Fairytale endings are hard to find
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