“Vice” pairs Amy Adams and Christian Bale onscreen for the third time, but that’s not the only reunion the actress has in the film. The Dick Cheney biopic also reunites her with Steve Carell, with whom she first worked 13 years ago on “The Office.”
Dunderheads will definitely recall Adams as Katy, the episode’s titular “Hot Girl,” in the season finale of the six-episode first season, which aired in April 2005. A purse saleswoman, Katy stops by Dunder Mifflin to sell some of her merchandise and instantly finds herself being pursued by Michael (Carell) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Michael, who dubs Katy “Pam 6.0,” gives a reluctant Katy a tour of the office (watch above) and later offers to give her a ride home. Alas, much to his devastation, she gets a ride from Jim (John Krasinski).
Jim and Katy start dating, and Adams appeared in two more episodes, Season 2’s “The Fire” and “Booze Cruise,” the latter in which Jim breaks up with her because of his feelings for Pam (Jenna Fischer). Those episodes overlapped with Adams’ Oscar-nominated breakthrough turn in “Junebug” (2005).
Though her star has risen significantly since then, Adams has always looked back fondly on her “Office” days. “That was the best work experience,” she told The Advocate in 2007. “I loved that show and that cast so much. I don’t know if they believe me, but every time I see them I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, I’ll do anything to come back. Maybe she’s selling something else now!’ They’re like, ‘Yeah, Amy, sure.'”
Adams didn’t return again before the comedy went off the air in 2013, but she can have a mini “Office” reunion on the awards circuit this season. Beyond the “Office” reunion in “Vice” (“Off-Vice”?) — for which Adams has earned supporting actress bids from the Golden Globes and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her performance as Lynne Cheney — Krasinski is in the Oscar race with “A Quiet Place,” which he stars in, co-wrote, directed. Adams is up against Krasinski’s wife and “A Quiet Place” co-star Emily Blunt at the SAG Awards, where both Adams and Krasinski are also nominated for their TV work, “Sharp Objects” and “Jack Ryan,” respectively. And Carell, who plays Donald Rumsfeld in “Vice,” has Oscar hopefuls “Beautiful Boy” and “Welcome to Marwen” as well.
Basically what we’re saying is, the three of them need to take a picture together at at least one show.
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