Seyfried at the premiere of "Jennifer's Body" at the Toronto International Film Festival, 2009.
|Born||Amanda Michelle Seyfried
December 3, 1985
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, singer, model|
Amanda Michelle Seyfried (//; born December 3, 1985) is an American actress, singer and model. She began her career as a child model when she was 11 and at 15 began her career as an actress, starting off with uncredited roles and moving on to recurring roles on As the World Turns and All My Children.
In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls. Her subsequent supporting roles were in independent films, such as Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006), and she also had a recurring role in the UPN TV show Veronica Mars (2004–2006). Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO series Big Love. After that, Seyfried appeared in the 2008 musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Her other appearances include leading roles in Jennifer's Body (2009), Chloe (2009), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), Red Riding Hood (2011), In Time (2011), Gone (2012), Cosette in the musical film Les Misérables (2012), and Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace (2013).
Seyfried was born in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, on December 3, 1985. Her mother, Ann (née Sander), is an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack Seyfried, is a pharmacist. She is of mostly German descent, and also has some Scots-Irish and English ancestry. Seyfried graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School. She has an older sister, Jennifer Seyfried, who is a musician in the Philadelphia organ-driven rock band, Love City.
Early work (1996–2005)
During Seyfried's time modeling, she appeared in print ads for clothing companies including Limited Too with Leighton Meester. She stopped modeling when she was seventeen, and worked as a waitress in a retirement community. Seyfried took voice lessons, studied opera, and trained with a Broadway coach while still a teen. She began acting as an uncredited extra in the daytime drama television series Guiding Light. From 2000 to 2001, she portrayed the recurring character Lucy Montgomery on the television show As the World Turns. and Joni Stafford on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcast show, All My Children, from 2002 to 2003.
In 2003, Seyfried auditioned to play the role of Regina George in Mean Girls; the role eventually went to Rachel McAdams. While she was initially considered to play the lead role of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, the producers of the film decided that Seyfried should play Karen Smith, Regina's dim-witted "Plastic" friend and sidekick. The film was a box-office success, earning over $129 million in its theatrical run. Seyfried's performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan, Lacey Chabert, and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best On-Screen Team". Seyfried auditioned to play the title character on UPN's television series Veronica Mars. The role eventually went to Kristen Bell, and Seyfried portrayed the title character's murdered best friend, Lilly Kane. Her character was only shown in flashbacks. The show's creator, Rob Thomas, felt that Seyfried's portrayal as Lilly Kane was so outstanding that he used her more times in the show than he initially planned in the first season. Seyfried appeared in ten episodes from 2004–2005.
In 2005, Seyfried played the lead character, Samantha, a role written by director Rodrigo García specifically for her, in one of the nine parts in the film Nine Lives, composed of nine short films with different themes and an ensemble cast. For her performance in the film, Seyfried, along with the film's other female leads, won an award from the Locarno International Film Festival, for Best Actress. The same year she played supporting character, Mouse, in the independent film, American Gun. In 2006 Seyfried appeared in five episodes of Wildfire as Rebecca and had lead role as Chrissy in the short film titled Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, by writer-director Andrea Janakas. Seyfried also contributed a minor role as Julie Beckley in Alpha Dog. From 2004 to 2006 Seyfried made multiple guest appearances on television series, including House, M.D., Justice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, American Dad! and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
Seyfried's profile gained prominence due to her role in the highly acclaimed HBO drama television series, Big Love. The series centers on a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family, in which Seyfried plays Sarah Henrickson, Bill and Barb's first daughter, who struggles with her family's polygamous faith. Big Love premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006. In December 2009, HBO confirmed that Seyfried would return for the show's fourth season, but that it would be her last, as Seyfried wished to concentrate on her film career and upcoming projects.
Following Big Love Seyfried had a supporting role, as Zoe, in the 2008 horror drama film, Solstice, and she co-starred alongside Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, a romantic comedy film adaptation of the 1999 musical of the same name. Mamma Mia! was Seyfried's first leading role. The film was the fifth highest grossing film of 2008, and as of January 2013 is the 73rd highest grossing film of all time. Her musical performance in Mamma Mia! was released on the film's soundtrack, for which she recorded five songs. As part of promotion for both the film and its soundtrack, Seyfried recorded a music video of the song, entitled "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)".
In March 2008 Seyfried was cast in the comedy horror film, Jennifer's Body. In the film Seyfried was cast as Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, the title character's best friend. The film, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to theaters on September 18, 2009, received mixed reviews from critics. The same year she was cast in the comedy-drama independent film Boogie Woogie. She played Paige Oppenheimer, one of the lead roles in the ensemble movie. The movie was originally shown on June 26, 2009, at Edinburgh International Film Festival, and was officially shown in US theaters April 25, 2010. On February 22, 2009, Seyfried presented an award and performed at the 2009 Annual 81st Academy Awards ceremony. In early March 2009 director Zack Snyder had tapped Seyfried to portray the lead role, Baby Doll, in Sucker Punch, but Seyfried had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Big Love.
Seyfried starred alongside Channing Tatum in Dear John, the film adaptation of the novel of the same name, that was written by Nicholas Sparks. The film was released on February 5, 2010, and received generally negative reviews, Seyfried wrote and recorded "Little House", a song which appears on one of the official soundtracks of Dear John. Despite the reviews, Dear John became the first film to break up Avatar's box office reign at number one at the United States box office and grossed $80 million in the US theatrically and $115 million worldwide. Seyfried appeared as the title character in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010. Chloe originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009. In the film, Seyfried's character is an escort/prostitute who is hired to test a husband, because his wife feels that she cannot trust his fidelity. Chloe had enjoyed commercial success and became director Atom Egoyan's biggest moneymaker ever. Seyfried's performance in the film also received favorable reviews from critics; it also helped her to gain more industry acclaim and receive more opportunities to play more interesting roles.
Later in 2010 Seyfried starred in the romantic-comedy film Letters to Juliet, based on the book by Lise and Ceil Friedman, which was released to mixed reviews and was a box office success, generated $80 million worldwide. In 2010 she was named, and received an award as, the "Showest Breakthrough Female Star of The Year". She also won the "Scared-As-S**T" category for her performance in Jennifer's Body and was nominated for Best Female Performance for her movie Dear John, at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Also in 2010, she was included in Forbes's "The 17 Stars To Watch" list, received 3 nominations in the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress Drama and Choice Movie Chemistry with her co-star Channing Tatum for their film Dear John. Seyfried was also nominated for Choice Movie Actress Romantic Comedy for Letters to Juliet.
In late January 2009 she became attached to appear in Myriad Pictures' adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy A Woman of No Importance. The film was set to be released in 2011. In 2010, however, reports indicated that the film might not happen due to lack of financing. Although it was confirmed in 2009 that she would appear in the movie, Albert Nobbs, she ultimately dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Mia Wasikowska. Seyfried played the starring role of Valerie in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood; it was released on March 11, 2011, to mostly negative reviews, but was a moderate box office success, earning $90 million worldwide on a $42 million budget. She also played the lead role of Sylvia Weis in Andrew Niccol's In Time, released in October 2011 to mixed reviews but with excellent box office receipts, grossing more than $172 million worldwide.
Recent roles (2012–present)
In 2013, Seyfried appeared in the comedy The Big Wedding, and had a voice role in the animated movie Epic. She will star in the drama The End of Love, play Linda Lovelace in the biopic Lovelace (directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman), appear in a dramedy titled Pete and Goat, and play the title role in The Girl Who Conned the Ivy League. She is also signed to play the role of Ann Burden in the dramatization of the Robert O'Brien post-apocalyptic novel Z for Zachariah and will also replace Emma Stone in He's F**king Perfect, an upcoming romantic comedy.
Seyfried has a taxidermy collection. Some of her collections contain a baby horse, a fox, an owl, a moose, a goat, a hybrid taxidermy deer, a couple of butterflies, and during an appearance on Conan, Conan O'Brien gave her a taxidermy raccoon attached to a jet pack as a gift for her collection. She is currently dating actor Justin Long.
In the media
Seyfried was also ranked three times in the Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars". In 2008, she was placed No. 5, #23 in 2009 and No. 18 in 2010. In 2009, People magazine ranked Seyfried No. 4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 – Beautiful at Every Age. Seyfried once again made the list of People magazine's Most Beautiful 2010 with no make-up on.
In 2010, she ranked number 3 on the Saturday Night Magazine's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30. and at the No. 17 spot in the British Glamour magazine "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30". Glamour magazine's April 2010 issue dubbed Seyfried as The Most Down-To-Earth and ranked No. 3 in the "50 Most Glamorous Women of 2010". She also appeared twice in ensemble images on the cover of Vanity Fair: VF's Young Hollywood's New Wave in 2008 and the 2010 VF's A New Decade, A New Hollywood. In 2011, she ranked No. 1 on People's "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25" list. People named her one of 2012 Most Beautiful at Every Age.
|2004||Mean Girls||Karen Smith|
|2006||Alpha Dog||Julie Beckley|
|2006||Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves||Chrissy||Short film|
|2008||Mamma Mia!||Sophie Sheridan||Lead role|
|2008||Official Selection||Emily||Short film|
|2009||Boogie Woogie||Paige Oppenheimer|
|2009||Jennifer's Body||Anita "Needy" Lesnicki||Lead role|
|2009||Chloe||Chloe Sweeney||Lead role|
|2010||Dear John||Savannah Curtis||Lead role|
|2010||Letters to Juliet||Sophie Hall||Lead role|
|2011||Red Riding Hood||Valerie||Lead role|
|2011||Bag of Hammers, AA Bag of Hammers||Amanda|
|2011||In Time||Sylvia Weis||Lead role|
|2012||Gone||Jill Conway||Lead role|
|2012||Les Misérables||Cosette||Supporting role|
|2013||End of Love, TheThe End of Love||Herself||Cameo|
|2013||Big Wedding, TheThe Big Wedding||Missy O'Connor||Supporting role|
|2013||Epic||Mary Katherine||Lead voice role|
|2013||Lovelace||Linda Lovelace||Lead role|
|2014||A Million Ways to Die in the West||Louise||Supporting role, post-production|
|2014||While We're Young||Actress|
|1999–2001||As the World Turns||Lucinda "Lucy" Montgomery||Recurring role (27 episodes)|
|2002–2003||All My Children||Joni Stafford||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Tandi McCain||Episode: "Outcry"|
|2004–2006||Veronica Mars||Lilly Kane||Recurring role (11 episodes)|
|2006||Wildfire||Rebecca||Recurring role (5 episodes)|
|2006||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Lacey Finn||Episode: "Rashomama"|
|2006||Justice||Ann Diggs||Episode: "Pretty Woman"|
|2006–2011||Big Love||Sarah Henrickson||Regular role (44 episodes)|
|2008||American Dad!||Amy (voice)||Episode: "Escape from Pearl Bailey"|
|2008||"Honey, Honey"||Mamma Mia! The Movie Soundtrack|
|"Our Last Summer"|
|"Lay All Your Love on Me"|
|"Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)"|
|"The Name of the Game"|
|"Slipping Through My Fingers"|
|"I Have a Dream"|
|"Thank You for the Music"|
|2010||"Amanda's Love Song"||PostTheLove|
|"Little House"||Dear John|
|2011||"L'il Red Riding Hood"||Red Riding Hood|
|2012||"In My Life"||Les Misérables: Highlights from the Motion Picture Soundtrack|
|"A Heart Full of Love"|
|"One Day More"|
|"A Heart Full of Love – Reprise"|
|"Suddenly – Reprise"|
Awards and nominations
|2005||Gotham Awards||Best Ensemble Cast||Nine Lives||Nominated|
|2005||Locarno International Film Festival||Bronze Leopard||Nine Lives||Won|
|2005||MTV Movie Awards||Best On-Scream Team||Mean Girls||Won|
|2009||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Cast||Mamma Mia!||Nominated|
|2009||MTV Movie Awards||Breakthrough Performance Female||Mamma Mia!||Nominated|
|2010||ShoWest||Breakthrough Female Star of the Year||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Romantic Comedy||Letters to Juliet||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie Actress: Drama||Dear John||Nominated|
|2010||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Movie: Chemistry||Dear John||Nominated|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Best Female Performance||Dear John||Nominated|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Best Scared-As-S**t Performance||Jennifer's Body||Won|
|2012||National Board of Review of Motion Pictures||Best Acting by an Ensemble||Les Misérables||Won|
|2012||Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Acting||Les Misérables||Nominated|
|2012||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Best Ensemble Performance||Les Misérables||Nominated|
|2012||Satellite Awards||Best Ensemble, Motion Picture||Les Misérables||Won|
|2013||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Les Misérables||Nominated|
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