Earlier this week, Amy Adams, who’s making the rounds promoting the film Big Eyes, was pulled from her Today show appearance.
Apparently the actress got the boot due to her refusal to discuss the recent Sony hack. Keep in mind, Adams is specifically connected to this controversy; one of the leaked emails revealed she earned less than her male costars for her role in last year’s American Hustle.
Adams addressed the incident at a screening of Big Eyes in Los Angeles last night.
“I expressed that I was uncomfortable,” Adams says, diplomatically, adding she was “confused and definitely frustrated” once she found out the interview had been pulled.
As a journalist who occasionally chats with actors (though these days I do so less and less since, as this incident points out, interviewing actors is typically super boring), I’m often told certain topics are off limits (break ups, engagements, marriages, surgeries, arrests, births, deaths, etc.). This information is usually delivered just moments before the interview (i.e. as I am walking into the room to meet the subject) by the talent’s publicist.
Needless to say, it’s annoying as fuck and invariably leads to being fed super stale sound bites memorized and regurgitated by the actor about whatever project they’re pushing. Ultimately, it makes everyone look stupid.
I’m not saying Today was “right” here, but I definitely sympathize with them. Telling journalists they aren’t “allowed” to broach certain subjects isn’t right either.
If Adams is, in fact, the poised, smart, politically correct sweetheart she’s made out to be, she should be able to deflect a question or two about the Sony hack. Am I right?!