Amy Adams: My daughter has 'Muppet Mania' (Video)
Amy Adams says her 18-month-old daughter and her own childhood nostalgia inspired her to film "The Muppets."
The 37-year-old actress made her comments to OnTheRedCarpet.com ahead of the November 23 release of the film, the latest in a series of on-screen adaptations of the hit children's franchise. Adams and fiance Darren Le Gallo welcomed Aviana, their first child together, in May of 2010.
"I'm curious to see how this experience will be for her," Adams told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "She was so excited to come in here and just sit in a chair and she just kept pointing at them and saying, 'More, please, more please!' She's a year and a half and she hasn't seen any advertising and she already is just, like, 'Muppet Mania.'"
She said her daughter is one of the reasons she chose to make the movie, which sees her playing a woman named Mary. "The Muppets" also stars Jason Segel and Rashida Jones. The Disney-produced film has been advertised heavily. The Muppets themselves appeared on "Dancing With The Stars" on Tuesday. The reality show airs on ABC, which is owned by Disney.
Like many people her age, Adams grew up watching the Muppets, who have appeared in many television and film adaptations, including the 1979 movie simply titled "The Muppet Movie."
"I had 'The Muppet Movie' in rotation constantly in my childhood," Adams said. "Every road trip I would take as even a teenager into adulthood, I would play (the song) 'Movin' Right Along.' It's definitely just a part of who I am.""I really like doing films that touch children's lives," she added. "I think that the Muppets have a really positive message and I think that's important. The Muppets are a group of puppets the late Jim Henson created in the mid-1950s, which include Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rowdy "Animal." They starred in several of their own television shows throughout the years and the franchise has also spurred several films, such as "The Muppets Take Manhattan" in 1984, "Muppets from Space" in 1999.
Segel, who stars in the comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," co-wrote the script of the film. "The Muppets" also stars Emily Blunt, Mickey Rooney, British funnyman Ricky Gervais, Charles Grodin and television chef Rachael Ray. Alan Arkin, Mila Kunis, Jack Black, Neil Patrick Harris, Katy Perry, Whoopi Goldberg, Wanda Sykes and 2012 Oscars host Billy Crystal are all set to make cameos, among others.
Last year, Adams was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in "The Fighter." She also received nods for her roles in the movies "Doubt" and "Junebug." But she may be more recognized for her role as a princess in Disney's 2007 half-animated film "Enchanted" and showcased her singing talent.
"I will never say 'not again' to singing," she told OnTheRedCarpet.com. "It's nice to do it on film because then I have a good excuse to sing and dance around my house - cos I can say I'm rehearsing, instead of just being a total nerd."
Adams began her on-screen career in the late 1990s, appearing in films such as "Drop Dead Gorgeous" and "Cruel Intentions 2." The actress played Sarah Michelle Gellar's former role of evil socialite Kathryn Merteuil in the low-budget, R-rated prequel.
Adams also appeared on shows such as "Charmed" and "Smallville," the latter of which saw her playing a former overweight high school student with the power to literally suck the fat out of people in order to remain slim.
"I have done so many embarrassing things in my career," she said "I'm not very bashful in between 'Action' and 'Cut' but in my own life, I'm not someone who likes to draw a lot of attention to myself."
Adams will next appear in Paul Thomas Anderson's controversial new movie, formerly known as "The Master." The actress will play the wife of Phillip Seymour Hoffman's character, Lancaster Dodd, a charismatic intellectual who returns shaken from World War II to form a faith-based organization that begins to catch on in the 1950s.
The actress will also star opposite Henry Cavill, who was picked to portray Clark Kent/Superman in the upcoming Superman reboot, "Man of Steel."
Reporting by George Pennacchio of KABC Television, which produces the entertainment show "On The Red Carpet" (check for local TV listings).Check out the trailer for "The Muppets" below.