INTERVIEW: Amy Adams: It's powerful being a sex symbol

Dec 20, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. ET

Amy Adams finds her sexual power in this new film, where she almost seems like a lioness on the hunt (cue Katy Perry's "Roar")! We sat down with the lovely ginger-haired actress to find out what making American Hustle was really like.

Amy Adams plays Sydney, a woman living in the 1970s who is a sexually charged go-getter. We wanted to know what the Oscar-nominated actress thought about the nudity in the film.

"I've always felt that as long as it's appropriate for the character, then I'll consider what that is. With Sydney, I thought it was very appropriate for sort of the era, that she would be somebody who believed she didn't have to wear a bra and was sexually equal to a man. It was very empowering for her so it was empowering for me."

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We asked the Her star if she knew this film would be an awards contender as soon as she read the script.

"I was signed on before I read the script, so it's not something that I thought. When we read the script, I thought, 'Oh my gosh, the table read took four hours! How are we going to shoot this film in however many days we had?'"

What was Adams' favorite part of making American Hustle?

"I absolutely loved how well-drawn each character was and working with actors like this and watching them do the performances. You never know how a film's going to come together. But I just thought everyone was amazing to work with." She says her cast members really deserve accolades.

We asked Adams to describe Jennifer Lawrence in three words. Her first reply was, "Awesome, awesome, awesome!" but then she got more serious. She told us the The Hunger Games' helmer is "very smart, fearless and funny."

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Director David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook) likes to have his actors improv dialogue while shooting. We asked Adams if she enjoyed that process.

"It can be really fun. I've never been the best at it. I realized that when I worked with Will Ferrell on Talladega Nights. I was like, 'This is not my strong suit.' But this was easier because I knew my character so well. I think Bradley and I did a lot of improv together."

So what was it like improvising with Bradley Cooper? "It was intense because it was dramatic, heightened and silly."

Watch our video to hear what Russell said about Adams' performance.

American Hustle opens in wide release in theaters on Dec. 20.

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