Amy Adams on Her Karaoke Obsession, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Channeling Lynne Cheney

Amy Adams is really, really into karaoke—just watch her do a stunning acapella rendition of Heart’s “Alone” during her Screen Test. She also reveals her daytime soaps fandom, early crush on Leonardo DiCaprio on “Growing Pains,” and how she got into character as Lynne Cheney, Dick Cheney’s wife, by getting into political fights with her “Vice” director Adam McKay.

Released on 1/7/2019

Credits

Starring: Amy Adams

Transcript

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I sing karaoke, like, a lot.
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I don't go out, I don't go clubbing.
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I go to karaoke rooms.
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Like, little private rooms with my friends.
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And then I really like Alone by Heart.
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We need, like, music and a microphone.
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♪ I hear the ticking of the clock ♪
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♪ I'm lying here, the room's pitch dark ♪
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♪ I wonder where you are tonight ♪
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♪ No answer on the telephone ♪
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♪ But the night goes by so very slow ♪
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♪ Oh, I hope that it won't end, though, alone ♪
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Pow, ba-dum bum-bum.
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♪ Till now, always got by on my own ♪
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♪ I never really cared until I met you ♪
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♪ And now it chills me to the bone ♪
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♪ How do I get you alone ♪
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♪ How do I get you alone ♪ [interviewer laughing]
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♪ Oh, oh, oh ♪
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Oh my god! [crew cheering]
01:12
Has your daughter been indoctrinated
01:13
into the karaoke room yet? She's resisting, but slowly.
01:17
[interviewer laughing] She loves Mamma Mia!,
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and her favorite song to sing is Bohemian Rhapsody,
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and she's really good at it.
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The mamma mia, Figaro, what did you do, yeah.
01:25
But it's the cutest thing at the end
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to see a eight-year-old girl going,
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♪ Nothing really matters [laughing] ♪
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♪ Anyone can see ♪
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It's the sweetest thing.
01:34
I hope she never finds this on the internet.
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She'll totally cut me off.
01:37
She'd be like, I'm never singing that again.
01:39
I make Halloween costumes for my daughter every year,
01:42
and so I try to do a coordinating costume
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that goes with what she wants to be.
01:46
She wanted to be a raccoon.
01:47
I was a trash can [laughing].
01:50
And my husband was a garbage man.
01:53
I got some silver PVC and hooked it up to a hula hoop
01:58
and then hung it over my shoulders
01:59
and then [laughing] made myself a trash can lid.
02:02
The name of the movie is Vice.
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People think they know Lynn Cheney,
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but I didn't know Lynn Cheney,
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so I really got to dive into her past,
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and we did not meet,
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so that's something that's interesting too
02:14
is to be playing somebody and have not met them.
02:17
For me, when approaching the politics of the film,
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I really just absorbed Lynn Cheney's point of view.
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Why? It was important to me
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to come at the character with honesty,
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whether I agree with her point of view or not,
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and to sort of get into character,
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[laughing] I would have these long debates
02:35
about policy and politics as Lynn Cheney with Adam McKay,
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the director, and I called him many names.
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[interviewer laughing] I didn't swear,
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because Lynn wouldn't swear.
02:46
I teased him about wearing shorts on set
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and how that was disrespectful, so.
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I loved television, so, like, I feel bad.
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I think I let my daughter watch too much TV,
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but I'm like, I watch and I love TV.
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When I was a teenager, I really got into Days of Our Lives,
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and I really loved, there was a character named Jen.
03:07
Friendly, pretty, nice, got the guy.
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She was a heroine, but I think,
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I don't know, I'm flashing to Facts of Life.
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Like, I loved Jo in Facts of Life.
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Loved her. [interviewer laughing]
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I loved Blair, I thought she had really good hair,
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but she wasn't nice.
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She just cared about the wrong things.
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Jo seems like, she seems scrappy.
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I love Family Ties, Growing Pains.
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Huge crush on Leo during Growing Pains,
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'cause he was their foster kid
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during the last season, yeah. Right, exactly.
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I like to go TV to escape.
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There was complicated storylines.
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Like, a foster child on a, that was deep.
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[laughing] And it was Leo, so.
03:45
Okay, so I poked in this little paper on the other side.
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Thank you.
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You know what's funny is my husband and I
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have this little thing, it's for two.
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We say it to each other
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and we never really thought about it,
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and then we watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy,
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which I'd never read, and the secret of the universe was 42,
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and we were both like, [gasping] we knew it!
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[interviewer laughing]
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Like, I have a little white tattoo on my wrist, yeah.
04:08
I have a little tattoo, yeah,
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but it's white, you can't see it.
04:10
Oh, wow. Yeah.
04:12
Well, I actually got another tattoo this year,
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but it is my daughter's name over my heart, so.
04:16
Oh, that's lovely. Yeah.
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This actually is really appropriate for me [laughing].
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[Interviewer] Okay.
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Obsessed is just a word that the lazy use
04:25
to describe the dedicated.
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Yes, that's fantastic! [Amy laughing]
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I love that, that's so great! 'Cause I say why worry
04:32
when you can obsess?