By Fred Topel | Image property of Universal Pictures
It may be a new decade but there’s still something familiar about the romantic comedies. In Leap Year, Amy Adams plays a high powered business woman who learns to slow down on a misadventure through Ireland with a local guide. Just like Sandra Bullock and Katherine Heigl before her, Adams represents the current direction in female heroines.
Adams Proposes Leap Year
“I think because women are taking more and more responsibility in the workplace and at home, and we’re really trying to have it all,” Adams said. “I think it’s very relatable to women and men today, to sort of see that in film.”
And for the men, those women get their comeuppance. “I think the men probably enjoy that. I think in this film, especially, Declan really enjoys it. And he’s so masculine, I think men will really enjoy watching him enjoy Anna suffering a little bit.”
As the high powered businesswoman, Anna is not dressed for a countryside trek. Those high heeled shoes take a muddy beating throughout the film. “I did have input because it was very specific, because I needed a strap. I love high heels, and I wear them a lot. So I hate to say that it was easy because it definitely was a struggle. But it wasn’t like learning to walk. Going up the hill was very challenging, and the grassy surfaces on the roads. I cut my foot at one point, and then it was really hard, because then I had to [keep walking.] No twisted ankles, thankfully. So, I made it through in one piece.”
Adams found both sides of the character easy to tap into, since they both live in her. “I think that’s why I was attracted to the character. I tend to be really pragmatic, but ultimately tend to be attracted to people who sort of pull me into more spontaneity. I really learned that through surrender, the best experiences of my life have happened. So that’s one of the things that attracted me to this story. Was sort of thinking you have control, losing control, and then finding an amazing life for yourself.”