Amy Adams couldn’t contain her emotions during her appearance on Inside The Actor’s Studio when the subject of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death was brought up.
Adams immediately began to weep after James Lipton mentioned Hoffman, who starred opposite Adams in Charlie Wilson’s War, Doubt, and The Master, during their discussion on Wednesday night.
The 39-year-old told the audience at New York’s Pace University, which was filled with aspiring actors, “Gosh, I wish you all could get the chance to work with him. He was beautiful. He’s a beautiful spirit and he had this unique ability to see people, to really see him, not look through them, he just really saw people. And he will be missed.”
However, Adams, who attended his wake and funeral earlier this month, got even more upset as her performance in Doubt was mentioned. Adams earned her second Oscar nomination for her portrayal in the drama, which saw her star opposite Hoffman and Meryl Streep.
Lipton began by stating, “We’ve arrived at a difficult moment, of course, for you, for me, for the craft that we love, for the world in which we live. Fourteen years ago, I brought Philip Seymour Hoffman to this stage with the prediction that he would become the greatest actor of his generation.”
Adams then began to blubber, and her struggles saw the thespian raise her hands to her eyes as tears began to build. Adams did manage to remark though, “Both Meryl and Philip have this ability to create… I’m sorry. I’m so sorry,” she tearfully stated. This then forced Lipton to apologise, as he declared, “That’s alright. I’m so sorry.”
Adams did manage to explain, “To create a world, which as an audience you get to experience that, but you get to experience that in the room acting with them as well. And it’s transformative.” She continued, “Sorry, I really… I just really loved him and I know so many people did. And I just don’t know how much more I can talk about it right now. Sorry.”
An eyewitness also told US Weekly about Adams’ problems during the filming of the interview, stating, “James Lipton asked her about working with Philip on Doubt and The Master… It hit a nerve with her. She was sobbing and couldn’t finish most of her sentences.”
Adams starred as Hoffman’s wife in The Master, while they are believed to have grown close after appearing in Doubt together, where she portrayed a volatile nun and he featured as a priest accused of child abuse.