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Short Info

Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1968
MarkHer voice
FactIs a fan of country music and wrote the song she sings in Chasing Amy (1997).

Joey Lauren Adams was born on January 3, 1968 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Her parents were both high school teachers. She has two older sisters. Adams was educated at the Little Rock Central High School. She then attended the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, where she studied film and acting.

Adams began her career in the early 1990s with roles in several independent films. She first gained mainstream attention with her role in the 1995 film “Dazed and Confused”. She has since appeared in a number of films, including “Big Daddy”, “Chasing Amy” and “Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back”.

Adams has been in a number of high-profile relationships. She dated actor Brad Pitt from 1998 to 1999. She was also married to musician John Mellencamp from 2010 to 2011.

Adams has a net worth of $8 million. She earns a salary of $1 million per year.

General Info

Full NameJoey Lauren Adams
Net Worth$2 Million
Date Of BirthJanuary 9, 1968
Height1.68 m
ProfessionMusician, Film producer, Film director, Actor
EducationNortheast High School


NominationsMTV Movie Award for Best Kiss, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
MoviesChasing Amy, Dazed and Confused, Big Daddy, Mallrats, The Break-Up, Coneheads, Bio-Dome, Come Early Morning, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, A Cool, Dry Place, Blue Caprice, Harvard Man, The Big Empty, S.F.W., Michael, Grand Champion, Exorcist II: The Heretic, Dr. Dolittle 2, A Country Christmas, Sl...
TV ShowsHercules, Married... with Children, Second Noah, CBS Schoolbreak Special, Double Rush, Vinnie & Bobby, Top of the Heap, Frenemies

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#Marks / Signs
1Her voice


1It just gets frustrating playing the girlfriend, It's just this awful feeling, sitting in your house, waiting for a script to come. I like to be more proactive.
2My life isn't that dramatic. My dad really loves me, he just can't talk on the phone. He's too crippled and shy, and that's almost harder. He's there and he loves me, and I try and try and try, it's just impossible to have a relationship.
3No one was jumping up and saying, 'Yeah, let me give you money.' I had never held a camera in my hand - a home video camera, nothing. I had not directed.
4I want to feel passion, I want to feel pain. I want to weep at the sound of your name. Come make me laugh, come make me cry... just make me feel alive.
5A genius is one who can do anything except make a living.
6I don't think I was fully satisfied acting. You know, the girlfriend role or the best friend role, and that wasn't enough for me.
7My relationship with my father is pretty non-existent.
8A bonus: You don't have to diet to direct.
9Definition of an independent film is torture with less money and time.
10For women in their 30s, it's so hard to get good parts.
11I am one of the few actresses who isn't recognized by the way she looks. I'm recognized by the way I talk.
12I like decorative, functional things that I feel comfortable in.
13I think, ultimately, looking back now, acting wasn't satisfying me 100%.
14I was never one of those people who thought, 'What I really want to do is direct.' It never occurred to me.
15It's not like you can wake up and realize, 'Oh, I want intimacy,' and then it happens that day.
16The last person they expected to connect with a screenplay was the comedic, blonde actress with the funny voice.
17There were days that I literally had no reason to get out of bed. It just was so destructive for me.
18'Chasing Amy' was an amazing role, but then after that, I went and did 'Big Daddy' and you're the girlfriend or you're the best friend. I wasn't getting the Nicole Kidman roles.
19[on her distinctive voice] 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 (1997), I almost didn't get. There was concern the voice would grate on some people -- which some critics said it did.


1She appeared in four films with Ben Affleck: Dazed and Confused (1993), Mallrats (1995), Chasing Amy (1997) and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001). The first of these, which was directed by Richard Linklater, was the only one of the four not directed by Kevin Smith.
2She played Jason London's girlfriend in Dazed and Confused (1993) and his identical twin brother Jeremy London's ex-girlfriend in Mallrats (1995). Coincidentally, Ben Affleck appeared in both films.
3Wrote and directed the film, Come Early Morning (2006), selected from 1700 submissions that is among 16 that will play and premiere in Sundance's U.S. dramatic competition. [November 2005]
4Arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego [December 2003]
5Moved after 19 years from Los Angeles to Oxford, Mississippi. [2006]
6Good friend of Ashley Judd.
7She has worked with both of the London twins. She starred in Dazed and Confused (1993) with Jason London and two years later in Mallrats (1995) with Jeremy London.
8When her brother was in a coma from an automobile accident, he would only show a response from her very distinctive voice.
9Often mistaken for Renée Zellweger. During her appearance on Dinner for Five (2001) she said the person who most-often makes that mistake is Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein.
10Moved to Hollywood in 1988.
11Won the Chicago Film Critics "Most Promising Actress" award in 1997 for her performance in Chasing Amy (1997).
12Is a fan of country music and wrote the song she sings in Chasing Amy (1997).
13Filmed a scene for Wayne's World 2 (1993), but her scene was later deleted during editing.




Still the King2016-2017TV SeriesDebbie Lynn Cooke / Debbie
All the Birds Have Flown South2016Tonya
Here Comes Rusty2016Vicky
Grey's Anatomy2015TV SeriesDr. Tracy McConnell
Mr. Pickles2014TV SeriesThe Girl
Two Night Stand2014Customer Service Agent (voice)
Making the Rules2014Becca
Valley Inn2014Althea
Switched at Birth2013-2014TV SeriesJennice Papagus / Mrs. Papagus
A Country Christmas2013Renae Logan
She Loves Me Not2013Beth
Blue Caprice2013Jamie
Mulberry Stains2012Savannah
The Birthday Present2012ShortMom
Art Machine2012Prudence
Supermoms2012TV SeriesKelly
Big Swim2011ShortThe Egg
Apart2011/IDr. Jane Sheppard
Tough Trade2010TV MovieShawnelle
Frenemies2010TV SeriesJoy Hardwick
United States of Tara2010TV SeriesPammy
Endure2010Sirena Lane
Party Down2009-2010TV SeriesDiandra Stiltskin
Trucker2008Jenny Bell
Bunny Whipped2007Ann
The Break-Up2006Addie
Veronica Mars2005TV SeriesGeena Stafford
What's New, Scooby-Doo?2005TV SeriesRachel
Conflict2005ShortRicci Storm
Clerks: The Lost Scene2004Video shortAlyssa Jones (voice)
The Gunman2004Daphne
Stripperella2003-2004TV SeriesCatt
Remembering Charlie2003TV Movie
As Told by Ginger2003TV SeriesThea Mipson
The Big Empty2003Grace
Beeper2002Inspector Julia Hyde
Grand Champion2002Hallie
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back2001Alyssa Jones
In the Shadows2001Clarissa Huston
Reaching Normal2001Sarah
Dr. Dolittle 22001Squirrel (voice)
Harvard Man2001Chesney Cort
Bruno2000Donna Marie
Emergency Room 21999Video Game
Big Daddy1999Layla Maloney
Hercules1999TV SeriesElectra
A Cool, Dry Place1998Beth Ward
Oddville, MTV1997TV Series
Chasing Amy1997Alyssa Jones
Drawing Flies1996Hippy Chick (as Lauren Lyle)
Second Noah1996TV SeriesDarby
Bio-Dome1996Monique (as Joey Adams)
Double Rush1995TV SeriesDee Dee
Out of Order1995TV Series shortWhitney
Love & War1995TV SeriesVicky
S.F.W.1994Monica Dice
Sleep with Me1994Lauren
The Pros & Cons of Breathing1993Shirley
The Program1993Louanne (as Joey Adams)
Dazed and Confused1993Simone
Married with Children1991-1993TV SeriesJanie Cousin Effie Mona Mullins
CBS Schoolbreak Special1992TV SeriesDianne
Vinnie & Bobby1992TV SeriesMona Mullins
Top of the Heap1991TV SeriesMona Mullins


Chasing Amy1997performer: "Alive" - uncredited / writer: "Alive" - uncredited
Sleep with Me1994performer: "I Miss You", "Daddy's Dead in Momma's Head" / writer: "I Miss You", "Daddy's Dead in Momma's Head"


Come Early Morning2006


Come Early Morning2006written by


All the Birds Have Flown South2016executive producer


Chasing Amy1997the director would like to thank: For giving me something personal to say. I love you poopie. First one who laughs gets decked! - as Joey


Sidewalks Entertainment2016TV SeriesHerself - Guest
21 Years: Richard Linklater2014DocumentaryHerself
SXSW Flashback 20112011TV SpecialHerself
Tracing Amy: The Chasing Amy Doc2009Video documentaryHerself
Last Call with Carson Daly2006TV SeriesHerself
Tavis Smiley2006TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'The Break-Up'2006Video shortHerself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1997-2006TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006TV SeriesHerself
The Directors2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Dinner for Five2001TV SeriesHerself - Special Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1999-2000TV SeriesHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1999TV SeriesHerself
HBO First Look1999TV Series documentary shortHerself
1998 MTV Movie Awards1998TV SpecialHerself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy / Musical
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1997-1998TV SeriesHerself

Archive Footage

On the Edge2001TV MovieSarah (segment "Reaching Normal")


Won Awards

2006Indie Memphis CompetitonMemphis Indie Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureCome Early Morning (2006)
2006Dorothy Arzner Directors AwardWomen in Film Crystal AwardsCome Early Morning (2006)
1998CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsMost Promising ActressChasing Amy (1997)
1998Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsMost Promising ActressChasing Amy (1997)

Nominated Awards

2006Grand Jury PrizeSundance Film FestivalDramaticCome Early Morning (2006)
2000Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actress - ComedyBig Daddy (1999)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalChasing Amy (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest Breakthrough PerformanceChasing Amy (1997)
1998MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest KissChasing Amy (1997)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Comedy/Musical ActressChasing Amy (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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