Produced in North Little Rock, Arkansas, Joey Lauren Adams graduated from Ole Main High School in the mid-80s, and after that spent a year abroad in Australia. After returning to the U.S., Joey decided to focus on a vocation in performance, and subsequently went to Hollywood. She began her professional on-camera career while a child with a modest role in the film, “Exorcist II: The Heretic”. She did not begin pursuing an acting career officially until the early 90s, yet.
Joey Lauren Adams Net Worth $2 Million Dollars
Joey Lauren Adams has since gone on to co star, or star, in such films as, “Dazed & Confused”, “Coneheads”, “Sleep with Me”, “Bio Dome”, “Mallrats”, “Chasing Amy”, “Beautiful”, and “The Break-Up”. She directed the award-winning feature film, “Come Early Morning”, and was nominated for a Golden Globe for the best Actress for her work in “Chasing Amy”.
January 9, 1968
North Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
5' 4" (1.63 m)
Northeast High School
Memphis Indie Film Festival (2006), Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award, Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress (1998),
Golden Globe Award - Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture (1998), Blockbuster Entertainment Award, MTV Movie Award (1998), Online Film & Television Association, Sundance Film Festival (2006)
“All the Birds Have Flown South” (2016), “Still the King” (2016- ), “North Little Rock Northeast High School” (1991), “Here Comes Rusty” (2016), “Big Daddy” (1999), “The Break-Up” (2006), “Trucker” (2008), “ExTerminators” (2009), “All the Birds Have Flown South” (2016)
Won the Chicago Film Critics "Most Promising Actress" award in 1997 for her performance in Chasing Amy (1997).
Is a fan of country music and wrote the song she sings in Chasing Amy (1997).
Filmed a scene for Wayne's World 2 (1993), but her scene was later deleted during editing.
It just gets frustrating playing the girlfriend, It's just this awful feeling, sitting in your house, waiting for a script to come. I like to be more proactive.
My life isn't that dramatic. My dad really loves me, he just can't talk on the phone. He's too crippled and shy, and that's almost harder. He's there and he loves me, and I try and try and try, it's just impossible to have a relationship.
No one was jumping up and saying, 'Yeah, let me give you money.' I had never held a camera in my hand - a home video camera, nothing. I had not directed.
I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry... just make me feel alive.
A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
I don't think I was fully satisfied acting. You know, the girlfriend role or the best friend role, and that wasn't enough for me.
My relationship with my father is pretty non-existent.
A bonus: You don't have to diet to direct.
Definition of an independent film is torture with less money and time.
For women in their 30s, it's so hard to get good parts.
I am one of the few actresses who isn't recognized by the way she looks. I'm recognized by the way I talk.
I like decorative, functional things that I feel comfortable in.
I think, ultimately, looking back now, acting wasn't satisfying me 100%.
I was never one of those people who thought, 'What I really want to do is direct.' It never occurred to me.
It's not like you can wake up and realize, 'Oh, I want intimacy,' and then it happens that day.
The last person they expected to connect with a screenplay was the comedic, blonde actress with the funny voice.
There were days that I literally had no reason to get out of bed. It just was so destructive for me.
'Chasing Amy' was an amazing role, but then after that, I went and did 'Big Daddy' and you're the girlfriend or you're the best friend. I wasn't getting the Nicole Kidman roles.
[on her distinctive voice] 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 (1997), I almost didn't get. There was concern the voice would grate on some people -- which some critics said it did.