How Amy Adams protected her stand-in from mistreatment on set

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Susan Devaney
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Amy Adams has just shone a light on how women are no longer putting up with any form of harassment on film sets in 2018 – by protecting each other. 

From Giselle in Enchanted and Julie Powell in Julie & Julia to Ashley in Junebug, Amy Adams has graced our screens as many a loveable character. But as Adams prepares to make her TV debut, she’s taking on a character who’s having to investigate many, many murders.

Based on Gillian Flynn’s book, Sharp Objects, the TV miniseries follows Camille Preaker (Adams), a newspaper journalist, who has struggled with self-harm and mental health issues for years following the death of her sister, Marian.

After a request from her editor, she reluctantly agrees to return to her hometown of Wind Gap, Missouri, to report on a series of murders; it’s not long before she’s forced to confront her past – and her demons – head on.

And like many actors, Adams had a stand-in on set while filming. While Adams (who also produced the series) was treated with respect, she learned that the same could not be said for her female stand-in.

“[Reb] was fantastic, and she also put up with a lot ’cause she wasn’t getting the sort of catharsis from the performance and she wasn’t treated the same way I’m treated,” Adams told The Hollywood Reporter, noting how Reb had to be covered in fake scars for many scenes.

She continued: “And I’ve never experienced this before but, because we looked so much alike, at one point somebody grabbed me really hard and pulled me. I went, ‘What’s going on?’ And they’re like ‘(Gasp) You’re not Reb!’ I went into producer [mode] and I was like, ‘You will not handle her like that.’”

Since the Time’s Up initiative was started multiple actresses – from Uma Thurman and Rose McGowan to Gwyneth Paltrow – have come forward to share harrowing harassment on-set stories. But, Adams believes that things are definitely changing.

“Well, it’s a true story. And [it happens] all the time,” she explained. “And she wouldn’t have said a word, by the way, and that’s the other part that’s [changing] through women being more a part of the engine. But I learned a lot on this show about how I want to do it in the future.”

Sharp Objects airs on 8 July 2018 in the US. 

You can read more on the Time’s Up initiative here.

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