Joey Lauren Adams

Joey Lauren Adams

  • Highest Rated: 91% Dazed and Confused (1993)
  • Lowest Rated: 4% Bio-Dome (1996)
  • Birthday: Jan 9, 1968
  • Birthplace: North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • With her blue eyes, pillow lips and sex-kitten-on-helium voice, Joey Lauren Adams looks and sounds like Melanie Griffith's long-lost little sister. Adams, however, is an actress in her own right, having done solid work in a number of films, including Dazed and Confused and Chasing Amy.Hailing from North Little Rock, Arkansas, where she was born January 6, 1971, Adams began acting early in her life, performing at local church productions. She left home for Los Angeles while still a teenager, and got her first break with roles on various television shows. She won a limited amount of fame--or notoriety, depending on one's point of view--for her work on Married with Children, on which she played the woman who relieved Bud Bundy of his virginity.Work on the short-lived series Vinnie & Bobby and Top of the Heap followed before Adams broke into film in 1993. That year, she had supporting roles in The Program, Coneheads and Dazed and Confused, the last of which featured her as one of Parker Posey's high school cronies. The next year, she appeared in the independent films S.F.W. and Sleep with Me, and then had a secondary role in Mallrats (1995), her first collaboration with then-boyfriend Kevin Smith. It was Smith who gave Adams her true film breakthrough when he cast her as the female lead in Chasing Amy. The 1997 film--a look at the relationship between a comic book artist (Ben Affleck) and his "ideal" woman (Adams), who happens to be a lesbian--won favorable reviews and effectively put Adams on the Hollywood map. In 1999 she had a lead role in another independent film, the drama A Cool Dry Place with Vince Vaughn, and also starred in her first big-budget Hollywood feature, the hit Adam Sandler comedy Big Daddy.The actress entered the new millennium without slowing down, appearing in a wide variety of low-profile films and independent features such as Anne Heche's 2001 project Reaching Normal and the 2002 crime thriller Beeper with Harvey Keitel. In 2004's The Big Empty, she starred alongside Jon Favreau, who she would rejoin for 2006's (un)romantic comedy The Break-Up. Supporting mainstream stars Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn bolstered the actresses profile, while her performance as Aniston's best friend and ally in her hilariously messy break-up won audiences over.The actress co-starred with Nathan Fillion and Benjamin Bratt in the 2009 slice-of-life drama Trucker, and worked in the second season of The United States of Tara the following year. Adams took on a supporting role as psychiatrist Dr. Jane Sheppard in the 2011 psychological thriller Apart, and continues to be active in film and television.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet All the Birds Have Flown South Actor 2016
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not Actor 2014
43% Animal Vicky 2014
No Score Yet Art Machine Prudence 2014
No Score Yet Mulberry Stains Actor 2014
No Score Yet Making the Rules (Abby in the Summer) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Sequoia Bev 2014
83% Blue Caprice Jamie $91.6K 2013
No Score Yet A Country Christmas Renae Logan 2013
11% Apart Dr. Jane Sheppard $3.7K 2012
No Score Yet Endure Actor 2010
59% Trucker Jenny Bell 2009
No Score Yet ExTerminators Actor 2009
83% Come Early Morning Actor $50.7K 2006
34% The Break-Up Addie $118.7M 2006
No Score Yet Bunny Whipped Ann 2006
No Score Yet Clerks: The Lost Scene Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Gunman Daphne 2004
71% The Big Empty Grace 2003
33% Harvard Man Chesney Cort 2002
No Score Yet Beeper Julia Hyde 2002
No Score Yet In the Shadows Clarissa Huston 2002
20% Grand Champion Mother 2002
No Score Yet On the Edge Sara 2001
52% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Alyssa $29.9M 2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2 Squirrel $111.5M 2001
16% Beautiful Ruby Stillwell $2.9M 2000
20% Bruno Donna Marie 2000
40% Big Daddy Layla 1999
54% A Cool Dry Place Beth 1998
87% Chasing Amy Alyssa Jones 1997
38% Michael Anita 1996
4% Bio-Dome Monique 1996
40% Drawing Flies Director Actor 1996
55% Mallrats Gwen 1995
15% Sleep with Me Lauren 1994
12% S.F.W. Monica 1994
91% Dazed and Confused Simone Kerr 1993
43% The Program Louanne 1993
35% Coneheads Christina 1993
15% Exorcist II: The Heretic Tuskin Child 1977

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

57% Still the King
2016-2017
Debbie Lynn Cooke
  • 2017
  • 2016
100% Switched at Birth
2011-2017
Nikki's Mother Jennice Guest
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
85% United States of Tara
2009-2011
Pammy
  • 2010
93% Party Down
2009-2010
Diandra Stiltskin
  • 2010
  • 2009
92% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
Geena Stafford
  • 2005
No Score Yet Married...With Children
1987-1997
Mona Mullins
  • 1993
  • 1991
50% Second Noah
1997
Darby

QUOTES FROM Joey Lauren Adams CHARACTERS

Simone
What a bitch she called me a slut. I'm gonna kick her ass.
Darla
You said you wouldn't get mad.
Simone
I'm not mad!
Darla
We know you they talk about us, what do they say?
Shavonne
No they don't.
Darla
You're lying you bitch. When you do that I know you're lying.
Simone
Come on you can tell us.
Shavonne
Don't get mad.
Simone
I'm not gonna get mad I'm just curious.
Shavonne
Ok she called you a bitch and you a slut. [laughs]
Darla
She called me a bitch! Thats funny! What a riot.
Simone
I can't believe she called me a slut. What a bitch!
Shavonne
[laughing] Simone everyone calls you a slut
Simone
Shavonne!
Simone
You act like you're so oppressed. You guys are kings of the school. What are you bitching about?
Simone
I did it when I was a freshman, and you'll do it when you're seniors. but you're doing great. Now fry like bacon, you little freshman piggies. Fry!
Holden McNeil
There's a world of fucking difference between typical high school sex and two guys at once! They fucking used you?
Alyssa Jones
I used them! You don't think I would've let it happen if I hadn't wanted it to, do you?! I was an experimental girl, for Christ's sake! Maybe you knew early on that your track was from point 'a' to 'b' - but unlike you I wasn't given a fucking map at birth, so I tried it all! That is until we - that's you and I - got together, and suddenly, I was sated. Can't you take some fucking comfort in that? You turned out to be all I was ever looking for - the missing piece in the big fucking puzzle! (tries to calm down) Look I'm sorry I let you believe that you were the only guy I'd ever been with. I should've been more honest. But it seemed to make you feel special in a way that me telling you over an over again how incredible you are would never get across. (She touches his face. He pulls back. She stares at him, hurt and pissed.) Do you mean to tell me that - while you have zero problem with me sleeping with half the women in New York City - you have some sort of half-assed, mealy-mouthed objection to pubescent antics, that took place almost ten years ago? What the fuck is your problem?!?
Alyssa Jones
I used them! You don't think I would've let it happen if I hadn't wanted it to, do you?! I was an experimental girl, for Christ's sake! Maybe you knew early on that your track was from point 'a' to 'b' - but unlike you I wasn't given a fucking map at birth, so I tried it all! That is until we - that's you and I - got together, and suddenly, I was sated. Can't you take some fucking comfort in that? You turned out to be all I was ever looking for - the missing piece in the big fucking puzzle! [tries to calm down] Look I'm sorry I let you believe that you were the only guy I'd ever been with. I should've been more honest. But it seemed to make you feel special in a way that me telling you over an over again how incredible you are would never get across. [she touches his face. He pulls back. She stares at him, hurt and pissed] Do you mean to tell me that - while you have zero problem with me sleeping with half the women in New York City - you have some sort of half-assed, mealy-mouthed objection to pubescent antics, that took place almost ten years ago? What the fuck is your problem?
Holden McNeil
(eyes are downcast. Alyssa waits for a response.) I want us to be something that we can't.
Holden McNeil
[eyes are downcast. Alyssa waits for a response] I want us to be something that we can't.
Alyssa Jones
And what's that?
Holden McNeil
(beat) A normal couple.
Holden McNeil
A normal couple.
Holden McNeil
What are you doing?
Alyssa Jones
Get back in the car and get out of here.
Holden McNeil
Your'e going to hitch to New York?
Alyssa Jones
Y'ep.
Holden McNeil
Aren't you at least going to comment?
Alyssa Jones
Here's my comment fuck you.
Holden McNeil
Why?
Alyssa Jones
That was so unfair. You know how unfair that was.
Holden McNeil
It's unfair that I'm in love with you?
Alyssa Jones
No, it's unfortunate that you're in love with me. It's unfair that you felt the fucking need to unburden your soul about it. Do you remember for a fucking second who I am?
Holden McNeil
So? People change.
Alyssa Jones
Oh, it's that simple? You fall in love with me and want a romantic relationship, nothing changes for you with the exception of feeling hunky-dorey all the time. But what about-me? It's not that simple, is it? I can't just get into a relationship with you without throwing my whole fucking world into upheaval!
Holden McNeil
But that's every relationship! There's always going to be a period of adjustment.
Alyssa Jones
Period of adjustment?!? (hitting him) THERE'S NO 'PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT' HOLDEN! I'M FUCKING GAY! THAT'S WHO I AM! AND YOU ASSUME I CAN TURN THAT AROUND JUST BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A CRUSH?!?
Alyssa Jones
Period of adjustment?!? [hitting him] THERE'S NO 'PERIOD OF ADJUSTMENT' HOLDEN! I'M FUCKING GAY! THAT'S WHO I AM! AND YOU ASSUME I CAN TURN THAT AROUND JUST BECAUSE YOU'VE GOT A CRUSH?!?
Holden McNeil
if this is a crush... then I don't know if I could take the real thing if it ever happens.
Alyssa Jones
Go home, Holden.
Holden McNeil
I love you.
Alyssa Jones
(beat) You love me.
Alyssa Jones
[beat] You love me.
Holden McNeil
I love you. And not in a friendly way, although I think we're great friends. And not in a misplaced affection, puppy-dog way, although I'm sure that's what you'll call it. And it's not because you're unattainable. I love you. Very simple, very truly. You're the epitome of every attribute and quality I've ever looked for in another person. I know you think of me as just a friend and crossing that line is the furthest thing from an option you'd ever consider. But I can't do this any longer. I can't stand next to you without wanting to hold you. I can't look into your eyes without feeling that longing you only read about in trashy romance novels. I can't talk to you without wanting to express my love for everything you are. I know this will probably queer our friendship - no pun intended - but I had to say it, because I've never felt this before, and I like who I am because of it. And if bringing it to light means we can't hang out anymore, then that hurts me. But I couldn't allow another day to go by without getting it out there, regardless of the outcome, which by the look on your face is to be the inevitable shoot-down. And I'll accept that But I know some part of you is hesitating for a moment, and if there is a moment of hesitation, that means you feel something too. All I ask is that you not suppress that - at least for ten minutes - and try to dwell in it before you dismiss it. There isn't another soul on this fucking planet who's ever made me the person I am when I'm with you, and I would risk this friendship for the chance to take it to the next plateau. Because it's there between you and me. You can't deny that. And even if we never speak again after tonight, please know that I'm forever changed because of you and what you've meant to me, which - while I do appreciate it - I'd never need a painting of birds bought at a diner to remind me of.