The actress talked to about working with Frances McDormand in her new film Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day

Por Ana Paula Ayanegui / NYC
Updated Marzo 06, 2008

Her Oscar-nominated role in Junebug and the box-office success of her film Enchanted has made Amy Adams the newest Hollywood darling. And now she's heading back to big screen in the romantic comedy Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day.

Adams plays Delysia, a not-so-talented stage actress with a flair for keeping men on their toes and stirring up trouble. Frances McDormand takes on the role of Miss Pettigrew, a sub-standard nanny who manages to change Delysia's life over the course of one day. chatted with the actress in New York City while she was promoting her new movie, and this is what she told us.

Tell us a little about Delysia and how you developed the character…
I don't think I necessarily changed anything about her. She's a little manipulative, [actually] a lot manipulative. She's self-centered and has a lot of faults. How can you give her a soul? How can you approach it in a way that makes her still likeable? I was lucky, because the script provided that. It shows you glimpses of who she really is, who she is supposed to be when she's not trying to be who she wants to be. I think that's a lesson we all can learn at times. That was really attractive to me. She is an actress in her life, so an actress playing an actress… that was fun.

Did you watch '40s-era films to prepare yourself for the role?
Yes, I thought about that a lot and did look at those movies. I tried to channel them. Plus I thought she was the kind of person who would watch movies thinking she was as good as [the actresses in the movies], and she would try to act like them in her own life.

What's your favorite movie from that time period?
Gone with the Wind. I watched it when I was 13, and it changed my life forever. I was like, “I am Scarlett O'Hara,” which is not good at 13 (laughs). That's a power you don't need to have.

What was it like working with Frances McDormand?
She was very warm with me and kind. She's just a great lady. It was excellent!

Any funny stories from the set?
I have come across as boy-crazy because I always say things like, “Oh my gosh! he's so cute.” So I'm trying to be more professional. the director asked Lee Pace [my boyfriend in the movie] to leave the set because I was staring at him once when the director was trying to talk to me. He was across the room, looking like an old movie star. And I was like: “Wow!” And the director said: “What are you doing?” And I said, “I'm sorry I was listening, but just look at Lee, he's so distracting.” So the director just walks over and tells him that he was distracting me and needed to leave. I was so mortified.