Amy Adams will do anything besides ‘needles or knives’ to prevent aging


Amy Adams covers the latest issue of Marie Claire to promote her new television role. She stars in the HBO miniseries adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. The first episode airs tonight, and HBO has been promoting the crap out of this series for months, for good reason. I’m guessing that HBO spends a lot of money on the awards campaign for this series, and I’m guessing that Amy will be be a shoo-in for some Best Actress awards. Amy executive produced the series too! Good for her. In Sharp Objects, Amy plays “Camille Preaker, a self-mutilating, sex-addicted, alcoholic newspaper reporter fresh from a psych ward who is sent to cover a pair of creepy child murders in her creepy hometown where her creepy estranged family lives,” says Marie Claire. I’m a big fan of Gillian Flynn’s writing but I never read Sharp Objects, so I’m going with MC’s description. Anyway, you can see MC’s cover package here. Some highlights:

On the creative freedom of becoming co-executive producer of HBO’s Sharp Objects: “To know you could be part of a creative conversation that you’re not invited to was frustrating. So, being an executive producer, I felt that I had the agency to offer my voice and, that was exhilarating.”

On the Camille character: “There’s something freeing about playing somebody who’s a mess. But the depth of pain that she’s constantly in is tricky. I felt like I had to not back away from it because so many people have a personal experience with this book.”

On exploring her dark side: “There’s just so much truth in the darkness and the sadness and I’m willing to explore it now in a different way. Before, I thought people wouldn’t like me or they would think I was crazy. Now I know I can navigate my own personal darkness and it won’t consume me.”

On husband Darren LeGallo’s relationship with their daughter: “It’s sexy to see him raising a girl and teaching her how a man should treat her in a lovely way.”

On aging: “I want to do everything I can that does not involve needles or knives.”

[From Marie Claire]

I too want to do anti-aging treatments that don’t involve surgery or needles, because I hate knives and needles. I don’t really think Amy has much to worry about though – she’s 43 years old and most of the time, she looks like a teenager playing dress-up. Anyway, it’s interesting to see her do such a dark, disturbing miniseries but the Marie Claire article makes it clear that Gillian Flynn gave her blessing, and not only that, it seems like Flynn is a huge fan of Amy and the choices they made in making this miniseries. I’m not sure I can sit there and watch it though – it really does look haunting and disturbing.


Photos courtesy of Brigitte Lacombe for Marie Claire, sent from promotional Marie Claire email.

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  1. donut nut says:

    Loved Amy since Junebug.

    I had my first wiff of age discrimination last week during a phone (job) interview — “So you graduated way back in 2001 …” and went downhill from there. I’m 39 and have a desk job. Can’t imagine the pressure these actresses feel to look young but not overly tweaked or Botoxed!

    • raincoaster says:

      Yeah, I work in tech and I get this sort of thing all the time. On the resume I put in my university studies, but not the year. Sad that you have to, but you really do, particularly if you’re female, and particularly if you’re female over 35.

      • Nichole says:

        That’s interesting. I just asked my husband, who holds a C-level position in tech (USA) and often hires his own teams if he would be put off by that. He said nope, not in the least. Also asked a friend who works in HR in Canada, and she said it’s totally normal. I had no idea, but I’m glad I now know!

      • tealily says:

        I’ve just heard of that strategy recently and I find it slightly horrifying. I’ve proudly been in my profession for over ten years now, and I feel like I’m just now starting to get good at it! But yeah, I guess I’ll take the years off my resume.

    • philo says:

      Me too! (Junebug)
      I’ll watch her in anything since then and don’t really remember ever feeling disappointed.

    • Anna says:

      Ugh Im worried. Same-graduated in 2001 , Im 38. I try to leave dates off my resume but alot of the online applications require it in the field box.

      • Ramona Q. says:

        I went to a resume critique at the unemployment office last year and was told to leave the dates off if you graduated more than five years ago.

    • Betsy says:

      Drop Dead Gorgeous!

      • dj says:

        OMG. Drop Dead Gorgeous what a a wonderful gem of female joy! So so so many great female performances in it Amy Adams, Nora Dunn, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Brittany Murphy to name just a few of the fantastic women actors in this fun DVD favorite at our house. If you haven’t seen it. It is satirical look at small town beauty pageants and the unfairness of them. Also some murders thrown in…really funny movie. My husband loves this movie too. Amy Adams has smaller part but is great as she is everything.

  2. Victoria says:

    Kaiser, I read that book and it was sooo disturbing it left me unhinged. I’m excited for the series though! It’s this or 90 day fiancé (don’t judge it’s so hilarious to me) tonight!

    • Esmom says:

      It was disturbing and I saw flashes of Gone Girl in it, too, like it was a warm up exercise for Flynn. I wish I had HBO so I could watch this, sigh.

    • Claudia says:

      The book is so disturbing, I could hardly get through it. Dark Places is pretty creepy as well, but Sharp Object surpasses it…Gone Girl is a light-hearted read compared to both of them.

      • lulie says:

        I read Gone Girl & loved it. I can see how it would be considered a light-hearted read compared to Flynn’s others. I started Dark Places & Sharp Objects & couldn’t finish either; at the time, they were just too dark for me, especially Sharp Objects. However, I really liked what Amy had to say about navigating darkness & not letting it consume her. I think there’s a big something to be said for that. I also really like Amy as an actor & think she’s one of the best. I’ll definitely be watching the miniseries, & maybe I’ll even give the book another go.

      • philo says:

        oh Jesus – I have set this to record but now I’m wondering if I should even watch.

    • Brandy Alexander says:

      This was the first book I read by Gillian Flynn and it’s my all time favorite book. Gone Girl was great, but it didn’t hold a candle to a sharp Objects I’m the creepiness factor for me. I am so excited for this mini-series!

  3. ma says:

    Weirdly, this is a rare case of Hollywood ageing the protagonist up – in the book Camille is in her early thirties iirc. It’ll be interesting to see how that affects the feel of the story. I’m sure Amy Adams will be, as ever, excellent.

    • Ellie says:

      Yep, I love her but I’m skeptical about the role because of this. I’ll give it a try though!

    • Ginger says:

      They didn’t need to age the character up. Amy Adams could easily play a woman in her early 30s.

      • ChillyWilly says:

        Oh for sure! She looks at least 10/years younger than she is. She also looks exactly l how I pictured Camille in my head. Same for Patricia Clarkson as Amdora. I loved every creepy, fucked up word Of the novel and hope the series is good. I really didn’t like Big Little Lies as much as most so we shall see what JM Vallee does with it. The reviews are good and I like what I see in the trailer!

  4. MaryContrary says:

    Talk to me in 10 years, Amy. I loved my face in my early-mid 40s. Now that I’m in my early 50s I have a million more wrinkles and lines.

    • harla says:

      Yeah early-mid 40’s was the best!! I too am in my early 50’s and while I feel that I look more myself everyday, I’m not loving the wrinkles that seem to appear by magic overnight! I’m a self confessed product junkie and swear that I see a difference on days when I don’t use products versus days I do. Lately I have been experiencing a flare up of chronic back pain so I haven’t been watching my diet as closely, too much comfort food, and have noticed a difference in my skin, plus genetics plays a huge part so I know I have a lot more wrinkles in my future 🙁

      • Krilee says:

        I’m in that age arena as well. Skin is still fairly unwrinkled, but the jowls! My God, the jowls! Looking all kinds of bulldog faced.

    • Snowflake says:

      Noooooo! Lol. I’m 42, not too bad. I have bad crows feet, getting Botox for it. I’m scared of getting old. And I’m just a normal person. Can’t imagine being an aging actress. Have you tried microdermabrasion? I did that once, i liked it.

      • LT says:

        I’m in my mid 40s and was never a big tanner (and use sunblock every day), but I noticed my skin looked even better when I started using retinol multiple times a day and scalytic acid for the occasional skin flare up. I had to get my make up done last month to be on stage and the make up artist asked what I used. When I told her, she said “ah – those are the best products for your skin.”

    • Esmom says:

      I’m in your age group and lines and wrinkles on my face aren’t too bad yet for me — surprising considering I was a lifeguard in the 80s when sunscreen wasn’t exactly a priority — but the sag I’m seeing on my neck is by far my least favorite part. I asked my dermatologist about it and she said I unfortunately have the type of skin that’s more prone to sagging.

      Winter is becoming my favorite season because I can keep my scarf on, sigh.

      • minx says:

        Yeah, I’m in my 60s and not doing too badly with wrinkles,’s the sagging I hate.

      • Jaded says:

        65 here and the face is still good, but the neck no bueno. I’ve been doing a lot of yoga lately and that seems to be tightening things up a bit but it will never look like a 30 year old neck again.

      • LadyT says:

        I, too, could pass for 20 years younger until my late 40’s. The next ten years have been brutal though. The problem is not a few lines and wrinkles. It’s sagging jawline, thinning lips, turkey waddle neck, vanishing lashes and eyebrows. It’s easy to say never to knives and injections before things go south, literally.

    • Frida_K says:

      Try acupuncture! Facial rejuvenation acupuncture is a big thing because it works!

      People tend to know of Mei Zen cosmetic acupuncture because it was featured in O Magazine and also, not just Oprah but also Dr. Oz has mentioned it too. But there are several different approaches and if you get the right acupuncturist, you really can work magic AND remain naturally and realistically beautiful.

      I’ve tried botox and it was ok but it creeped me out to not be able to be expressive. I much prefer acupuncture. YMMV

  5. Joss RED says:

    She’ll probably win an Emmy before an Oscar… That’s f-cked up!

  6. minx says:

    Love her. She is naturally gorgeous and so talented.

  7. M says:

    I preferred this book (and her other one) over Gone Girl. Looking forward to seeing the adaptation

  8. ZGB says:

    Good God, could they pack in anymore ‘creepy’ in that movie description? sheesh!

    Amy looks so fresh and mature, and comfortable. That highkick pic is both hilarious and interesting!

  9. D says:


  10. Wood Dragon says:

    Can’t stop time. But you can attempt to age gracefully if health and genetics permit.
    Limit exposure to the sun. Eat right. Hydrate properly and moisturize like crazy especially at night. I even created my own blend of essential oils for bedtime.

  11. Ye says:

    The book was a pretty annoying read. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone personally. Hopefully the show is better. The bar is pretty low, in my opinion.

    • Esmom says:

      It’s hard to imagine it as a series. I guess it depends on who’s writing. HBO did an amazing job with The Leftovers, which was a good book. But they way they expanded it beyond the original story was really amazing.

      • tracking says:

        Agreed, Esmom. Similarly, The Handmaid’s Tale show writers did an unbelievable job being faithful to and yet expanding the novel source material. I’ve just finished re-reading the novel, which left me even more impressed with the show.

    • tracking says:

      This was my least favorite Gillian Flynn book. I much preferred Dark Places, but just couldn’t see Charlize Theron as the protagonist so haven’t watched the film version. After seeing Arrival, I can see Amy Adams in this darker role though.

    • SK says:

      I totally agree. The book was full of really lurid descriptions of underage girls… plus frequent reminders of how beautiful all these main female characters are. It is was written by a man I would find him a complete creep! I do find Gillian Flynn creepy though still.

      It was atmospheric but overall the story was ridiculous.

      Oh and that MC description is OTT, even for a very OTT book. The character of Camille is not sex addicted

      • Crystal says:

        I think Flynn is a very trashy writer who panders to the creepy-suburbia/household-or-relationship niche. She knows what she’s doing though, as it seems to be a popular genre that’s spawned milder, bestselling stuff like Girl on the Train and The Woman in the Window or whatever. Feel like I need to take a shower after reading her books or watching film adaptations of her books.

  12. roxane says:

    The book is really disturbing especially Camille’s sister very curious about how she’s gonna be portrayed.

  13. KiddV says:

    Botox needles are tiny, nothing to be afraid of. I have more anxiety calling to make the appointment than I do getting injected.

    I am afraid of cutting up my face, though. That I won’t do.

  14. Jay says:

    I use needles LOL. The dermal roller is AMAZING.

  15. Lucy says:

    The true Unproblematic Fave!!

  16. Amaria says:

    Yeah, right. Especially in a workplace like Hollywood. Sounds just hypocritical to me. Myself, I think all in moderation – there’s nothing wrong with using surgery or injections to keep old age away from one’s face. As long as you look human, it’s totally fine.

    • Betsy says:

      I think it’s such a slippery slope though. People think they look better and even doing “just a bit” of fillers or Botox every so often, after a certain point people still look human, but bad. Like Steve Wynn’s wife I think is an example: the overstuffed cheeks and nasolabial folds. Lifts just change the character of your face – I think Jackie Kennedy’s was good but she had a fairly modest one when she was in her forties I think.

      • Esmom says:

        Agreed. There’s a husband and wife in my neighborhood who could be anywhere between 60 and 80, it’s so hard to tell. Their faces are so jacked up that they actually look alike, as if they each got the exact same procedures and results. I would love to know if they originally resembled each other. I’d guess not.

  17. Yes Doubtful says:

    I don’t think botox even looks good tbh. In moderation, okay, but how many actually keep it subtle? At some point many seem to lose control with it…like Gwen or Madonna or Goldie.

    I figured Amy was in her late 30’s so she’s blessed to have a youthful face. None of those face creams even work. I tried one recommended on this site and have seen zero difference. The key is and always will be good genes, sunscreen, and a healthy lifestyle.

    • FuefinaWG says:

      I actually have great genes and look 10 years younger than my actual age. I don’t smoke, and never sit in the sun. I use Botox between my eyebrows, because I have a deep furrow in that area, and Juvederm on the sides of my mouth because if I don’t my mouth droops down making me always look unhappy. The Botox restricts movement in my forehead, a bit, but there are still lines when I have a surprised look.
      Botox lasts much longer than 6 months on me. I can go about a year between treatments.
      Mine is so subtle that no one has ever guessed that I use either product.
      People shouldn’t base their opinions on celebrities that over inject. I’ve been doing it for over 10 years and I’ve never had a desire to make my face not move, ala Nicole Kidman or Taylor Armstrong.

      • Snowflake says:

        Botox lasts about 6 months for me. I use it for my crow’s feet. I tried filler before and people just kept saying my skin looked great. No one had a clue i was using Botox or filler. People kept saying i looked well rested or nice skin. I let the filler wear off because i was only in my 30s. I decided not to do too much too young, the filler is more expensive. Now I’m 42, i might get some Juvederm for the lines around my mouth. I plan on keeping up the Botox. I think people are too scared to do Botox or fillers because they see the stars that are overdone. If it’s done properly, you’re going to look natural. The Botox i get is 20 units, lasts 6 months and is about 230-250. Depending on the special pricing at the time. Right now, its $11 a unit. Idk what the going rate is so idk if its average, low or high cost.

      • Betsy says:

        People always, always say that theirs is very subtle and no one can tell and their evidence for this is that no one has said anything. That’s not really proof of anything though, and I maintain that it’s a slippery slope, that there comes a point when there’s an accumulation of use and a person is no longer on the appearance trajectory their genes decided for them, like an object’s rocket engine firing and changing the curve from ending up at Mercury zipping you out past !ars instead.

        I don’t really care, for the record. Whether or not someone ends up looking like an old Soviet doll isn’t any of my business, but no one online ever thinks they’ve got a lot.

      • FuefinaWG says:

        I still have crows feet. If you keep some wrinkles when you become an old hag, people don’t notice the subtle “help.”

    • FuefinaWG says:

      BTW: I recommend Strivectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles. It’s da’ bomb!!!

  18. Tw says:

    She’s had a nose job so I guess she’s ok with knives sometimes.

  19. Rongela Redmond says:

    People look at me weird or smirk because I wear a hat when walking in the beach.
    1. I am African american and dark
    2. But I am 52 and I am protecting my face from aging.
    So look and smirk

    • Snowflake says:

      Just ignore them. I used to get teased because i put on sunscreen all the time instead of tanning. Haha, joke’s on them.

    • Crystal says:

      I use my umbrella as a parasol and get the same thing. I don’t like how I look in hats and don’t like sunscreen unless I absolutely have to so I always have my umbrella with me (but supplement with Vitamin D capsules). Look all you like!

  20. jenna says:

    I feel this is beneath her sorry to say. It falls beneath her body of work..imo

  21. Racer1 says:

    Reason #1,345 on why celebrities should not influence the masses. Male actors never get questions about aging and female actors should never dignify the question with a response. You want equality, demand it in every aspect.

  22. Amelie says:

    Sharp Objects is a VERY dark book, even darker and more twisted than Gone Girl in my opinion (and Amy was pretty effed up yet a fascinating character). I read SO after reading GG and I could barely get through the book, that’s how much it disturbed me. I also felt it physically, mildly nauseous, never has a book affected my psyche that much. There is just true evil in Sharp Objects and if you thought the relationship between Amy and Nick was perverse, the relationship between Camille and her mother is unlike anythingI’ve ever read. And of course there is the younger half-sister who you can’t quite place because she is so two-faced.

    Also I won’t say why but there is a reason Amy Adams is only wearing long sleeved shirts in the trailer. I was wondering how they would incorporate that part of the story into this and it’s just incredibly sad and traumatic to read.

  23. Startup Spouse says:

    Has anyone tried the Reserveage collagen product? It’s powder you add to a drink or chewables. Supposed to be good for your skin? Was looking to try it but I’m not sure.

  24. fan says:

    I love Amy.