The Monday morning after she hosted NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Amy Adams was at Rockefeller Center again to promote her new movie about artist Margaret Keane, Big Eyes, on the Today show. But her interview was yanked at the last moment after producers informed the Oscar nominee that she would be asked about the Sony cyberattack that ultimately led to the studio pulling The Interview from theaters. Adams was opposed to discussing the matter during what was planned to be a rather brief conversation. Though Adams has nothing to do with Sony’s provocative comedy, she became a footnote in the story when hackers leaked internal Sony information indicating that she and Jennifer Lawrence had been paid less than their male co-stars for American Hustle.
It’s unclear who, if anyone, behaved badly here, but feelings were definitely bruised. The New York Daily News hints that Adams was a diva who “freaked out” and “got aggressive” when Today producers insisted that the interview would address the Sony hack. But Deadline, which pointed out that Adams’ American Hustle co-star, Bradley Cooper, wasn’t asked about the Sony hack when he appeared on the program to promote American Sniper, reports that while Adams was unhappy about the line of questioning, she was prepared to answer when she was informed that the interview had been cancelled.
“As a news program, the Today show doesn’t allow guests to dictate restrictions on interviews,” said the morning show in a statement. “In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview.”
Adams did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but The Weinstein Company, which is releasing Big Eyes said this, in a statement: “We firmly stand behind Amy Adams. We’ve been lucky enough to have had her talents grace several of our films. We are certain her fellow actors and directors would all agree, she is nothing but the consummate professional both on and off set. Amy decided to speak up for herself and express her disappointment that Today would feel the need to ask her a question she did not feel comfortable, and rather than respect her opinion or continue the discussion, the reaction was to pull her appearance from the show.”