How Amy Adams Got Her Start

By Colin Covert
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) No doubt, actress Amy Adams has paid her dues. The Academy Award nominated actress began her career on stage in Minnesota, performing in dinner theater.

Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Welcome to mid-November, unofficially called “Amy Adams Month” by film distributors and fans alike.

Actually, it may be her year. With two gripping roles in a double feature of sophisticated, unconventional prestige films, Adams could soon be double-dipping for yet another Oscar nomination, her sixth.

Not bad for a national treasure who was launched to Hollywood’s A-list by a dinner theater in Minnesota. Or an A-list leading lady so down to earth that when she recently returned to the state for a close friend’s wedding, she set up the dinner tables and moved the chairs.

Those new roles represent a fresh path for an actress who proved that she could tackle countless characters since she started her first official acting gig for audiences digging in to servings of chicken breast and Minnesota wild rice dressing. She was discovered as a novice stage performer by Michael Brindisi, president and artistic director at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

“I got to work there for three years, made a lot of great friends and learned a lot. I had worked at other theaters in Colorado and Michael brought me into Minnesota. A member of the cast had gotten hurt so I came to fill in for a couple of weeks, then ended up coming back and being a full-time actress and singer/dancer there.”

Brindisi met her at a theater performance in Boulder. “It was a good cast, but this girl in a little cameo role was just jumping off the stage. Just radiating.” He quickly brought her to Minneapolis and cast her in her first big-time production as a tap-dancing pig.

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