The Advocate: Before this interview, did you know that you had a big gay following?
Amy Adams: I didn’t. But I know that I was in a gay bar in New York recently, and I was recognized more than ever in my life — that was my first indication. My roles were a little more campy at the beginning, and they appreciate camp.
Do you have any close gay friends?
I used to work in musical theater in Minnesota, so I had tons of gay friends. But I actually don’t now, which is sad. My boyfriend often tells me that I need one, because I’m always asking him about how I look and what to wear. He says, “You just desperately need a gay boyfriend.”
So he’s not metrosexual?
He has a healthy dose of it, but when it comes to female fashion, he’s a pretty typical male: If it’s tight and shows all the right things, then it’s good.
In Enchanted, your Giselle is the first Disney princess since Belle to have her singing and talking voiced by the same actress. Was that intimidating?
I was a bit nervous because I haven’t been training as a singer since I’ve been in Los Angeles, so I went back into classes and worked really hard for a couple of months to make sure that [Enchanted composers] Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz would let me sing.
Did the film fulfill any childhood princess fantasies of yours?
Yeah, I think they’re all out of my system. It more fulfilled a fantasy of running around singing in Central Park. It totally sated the musical theater geek inside of me.
Would you like to return to your musical theater roots?
Absolutely. My initial goal in life was to do Broadway. But I’m grossly inappropriate for all of my dream roles. I want to play, like, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha and Elphaba in Wicked, and I’m so ill-suited for both. I’d sound like Little Orphan Annie singing “Defying Gravity.”
Speaking of Elphabas, did you and costar Idina Menzel have any sing-offs on set?
I can’t tell you how many times I would go up to her and say, [the Wicked lyric] “I hope you’re happy.” And she’d be like, “Amy, it’s just not gonna happen.” But I did get her to sing with me one late night as we were shooting. I started egging her on, and she laughed at me and said, “You’re just so earnest, Amy.” I said, “Well, I’m never going to be able to perform with you on stage in Wicked, so this is my only chance to sing ‘Defying Gravity’ with you, Idina. You gotta throw me a bone.” And she did.
What are your official responsibilities as a Disney princess? Is it like Miss America?
Well, I’ve not been given a pamphlet yet, but I’m sure it’s coming. When I took the role, I didn’t really understand that they were going to make her a “princess” princess in the Disney fashion, so that’s been a bit of a surprise to me.
Have you played with your Giselle doll?
No, it’s still in the box, and I gave it to my mom to take home. She was visiting when we saw it at Ralphs, when I bought it with my dinner -- super glamorous, right? And my mom, of course, is trying to indicate to the cashier that I’m on the box, trying to be subtle. I’m like, “Mom, just let her ring the doll up.”