Random quotes:

“I like men who are complex, although a foot rub here and there isn’t bad either.”

“My sister used to call me Fish-Belly Blue because I was so pale.”

“I think I’m more suited to that period (Old Hollywood). I don’t look very modern, that’s for sure. I love older films like Breakfast at Tiffany’sGentlemen Prefer Blondes,Vertigo. I wanted to be Kim Novak. I’ve watched Gone With the Wind about 40 times and was so into Scarlett O’Hara. I relate with the survivor in her, that feeling of doing what it takes to make things work. She’s also who I learned my temper training from, so be careful!”

“My younger brother jokingly called me The Emasculator. It’s because I come from a long line of powerful women. We’re nice and sweet, but that can be deceptive. The nickname comes from my tendency to help. It’s not that I don’t think you can do something yourself. I just want to help you do it.”

“My boyfriend calls me Tinker, after Tinkerbell – not because I’m cute and a pixie but, again, because I’m a little feisty. My dad calls me Stinker for the same reason.”

“I think there are elements of my personality that are very cartoonish.”

“I’m having insomnia. It’s not the falling asleep. It’s the waking up, and then you’re up.”
“I need hobbies. I’ve been so focused on my career up to this point that I just read scripts and I really became a very uninteresting person. … I’m going to spend some time researching what my true interests are outside of this, because I really do love what I do.”
“As a dancer, you sort of aren’t encouraged to speak. It took a long time to be brave enough to say I wanted to be an actress.”
“I love being a redhead. It’s all about public perception. I have a really upbeat personality, and as a blond, people are like, ‘Oh, there’s Amy, that dingy blond.’ But as a redhead, words like ‘dingy’ get changed to ‘quirky,’ and words like ‘hyper’ become ‘spitfire.’”
“I drew a picture of myself in the third grade of what I would be when I grew up. I had red hair, and oddly enough, I was in a very nice gown. Oh no! I’ve got red hair and wear nice gowns. I’ve fulfilled all my childhood dreams. Now what?”
“Being that joyful and that good is its own type of dysfunction. It’s just not usually illustrated in film, which is generally more concerned with people’s ulterior motives.”
“I would love to [play evil]. But at the same time I don’t like evil for evil’s sake. I had an opportunity to play a woman who had killed these two men. But I couldn’t find anything redeeming about her. I didn’t like her. I kind of didn’t want to be her.”
“I’m really a jeans and T-shirt girl.”
“I think for women, it takes a while to take control of decisions. You think that everything is fate or destiny, you don’t really make your choices. I think that summer was the first time I was able to say that I didn’t want to follow through with it and deal with the consequences. It was really empowering. At the end of the summer I was unemployed but I was happy and I was proud. I was like, you know what, I’m done with being pushed around.”
“I love it when people I respect get a role I was up for. Like, my goal in acting is to lose a part to Samantha Morton.”
“Well, it’s funny because even now I’ll read stuff about me, and it’ll say ‘newcomer’ or ‘relative newcomer,’ and I’m like, ‘Six years later!’ [laughs] I don’t think people understand how much work goes into being a newcomer.”
“I want to work. I want to do good work in films that I care about…. I just want to always be able to represent myself honestly and to be proud of the work that I’m doing.”
“There are so many actresses I admire. I love Samantha Morton and Cate Blanchett and Kate Winslet. I’m not gonna move to London and adopt an accent, but I do love British actors. I love Holly Hunter, she’s very American, and Jodie Foster. Rachel Weisz… Oh! British.”
“I know I’d get silly; I tend to be a little silly. My boyfriend (of three and half years, actor Darren De Gallo) says I’m sweet, and I’m like, ‘No, I’m not!’ Feisty, I’ve gotten feisty. (Being a middle child,) maybe that’s why I’m feisty. Like, ‘Excuse me! I will not be ignored.’”
“Even in high school I was so frustrated because I felt like people expected me to be one way based on looking a certain way. Like, looking wholesome.”
“I was just not fitting in with the cheerleaders. And I was doing ballet, so I was always gone from school. But I didn’t fit in with the theater people either because I was in the real theater. I think people thought I was a snob. But I’d say people would think my personality is exactly the opposite of my face, if that makes any sense – even though at the same time I’m a really optimistic, upbeat person, and I’m for the most part happy. There’s just a lot of yin and yang.”
“There’s no halfway with me. I ain’t got time to pretend I don’t want a job.”
“I don’t see anything wrong with playing your cards. I mean, is there something wrong with wanting to do your best?”
[About growing up in Castle Rock] “It’s very different now, but when I was growing up there it was a lot of land. I belonged to something called ‘humanities,’ which was a theater hot spot, and the kids there taught me how to smoke, which I no longer do but we would sit at the Village Inn and drink coffee and smoke cigarettes and try to be really cool. I never really belonged to any one group in high school, though. I wanted to but I sort of fell through the cracks. It’s not that anyone was mean to me; I just think that for the most part people were indifferent, and sometimes that hurts worse. You know, ‘She’s nice enough but …’ And I didn’t have time to do much of anything outside of school because of ballet. I did that from about 12 to 17, and then I stopped and started training in musical theater and I ended up doing that until I moved to Los Angeles when I was 24.”
“I wouldn’t say that I’m Hollywood royalty but I feel like I’m now part of the court. I can go and watch the royalty, and that’s fun. But at the same time, it can be a little like the zoo versus a safari – a safari can be a little overwhelming so sometimes it’s better to see it from a safe distance.”
“I’ll never get my dream roles. I’m wrong for them. Elphaba in Wicked or Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha. I always want to play these dark, complicated roles and I don’t think I’m the obvious choice. Not just physically, but my vocal abilities are much more light.”
“They (her family) knew I was serious so they were definitely supportive, though when I moved out to L.A., I think they were like, ‘Do you really understand what you’re getting into?’ Not that they necessarily understood what I was getting into, so it was a big mystery to all of us.”
[On kissing Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can] “The horrible thing about that is that there was no romantic staircase or beautiful dress. Like, I had pigtails. It was not how I envisioned my moment with Leonardo DiCaprio when I first saw Titanic. That was not my Leo fantasy.”
“Parts of me feel like a 12-year-old girl, parts of me feel like a 50-year-old woman, and parts of me are a 25-year-old, like, whoo-hoo! But in the end, I’m starting to think, the secret is just reconciling all of those parts of yourself and accepting that, okay, so this is life.”
“Being an actress hasn’t made me insecure. I was insecure long before I declared I was an actress.”
“I feel grateful because gratitude sets you up. Gratitude is not the same thing as being naive or settling. It’s being in a position I never thought I’d be in – I never thought I’d travel out of the US. I was not raised with expectations of myself that were that grand.”
“I still think I’m like the poor girl from Colorado who worked three jobs to buy a car. That’s still my mentality, so I’ll be walking down the street, and I forget what I do and who I am.”

On working with Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman for Doubt:

“It taught me that I want to go do more theater. I want that experience. Whether I succeed or fail, I want to know what that is.”
“I’m a tornado from the moment I walk in the door. Everything becomes disheveled and unhinged.”
 On selected roles:
“I’m sure somewhere in the back of my brain that’s why I’m responding, because I’m feeling something while I’m reading this, whether it’s joy or some sort of friendly relationship. That’s usually how I choose it—what do I feel when I read that, and is that something I want to explore?”
On working at the Gap:
“Whitney Houston came in. Someone dared me to do ‘the Gap act’ on her. You know, the Gap act. So I went up to her like I didn’t know who she was, and I said, ‘Hi, I just wanted to let you know about our sale items and make sure to check out our new colors.’ She looked at me like I was crazy.”
On why she’s in no gossip magazines:
“I’m not that interesting. I don’t do interesting things. I think part of it is that I’m a little bit older so I don’t have a nightlife that involves anything other than going to get Mexican food! I don’t know what it is. I would think that there are a lot of people in LA. who do not appreciate that attention, but who get it. So, in a way, its just luck that they haven’t found me that interesting yet, which is great.”
“Not at this point. Right now I’m just doing what I enjoy and I’ve done some different films, I’ve done some different types of roles. I’ve done drama this year, we had a film at Sundance (Sunshine Cleaning), but I enjoy playing upbeat characters, I really do because you take your characters home with you whether you intend to or not.”
“Moving to LA led me on a very different path than I had intended for myself. I think the idea of Hollywood didn’t make any sense to me. It wasn’t on my radar at all. Acting in films was like something that special people did. When I met people that were in films and realized that they were just people, it helped make it more of a reality. And having her saying I could work… It’s weird, sometimes you just need a little kick in the butt.”
On being called an ‘It Girl’:
“You know until this junket I didn’t even know about it. I always equated ‘It Girls’ to like having a certain type of sexuality. So, for me, I don’t think like that. I don’t associate that with myself at this time. I’ve been working, which is so grounding and you don’t sort of get a sense of the outside world when you working.”
“When I got to Los Angeles I was like, ‘I may try to be an actor.’ It took me a long time to say, ‘I am an actor.’”
“Well, it’s funny that you say ‘What is it about the business’ because ‘What is it about the craft’ is where it all started for me. I’d always been interested by human behavior and I think that acting has made me a more empathetic person. The other stuff that comes with it hasn’t gotten in the way. I’ve managed to exist in this world for about nine years now without having any sort of negative side effects. What keeps me invested is the people that I meet, the work that I get to do, and the life that I’m getting to live, which is pretty exciting.”
“When you get to a point where you’ve achieved things, it makes you say, ‘I think there’s more to be done.’ You see a turn in the road and wonder, ‘What would happen if I took that left?’ So I just yearn to know the truth about who I might become outside the path I set out on. And I think I share that with a lot of my characters.”

On her religious upbringing:

“I can’t speak for everybody, but I know it instilled in me a value system I still hold true. The basic ‘Do unto others…’ – that was what was hammered into me. And love.”

On paparazzi:

“If you go to an event there’s usually some, but I don’t go to that many events. They don’t follow me home, they don’t follow me out to dinner. They don’t follow me down the street, thank goodness, because I walk out in my PJ’s. I have a puppy where you if don’t take her out first thing in the morning, and I mean first thing in the morning, you’re picking up stuff in the house.”

When asked if she is recognized often:

“It’s starting to happen a little but it’s more just kind of curious double-takes. Several times people have said to me, ‘You look so much like Amy Adams -have you heard that before?’ And I’m like, ‘I actually hear that a lot.’”