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Amy Adams: powerful woman, self-confessed geek

Amy Adams Amy Adams is the kind of gal you could talk about in magazine copy -- she's got it all. A husband and baby, successful career and Oscar bait with her upcoming flick "The Fighter."

The Ministry chatted with the star while she was being honored at Variety's Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel on Thursday, and she let us know that her beginnings weren't so easy.

"I was a Gleek," she joked, implying she was fond of music and theater like a "Glee" character and not very popular for it, "singing up and down the hallways without music or an orchestra behind me like in the show."

She's overcome that teen-related anxiety, however, and was celebrated by Variety for her work with the Ghetto Film School, a filmmaking education program for high school students.

"So much of what you hear about that age group and high school specifically is negative. These are artists who not only get to express themselves but get an amazing skill set out of it."

Adams was joined by fellow honorees Jennifer Garner, Katie Holmes, Diane Lane and Eva Mendes. While she was repping an older crowd, Adams was struck by a conversation she had with Garner about her own cause, Save the Children.

With Adams' 4-month-old at home, "talking to Jennifer Garner about the weight of motherhood and what it means ... just knocked me over the head." 

For now, she'll manage her baby, continue working with the charity and prepare to promote "The Fighter" with Mark Wahlberg (who showed in jeans and a T-shirt to support his costar). The boxing flick opens in December opposite Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp's "The Tourist."

Can Adams and Wahlberg take on Team Jolie-Depp? 

"I'm just excited," Adams said. "I don't think of it as a competition -- I think there's an audience for both."

-- Matt Donnelly
 Twitter.com/MattDonnelly 

Photo: Amy Adams walks the red carpet in 2009. Credit: Getty Images

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