Amanda Seyfried

"I've got a filthy side and a ro­man­tic side, I like to keep men guess­ing."

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She does shots be­fore go­ing on live tele­vi­sion, Hugh Jack­man has given her a lap dance in pub­lic, and she’s dated ev­ery­one from Ryan Phillippe to Josh Hart­nett. Amanda Seyfried’s life is cer­tainly in­ter­est­ing! In her lat­est film, the 27-year-old strips and sim­u­lates oral sex as porn star Linda Lovelace – the woman fa­mously dubbed “Deep Throat”. It’s a long way from her break­through role play­ing the ditzy Karen in Mean Girls and as Chan­ning Ta­tum’s love in­ter­est in Dear John. We caught up with Amanda, first in April at the Sun­dance Film Fes­ti­val, where Lovelace was pre­mier­ing, and then again in June at a moun­tain re­sort in Utah. Sit­ting back in a plush sofa at Ho­tel Park City, look­ing out onto the re­sort’s main lake, Amanda was re­laxed and chatty, wear­ing a white maxi dress with hardly any make-up on, as she spoke to us about ev­ery­thing from her love life to her film ca­reer. You’ve ad­mit­ted you get re­ally ner­vous be­fore go­ing on TV talk shows. Does that still hap­pen?

AMANDA: Yes. I’m get­ting bet­ter but I still like to have a few shots [of al­co­hol] be­fore I go on. I don’t re­ally un­der­stand why I still get so ner­vous but I’ve dealt with it for most of my life and it doesn’t re­ally worry me that much. There’s noth­ing bad about hav­ing a few drinks any­way and I al­ways tell peo­ple that, in my case, there’s some ac­tual ther­a­peu­tic value! [Laughs] How are you at han­dling at­ten­tion from your fans?

AMANDA: It’s al­ways nice to meet peo­ple who en­joy your work and usu­ally ev­ery­one’s very po­lite and so com­pli­men­tary it’s al­most em­bar­rass­ing. I’m a per­former and at­ten­tion is some­thing we’re all look­ing for on some level. When you can meet peo­ple and they have a chance to tell you about cer­tain char­ac­ters they loved see­ing you as, it gives you a spe­cial feel­ing in­side. You played porn star Linda Lovelace – did the role af­fect you?

AMANDA: There’s more risk when you’re play­ing in a big stu­dio film and it does badly at the box of­fice than in a film like this which is made on a much smaller bud­get. Lovelace is a very im­por­tant mo­ment in my ca­reer. This film was ex­haust­ing and it took me a while to re­cover emo­tion­ally from it be­cause it was such an in­tense ex­pe­ri­ence.

[Lovelace] was very ex­haust­ing and it took me a while to re­cover emo­tion­ally.

Why was it so in­tense? Be­cause of the sex and nu­dity?

AMANDA: No. It was be­cause of all the scenes that showed her be­ing sub­jected to vi­o­lence and be­ing beaten reg­u­larly. That was the hor­rific side of her life and it’s tough play­ing those mo­ments be­cause it’s hard not to feel fright­ened, even though the vi­o­lence is sim­u­lated. The hard­est parts of work­ing on Lovelace were en­dur­ing the ter­rific beat­ings she suf­fered. That was scary some­times. The sex, in a lot of ways, is sec­ondary be­cause of the way her hus­band and man­ager [Chuck Traynor] beat her and bru­talised her for so many years. That’s the darker and truly com­pelling side to her life, and the tit­il­la­tion as­pect to the nu­dity is over­shad­owed by her life story. I’ve al­ready done nu­dity in sev­eral films and that’s never been a con­cern for me. There’s no nu­dity be­low the waist be­cause it wasn’t re­ally nec­es­sary.

What was it about Linda Lovelace’s life that ap­pealed to you?

AMANDA: She tried very hard to change her life and over­come [oth­ers’] per­cep­tions of her. Her name was for­ever as­so­ci­ated with one film, Deep Throat, and that was only one small chap­ter in a very dark jour­ney she was on while she was do­ing porn films. What sur­prised me when I was re­search­ing the role was how she wasn’t very sex­u­ally au­da­cious as a teenager. She wasn’t pro­mis­cu­ous. Her par­ents, who were strict Catholics, forced her to give up the baby she had when she was a teenager. That kind of re­pres­sive up­bring­ing led

her ex­ploited to leave and home abused and, dur­ing un­for­tu­nately, her time with she wound Traynor up and get­ting work­ing in the porn in­dus­try. Can you re­late to sim­ply fall­ing in love with the wrong guy?

AMANDA: Oh God, yes. Of course. Un­for­tu­nately there’s some­thing at­trac­tive about some­one who is bro­ken, for me and for a lot of women that I have spo­ken to, and for a lot of men. My best friend and I are at­tracted to creeps some­times be­cause they are in­ter­est­ing and mys­te­ri­ous, and they pro­vide us with this rush and this need to chase or to fix. It doesn’t make any sense.

Is it a ma­ter­nal in­stinct?

AMANDA: Yeah, and it’s also that we are at­tracted to peo­ple who re­mind us of our par­ents. How did you work out the phys­i­cal­ity of be­com­ing Linda?

AMANDA: She has such a dif­fer­ent body than me, it’s so ab­so­lutely dif­fer­ent. Like she has big shoul­ders and I don’t, and she had very spe­cific breasts that I don’t have. I wish I had her breasts! And she’s very thin – I have a lit­tle bit more shape, I think. She’s very tall and she’s phys­i­cally dif­fer­ent. There was a way she car­ried her­self that I tried to em­u­late be­cause I have re­ally bad pos­ture and she didn’t. So that was hard ac­tu­ally.

LesMis­er­ables is one of the high points in your ca­reer. Are you still bask­ing in that film’s glow? AMANDA: I’ve said it many times but work­ing on Les Mis­er­ables was a dream come true for me and it will al­ways stand as one of my great­est achieve­ments. Ever since I first saw the film when I was 11, it was clear in my mind that I had to be­come a per­former and ex­pe­ri­ence that kind of sen­sa­tion. I still re­mem­ber the thrill I would get from per­form­ing the songs while we were shoot­ing the film. The singing takes your emo­tions to another level that you can’t nec­es­sar­ily get to when you’re just speak­ing. It’s like singing does some­thing to your body phys­i­cally as well as emo­tion­ally. You’re able to con­vey some­thing so much deeper.

What is it like to work with ex­tremely fa­mous ac­tors?

AMANDA: I was anx­ious to get a chance to work with Robert De Niro and Diane Keaton and also Su­san Saran­don in

The Big Wed­ding. You grow up watch­ing their films and

ad­mir­ing from the time the kinds you spend of ca­reers with they’ve them. I’ve built. also You been learn very a lucky lot to Firth work on with Mamma in­cred­i­ble Mia! and ac­tors Liam like Nee­son Meryl Streep and Ju­lianne and Colin Moore on Chloe.

Do AMANDA: you find [Laughs] you still Not get so starstruck much any­more. at all? But some­times I can’t the past help and but what ask them it was about like work­ing some of with the films cer­tain they di­rec­tors made in or other ac­tors. This busi­ness has a sense of com­mu­nity to it and I feel like I’m get­ting to be part of it, and I hope I’m earn­ing the re­spect of all the bril­liant ac­tors I’ve been for­tu­nate

enough to work with. Is it your strat­egy to work in many dif­fer­ent film gen­res?

AMANDA: I think it’s good when peo­ple don’t iden­tify you with any one kind of char­ac­ter or style of film. I started be­com­ing known in ro­man­tic roles and now I’ve done thrillers and a mu­si­cal, like

Les Mis­er­ables and Lovelace. So I feel that the pub­lic will ac­cept me in al­most any kind of role and that should also help me when it comes to go­ing af­ter the best roles be­cause the stu­dio or di­rec­tor won’t be lim­ited in their per­cep­tion of me. What kind of life do you have when you’re not work­ing?

AMANDA: I live pretty qui­etly. If I’m not in­volved in a re­la­tion­ship, I like spend­ing a lot of time by my­self read­ing or watch­ing movies. I also love to knit, which is some­thing I do when I’m on a set ei­ther wait­ing in my trailer or back in my ho­tel room. Aside from the knit­ting, what’s your favourite way to re­lax?

AMANDA: I paint for hours and hours. I re­cently started paint­ing again. I have this amaz­ing craft room in Los An­ge­les where I sit and it over­looks the city, and I have this win­dow that opens onto a big back­yard. It’s heaven on earth, and my dog sits un­der my desk. Some­times I have the win­dow open and I will just paint – lit­er­ally for hours. It’s amaz­ing. It’s the best feel­ing in the world, es­pe­cially when you are lis­ten­ing to a re­ally good new al­bum.

What kind of hopes do you have for the fu­ture?

AMANDA: Oh, I don’t know... How about a great man in my life? [Laughs]

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