Artist Margaret Keane, whose life is currently on screens in the film “Big Eyes,” sat down with the actress portraying her, Amy Adams, though Keane admitted she wasn’t familiar with the five-time Oscar nominee when she first heard Adams would be portraying her. “I said, ‘Who’s that?’” Keane admitted. “I don’t go to movies very often, and I had never heard of her. But I soon found out how great she was.”

The film, directed by Tim Burton, details how Keane’s painting of children with oversized eyes became popular in the 1950s, although her husband Walter (played by Christoph Waltz) took credit for the work. While Keane admits it was sometimes “traumatic” to see the story play out onscreen, she had nothing but praise for the film and for Adams. “I couldn’t get over how much she looked like my old photographs,” she noted. “The way she portrayed me was just exactly how I was feeling.”

The true story is so full of twists and turns, it’s almost surprising it hadn’t been told onscreen before. Even Adams said she was shocked when she read the script. “The first time I read it, I didn’t know it was a true story,” noted Adams. “I remember asking that question, ‘Did this really happen?’”

Keane is still painting today, and her work is on display at her gallery in San Francisco. For more information, visit https://keane-eyes.com/