After providing her voice for Walt Disney Pictures' animated comedy film Underdog (2007), Adams starred as a highly optimistic and joyous Disney Princess named Giselle in the musical romantic comedy Enchanted.
She was among 250 actresses who auditioned for the high-profile part; the studio favored the casting of a bigger star, but the director Kevin Lima insisted on Adams due to her commitment to the part and her ability to not be judgemental about her character's personality.
After moving to Los Angeles, she made guest appearances in television, and took on "mean girl" parts in small-scale features.
Her first major role came in Steven Spielberg's 2002 biopic Catch Me If You Can, opposite Leonardo Di Caprio, but she was unemployed for a year afterward.
In 2016, she received acclaim for her leading roles in the science fiction film Arrival and the thriller Nocturnal Animals.
Adams' stage roles include the Public Theater's revival of Into the Woods in 2012, in which she played the Baker's Wife.
Although she competed in track and gymnastics, she harbored ambitions of becoming a ballerina and trained as an apprentice at the local David Taylor Dance Company.
The job required her to wait on tables before getting up on stage to perform.
She followed it by playing naive, optimistic women in a series of films, including the 2008 drama Doubt.
She subsequently played stronger female parts to positive reviews in the sports film The Fighter (2010), and the psychological drama The Master (2012).
Amy Lou Adams (born August 20, 1974) is an American actress.
Known for both her comedic and dramatic performances, Adams is, as of 2017, among the highest-paid actresses in the world.
In 2013 she began portraying Lois Lane in superhero films set in the DC Extended Universe.