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Amy Adams Imitated Tom Ford in 'Nocturnal Animals' and He Didn't Even Notice

In an intimate interview with W Editor at Large Lynn Hirschberg, Amy Adams talks about her first kiss, her major crush on Steve Carell, and how she channeled Tom Ford in "Nocturnal Animals." "I used him, I used him up," she says.

Released on 1/26/2017

Credits

Starring: Amy Adams
Director: Lynn Hirschberg

Transcript

00:03
Going from wearing T-shirts and fatigues
00:05
into, like, a Tom Ford vision of me was a challenge.
00:10
I was like, Oh wow, okay, let's do this.
00:12
I loved it, I loved that everything felt so hard.
00:15
She had such a veneer about her.
00:18
And I loved that you could see the veneer.
00:19
It was not sort of like the makeup grew out of her skin,
00:21
it was, like, was on her.
00:23
Yeah. I liked that.
00:24
Tom is meticulous as a director.
00:27
He creates these beautiful lush environments.
00:30
He became my muse because Susan kind of, I think,
00:34
grew out of something that's personal to him,
00:37
so I really felt that from him.
00:40
I used him.
00:40
He was like, Why is Amy using her hands like this,
00:43
and people were like, Really, you don't,
00:45
you don't know why Amy's doing that?
00:47
I was like, Oh yeah, I'm copying you, Tom.
00:49
He has a way of standing, like, even sitting here I'm kinda,
00:51
he would never sit like that for,
00:54
I don't think he even sits like that at home.
00:56
He always is postured and,
00:58
ugh, it's beautiful to witness, yeah.
01:00
I do love, like, the woman that he created for me to be.
01:03
Like, I tried, I thought, Would it be really that hard
01:05
to maintain her in life, and then I tried for, like,
01:08
two days, and I was like, Yeah, no, way too hard.
01:10
Just the lips, I know, just keeping that on.
01:12
Like it would get on my teeth and like all over everything,
01:15
and my daughter wouldn't let me kiss her, so that's out.
01:19
Being a mom helped me have a different type of empathy.
01:21
When you speak to someone and you're telling them
01:23
something very hard, especially a child,
01:26
when it's very tempting to sort of let the drama take over,
01:29
but when you're a mom, or at least the way that I mother,
01:32
if something hurts me or if something is painful to me,
01:34
I don't want her to see that.
01:36
I call it crying in the closet.
01:38
Where you're like, No, everything's really great,
01:40
and then you go in the closet and weep,
01:43
and get it out of your system.
01:44
'Cause you really wanna be solid for your child.
01:46
Maybe I just talk about my pet peeve all the time.
01:48
I don't like rudeness, just in general.
01:50
I can take rudeness, like, at home, you know?
01:53
If my daughter's a little sassy or rude, that's fine,
01:55
but I don't like when people are rude to waiters, like,
01:57
I can't be friends with people who are rude to waiters.
01:58
It makes me so uncomfortable.
02:00
Can I not say this 'cause my daughter might see it,
02:02
and it was too young and I don't wanna encourage her?
02:04
I won't say when, but it was behind the school building.
02:07
And we drank lemon juice, like to freshen up.
02:09
Like, lemon juice?
02:10
Like, out of one of those squirt bottles.
02:11
It's like a whole group of kids got together
02:13
and just decided to, like, kiss their boyfriend.
02:16
I won't say when we did that.
02:18
Yeah, 18.
02:19
No.
02:20
I'm a crushy person.
02:21
I love Steve Carell.
02:22
Like, a lot.
02:23
Oh, it's not the movie, it's him.
02:25
It's just him.
02:26
He's the nicest guy.
02:28
Such a great dad, such a great husband.
02:30
And just delicious.