Issue Preview: Amy Adams Is Backstage's Performer of the Year

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Amy Adams is often associated with her gorgeous smile, big blue eyes, and mane of red hair. But the actor is actually a strawberry blonde and began her early career as such. It was in 2004 that she went dark red, for the ill-fated Rob Lowe TV show “Dr. Vegas.” “I played a nurse, and there was this beautiful blonde, Sarah Lancaster, who was cast as the casino dealer,” says Adams. “I’m in a room with her, and they said, ‘Someone’s going to have to change their hair color.’ She’s tan with these beautiful lioness green eyes and this mane of blonde hair. And I looked at her and me, with my pale freckles, and thought, Gee, I wonder which one of us is going to go red!”

Though her representatives were resistant, Adams went for it, and, in her words, “it really changed things up. People began to see me in a different way, for different roles.” Shortly after the change, she booked her breakthrough role in “Junebug.” Adds Adams, “I don’t know if I can give credit to just the hair color, but maybe it did help people see past blonde.”

Also in Backstage this week... Twenty-five years in the making, "Les Miz" is finally hitting the big screen this Christmas, featuring performances from boldfaced names such as Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway and lesser-known performers such as Eddie Redmayne and Samantha Barks. We go behind-the-scenes to see just how grueling the mammoth undertaking was. And if you’ve put off your holiday shopping until the last possible moment—or you’re looking to score something you actually want from friends and relatives—consider one of the fine purchases in our gift guide. For these and other stories, pick up a copy of Backstage on newsstands!