A combination of comedic timing, striking beauty, and finely tuned acting, Amanda Seyfried first broke into Hollywood as a model, then segued into soap operas before making a breakthrough in 'Mean Girls' and ascending to the top of Hollywood's leading ladies.
Amanda Seyfried is the youngest daughter of Ann, an occupational therapist, and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. Raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with her older sister Jennifer Seyfried, she is of German, English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ancestry.
By the age of 11, Seyfried was already modeling, appearing in print ads alongside future actress Leighton Meester for clothing company Limited Too. She also did covers for the novel series Sweet Valley High. By the age of 17, she had stopped modeling and worked as a waitress in a retirement community. While in her teens, Seyfried trained in the arts with a Broadway coach, studying opera and taking voice lessons. After appearing as an extra on the daytime drama Guiding Light, she won the role of Lucy Montgomery on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, playing the character from 2000 to 2001. Later, she landed a role on All My Children as Joni Stafford from 2002 to 2003.
In 2003, Seyfried took on the role of Karen Smith in the blockbuster comedy Mean Girls alongside Tina Fey, Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, and Lacey Chabert as one of the ‘Plastics’. The movie launched the careers of several of the cast, raking in over $129 million at the box office. Seyfried then auditioned for the titular role on Veronica Mars, but eventually was cast as Veronica’s best friend, Lilly Kane. She appeared only in flashbacks from 2004 to 2005 on the UPN television show.
In 2005, Seyfried landed the role of Samantha in Nine Lives, an ensemble film, and later that year was featured in the film American Gun as the supporting character Mouse. In 2006, she was cast in the television show Wildfire for five episodes, and then had a lead role as Chrissy in the short film Gypsies, Tramps, & Thieves. From 2004 to 2006, Seyfried was busy as a guest actor on several television shows, including House, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and American Dad.
The HBO series Big Love elevated Seyfried’s profile in Hollywood as Sarah Hendrickson, the daughter who struggles with her family’s polygamous lifestyle. The show premiered in 2006, but by 2009, Seyfried left to concentrate on film projects. Her next movie role was in Solstice, then Mamma Mia alongside Meryl Streep in her first leading role. The movie was one of the biggest of 2008, with Seyfried appearing on the soundtrack and recording five songs. Her version of ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’ was made into a music video.
In March 2008, Seyfried starred in Jennifer’s Body with Megan Fox, then followed the film up with an appearance in the music video for Panic! At The Disco in support of the film. Up next was the indie film Boogie Woogie as Paige Oppenheimer, which was released on June 26, 2009 at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Her next film was with Channing Tatum in Dear John, released on February 5, 2010 to mixed reviews. Despite the critics, Dear John opened at #1 at the box office and grossed $80 million domestically and another $115 million abroad.
Seyfried’s next film was the erotic thriller Chloe with Julianne Moore, which debuted on March 26, 2010. The film received rave reviews, becoming a commercial success and broadening Seyfried’s appeal as a serious actress. Later that year, she appeared in the romantic comedy Letters to Juliet, which grossed $80 million worldwide, and she was named ShoWest’s ‘Breakthrough Female Star of the Year’. Also that year, Seyfried was listed on Forbes’ ’17 Stars to Watch’ and received nominations for her work by the Teen Choice Awards in Dear John and Letters to Juliet. In 2011, Seyfried starred in Red Riding Hood. Despite being negatively reviewed upon release, the film went on to gross $90 million at the box office. Her next film was In Time in October 2011, which received mixed reviews but generated $172 million globally. Later that year, she was announced as the spokesperson and model for a Japanese line of beauty products, Cle de Peau Beaute.
In 2012, she was cast in the thriller Gone, then followed it up in Les Misérables as Cosette. The film was a box office smash, generating $440 million worldwide and earning a nomination for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. In 2013, she starred in the comedy The Big Wedding and lent her voice to the animated film Epic, then played Linda Lovelace in the bio-picture Lovelace, which earned her critical acclaim. Later that year, she was featured in the drama The End of Love. She began modeling for Givenchy in the fall. In 2015, she starred opposite mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane in the comedy Ted 2.
Seyfried has regularly been listed as one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women, appearing in People magazine in their 2011 ’25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25’. She made their beauty list in 2009 and 2010 as well. Not only was she featured in Vanity Fair’s ‘Bright Young Hollywood’ article in 2008, but she also appeared on the cover with several other rising actresses in a 2010 issue.
In 2017, Seyfriend was the victim of a hack, and her nude photos with then-boyfriend Justin Long were released and posted online. Her attorneys fired a cease and desist letter to websites posting the photos, which included her performing a sexual act.
Self-described as a private person, Seyfried has stated in several interviews that she suffers from panic attacks, anxiety, as well as stage fright. She refused to perform in theatricals until 2015.
She has been fodder for the press concerning her dating life, linked to Mamma Mia co-star Dominic Cooper from 2008 to 2010, and actor Justin Long from 2013 to 2015. In early 2016, she was linked to The Last Word co-star Thomas Sadoski. By September 2016, the couple had confirmed their engagement and eloped in March 2017. On March 24, 2017, Seyfried and Sadoski announced the birth of their first child, a daughter.
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Written by: Triston Brewer