No matter how many movie musicals she’s made, the stage–with or without live singing–has eluded Amanda Seyfried. “I always wanted to be up there,” she tells ETonline, ever since she first auditioned for the Broadway revival of Annie when she was just a pre-teen. (“The audition was awful,” she told Jon Stewart during a recent appearance on The Daily Show.)
That initial failure led her to the small screen where she landed her first acting gig at the age of 14 on the long-running CBS soap opera, As the World Turns. Later, she garnered attention as Lily Kane on the cult classic, Veronica Mars. However, Seyfried’s big break came in 2004 when she adopted the “ESPN”-blessed persona of Karen Smith in Mean Girls before honing her dramatic chops in HBO’s Big Love.
In the years since, Seyfried attempted to make her theatrical debut but somehow always fell short. In 2013, she signed on to playwright Neil LaBute’s The Shape of Things, but the production fell apart when they couldn’t find a co-star or director. “I wanted to do something else last year that ended up not happening,” she adds vaguely.
And then there’s her stage fright–which she says she occasionally drowns with whiskey, especially during appearances on the Late Show with David Letterman–that may have ultimately sabotaged her, at least until now.
“It was one of those things I kept putting off because I was scared shitless,” she says.
But she’s about to break her bad luck streak now that 29-year-old actress is set to make her Off-Broadway debut in the two-person play, The Way We Get By, written by LaBute and co-starring The Newsroom’s Thomas Sadoski. The performance comes on the heels of one of her most nuanced roles on screen as Darby in Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young–another opportunity she’s been hoping to get. “I’ve always been a fan of Noah’s,” Seyfried says. “It was about him being attracted to me at all in any way.”
However, Seyfried’s upcoming stage production doesn’t mean the fear is gone. She said her heart was pounding while watching her Les Miserables co-star Hugh Jackman in the Broadway production of The River last December. “It makes me nervous to even think about it,” Seyfried says of her upcoming show, which starts previews on April 28 and officially opens May 19.
While the play is the right fit for Seyfried (“It’s the perfect first play”), it may not be an obvious one for fans who’ve seen her sing soaring father-daughter ballads with Jackman in Les Miserables or massive dance scenes with Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia.
“Ugh, no, I can’t live like a singer,” she says. Unlike Emma Stone, who recently took on Sally Bowles in Cabaret, or Vanessa Hudgens, who is prepping her debut in Gigi, Seyfried admits she doesn’t have the discipline for such a production.
“I love to sing–but not for work,” Seyfried explains. “Unless it’s a movie where you can put it all down in the recording studio and then forget about it.”
But one opportunity she can’t forget about is a film adaptation of Wicked. While yes, it does involve singing, it’s something of a passion project for the actress. For the past two years, she’s wanted to bring the hit Broadway musical to the big screen, and her sights are set on the role of Glinda, originated by Kristin Chenoweth. And aiming for the role has come at the expense of other musicals, even the chance to reunite with Streep for Into the Woods.
“I was working on ‘On the Steps of the Palace’ with my voice coach,” she says of the main solo number for Cinderella. “I remember one day I was singing it and I was like, ‘No. I can’t. I can’t do it–I can’t get it. This is so hard. I’m not auditioning for it.’” (The film featured Anna Kendrick in the role.)
And just like that, Seyfried returned her focus to Glinda’s solo, “Popular.” But this opportunity may also pass her by.
Talks for a big screen version have been rumored since 2004, but only recently has producer Marc Platt–also behind Into the Woods–said the project is in the process of being developed.
“I might be too old when they make it. Or if they make it sooner than later, maybe I’m not the right person,” Seyfried says with a humble sense of reality. “I just still–I want it. I want to present myself and be a good candidate.”
For the time being, at least, she’s ready to conquer the stage, which she says is an opportunity she’s “never really felt ready for” until now. “This is for me.”
I’ve added over 180 HQ photos of Amanda outside the studios for The Daily Show, as well as HD captures from her interview segment!
Amanda Seyfried and Theo James will topline “Black Lung,” a supernatural thriller from 2929 Prods. and Emily Ziff and Sara Murphy of Cooper’s Town Prods.
The Solution Entertainment Group, co-founded by Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel, is handling international rights and will launch sales at the European Film Market in Berlin. WME is repping U.S. rights.
Cary Fukunaga executive produces through his Parliament of Owls shingle.
Principal photography begins this summer on the pic, which marks the directorial debut of screenwriter Chase Palmer, who also wrote the “Black Lung” script.
Award-winning filmmaker Chase Palmer, whose scripts have appeared on the Black List, will make his feature film debut, directing from his own screenplay.
Amanda Seyfried will make her off-Broadway debut in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By, about two people taking stock after a hot one-night stand.
The Ted 2 fills the casting gap left by previously-announced Orphan Black starTatiana Maslany, who has withdrawn from the production due to filming schedule conflicts.
She will star opposite Thomas Sadoski (of Wild, The Newsroom) in the world premiere production at Second Stage Theatre. Sadoski was nominated for a leading actor Tony Award in 2009 for LaBute’s Reasons to Be Pretty.
Directed by Leigh Silverman (a Tony nominee last season for Violet), the play begins previews on April 28 for a May 20 opening. The limited engagement runs through June 14.
Seyfried and Sadoski will play Beth and Doug, two attractive people who have no difficulty getting dates. But the morning after their steamy hookup at a drunken wedding reception, they find themselves grappling with the rules of attraction, sex and society as they consider what they really know about one another.
CBS Films has cast a holiday comedy, tentatively titled “Let It Snow,” with Alan Arkin, John Goodman, Ed Helms, Diane Keaton, Anthony Mackie, Amanda Seyfried, June Squibb, Marisa Tomei and Olivia Wilde.
CBS Films is planning a Nov. 13 release with Lionsgate handling distribution under its recently launched partnership.
The film has started shooting in Pittsburgh and will also star Jake Lacy, Alex Borstein and Jon Tenney. Jessie Nelson (“I Am Sam”) is directing from a screenplay by Steven Rogers (“P.S. I Love You”).
Groundswell’s Michael London and Janice Williams are joining Nelson in producing the film. Exec producers are Imagine Entertainment, Keaton, Steven Rogers and Ted Gidlow.
T Bone Burnett is the film’s executive music producer and is producing its soundtrack.
The story follows the exasperated members of an extended family as they attempt to gather for their annual holiday celebration.
The project had formerly been titled “The Most Wonderful Time.”
Scott Shooman is overseeing the project for CBS Films.
I’ve added 19 missing HQ stills of Amanda in Lovelace, as well as three missing photos from the promotional photoshoot.
By Catherine Q. O’Neill
Talking to Amanda Seyfried on the phone is a little like catching up with any other girlfriend. She’ll tell you about her birthday dinner at ABC Kitchen a few days prior, the $30 massage she’s headed to that day, and how badly she wants to chop bangs. Seyfried, the glamorous and very, very real face of Clé de Peau Beauté, gave me a peek into her beauty routine.
What are your three can’t-live-without-‘em products? ”Concealer, mascara, and—oof this is tough—red lipstick. I have seven of that bright red [Clé de Peau Beauté Extra Rich Lipstick in 311] that I keep losing and finding in my pockets and in every tote. If you’re not dressed up, you can dress yourself up in a minute with that.”
What has been your favorite beauty look for a role? ”The wig in Lovelace was so fun because it was a huge permed ‘fro. I recommend anyone who’s having a bad day to go out and buy a wig like that and walk around in it. It will change your perspective for sure.”
Your skin is flawless—has it always been? ”Every month I tended to get pimples in the center of my face. I always needed that concealer stick to cover them up. But since I’ve been using the Clé de Peau skin care, I have such clear skin, it’s amazing. I don’t use foundation. It’s only been in the past four to five years since I’ve been with the brand that I’ve been able to wake up and not cover something up.”
But surely you also get facials and treatments? ”There’s this woman in L.A. that, when I go to her, I walk out with glowing skin. Her name is Shani Darden. She does Jessica Alba, and my friend Monica, who’s friends with Jess, recommended her to me. She’s incredible and works out of her house. I wish she lived in New York.”
Will your routine change for awards season this year? ”Nope. I don’t participate in awards season unless I absolutely have to. As much as I love Hollywood, I think it’s the most stressful thing in the world to be a part of a movie that’s nominated. You gotta get out there and be your most outgoing self and dress up and get your makeup and hair done constantly. I’m luckily, or maybe unluckily, not a part of a film that’s nominated this year, so I won’t have to think about it.”
Do you prefer to emphasize your lips or your eyes? ”My lips. I see a lot of women plumping their lips and I think, Thank God I was born with them, because I’d probably want to do that same. It’s kind of striking.”
Does Justin [Long] prefer the red lip, too? ”I don’t even think he notices. The thing about lipstick is you can’t really kiss anybody. I think about that putting it on: Am I OK with not getting touched for the rest of the day or evening?”
I love that you’re constantly trying new hairstyles. What has been your favorite style? ”I usually don’t have much of an opinion of what I want. Jenny Cho [my hairstylist] just does whatever she wants. She always wants to do something different—she’s an artist. What I like is a blowout. I love when my hair is smooth and I can touch it. For red carpet it’s easier to have it back.”
Do you do any special treatments? ”No. It just keeps getting ashier as I get older. I don’t really wash my hair much. In the long run, it’s better for my hair to not constantly be shampooed. I do use dry shampoo; I can’t live without it—I would have to wash it all the time. My favorite is Kevin Murphy, and I’ve tried them all. The smell blows my mind.”
Is there a hairstyle you’re dying to try? “Yeah, I would love to chop the f— out of my hair. I want to chop it to my shoulders, and then I want bangs. But I don’t think Clé de Peau would be into anything superdrastic of a change. And I really respect them. What I plan on doing is growing my hair out a little longer. Then [hairstylist] Garren is going to cut it into extensions so I can cut my hair finally. The only thing I can do to preserve my long hair in some way is to use my own. It sucks to not have the freedom. I want it short. Every woman, every man should have the freedom to do something new with their look. It’s another accessory.”
What are your favorite fragrance and your favorite smell? ”Givenchy Very Irresistible [Seyfried is also a spokeswoman]. It’s classic and really feminine, which I like. I wear it at night if I’m leaving my apartment. I don’t wear perfume when I’m at home. It needs to be used less often if you want it to maintain that feeling you get when you put it on. And fire is my favorite smell. I’ll light a fire if it’s cold out. That smoky campfire smell reminds me of being in the country. I love it.”
What is the most luxurious thing in your bathroom? ”A bottle of apple cider vinegar for my bath that I’ll take once a week. It doesn’t smell good. You pour the whole bottle in when it’s cold out. When you’re sick, it’s good for taking out whatever bug is going on. That’s the most luxurious. Besides the [Clé de Peau] La Crème.”
Massage or facial? ”I much prefer a massage. In Los Angeles, I go to the Sunset Foot Spa. It’s 30 bucks for an hour, and it’s amazing. I don’t know anybody I haven’t brought with me who hasn’t become addicted.”
And where is your favorite place in New York? ”ABC Carpet and Home is my favorite place, but I refuse, refuse to spend any more money there. It’s so warm inside. I had my birthday dinner there last week. I also go to Washington Square Park to walk my dogs.”
Thanks to the super-talented Nicole, Miss Seyfried has gorgeous new site and gallery themes featuring Amanda’s Esquire and Allure Korea photoshoots! I hope you like them as much as I do.
I’ve added over 40 HQ photos of Amanda attending the ACRIA Holiday Dinner earlier tonight!