Is Amy Adams’ Elle UK July cover the worst photo of her ever?

I am an Amy Adams fan, but this is maybe the worst editorial I’ve ever seen of her. In films and on red carpets, she’s so pretty in a girlish and delicate way, and Elle UK made her look so… old. Well, the cover looks “old” and the rest of the shots are just not all that great. WTF? Did she piss them off? Doubtful. From what I’ve heard about Amy, she truly is one of the nicer celebrities you’d ever want to meet. She’s promoting her big role as Lois Lane in Man of Steel – I’ve already covered some quotes where she basically sounded like she was half-in-love with Henry Cavill too. But in this interview, they make it seem like Amy is kind of whiny. Eh.

After filming Catch Me If You Can: “I choked. I felt this pressure to suddenly be this level of actress that I wasn’t confident enough to be. I did a series of really bad auditions, I let the nerves get the best of me. And the couple of years after that it was, ‘I can’t do this. I’m not strong enough to continue with this level of rejection’. It was, ‘What am I going to do with my life?’ I was staring down 30. I was lost, confused.”

Insecurities: “Being an actress hasn’t made me insecure. I was insecure long before I declared I was an actress. I like not being noticed. It has been a struggle because I love performing, but if I’m in a group of people and someone has a bigger personality I’m like ‘Go ahead, and have fun!’ It looks like a lotta work.”

Existential crisis: “I had an existential crisis at the Oscars, sitting next to Sean Penn and Meryl Streep and being like, ‘What am I doing here? I don’t belong here.’ I felt like it could all be taken away.”

Deciding to be an actress: “I graduated high school and I didn’t have a skill set and I didn’t want to go to college. I needed a job. This is what I could do. And I like it, but it can be very painful. You feel so vulnerable all the time on set, so exposed. But I had that same feeling of being exposed when I was a waitress, I have it at parties, I have it here. I’d love to be a diva. But I’d then have to send so many apology notes for my abhorrent behaviour.”

Man of Steel: “It’s more raw, a little less quippy. Hopefully you’ll enjoy the banter and the relationship between Lois and Clark, but it’s a totally new imagining of the story. I was shaking by the end of it. I realised that I hadn’t seen a film with that much action in it since Avatar, so it overwhelmed my adrenal system. Not that it’s all just action, but it is a lot of fun.”

[From Elle UK via The Mail]

I’ve heard her talk about the years after Catch Me If You Can before – she was out of sorts and she didn’t know what to do with her life. In other interviews, she said someone told her to “go red” (with her hair) and soon enough she booked Junebug and scored her first Oscar nomination – her first nomination out of FOUR. Which means that she’s one of the most respected actresses out there today. Also: Amy is 38 years old! She turns 39 in August. She still looks 20-something to me. Except for the Elle UK cover, where she looks 50-something.

Photos courtesy of Elle UK.

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  1. Samigirl says:

    What a shame. Amy is beautiful. This cover does her no favors.

  2. Dutchy says:

    Answer: yes

    She is a very pretty woman, but this cover ages her a lot

  3. serena says:

    oh my god.. how the heck did they manage to make her look like a demon?

  4. Spooks says:

    She looks ok to me. I love her so much.

  5. Thora says:

    “I was staring down 30″

    Ha. Get over yourself.

  6. Yellowshaba says:

    I think she looks great

  7. RocketMerry says:

    I like the third picture. Probably because the Photoshop people didn’t have much of her face to ruin.
    Seriously, it’s like they personally disliked her gorgeous face in the editing booth and went ape-crazy with the blur.

  8. Kennedy says:

    I love Amy to death… but this cover is horrible. She is SO beautiful. My all time favorite Amy mag cover is her Vanity Fair cover… which reminds me- for someone who has 4 Oscar nominations, is incredibly likable, smart and makes both big and small films- how in the WORLD has she not landed a Vogue cover? Or at least Harpers Bazaar? I mean- sure Elle UK is cool and all but Amy should rep some big US mags as well. If Blake “no talent” Lively has TWO Vogue Covers, Amy should at least have one jeezus! I can’t wait for her Oscar win this year for American Hustle :)

    • Ginger says:

      I held on to that Vanity Fair cover for a while because I loved the styling so much! That and her color of red is the same as mine so I thought…hmmm if I ever get extensions I hope my hair would look like hers. She is a gorgeous woman.

  9. TheOriginalKitten says:

    The last shot is the only tolerable one-the first photo is absolutely terrible and looks nothing like her.

    I appreciate the way she talks about the fame game. She seems really grounded and self-aware.

  10. Harpreet says:

    Whoa, she is older than Angelina (right?)!! She looks really good for her age!!

    • Andrea says:

      You know….I know it’s our habit to say that women look good “for their age.”. But I wish we didn’t.

      Amy looks great period. Not just for her age. I hate that we feel as women that we have to qualify beauty and age in a way we don’t for men. It’s what keeps the youth obsession for women raging while men continue to be 50 years old opposite younger love interests.

      I’m really looking forward to Amy in Superman. I am a comics fan and I adore Lois.

  11. kiddo says:

    It looks like her. Nothing more, nothing less. I’m not getting the brouhaha over the photo.

  12. Rabia says:

    Huh? It looks like she always looks. She’s not a particularly pretty woman. I don’t get the big deal.

    • Andrea says:

      What a nasty comment. I love when people talk about beauty in some kind of objective term as if you are some kind of authority on it or there is a right answer.

      She’s a very pretty woman to alot of people. I’d take her any day of the week over the plastic surgery, desperate for attention lot in Hollywood.

  13. nuzzybear says:

    I don’t mind the other photos – the last one is interesting. The cover, though… it looks like she’s at the tipping point of committing to a sneeze.

  14. JulieM says:

    Love Amy, one of my favorites. Cover is not great but I think the other shots are nice. Her next film is Big Eyes with Christoph Waltz and Tim Burton directing. Starts filming in July, I think. It’s a bio of artist Margaret Keane (of big eyed children fame) and CWaltz plays her husband. When is she finally going to get her Oscar? Maybe this will be it.

  15. lucy2 says:

    I like her so much – she’s mega talented, but seems honest and real also. She’s overdue for an Oscar win too.
    She is a really beautiful woman, but I agree those photos aren’t great. Why did they do that to her?

  16. ??? says:

    She’s a pretty lady and looks fine to me. I think her (somewhat indescribable) facial expression in the first photo is what throws it off.

    Though I’m in the minority and don’t think she’s a particularly versatile or compelling actress, I do like her in general. She doesn’t seem like a PR whore and comes across as being genuinely down-to-earth.

    • don't kill me i'm french says:

      Really not versatile? She’s different as Princess Gisele or as bartender in FIGHTER or in THE MUPPETS or JUNEBUG

    • Andrea says:

      Have to majorly disagree there. Versatile is part of what makes her who she is.

      Adams is a true theater actress in that she immerses completely in roles with no fear.

      If she is playing a Princess you believe she’s a Princess. If she is playing a nun you believe it. If she is playing the wife of a cult leader you believe it. If she is a trashy bar maid who gets in fights you believe it. If she is Amelia Earhart you believe it.

      I think that’s why she is perfect for Superman bc if she tells you that a “man can fly”….you believe it.

      And you believe that a gorgeous man from another world with a heart of gold might just love someone like her more than any supermodel in the universe.

  17. ctkat1 says:

    I think for most actresses (although there are always exceptions, ie. Jessica Chastain) if you haven’t “hit it big” by 30, you aren’t going to…

    Amy Adams was the lead in a Steven Spielberg film opposite Leo DiCaprio, and even Spielberg has said that he was shocked she didn’t break out after ‘Catch Me If You Can.’

    She did a great interview several years ago (Vogue, maybe?) where she really went into exactly what she did from ages 18-30 trying to be a professional actress, and she had a lot of rejection.

    I remember when Jessica Chastain won the Golden Globe and gave that speech saying that she had worked for so long without any success (which people didn’t like), but it’s the same situation. To have been a working actress for 12+ years, and as talented as they both are, getting roles that are supposed to get you to the next level that never quite do, and then to finally get there- it must be surreal.

  18. Shelly says:

    I love Amy. She is drop dead gorgeous and talented. I don’t care for that cover photo, but I do like the other two photos.

  19. Joy says:

    They managed to make her head like 10x bigger than it actually is.

  20. Christo says:

    I don’t hate it. Yes, the photo could have been better, but it isn’t terrible. She always reminds me of Kristen Wiig’s slightly younger sister.

  21. moon says:

    She looks a bit Amber Heard here.

    I don’t think she was whiny though. She’s struggled a lot before her career took off, so some negative feelings are normal. And she doesn’t sound as neurotic or self-pitying as AnnE Hathaway.

  22. Manchurian Global says:

    I don’t know how they made her into Casey Affleck, but they did. Weird.

  23. dj says:

    Not the best cover. I think it is the perspective/angle? I love Amy Adams. She is very talented and can really sing (Enchanted). I have to admit I kind of “forget” about her when she doesn’t have anything to promote. Maybe that is great and what she wants to blend in. Anyhoo, very talented, genuine and lovely. She has beautiful skin and its a shame that it is such an unattractive cover. I will only see Superman because Amy Adams will make a great Lois Lane!

  24. Patrice says:

    Amy Adams can go ahead and complain about or say anything she wants as far as I’m concerned :D Ever since I first saw her in Junebug I fell in love; the woman is total acting perfection!

    P.S. Where the hell is her Oscar?! Watching her lose out on it for The Master was infuriating and totally perplexing to me. What more could the Academy POSSIBLY want from an actor than what she did in that film??