Amy Adams says ‘American Hustle’ director David O. Russell made her cry on set: ‘I was really just devastated’

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Amy Adams in ‘American Hustle.’ Sony Pictures

Amy Adams earned her fifth Oscar nomination for her work in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” but working on the film was tough.

In an interview with British GQ, the actress said the director made her cry, and she described her mood during shooting as “devastated.”

“I was really just devastated on set,” she said. “I mean, not every day, but most. Jennifer [Lawrence] doesn’t take any of it on. She’s Teflon. And I am not Teflon.”

She added: “Life to me is more important than movies. It really taught me how to separate work and home. Because I was like, I cannot bring this experience home with me to my daughter.”

Adams also opened up about the gender wage gap debate in Hollywood, something her “Hustle” costars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper have been vocal about.

Lawrence penned an essay in Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny in October 2015 about the pay gap after learning about the disparity between her and her male “American Hustle” costars following the Sony hack. Cooper responded and said he would give his salary information to female costars to help them negotiate before films go into production.

Adams told British GQ that she was aware of the pay gap, but has her own way of negotiating.

“I didn’t speak about it before and I’m probably not going to speak about it forever, because I disagreed with… not Jennifer per se, but people who had opinions on how women should go about negotiating,” she said. “The truth is we hire people to negotiate on our behalf, men and women… I knew I was being paid less and I still agreed to do it because the option comes down to do it or don’t do it. So you just have to decide if it’s worth it for you. It doesn’t mean I liked it.”

The actress said she was “proud” of the letter Lawrence wrote, though.

“What I liked is that it was not necessarily about getting paid, or not getting paid… It’s like we [women] have been conditioned to not be controversial, to not cause problems,” she said. “It’s about finding your voice.”

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