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Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski born May 3, , known professionally as Amy Ryan , is an American actress of stage and screen. Ryan began her professional stage career in and made her Broadway debut in as a replacement in the original production of The Sisters Rosensweig. She chose her mother's maiden name as her stage name. Reilly in A Streetcar Named Desire. Ryan received some of the best reviews of her career for her leading role in the Roundabout Theater Company 's production of Love, Love, Love. The revelation is not that Amy Ryan is good. It's that she's this good Ryan, whose range has been apparent for years, in dramatic performances nominated for Tonys Uncle Vanya and Oscars Gone Baby Gone , as well as in nuanced comic turns on television shows like The Office , manages a feat in Love, Love, Love that she's never accomplished so fluidly before: taking charge. She delivers a front-and-center performance of such beguiling dynamism in a thoroughly convincing English accent that you feel this Roundabout Theatre Company production has done for her precisely what was intended.
The capable and effective actress Amy Ryan proved herself adept at a myriad of portrayals in many genres. Ryan was often, though not always, cast as a solid and dependable housewife, mother, or girlfriend, per her contributions to the Keane as the impoverished single mother of a young girl, who unwittingly entrusts her daughter to a schizophrenic , the Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World as Albert Brooks' wife and straight man , and the Capote as the wife of Chris Cooper's no-nonsense sheriff. In , Ryan ascended several notches in terms of feature billing with her portrayal of Carolyn Cassady, the wife of s icon Neal Cassady, in director Noah Buschel's eponymous biopic of the legendary beatnik. That same year, her work in two crime films catapulted her even further into the limelight. She appeared in Clint Eastwood's period drama Changeling, and had a major part in the action thriller Green Zone in Gale says: I know I speak for the entire administration when I say how excited we are about this weekend's dance.