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High Profile: Joey Lauren Adams

When she didn’t make cheerleader in the 7th grade in North Little Rock, Adams took up acting and the flute and never looked back.

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Photographs by BRIAN VILIM / Special to the Democrat-Gazette

“Life is about the little things. It’s your dogs and finding someone you love and trying to be supportive of each other.” Joey Lauren Adams and chiweenies Dallas and Charlie seek a permanent home for their fostered friend, Riley (center).

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- If you disagree with Joey Lauren Adams, even over a topic that she knows intimately, she will remain polite. Even after she's had a few drinks and her friends -- east Nashville bartenders, animal rescuers, movie buffs and Bushwhacker aficionados ("It's like an alcoholic milkshake") -- are defensive on her behalf.

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“You get a good sense of who Joey is through her life in Oxford, through her friends there. Creative, eccentric, very Souther... + Enlarge

SELF PORTRAIT

Joey Lauren Adams

• SPOUSE: Brian Vilim

• DATE AND PLACE OF BIRTH: Jan. 9, 1968, North Little Rock

• THE ARKANSAN I'M INSPIRED BY IS Mary Steenburgen.

• I'M CURRENTLY READING Cigarette Lighter by Jack Pendarvis.

• MY FAVORITE MUSIC IS old-school rhythm and blues -- Ray Charles kills me.

• AT PARTIES PEOPLE ASK ME, "What's Adam Sandler like?"

• MY MOTHER WOULD DESCRIBE ME AS curious.

• MY PROFESSIONAL CRUTCH: I know my smile can get me through a lot.

• MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS TO PLAY HAVE BEEN Alyssa (Chasing Amy) and Tonya (All the Birds Have Flown South, shot in central Arkansas).

• ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE ME IS consistent.

Select filmography

Still the King (TV), 2016

All the Birds Have Flown South (Arkansas film, actor/executive producer), 2016

Valley Inn (Arkansas film), 2014

Switched at Birth (TV), 2013-14

Blue Caprice (film), 2013

United States of Tara (TV), 2010

Come Early Morning (Arkansas film, writer/director), 2006

The Break-Up (film), 2006

The Big Empty (film), 2003

Harvard Man (film), 2001

Beautiful (film), 2000

Big Daddy (film), 1999

Chasing Amy (film), 1997

Michael (film), 1996

Mallrats (film), 1995

Dazed and Confused (film), 1993

Top of the Heap (TV), 1991



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