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Amanda Seyfried

Seyfried at the Toronto Film Festival, September 12, 2009
Born Amanda Michelle Seyfried
December 3, 1985 (1985-12-03) (age 24)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Occupation Actress/Singer/Model
Years active 1995–present

Amanda Michelle Seyfried (pronounced /ˈsaɪfrɪd/ SYE-frid; born December 3, 1985) is an American actress, singer-songwriter and former child model. She began her career as a child model when she was eleven and when she was fifteen she began her career as an actress; starting off with an uncredited role and going on to have a recurring role on a television series, which expanded into her having a successful television career.

In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls playing a supporting role. She then went on to other films including Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2007). In 2008, after landing a lead role on a popular television series (Big Love in 2006) Seyfried appeared as Sophie Sheridan in the musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Other recent notable appearance include a supporting role in Jennifer's Body in 2009, and one of the two lead roles in Dear John the following year. She currently has three films in production.

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Early life

Seyfried was born Amanda Michelle Seyfried in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States on December 3, 1985.[1] Seyfried's mother, Ann (née Sander), was an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack Seyfried, was a pharmacist.[1][2] Seyfried has one older sister; Jennifer Seyfried, who is a musician in the Philadelphia organ-driven rock band "Love City".[1][3] Amanda graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School.[4]

Career

Early work

I was naturally skinny and had braces, so I wasn't a cute model. I never felt pretty but it was fun and I got a cool pay check to buy sweets with.

Seyfried on her modeling career.[3]

In 1995, Seyfried began her acting career at the age of eleven.[1][5] At the beginning of her modeling career she signed with Image International Agency (IIA) in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she lived at the time, before switching over to work at Bethlehem's Pro Model Agency and eventually signing with Wilhelmina agency in New York City, New York.[5] Seyfried's modeling career ended when she was seventeen.[1] During her modeling career she appeared in print ads for clothing companies; including Limited Too with Leighton Meester.[1]

While modeling, Seyfried took voice lessons from eleven to seventeen.[1][5] She trained with a Broadway voice coach for nearly five years.[5] From there she began acting as an extra in the daytime drama television series Guiding Light; her role on the show was uncredited.[5] In 2000, she originated the role of Lucinda Marie "Lucy" Montgomery #2 on the television show As the World Turns; appearing on the show as a recurring character, her role on the show lasted until 2001.[5] After appearing in twenty-seven episodes, Seyfried left the show as a result of creative conflicts.[5] From 2002 to 2003, Seyfried played the recurring role of Joni Stafford on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcasted show, All My Children; Seyfried appeared in a total of three episodes.[6]

In 2003, Seyfried auditioned to play the mean-girl role of Regina George in the Mean Girls; the role eventually went to Rachel McAdams, but the producers of the film picked Seyfried to play one of Regina's two dim-witted "plastic" friends and sidekicks, Karen.[5] Seyfried had reportedly received the role of Karen over Ashley Tisdale.[citation needed] The film, in which Seyfried co-starred alongside McAdams and Lindsay Lohan, centered on Cady trying to 'take down' the "plastics" at her high school. Mean Girls was a block-buster box-office success, making over $129 million in its theatrical run.[7] Seyfried's performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best On-Screen Team."[8] Mean Girls was Seyfried's feature film debut.

A young blonde female in a black short sleeve dress looking over her right shoulder smiling.
Seyfried at the premiere of her film Chloe at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2009.

Continuing her television career in 2004, Seyfried auditioned to play the title character on UPN's popular television show Veronica Mars.[5] Although the role eventually went to Kristen Bell, Seyfried portrayed the title character's murdered best friend, Lilly Kane.[5] Although her character was only shown in flashbacks, Lily was vital part of the first season's plot and made Seyfried one of the show's 'familiar faces'.[5] Seyfried appeared in ten episodes from 2004–2005.[6] In 2005, she played the lead character, Samantha, a role written specifically for Seyfried, in one of the nine parts in the film Nine Lives, comprised of nine short films with different themes and an ensemble cast.[9] For her performance in the film, Seyfried won an award from the Locarno International Film Festival, for Best Actress, which she shared with the film's other female leads.[10] The same year she played supporting character Mouse in American Gun.[6] In 2006 Seyfried appeared in five episodes on Wildfire as Rebecca and had lead role as Chrissy in Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves as well as 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 and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[5]

Career success

Seyfried at the premiere of "Jennifer's Body", during Midnight Madness at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival

Seyfried's break-through role was in the HBO television series Big Love, which centers on a fictional fundamentalist Mormon, where Seyfried plays Sarah, Bill and Barb's first daughter who is struggling with her father's polygamous faith.[11] Big Love premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006 and HBO confirmed that the show was renewed for a fourth season – which was filmed in August 2009, and premiered on January 10, 2010.[12] As of March 2010, Seyfried has appeared in all thirty-five episodes of the show's three seasons.[6] 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 focus on her film career and up-coming projects.[13]

Following the success of Big Love, Seyfried had a supporting role as Zoe in the 2008 horror drama film Solstice. That year, Seyfried also co-starred alongside Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia!, a romantic comedy film adaptation of the 1999 musical of the same name.[3] Mamma Mia! was Seyfried's first leading role as Sophie. With worldwide revenue of $609 million – compared to its $52 million budget, the film was the fifth highest grossing film of 2008[14] and, as of March 2010, is the 49th highest grossing film of all time.[15] Wesley Morris of the Boston Globe commented that "what Seyfried lacks in emotional range is compensated for in luminousness".[16] Her musical performance in Mamma Mia! was released on the film's soundtrack, for which she recorded five songs.[17] 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)".

On February 22, 2009, Seyfried presented an award and performed alongside her boyfriend, Dominic Cooper, and actors Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron along with musicians Beyoncé Knowles and Vanessa Hudgens at the 2009 Annual 81st Academy Awards ceremony.[18] In March 2008, Seyfried signed on to co-star alongside Megan Fox and Adam Brody in the black comedy horror film Jennifer's Body, written by Diablo Cody.[19] In the film Seyfried was cast as Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, the title character's best friend.[19] The film, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to theaters on September 18, 2009,[20] received mixed reviews from critics.[21] In early March 2009, director Zack Snyder had tapped Seyfried to portray the lead role, "Baby Doll" in Sucker Punch.[22] Seyfried was due to co-star alongside Vannessa Hudgens, Abbie Cornish and Jena Malone; though, within the same month, she had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Big Love.[1][23] Emily Browning was later cast in the role.[24]

A young blonde female wearing her hair in a pony-tail and a silver low-cut dress waving and smiling.
Seyfried on September 10, 2009, at a screening of her film Jennifer's Body.

Seyfried is set to appear as the title character in the erotic thriller Chloe, due to be theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[25] Chloe, which Seyfried co-stars alongside Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, had originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009.[26] In the film, Seyfried plays Chloe, a woman who was hired to 'test' a husband because his wife feels that she cannot trust his fidelity; negative consequences ensue after the beginning of the arrangement.[26] Seyfried co-starred alongside Channing Tatum in the film adaptation of the novel of the same name that was written by Nicholas Sparks, entitled Dear John.[27][28] The film was released on February 5, 2010.[27][28] Seyfried has written and recorded a song titled "Little House", one of the official soundtracks of Dear John.[29] Melissa Anderson of LA Weekly praised Seyfired and Tatum's on screen chemistry.[30]

In September 2009, Seyfried became attached to Marmaduke,[31] a film based on a popular comic strip and co-starring George Lopez and Fergie.[31] The film will be a mix of live action and CG-animated creatures.[31] Seyfried was cast as the voice of "Mazie".[31] The movie was filmed in mid 2009 and is scheduled for release on June 4, 2010.[31] Seyfried is also set to appear in the film Letters to Juliet, a film adaptation of the book by Lise and Ceil Friedman.[32][33] The film centers on a couple (Seyfried and García) who discover a letter written to Juliet Capulet.[32][33] The film is set to be released on May 7, 2010. In late January 2009, Seyfried became attached to appear in Myriad Pictures' adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy "A Woman of No Importance".[34] The film, in which Seyfried co-stars alongside Annette Bening and Sean Bean, is set to be released in 2011.[34][35] Seyfried will play the love interest to the womanizer Lord Illingworth at an "awfully posh upper-class party at the family's pile in the English countryside."[34][35] She will star in Catherine Hardwicke's psychological thriller The Girl with the Red Riding Hood,[36] based on the saga of Red Riding Hood.[37]

Personal life

In 2006, Seyfried began a relationship with actor and musician Jesse Marchant; the relationship ended after two years in 2008.[1][3] In 2008, Seyfried began dating her Mamma Mia! co-star, Cooper.[1] In 2008, Seyfried was ranked #65 on the list of "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World"[38] and was also placed #5 in Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars".[39] The following year the British Glamour.com (of Glamour magazine) ranked Seyfried at the #17 spot as one of the "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30".[40] In 2009, People Magazine ranked Seyfried #4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 - Beautiful at Every Age.[41]

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2004 Mean Girls Karen Smith Supporting role; film debut
2005 Nine Lives Samantha Lead role
American Gun Mouse Supporting role
2006 Alpha Dog Julie Beckley Supporting role
Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves Chrissy Lead role; Short film
2008 Solstice Zoe Supporting role; direct to video
Mamma Mia! Sophie Sheridan Lead role
Official Selection Emily Minor role; short film
2009 Boogie Woogie Paige Prideaux Lead role
Jennifer's Body Anita "Needy" Lesnicki Lead role
2010 Dear John Savannah Lynn Curtis Lead role
Chloe Chloe Lead role
Letters to Juliet Sophie Lead role; post-production
2011
Albert Nobbs TBA post-production
The Girl Who Conned The Ivy League Esther Reed Lead role; post-production
A Woman of No Importance Hester Worsley Lead role; pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2000–2001 As the World Turns Lucinda Marie "Lucy" Montgomery #2 Recurring role (27 episodes)
2002–2003 All My Children Joni Stafford Episodes: #1.8514
#1.8517
#1.8617
2004 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Tandi McCain Episode: "Outcry"
2004–2005 Veronica Mars Lilly Kane Recurring role (10 episodes)
2005 House M.D. Pam Episode: "Detox"
2006 Justice Ann Diggs Episode: "Pretty Woman"
Wildfire Rebecca Episodes: "A Good Convict Is Hard to Find"
"Dangerous Liaisons"
"Family Matters"
"Nothing Takes the Past Away Like the Future"
"Taking Off"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Lacey Finn Episode: "Rashomama"
2006–2010 Big Love Sarah Henrickson Lead role (35 episodes)
2008 American Dad! Amy Episode: "Escape from Pearl Bailey"

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