Ah, fairy tales, those comforting bedtime stories we love to read to our children…so they can never fall asleep ever again.
In conjunction with her December Vogue cover story, Amy Adams and Tim Burton — with whom she recently made Big Eyes — did an Annie Leibovitz fairy tale inspired photo shoot; this one based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Red Shoes. If you’ve never read the story, it’s about a little sinner girl (dead parents, of course) with magical dancing shoes that take over first her mind, then her feet, leaving her unable to ever stop dancing (not even for church!). On an unwilling prance through a wooded area, the girl (Karen) meets an executioner who she asks to cut off her feet — he obliges — then carves her a new pair of wooden feet so Karen can…get back to church in time to meet up with the dancing shoes again. In the end, mentally and physically broken, little Karen repents (for ever coveting red shoes), and is spirited away to heaven.
Well, of course Tim Burton had to get involved with that sort of a story (let’s just be thankful Johnny Depp didn’t show up). It does make me love Adams just a little more when I get to see her dark side (The Master), so I’m loving these beautifully creepy shots (click photos to enlarge).
Burton as a cobbler making Amy’s new feet!
Adams reborn as a bird (inspired by Barbara Bazilian’s 1997 retelling):
Adams also gamely answered 73 rapid-fire questions in about 7 minutes. If you don’t have time to watch the whole thing, I’ll list a few highlights below.
Person she’d like to switch places with for a day: “Oprah Winfrey.”
Favorite movie: “Gone with the Wind.”
Movie that made her cry: “Ghost. I was like, 18.”
Movie that made her laugh the hardest: Bridesmaids.”
The book she read because everyone else was reading it: Fifty Shades of Grey.”
Most challenging role: “Probably my role from American Hustle”
Biggest surprise she’s ever had: “When I was cast in Catch Me If You Can.”
Person from the past she’d love to grab coffee with: “Janis Joplin, but it probably wouldn’t be coffee.”
Concert (past or present) she’d want to attend: “Woodstock.”
If she could work the runway, what song would be playing: Pour Some Sugar on Me”
Favorite TV show: “Girls.”
If she could make a cameo in anything: “American Horror Story.”
What did she wear to her prom: “I wore this fabulous teal crushed velvet dress. It had rhinestone straps, and my boyfriend’s mom made it for me.”
Favorite app: “Bubble Witch.”
Recent hobby she’s picked up: “Needlepoint.”
The one superpower she’d choose: “Reading people’s minds.”
Her Kryptonite? “Foot rubs.”
Guilty pleasure: “Nachos.”
Read Adams’ full interview at Vogue.
Big Eyes co-stars Christoph Waltz, Krysten Ritter, Terence Stamp, Danny Huston and Jason Schwartzman; it’s in theaters Christmas day.