it doesn't surprise me," Amy explained, adding that whenever she's dressed up she quotes the film's iconic line, "lights, camera, action and me without a stitch of makeup."

Amy added that she also loves the line, "She's skinny, not deaf!" It was uttered by Denise's character Becky Ann Leeman.

"It was before its time," she shared of the controversial comedy, "but I love it and I'm so proud that was my first film."

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The Arrival star's new movie Hillbilly Elegy, which is based on the memoir of the same name by J.D. Vance, is a different kind of special film. The movie, which explores three generations of the Appalachian Vance family as they navigate poverty and addiction, heads to Netflix Nov. 24. Amy portrays J.D.'s mother Bev in the film, while Glenn plays his grandmother Mamaw.

"It's been interesting," Amy mused. "I've heard so many people, even just in doing the press today, people who have experienced either generational trauma or addiction, to hear their personal experience. I think what you bring to the film is what you'll take away."

Amy Adams, 2019 Oscars
Amy Adams, 2019 Oscars

Check out the interview above!