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Amy Adams bares skin — and vulnerability — in ‘American Hustle’

In “American Hustle” Amy Adams plays cartist “who wants be anything other than who she is.” | EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION-AP

In “American Hustle,” Amy Adams plays a con artist “who wants to be anything other than who she is.” | EVAN AGOSTINI/INVISION-AP

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Updated: January 17, 2014 6:27AM

NEW YORK — Kissing Jennifer Lawrence onscreen? Amy Adams says it was her idea.

“I thought, ‘What if she plants one on me?’ ” Adams, boasts. “There was a moment when two girls were going to kiss. Jennifer then killed it. She gave a laugh after kissing me, which was absolute genius.”

Those are the kinds of accolades being given to director David O. Russell’s “American Hustle” (opening Friday in Chicago), which just garnered Adams a Golden Globe nomination.

Based loosely on the Abscam sting operation that brought down several congressman, the film revolves around a 1970s FBI agent (Bradley Cooper), an arrogant con artist named Irving (Christian Bale), a manic-depressive alcoholic (Lawrence) and con woman Sydney Prosser (Adams).

The film reunites Bale and Adams from their time on Russell’s “The Fighter.”

Adams is a hustler hell-bent on reinvention and living a better life. She hooks up with Bale and it’s true love, despite the fact that he’s married to Lawrence and just adopted her son.

“She’s a girl who wants to be anyone other than who she is,” Adams says. When he disappoints her, she gravitates towards Cooper’s character.

“She’s torn between the two guys. Torn between a truth and a lie. The truth hurts. I think every girl knows how that feels,” she says.

Adams, 39, gets to show off some sexy looks — and they’ve already drawn questions from one sartorial critic.

“Now that she’s 31/2, my daughter comments on fashions,” says Adams. “The other day, she passed a poster for ‘American Hustle’ and said, ‘Mommy, why do you show your boobs?’

“I was like, ‘That’s nice, honey. Let’s go get some juice,’ ” she says, laughing.

Adams was game to work with Russell again. “I do think on this one David got rid of my good-girl image. This is a woman who gets what she wants and she dresses to get it.”

But the look is only half of Sydney. “My favorite part was playing her vulnerable,” she says. “Sure, she has this veneer and confident physicality. But I knew if I didn’t ground her in true emotion, she wouldn’t be real.”

“Hustle” is part of Adams’ one-two holiday punch. She also stars opposite Joaquin Phoenix in “Her” (opening Dec. 25), about a writer who falls in love with the voice of an operating system (Scarlett Johansson). She’s his longtime friend who also has intimacy issues.

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