Amy Adams reflects about her time on the set of the 2013 drama American Hustle, as well as David O. Russell’s harsh treatment of her and the other actors during the film’s production.
When it comes to Amy Adams experience working on American Hustle she remembers it to be grueling. Some directors have developed reputations for babying their actors, while others push and provoke in order to achieve the best possible performance. As it turns out, David O. Russell has a tendency to be the latter. Amy Adams admits that American Hustle director David O. Russell actually made her cry to GQ. She explains, “I was really just devastated on set. I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon and I am not Teflon, but I also don’t like to see other people treated badly. It’s not okay with me. Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home because I was like, I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.”
Despite making great films David O. Russell’s harsh treatment extended beyond just Amy Adams. He also pushed his lead Jennifer Lawrence who also fell victim to his ire, but was able to shrug it off better than Adams. Let’s be real… it got her an Oscar nomination. Amy Adams feels if she had to put up with that equal pay should have been implemented. She does not necessarily agree with that level of intensity on set. She’s one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses working today, though, Adams admits, “Yeah, I did. I didn’t speak about it before and I’m probably not going to speak about it forever because I disagreed with… not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating. The truth is we hire people to negotiate on our behalf, men and women… I knew I was being paid less and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it. So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it.”
In regards to the lesser pay, Amy Adams speaks on Jennifer Lawrence’s open letter addressing the pay gap. She said, “I’m really proud of Jennifer. What I liked is that it was not necessarily about getting paid, or not getting paid… It’s like we [women] have been conditioned to not be controversial, to not cause problems. It’s about finding your voice.” How do you feel?