Fairy­tale end­ings are hard to find

Townsville Bulletin - - The Goss -

AMANDA Seyfried is young and beau­ti­ful, with deep, soul­ful eyes that are as round as saucers. Pe­tite, and wear­ing a gor­geous black and white Missoni dress, the ac­tress looks like she could melt a thou­sand hearts with a bat of an eye­lid.

But Amanda’s the first to ad­mit she’s just as lucky, and un­lucky, in love as the rest of us.

The 25-year-old was in a re­la­tion­ship with her Mamma Mia co-star Do­minic Cooper for two years, and, af­ter meet­ing at Kate Hud­son’s Hal­loween party last Oc­to­ber, she’s been dat­ing Reese Wither­spoon’s ex-hus­band Ryan Phillipe. ( She’ll only say that she’s been ‘‘ seen’’ with him).

You’d be for­given for think­ing that her life is a mod­ern­day fairy­tale – just like Red Rid­ing Hood, her lat­est movie. But the softly-spo­ken blonde re­veals that she’s still find­ing her feet with dat­ing.

‘‘ Re­la­tion­ships are hard,’’ she says de­ci­sively. ‘‘ It’s hard to find a good part­ner, and the older I get, the more I re­alise how hard it is to find the right per­son.’’

She pauses to re­flect be­fore adding: ‘‘ Also my brain is de­vel­op­ing. I’m still fig­ur­ing out what I need, and what I want from a re­la­tion­ship, par­tic­u­larly be­cause I have such a busy life­style.’’

Of course, hav­ing shot to fame in Mamma Mia, she’s now un­der scrutiny ev­ery­where she goes, which means that she’s be­come ac­cus­tomed to peo­ple talk­ing about her.

‘‘ Any ac­tor, no mat­ter how young or old, if you’re in the pub­lic eye, peo­ple will judge you and your re­la­tion­ships,’’ she sighs. ‘‘ They are go­ing to judge who you are with, and why, and how long. Peo­ple will have opin­ions about it, so that’s hard, es­pe­cially if it’s some­one you care about.’’

Red Rid­ing Hood is di­rec­tor Cather­ine Hard­wicke’s dra­matic vi­sion of the fairy­tale and also stars Gary Old­man and Julie Christie. But, thanks to her red cape and flow­ing l ocks, Amanda’s char­ac­ter Va­lerie steals the show as the feisty vil­lage girl who breaks boy’s hearts.

Some of the love scenes are much racier than you may re­mem­ber and that’s thanks in part to the mys­te­ri­ous, brood­ing Peter, played by Shiloh Fer­nan­dez, and ea­ger-to-please Henry, pl ayed by Jeremy Irons’ son, Max.

Amanda says she was ex­cited to delve into Hard­wicke’s ro­man­tic, snow-capped world.

‘‘ I’ve never done a pe­riod movie be­fore so it was re­ally ex­cit­ing. We shot in Van­cou­ver where they had this gi­ant in­cred­i­ble set made. Ev­ery­one was in cos­tume and it was great fun,’’ she says, adding sur­pris­ingly: ‘‘ I didn’t lis­ten or read fairy tales — they were too scary. The scari­est ones I re­mem­ber were Ra­pun­zel, and Jack And The Beanstalk. My par­ents gave me tapes to lis­ten to as I was go­ing to sleep but they would give me night­mares, so I stopped!’’

How­ever, one fairy­tale came true though the mak­ing of Red Rid­ing Hood — she got to meet her child­hood idol, Leonardo DiCaprio.

He pro­duced the movie, and Amanda gig­gles when she ad­mits she was a huge fan of his while she was grow­ing up.

LOOK­ING FOR LOVE: Amanda Seyfried

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