Bubbly blonde Amy Adams is the steely missus of ‘The Master’
Amy Adams (left), Photo: The Weinstein Company
Last Saturday, just after the Venice Film Festival crowned "The Master" with two major awards, I shuffled toward the Park Hyatt Toronto suite where Amy Adams leaned against the door frame, singing and laughing with her reps who were seated in the hallway. She looked nothing like the prim, pregnant Peggy Dodd, whom she plays onscreen. In the movie, Peggy and her cult-leader husband, Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), attempt to redeem Joaquin Phoenix's postwar lost soul, Freddie Quell -- without losing their own souls in the process. In person, the petite star is cheery and barefoot -- her super-high heels wait like lap dogs at the foot of her chair, where she joins me after finishing another chorus of "Callate la boca."
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Amy Adams: I was singing "Callate la boca" -- I was teaching my daughter to sing it. We say it to the dog: "Callate la boca."
Thelma Adams: It means "Shut your mouth," right? Around my house we say "STFU," but my kids are 13 and 16, not 2, like your daughter Aviana. So, after a while you just revert to how you were before you had kids. You can't filter forever. Now, they understand how crazy their mother is.
AA: Oh, gosh, when does it happen? Because I know it's on the way. When do they realize that you're human? And not only human but, like me, a little left of center?
TA: It takes a while. It doesn't happen until they are like 11 or 12. It's the moment when they know that you can really embarrass them just by being yourself with no effort at all. Then you become a liability to a tween and a teen.
AA: Because now, I don't care. I think that I am getting more and more like that. Now I am just a liability to myself because I've lost that ability to feel embarrassed anymore or feel shame over myself as much. You know people say, "You're so smiley," and I say that's actually who I am. I tend to be someone who smiles a lot.
TA: Me, too.
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Photo: Getty Images
TA: Now that's scary!
AA: I was in New York on the subway and I was talking to this woman, and she was like, "You can tell you're a tourist," and I said, "Actually I'm not. I've been here all summer."