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Joey Lauren Adams
Born January 9, 1968 (1968-01-09) (age 42)
North Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Other name(s) Joey Adams
Occupation Actress
Years active 1991–present

Joey Lauren Adams (born 9 January 1968) (according to some sources 6 January 1971[1] [2]) [3][4] is an American actress who has appeared in more than thirty films. She is best known for her distinctive, high-pitched voice and for her roles in Kevin Smith films, particularly Chasing Amy.


Life and career

Adams was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas. Her father was a lumber yard owner.[3] She moved to Hollywood in 1988, but now lives in Oxford, Mississippi.

She began her film career in 1977 with a small part in Exorcist II: The Heretic. In 1993, Adams landed her first major film role as Simone in Richard Linklater's Dazed and Confused. The same year, she appeared in the Saturday Night Live spinoff film Coneheads as one of Connie Conehead's friends.

Two years later, Adams appeared in Mallrats, written and directed by Kevin Smith. The two started dating during the film's post-production, and their relationship provided the inspiration for Smith's next movie, 1997's Chasing Amy. Smith cast Adams in the lead role of Alyssa Jones, a lesbian who falls in love with a man played by Ben Affleck. Later, Smith would describe Chasing Amy as a "sort of penance/valentine" and a "thank-you homage" to Adams.[5] In addition to her acting work on the film, Adams wrote and performed the song "Alive" for the movie's soundtrack.

Adams' performance in Chasing Amy earned her both the 1997 Chicago Film Critics Award and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Most Promising Actress, and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress-Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. From there, Adams was originally slated to play the female lead of Bethany in Smith's next film, 1999's Dogma, but she dropped out of the project after the two broke off their romantic relationship.[6] However, she would later make brief appearances in two other Smith projects: the 2001 film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, and the 2004 animated short Clerks: The Lost Scene, featured on the Clerks X DVD. In both of these appearances, Adams reprised her Chasing Amy role of Alyssa Jones.

Her post-Smith projects included playing a spunky veterinarian's assistant who falls in love with a single father (Vince Vaughn) in 1998's A Cool, Dry Place. The following year, Adams appeared in her first big-budget Hollywood release, playing Adam Sandler's love interest in the successful comedy Big Daddy. She then went on to appear in many smaller films, including Beautiful and In the Shadows.

Some speculation has been made that her high-pitched speaking voice has hampered her chances of Hollywood stardom, to which she has commented: "It's not a normal voice. It doesn't fit into people's preconceptions about what a woman's voice should sound like. My mom doesn't think I have an unusual voice, though. I'm sure it's helped me get some roles. But 'Chasing Amy' I almost didn't get. There was concern the voice would grate on some people, which some critics said it did."[7]

In 2005, she had a guest role in an episode of TV show Veronica Mars. During 2006, Adams released her directorial debut, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Diane Ladd, Tim Blake Nelson and Laura Prepon. The film, shot on location in Little Rock and North Little Rock, was selected for the 2006 Sundance Film Festival.

Adams will return to TV in January 2010, on the Showtime series The United States of Tara. She will appear in at least three episodes as Pammy, a barmaid who falls for Buck, Tara's alpha-male alter ego.

On November 24, 2009, Interscope Records released Joey's directorial debut for a music video entitled "Belle of the Boulevard" by Dashboard Confessional.

Personal life

Adams shares her hometown with another Hollywood actress, Mary Steenburgen.


As actress, except as noted:



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  3. ^ a b Slotek, Jim (August 17, 1999). She Can Speak Hollywoodese Baby-Voiced Joey Lauren Adams Has Learned That Money Talks. ""I thought after Chasing Amy, I would be able to do anything I want, which definitely wasn't the case," the 31-year-old actress says.".  
  4. ^ Thompson, Bob (July 28, 2000). "The Naughty Professor Adams Leaves Her 'Nice Girl' Image Behind With Harvard Man". The Toronto Sun. "That's what the 32-year-old Adams was doing this week while shooting James Toback's film, Harvard Man, at the Jarvis St. high school auditorium.".  
  5. ^ Kevin Smith. "The Hows and Whys of Chasing Amy". Liner note essay for the Chasing Amy DVD. The Criterion Collection
  6. ^ Kevin Smith. "In The Beginning... The Story of Dogma". Liner note essay for the Dogma DVD. Columbia Tristar
  7. ^ Slotek, Jim (1999-08-17). "She can speak Hollywoodese". Jam! Showbiz. Retrieved 2006-06-13.  

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