Amy Adams defended her stand-in from mistreatment on the Sharp Objects set, embodying the #TimesUp movement
Throughout her prolific career in Hollywood, Amy Adams has played everything from a live-action Disney princess in Enchanted to a con-artist in American Hustle, but this summer fans will see Adams in probably her darkest role yet, as Camille Preaker in the HBO limited series Sharp Objects.
The series, based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name, follows Camille as she returns to her hometown to cover the grisly murders of two local girls, prompting her to confront her own dark past. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter alongside series creator Marti Noxon and Flynn (who co-wrote the series with Noxon), Adams opened up about getting into character as the physically and emotionally scarred Camille. But while she was treated with care on-set, Adams revealed that after being mistaken for her stand-in, she learned they weren’t being treated with equal care.
During the interview, the actress opened up about going into “producer mode” on-set, after experiencing the rough way her stand-in was treated.
"I had this amazing stand-in, Reb, who they also scarred up because [director] Jean-Marc Vallée wanted to see it and she would stand there every day, too," Adams said. "She was fantastic, and she also put up with a lot 'cause she wasn't getting the sort of catharsis from the performance and she wasn't treated the same way I'm treated. And I've never experienced this before but, because we looked so much alike, at one point somebody grabbed me really hard and pulled me. I went, 'What's going on?' And they're like '(Gasp) You're not Reb!' I went into producer [mode] and I was like, 'You will not handle her like that.'"
Noxon added that unfortunately, it’s unlikely Adams’ stand-in ever would have spoken up about it if Adams hadn’t become aware the conduct her self. She pointing out that thankfully, terrible industry norms like that are finally changing, saying, “And [it happens] all the time. And she wouldn’t have said a word, by the way, and that’s the other part that’s [changing] through women being more a part of the engine.”
We’re so happy Adams called out this abhorrent behavior, using her power as the star and producer to put an end to the mistreatment of others on-set. Sharp Objects premieres on June 8th on HBO.