|Famous For: Lois Lane in Man of Steel and Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice||Currently Known For: Actress and Singer|
Currently Known For Actress and Singer
“Being an actress hasn’t made me insecure. I was insecure long before I declared I was an actress.” Born in Italy and moving around the world for her father’s career in the US Army, Amy Adams was eight years old before she, her six siblings and her parents finally settled down in Castle Rock, Colorado. Inspired by her father’s second career as a professional singer, Adams dreamt of taking the stage herself and had high hopes of becoming a ballerina in high school. Eventually graduating and moving to Atlanta, Adams quickly learned she wasn’t talented enough to make it as a professional ballerina and, thankfully, discovered musical theater was a much better match.
Supporting herself taking odd jobs and even briefly working at Hooters while gaining experience at the community theater, Adams caught a break when she landed a gig dancing at Boulder’s Dinner Theater. Although the job was far from glamorous, it proved to be a valuable stepping stone as she caught the eye of director Michael Brindisi of Minnesota’s Chanhassen Dinner Theater. Spending the next three years working in Minnesota, Adams took yet another risk in 1999 when she auditioned for Drop Dead Gorgeous which, coincidentally, was filming nearby. As luck would have it, she landed the part.
Knowing it was all or nothing, Adams moved to Los Angeles where she spent the first few years struggling in what she now describes as “the darkest years of her life.” Fortunately, things slowly improved and her hard work finally paid off when she appeared in a string of B-list movies and hit television series like That ‘70s Show, Charmed, The Office and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
More than ready for stardom by 2000, Adams finally got her first taste of success when she was cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Catch Me If You Can. While many thought the film would launch her career, Adams waited three more years before wowing audiences with her Academy Award-nominated performance in Junebug. Since then, the 42-year-old has been unstoppable with hits like Enchanted, Doubt and American Hustle in addition to her starring role as Lois Lane in Man of Steel, Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the highly anticipated Justice League.
Now ranked as one of the most influential people in the world, Adams might’ve gotten a slow start but she’s more than made up for it with 149 award nominations and over 50 wins including two Golden Globes. On top of that, she’s making bank with over three dozen projects to her name that have only added to her impressive $50 million net worth and her average $7.5 million salary. So what does she do with all that cash?
Definitely putting her hard-earned money to good use since welcoming her daughter, Aviana, to the world in 2010 alongside her husband, actor Darren Le Gallo, Adams has spent a large chunk of change on the perfect home and the occasional luxury car—aside from stuff for her daughter, of course! To better prepare for their future as a family of three, Adams and Le Gallo actually ditched their previous pads and made the move to a more child-friendly home in Beverly Hills in 2010.
Nestled on a hillside and offering beautiful panoramic views of the city, Adams was absolutely enamored and didn’t think twice about dropping $3.2 million which, to be honest, is mere pocket change for the award-winning star. Stretching across 4,311 square feet with three bedrooms and an open floor plan, the true focal point of the house is the master suite that takes up the entire second floor! As if that wasn’t enough, other amenities include a home gym, private screening room and a large library.
Moving outside where there’s plenty of room for backyard parties and games of hide and seek, the spacious backyard is complete with a swimming pool, outdoor spa and a barbeque pit. As for the detached three-car garage, Adams only takes up one space with her Audi A6, which she had fully upgraded to include a custom surround sound audio system making the total value of the car closer to $90,000. Mere pennies, right?
With her mansion in Beverly Hills, her luxury car and the fact that she’s frequently spotted in designer brands like Cartier, Louis Vuitton and Versace from head to toe, many argue that Adams is a total diva but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Completely grounded when it comes to both her fortune and fame, Adams will never forget her early struggle in Los Angeles and has chosen to give back to dozens of charities including The Trevor Project, the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Actors Fund of America. While she admits to splurging on her family and her friends, it’s safe to say Adams has plenty of money to go around.