I LIKE BE­ING A BIT SCARED: AMY ADAMS

The ac­tor, who now plays a char­ac­ter with a men­tal dis­or­der, says that she likes to re­tain con­trol over things, but also likes los­ing con­trol at times for a thrill

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Ac­tor Amy Adams says that she likes to con­trol things but to an ex­tent.

“I think I’m prob­a­bly like most peo­ple.

They like con­trol to a cer­tain ex­tent and they like to lose con­trol to a cer­tain ex­tent,” Adams says.

“I like be­ing a bit scared, I like roller-coast­ers, I like driv­ing a bit fast, I like mo­tor­bikes — I like that kind of thing. I like an adren­a­line rush, and I like peo­ple who are much big­ger risk-tak­ers than me,” she adds.

The ac­tor also gets can­did about play­ing Camille, a dis­turbed char­ac­ter, in Sharp Ob­jects.

Her char­ac­ter has Mun­chausen syn­drome by proxy, which is a men­tal ill­ness and a form of child abuse. The care­taker of a child, most of­ten a mother, ei­ther makes up fake symp­toms or causes real symp­toms to make it look like the child is sick.

Adams says that it’s very dif­fi­cult to con­nect to her char­ac­ter. “I did a lot of read­ing on that as well and that strange need for at­ten­tion — it’s so crazy to me. It’s so against ev­ery parental in­stinct I have, so I can’t re­ally imag­ine it.

I’ve had my daugh­ter hurt twice in a way that re­quired vis­its to the hospi­tal — it’s not some­thing I want to re­visit ever. It’s trau­ma­tis­ing,” she adds. On keep­ing her role away from her per­sonal life, the ac­tor says, “I had to train my­self how to not bring a char­ac­ter home as much as pos­si­ble.

But there were def­i­nitely times, whether from ex­haus­tion or just liv­ing in the space of Camille, where there was a lot of in­som­nia, and when I don’t sleep I get a lit­tle cuckoo.”

“But,” she adds, “I think age has served me well in that, where I’m able to look at it and say, ‘Okay, I know what’s go­ing on. Noth­ing’s re­ally wrong. I just need to go to work, do my job and come home. Make din­ner, do some­thing ground­ing.’”

PHOTO: MARIO ANZUONI/REUTERS

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