Joey Lauren Adams' breakthrough role came in 1993 in Richard Linklater's Dazed
and Confused, a film which also had a role for Ben Affleck.
Playing Alyssa Jones in the 1997 film Chasing Amy, opposite Ben Affleck, brought her a lot of attention for her portrayal of a lesbian who falls for a man. Director Kevin Smith wrote and directed the film, which was largely inspired by his relationship with former girlfriend Adams. (In an article on the web site PlanetOut, Adams states she is bis--ual.)
Joey Lauren Adams's performance earned her both the 1997 Chicago Film Critics Award and Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for "Most Promising Actress" and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical. Adams also contributed the song "Alive" to the soundtrack of Chasing Amy, performing it in one of the scenes of the film. She also has appeared in two other View Askew productions, Mallrats (1995) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) briefly reprising the role of Chasing Amy's Alyssa in the latter. She reprised the role again, in voice form only, for Clerks: The Lost Scene, featured on the Clerks X DVD.
Despite her early promise post-Chasing Amy, Joey Lauren Adams has failed to live up to her promise. After having the female lead in the Adam Sandler box office smash Big Daddy she would go on to appear in box office flops (Beautiful, In the Shadows) and many lesser-seen small films that gained very little attention.
Some speculation has been made that her unusual speaking voice hampered her chances of Hollywood stardom, to which she has commented "It's not a normal voice. It doesn't fit into people's preconceptions about what a woman's voice should sound like. My mom doesn't think I have an unusual voice, though. I'm sure it's helped me get some roles. But Chasing Amy I almost didn't get. There was concern the voice would grate on some people, which some critics said it did."
In 2005, Joey Lauren Adams had a guest role in an episode of TV show Veronica Mars. In 2006 she'll release her directorial debut, Come Early Morning, starring Ashley Judd, Jeffrey Donovan, Diane Ladd, Tim Blake Nelson and Laura Prepon. The film has been selected for the Sundance Film Festival.
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