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Joey Lauren Adams



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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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet She Loves Me Not
  • Actor
2014
50% Animal
  • Vicky
2014
No Score Yet Art Machine
  • Prudence
2014
No Score Yet Abby in the Summer (Making the Rules)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Sequoia
  • Bev
2014
No Score Yet Mulberry Stains
  • Actor
2014
83% Blue Caprice
  • Jamie
2013
No Score Yet A Country Christmas
  • Renae Logan
2013
11% Apart
  • Dr. Jane Sheppard
2012
No Score Yet Endure
  • Actor
2010
59% Trucker
  • Jenny Bell
2009
No Score Yet ExTerminators
  • Actor
2009
83% Come Early Morning
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2006
33% The Break-Up
  • Addie
2006
No Score Yet Bunny Whipped
  • Ann
2006
No Score Yet Clerks: The Lost Scene
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet The Gunman
  • Daphne
2004
No Score Yet Dinner For Five
  • Actor
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
53% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Alyssa
2001
42% Dr. Dolittle 2
  • Squirrel
2001
16% Beautiful
  • Ruby Stillwell
2000
No Score Yet Bruno
  • Donna Marie
2000
40% Big Daddy
  • Layla
1999
54% A Cool Dry Place
  • Beth
1998
88% Chasing Amy
  • Alyssa Jones
1997
36% Michael
  • Anita
1996
5% 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
No Score Yet L.A. Rules: The Pros And Cons Of Breathing
  • Actor
1994
45% The Program
  • Louanne
1993
94% Dazed and Confused
  • Simone Kerr
1993
33% Coneheads
  • Christina
1993
20% Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • Tuskin Child
1977

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
75% United States of Tara
2009-2011
  • Pammy
97% Veronica Mars
2004-2007
  • Geena Stafford
50% Still the King
2011-2016
  • Debbie Lynn Cooke
78% Party Down
2009-2010
  • Diandra Stiltskin
No Score Yet Switched at Birth
2011-2015
  • Jennice
  • Guest

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