Amy Adams Talks Feminism in 'Big Eyes' & How She Connects With Margaret Keane's "Flawed Parent" Dynamic


In Amy Adams' latest film Big Eyes (in theaters Dec. 25), she portrays Margaret Keane, an artist who was psychologically abused by her husband, Walter, as he forced her to let him take credit for her paintings. As he rose to fame, she sat in a closet and created work for him, trapped in a terrible situation for a decade — until she decided to break free. The Tim Burton-directed movie is based on the true story of the two artists, and during a press conference for the film on Friday, Bustle asked Adams whether she considers Margaret as a feminist for not only walking out on her first husband, but later coming out with the truth about Walter in the '60s when women standing up for themselves was not the norm.

There is one definite feminist in the film, though. Krysten Ritter — who plays Margaret's outspoken friend DeeAnn and is pictured below — explained, "I think DeeAnn has her own identity and she speaks up about it, and she wants to stand up for Margaret. So I think she’s absolutely a feminist."

When it comes to the abusive relationship, Adams explained to journalists during the panel that she didn't want Margaret to seem like a victim. Instead, she took ownership for the situation (albeit a terrible one), appreciated her success, and moved on from her crazy fraud of an ex-husband.

When it comes to intertwining her own life and family with the film, it was seamless. As an actress, Adams says that she struggles to juggle her parenting lifestyle with her artist lifestyle every day, and it made playing Margaret and her daughter Jane's dynamic that much more interesting.

All in all, Adams was a perfect fit for Margaret, and she knew it from the beginning. After hearing about the project, she emailed director Tim Burton to try to get the part, and the story was as sweet as you can imagine.

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