Amy Adams Says Her Portrayal of Lynne Cheney in 'Vice' Was Based on Her Grandmother

"We got worked hard at Grandma's house, so I guess something about the work ethic that was instilled reminded me of Lynne Cheney," said the actress.
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Amy Adams on 'Late Night With Seth Meyers'

Amy Adams said that while her portrayal of Lynne Cheney in Vice was inspired by the former second lady, she also took inspiration from her grandmother while playing the part. The actress opened up about how she got into character while visiting NBC's Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday.

"As I started researching her, there was something in her voice and something that sort of started to remind me of my grandmother," Adams said.

She noted that her grandmother was raised in Utah, while Cheney was born in Wyoming. "There was just something in the way she was raised," Adams said. "My grandmother was raised on a farm and there was a pioneering spirit."

"My grandma, she was tough. She told it how it was. There was no sugarcoating it," the actress continued.

"We would go over to her house, and it was the idea that the kids would help out," she recalled. "We would clean cans. There was no, like, Grandma spoiling you, which I was used to."

Host Seth Meyers asked what Adams would do with the can when she was done cleaning it. "You would put it back up with all the other cans in the cupboard," she said.

"She was great, but tough. We did a lot of chores," the actress added. "We got worked hard at Grandma's house, so I guess something about the work ethic that was instilled reminded me of Lynne Cheney."

Adams also reflected on the physical transformations she and co-star Christian Bale, who portrays former Vice President Dick Cheney, had to go through each day on set to get into character. "Christian often had headphones on. I would often sing as Lynne Cheney, which was fun," the actress said of the hours spent in hair and makeup. Her soundtrack consisted of mostly 1980s hits, like Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me."

While Adams noted that Lynne Cheney is probably not a fan of the song, she said that she had fun doing the impression.

"I have a big regret that I didn't actually record this for [director] Adam McKay, because I would often torture him with 'Lynne Cheney Sings Hits From the '80s,'" she said.

The actress also shared that she would often get into character by criticizing the director as Cheney. "Which is so not my personality, but I would be like, 'You're wearing shorts, and you want me to take you seriously as an authority figure?' And that sort of thing," she said. "I accused him of being a socialist. That sort of thing. You know, light-hearted banter."

Watch the interview, below.