Amy Adams played ‘nuns and virgins’ to deter sexual harassment

Amy AdamsAmy Adams opened up about her own experience in Hollywood amid the #MeToo movement.

The Oscar nominee sat down with The Hollywood Reporter ahead of the premiere of her HBO series Sharp Objects alongside author Gillian Flynn and show creator Marti Noxon. Amy revealed how sexual harassment affected the roles she ended up selecting.

She said: “I think most women have experienced it, even if it’s just feeling unsafe rejecting somebody. And apologizing, ‘Oh, I’m so sorry, I must have been sending you the wrong signal,’ when, really, it’s like, ‘No, I think I said I don’t want to go out with you, I don’t know how that’s the wrong signal. I think we should just be friends and I’m not sure why you’re at my doorstep,’ it’s that unsafe feeling. I can’t say all, but most women have had that moment and you question yourself. ‘Did I smile? Was I not direct enough?'”

It got to a point where she had to select certain roles to deter unwanted advances in Hollywood. She said, laughingly: “There’s a reason I started playing nuns and virgins. I was like, ‘I’m not putting up with that anymore.'”

The actress played a virgin princess in the 2007 film Enchanted and a nun in the 2008 film Doubt.

~Marriska Fernandes

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  1. JeffM • June 21, 2018 @ 11:06 AM

    Hollywood is a cesspool of perverts. Gross.

  2. Quan • June 21, 2018 @ 11:08 AM

    How is a guy supposed to flirt these days?????????? Can’t a guy ask a woman out without being called a pervert or a monster ready to rape?

    There is a grey area people!

  3. Barb • June 21, 2018 @ 11:18 AM

    Quan, you can ask a woman out without being called anything bad….but if you “flirt” as you call it, you should be mindful of the Woman’s dignity. I’m not sure what you mean by “flirt” but talking, asking respectful questions and listening is something women really admire in a man. Wait for her to ask you about yourself before you start talking about yourself. If she is interested in you, she will ask you…trust me… grey area….very black and white.

  4. Rebecca • June 21, 2018 @ 12:16 PM

    What did she win an Oscar for?

  5. Devona • June 21, 2018 @ 2:52 PM

    Like Quan says this is a very grey area…it works both ways. Need to hear from the other side too. But that’s just my opinion.

  6. Shelly • June 21, 2018 @ 4:20 PM

    I remember when a producer/star was trying to give me as a gift to a studio head and I simply looked him in the eye and said, “I think he is a truly nice person.” He repeated his smarmy offer and I would not bite. No one in Hollywood will say “I am going to exploit you:, out loud to your face. We women have to stop feeling like victims but simply stand our ground and enjoy the attentionintelligently and with integrity. Most men are lovely and understand NO means no and those that aren’t, scream fight back and stop them or run to your nearest police station. Knowing you have the choice is our protection.

  7. Jack • June 21, 2018 @ 8:15 PM


    Like Barb says, it isn’t a grey area. You ask an interesting and respectful question, she answers. Then, maybe she asks you the same thing, which holds up a conversation. It’s fairly straightforward. If your only way to flirt is by sexualizing her, you’re problematic.

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