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INTERVIEW: Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

With her unique wide-eyed beauty and wavy blonde hair, talented actress Amanda Seyfried has landed some of the most coveted roles in Hollywood. She’s starred opposite Meryl Streep in ‘Mamma Mia!’, taken down Megan Fox in ‘Jennifer’s Body’ and romanced hunky Channing Tatum in ‘Dear John’, just to name a few! Now, with her role in ‘Letters to Juliet’, Amanda is well on her way to becoming a true Hollywood A-lister! Get to know Amanda Seyfried, the doe-eyed beauty who has been acting since age 9.

Full Name: Amanda Michelle Seyfried
Birthday: December 3rd, 1985
Height: 5 feet 3 inches
Hometown: Allentown, Pennsylvania
Favorite Movie: Baz Lhurmann’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Favorite Vacation Spot: Greece (where she filmed ‘Mamma Mia’)
Favorite Fashion Designer: Miu Miu
Fun Fact: Amanda is one hot star! She was ranked #2 in AIM’s ‘100 Celebs Under 25’.

Early Life and Career
Amanda Michelle Seyfried was born on December 3rd 1985 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to parents Ann and John Seyfried. Her mom is an occupational therapist and her dad is a pharmacist. She has an older sister named Jennifer who is a musician in a rock band named Love City.

Even as a nine year old, Amanda was determined to become an actress. She began taking acting classes at the ‘Civic Theatre of Allentown’ and signed with the ‘Image International Agency’. “I did theatre when I was nine, I think. Nine and ten, and that was just the beginning of my whole involvement in acting, my whole interest. I don't really remember it that well. But it was really fun. I mean, it was exciting just to be on stage in front of an audience. It gives you a different kind of rush.”

At age eleven, Amanda also began modeling. During her eight year modeling career, Amanda appeared in many print ads, including an ad for ‘Limited Too’ that she shot with ‘Gossip Girl’ star Leighton Meester! “I was naturally skinny and had braces, so I wasn’t a cute model.” says Amanda. “I never felt pretty but it was fun and I got a cool paycheck to buy sweets with.”

Amanda began acting on daytime soap operas when she was 15. She played Lucy Montgomery on ‘As The World Turns’ and Joni Stafford on ‘All My Children’. She also guest starred on hit TV shows like ‘Law and Order: Special Victims Unit’, ‘CSI’, ‘House: MD’ and ‘Veronica Mars’. Eventually, she won the movie role that would launch her Hollywood career, ditzy ‘plastic’ Karen in the blockbuster movie ‘Mean Girls’!

Hollywood Career
“That was a turning point. It really gave me a push.” says Amanda of ‘Mean Girls’. “That movie made me known to most people behind the scenes, like the producers and the casting directors. And this is how I knew: when I would walk into a room for pilot season, they would already know who I was. And that was really cool. That was really exciting for me.”

After ‘Mean Girls’, Hollywood took notice of Amanda’s talent and personality and more great opportunities came her way. In 2008, Amanda was cast as Sophie in the hit musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ “It was pretty easy for me to just be excited, and that’s the character I play. She’s just enthusiastic about life, and I was so enthusiastic about filming that I didn’t really have to go anyplace to get the right attitude. It was a very rare experience- Greece and Meryl (Streep) and Pierce (Brosnan) and dancing and singing,”

While filming ‘Mamma Mia!, Amanda had the chance to work with one of her heroes, Meryl Streep! “She's one of the most beautiful human beings someone could meet, in all aspects. If I'm intimidated by her, it's my problem, she doesn't really put that energy out there. Someone like me, you just have to forget all she's accomplished and put yourself on the same level. She treated me like a peer, which was pretty awesome. I was only 21 when I was working with her.”

Next up for Amanda was the teen comedy/horror film ‘Jennifer’s Body’. Amanda played Needy, the geeky BFF of Megan Fox’s popular character Jennifer. “(Needy is) independent and strong. She sees the dangers and evils of life at such a young age that she’s grown so much in such a small amount of time because she had to make a huge decision and change everything and save everyone. When you have that amount of responsibility you have to grow up, and that’s what she did.”

After filming ‘Jennifer’s Body’, Amanda won the plum role of college student Savannah in the Nicholas Sparks’ romance ‘Dear John’. “She (Savannah) was strong, she knew who she was. And at 22 that’s kind of rare, I think. I still don’t really know who I am. I kinda do. But someone who grew up in an affluent kind of structure – I feel like she’s definitely different than a lot of people. She’s open minded and not judgmental and smart.” says Amanda.

2010’s ‘Letters to Juliet’ brought Amanda to beautiful Verona, Italy, the famous city where Romeo met Juliet! In this romantic comedy, she plays Sophie, an American girl who travels to Italy and finds a long forgotten love letter written over 50 years ago by a woman named Claire. Sophie answers the letter and goes on an adventure to find Claire’s true love (and ends up finding her own soul mate along the way!). “It was a stroke of luck that she (Sophie) found Claire’s letter and she has a big opportunity to do what she wants to do and solve a mystery.”

Amanda’s role in ‘Letters to Juliet’ won rave reviews from fans and critics. “Amanda Seyfried is a perfect romantic lead, bringing a natural and unexpected quality to what could have been a predictable role” writes filmink.com.

What are Amanda’s plans for the future? “I know that my love affair with acting might not be forever. There will probably be a point where I’m ready for a change. But right now, I just want to be on set. When I get to work with people with the same mentality, people who are devoted to their art and who really want every project to be the best it can be — that’s really unbeatable.”

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