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Amy Adams: I’m so hard on myself

Amy Adams reveals she will “always feel the weight of a lie” due to being brought up in a strict Mormon household.

The 38-year-old Man of Steel actress-and-mother has strong principles due to her deeply religious upbringing.

Although she portrays people with various levels of morality in films, Amy sets high standards for herself in her own life.

“I grew up as a Mormon and that had more of an impact on my values than my beliefs. I’m afraid I will always feel the weight of a lie,” she explained to British newspaper The Sun.

“I’m very hard on myself anyway. Religious guilt carries over, too. You can’t really misbehave without feeling badly about it — at least I can’t.

“Even when I go out with friends and we go overboard at bars or clubs, I wake up the next morning feeling a bit conflicted about having had too much fun.”

Amy is very open-minded and appreciates what established religion has to offer people.

Even though she is no longer a practicing Mormon she has learned so much from her past devotion.

“Religion can also be a positive thing in people’s lives,” Amy said.

“It provides a support system if you embrace it, despite all the controlling and guilting aspects of religion that I grew to resent.

“What I still feel and rely on from that kind of teaching is how you can bring a lot of joy to the people around you by being positive and hopeful.”

Amy’s childhood was strict, but she was still able to watch movies like E.T. and An American Werewolf in London in her home.

But her father wasn’t too happy about her choice of entertainment.

"I saw really weird movies as a kid, which was funny because we were raised Mormon. We got a VCR when they first came out, and my dad found a way to remove the nudity from the movies, but he had no trouble leaving in the decapitation," she laughed to Interview magazine recently. "Now that I think about it, it was like, 'We're not allowed to watch people make out in the shower, but there's no problem watching a guy with no face beat fried eggs in a hospital room?' Anyway, you get the idea."

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