Not one of your typical young Tinsel Town actresses who gets arrested for DWIs or bad behavior, Amanda Seyfried is just a hard- working actress who loves to do films about female empowerment, but admits to being frightened at some of the strangest things.
At 26 years old, Amanda Seyfried has become one of Hollywood's favorite daughters. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Amanda doesn't get thrown in jail, dabble with illegal substances and she isn't a weekly staple on the cover of the weekly tabloids. She's one young actress who hasn't let success go to her head or turn her into a raving mad party animal. "Everyone reacts to being famous in different ways," Seyfried says diplomatically. "It can be overwhelming a lot of the time, but you don't let it change who you are. I don't feel like I'm famous, I'm just lucky to have been in some really good films and TV shows." Fans of the Allentown, Pennsylvania-native might disagree with the actress -- because they, along with most of the Hollywood elite, consider Seyfried a bonafide star.In addition to her unforgettable role as Sarah Henrickson (for five seasons) in the cable hit series Big Love, Seyfried has starred in several box office hits including Mamma Mia!, Mean Girls, Dear John, Letters To Juliet, Red Riding Hood and the psychological drama Gone.
Amanda Seyfried in 'Gone'
In the intense thriller Gone (now available on Blu-ray & DVD), Amanda Seyfried portrays Jill, a desperate young woman who, after being ignored by the police, is forced to go on the hunt alone for a maniacal serial killer whom she believes has kidnapped her younger sister. Gone is directed by Latin filmmaker Heitor Dhalia and also stars Jennifer Carpenter, Wes Bentley and Daniel Sunjata. In a strange twist of fate, Jill was once abducted by the same serial killer, who has now sought more vengeance by kidnapping her sister. Jill lives a relatively normal and quiet life, but it is one marked by a case of severe anxiety that the man who once kidnapped her and threw her in a ditch to die was going to come back and finish the job. Unexpectedly, her sister Molly (Emily Wickersham) goes missing, and Jill immediately goes to the police for help. But law enforcement officers don't seem interested in her theories and completely ignore her pleas for help -- expect for a Detective Hood (Wes Bentley). But it seems that Detective Hood might or might not have his own reasons for lending the increasingly frantic Jill a hand in finding her sister. With time against her, Jill becomes more crazed and decides to take her own desperate measures, putting the police on her trail as she tries to put an end to her nightmare once and for all.
Seyfried says she was instantly drawn to the well-written script for Gone. "I wanted to do it because it’s very grounded in the fact that serial killers are out there burying bodies and no one is looking for them," Amanda explains. "I think people should know that could be going on in their own backyard. I also wanted to play Jill because she refuses to be a victim. She empowers herself to fight back and find this man who hurt her and is probably doing the same to her sister. She doesn't wait for men to help her. she takes matters in her own hands and is determined to find her sister and stop this killer once and for all. In a lot of ways, Gone is about female empowerment, I liked that."
Wes Bentley as Detective Hood in 'Gone'
Seyfried has also discovered several other films that contained roles she was anxious to portray. First up is Lovelace, a biopic based on the life of the abused adult porn queen and Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace. Following a role in the all-star comedy The Wedding (with Robert DeNiro and Diane Keaton), Jill will appear as the iconic Cosette in a big screen adaptation of the musical version of author Victor Hugo's classic Les Miserables -- alongside Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway and Sacha Baron Cohen. "I like to take on roles that give me a feeling that I have diversity in my career," Seyfried admits. "I want to play as many different kind of characters as I can. The more I do, I figure the better I'll get."
Earlier this year, in a chat before the theatrical release of Gone, Seyfried explained how she overcomes one of her biggest fears -- doing talk shows -- then she went on to talk about making the horrifying Gone, how she tricks herself to overcome certain fears and talked about the gun and physical training she went through for Gone. Amanda also recalled her first job as an waitress in a retirement home, her decision to do Lovelace, and jokes about how she prepared for the controversial part -- and it was not by watching porno films. Finally, she admited she would never be a pop singer because she has severe stage fright and she described how she chooses roles.
Amanda Seyfried in 'Gone'
AMANDA SEYFRIED on GONE...Gone is a very scary and intense film. I would like to know how do you overcome certain fears in your own life? Is it something in particular that you’re really afraid of that you’ve had to work through?
"Yes. I’m still working through it – talk shows -- like a big fear of talk shows. (laughs) It's true, but I drink whiskey. It helps"
Which brand is your favorite?
"Jameson. Jameson is smooth. Hand it right over. (laughs) It really is the only thing I realized that – I’ve tried that beta blocker thing. I’ve tried therapy. I think I’m just afraid of ever looking fragile as a spokesperson for a movie something that I’m very passionate about and to falter would just be…doing it wrong, not succeeding…I don’t know. It’s a big fear of mine. The fact is I have four talk shows coming up. Whenever I’m on stage I always have a good time. It’s just beforehand. Yeah, I’m very, very afraid of them."
Give me a good tagline for Gone. Something you would say to promote it on the net or television shows.
"This movie is by far the most…tagline? I don’t have a lot of words for a tagline. Basically, it’s my favorite genre. My character is running from a serial killer…it’s a really good question. Why did you ask me that?" (laughs) It’s more a psychological thriller. It’s like very grounded in the fact that like serial killers are out there burying bodies and no one is looking for them, and the fact is this movie has dead bodies, a woman on the run trying to save her sister from the serial killer that didn’t get to kill her and there is nobody that believes her. I think whenever anybody is in that situation I imagine adrenaline kicks in and you just do what it takes to save the life of your sister."
Amanda Seyfried as Jill and Emily Wickersham as her sister in 'Gone'
You've talked about overcoming fear of doing talk shows, but do you have a fear of being bound and gagged like you are in Gone? Even though you’re an actor and this wasn’t real, they placed you in the bottom of a pit, they put masking tape on you, they tied your hands. Psychologically, what’s going through your head at that moment? You know there are people two feet away so you can get up at any time...
"You have to kind of trick yourself into being afraid of something. In circumstances like that I always kind of trick myself into feeling a certain way, feeling something very similar in something that would really trigger me. When I was at the bottom of the hole, I am a little bit claustrophobic so I made the hole even deeper in my head and I freaked out. That was really me freaking out."
But when they put on the masking tape and they tie your hands, is it difficult for you -- even though it is pretend?
"Yeah. It’s very physical, so yeah it does have an impact. You do absorb a little bit of the fear of the character a little bit."
In movies, we see a lot of these women as victims, but now we’re starting to see, in a couple of these genre movies, women are starting to fight back. They have to empower themselves to resolve the conflict. They can’t depend on the outside world to do it. Your thoughts?
"They have been screwed enough to come back with this vengeance as in extreme vengeance because they at least know – Jill at least knows that she doesn’t deserve this. Like some people that are traumatized even go any which way with it and psychologically, you can feel like you deserved it or even feel like you overcame it and you don’t want to push it away. but it’s like she didn’t push it away. Before her sister was kidnapped in the beginning of the movie, she was fighting. She was doing fight training. She had a gun. She was just ready to take on this guy. I think that showed a lot of strength in her character. She also knows how dangerous and how deranged this monster is that she’s ready to fight back. She’s trying her best to point it out and push it into the authority’s hands that they won’t take it. The catalyst for fighting this guy is him taking her sister."
As Jill, Amanda Seyfried confronts the authorities in 'Gone'
Do you think that the part of being a woman limits you doing adventurous things like going by yourself to Thailand or traveling to far out places?
"Absolutely, yes. I wouldn’t do it. I wouldn’t go on myself anywhere. I know a lot of women that would. I remember Rachel McAdams said that after Mean Girls she was going to go traveling Costa Rica, I think, by herself. I was just like, 'How could you do that?' How lonely, first of all. Second of all, how scary, but no. Actually, she doesn’t see it as that at all, I think. I think that’s why – not to speak for her –I think that’s what adventure is for her maybe or at that point in her life years ago. I think it’s a beautiful thing but I don’t have that in me."
Is it difficult to find roles where women are this empowered?
"Not really. They’re coming out of the woodwork, I guess they are new. I mean, no it isn’t. First of all when I got the script, I’m like, 'Really? me? Me, going after the bad guy, really?' And then I was like, 'No, actually, it’s very grounded.' You can be at any age and you would behave the same way – doing my own driving and doing my own fighting and doing my own shooting."
For Gone, did you have to go through any power training, karate or some kind of self-defense?
"I have a trainer named Uli in New York that really wants to teach me this training method he uses, and he’s really good at. I just haven’t been in New York in a while. I haven’t had the time or the energy. But I would. It’s not on my list of things to do. I have other things that I would rather practice. But I did a little bit for this movie because I had to. It just feels so good. Physically, to shoot somebody who’s done you wrong, even though it’s not real. It’s even better this way because you know there are no consequences. You don’t really feel guilty but the act of doing of it and the act of punching somebody out."
Wes Bentley as Detective Hood in 'Gone'
What else did you do to prepare for the film?
"Gun training and a little bit of fight training. I’m obsessed with this show called The First 48 – the documentary crime show on A&E. I don’t know why? I have a lot of frustration built up for criminals that just fucking kill. We all probably do. We’ve seen enough movies anyway. I think I just…I didn’t do much. I discuss things. I created this character basically. I had a lot of liberty so it’s not that I had to do a lot of preparation."
Have you been in this situation in real life? Would you be able to kill somebody if it was like something similar?
"I would hope so, yeah. I mean, I hope so. There is a lot of movies where you see the character at the end -- like The Salton Sea. I had to see that movie because Peter Sarsgaard is in it, and my friend Karen, who did the costumes on Lovelace, we watched it. It’s like at the end, Val Kilmer doesn’t shoot the guy right away. It’s like you always have that problem and then you’re like, 'Why aren’t you killing the person? That person is going to f**king kill you right back -- like do it!' Because they are the central character and they are the protagonists, they have that conscience. Who cares at that point."
Have you ever been a waitress, like your character?
"When I was 16. It was fun. I ate a lot. I did. I was the heaviest I have ever been."
Jennifer Carpenter in 'Gone'
What kind of restaurant was it?
"A retirement home. It was in my hometown. It’s near my house. It was my first job. And I feel in love with the chef who was 10 years my senior. I ate all food because I liked food. I was waitress and then a hostess. I kind of ran things. "
Have you gone back to see the place or the people?
"No. I never see the same people. I mean the customers are not the same people. It was interesting. I had fun. I did it for a year. I had a lot of fun and then I did my first movie straight after that. I still wonder how that guy is doing."
Are you still going to do Lovelace, the Linda Lovelace biopic?
Can you talk a little bit about how did you prepare to do a role like Linda Lovelace, once considered the queen of porno?
"That preparation was thick. I had to do a lot. I read her books, which actually didn’t take that long. I saw as much every piece of footage I could of her speaking. I did New York accent training. It was a subtle Yonkers accent. We did rehearsals, improv…I did the whole thing. I was playing someone who existed. It’s like you can’t do anything short of everything you can do."
Amanda Seyfried in 'Gone'
I can just imagine when you’re doing the research, it was like, "Mom, I’m watching porn. Mom, I can’t talk right now."
"That’s the thing. I didn’t watch porn but…"
But your mom knew that you had to do the Lovelace role, right?
"Yeah, she knew. She’s proud of me. My dad read the book, 12 books back-to-back, during a Christmas break and they all came out here, which is crazy, and my 90-year-old grandmother whom I saw The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo with, by the way. My dad was reading it when I dropped him off the airport. He was like kind of tearing up and I was like, 'Daddy what’s wrong,' because we just had a fight like my family as we do all the time. He was like, 'Sweetie.' I’m like, 'Daddy, are you okay?' He was like, 'No...Okay, be her voice. Be Linda’s voice. She needs you.'"
There must have been of an empowerment aspect to that.
"Yes. She survives. It’s a survival story. It’s amazing. Her story, nobody really knows about it. Two different groups of people are trying to make a movie about her and we won."
Does that drive you in pretty much what you choose to take on of which roles you take on?
"I think I’m going to be a little pickier if I can be. I’m still at the mercy of Hollywood. You know what I mean? It’s just not like I could do whatever I want. I definitely have a say in the direction I go. I definitely really loved playing people that existed, real people."
Wes Bentley as Det. Hood and Daniel Sunjata as Powers in 'Gone'
You’re at this point in your career that you have the freedom to choose to be in whatever you want or you cannot limit it, so to speak. Isn’t that sometimes frustrating because what you do is going to be seen by millions of people for the rest of eternity -- it’s going to be there forever and ever. Does that put some pressure on all this?
"I don’t know? I just feel like if I could take every role that I wanted maybe I would just be working too much because there are so many good scripts coming right out and there are so many good directors. Terrence (Howard) how many is he making right now? He hasn’t made a movie…they’re all coming back. Warren Beatty was going to make a movie… is he making that? Weird, right? It’s just like it’s a good time right now. Obviously, I have lots of competition, so I’m not going to get every great role but every once in awhile – I have Linda Lovelace and I’m really happy about that."
How do you commit to a project? What are the ingredients necessary for you?
"Twisted story and a really good director."
"I don’t know? I just really like a good like dark story."
Jill (Amanda Seyfried) confronts a suspect in 'Gone'
It’s a bit of a therapy session here.
"Like Oldboy. Mia Wasikowska is doing it. That’s the kind of movie I want to do. That’s the obvious choice. Oldboy, f**k you."
Do you miss doing Big Love?
"Do I miss it? No. Chloe (Sevigny) was on set the other day. She plays the journalist in Lovelace. Jeanne (Tripplehorn) lives two blocks away from me. Doug (Smith) is my best friend. I don’t miss it at all. My sound guys from Big Love are doing Lovelace. We had our grips from Big Love. Joe May the AD was on. It’s LA, you don’t see these people all the time. I don’t miss playing Sarah at all. God, that dynamic was… having a dynamic like that between me and Chloe and then her being the journalist to my Linda Lovelace...We were sitting across from each other, and I was like crocheting and we were just kind of like, (whispering) 'What are we doing?'"
How do you see yourself in the future?
"I don’t know? I’ll have kids. Keep doing what I’m doing I guess hopefully."
Have you ever recorded an album? You’ve done Mamma Mia! and you’re playing Cosette in Les Miserables. Is there a pop singer somewhere immersed in this palate?
"No. I had to do a pop video for when Mamma Mia! came out, and that was a really embarrassing experience in my life. Just watch it. Just go online, "Gimme, gimme, gimme" and then let me know what you think."
Would you do an album then or not? Is that in your future?
"I’m saying no, right now. I might change my mind in 10 years, but probably not. I don’t like audiences to perform in front of. I have stage fright."
Jill (Seyfried) pleads her case to the police
Where do you think that comes from?
"The same thing with talk shows just the fear of ruining it – the fear of something happening and not having any control over myself and like thinking or just failing."
Where do you think that stems from? Because with film you are putting yourself in front of millions of people -- yes, it’s in the confines of a studio or a soundstage, but when you have to go out there in front of thousands of people...
"I just don’t want to lose credibility. I don’t want people to ever see me as weak. It’s irrational fear. It’s not based on anything real. I know that now. It does help but nerves are nerves and hormones are…things will go happen and make you…just fear will become you and sometimes you just can’t help it. You just need to breathe."
Do you think the more you do it, the better it will be?
"Yeah. Every time I get off the stage on a talk show I’m like, 'Awesome.' It’s always different on the other side – the beginning and the end. It’s like going to an audition and being terrified and being done like, 'I was awesome.' There is always something else."
Do you have a favorite talk show interviewer?
"Leno. He let’s me talk. I just have had good experiences with him. We have a good back and forth. Chelsea is great. She’s easy. I haven’t done Conan. I’m about to do Conan. I haven’t done Ellen. I’m kind of terrified about that. How long is Ellen, like seven minutes? The same thing, right?"
With all the movies you’ve done, what do you get recognized for the most?
"Letters to Juliet and Mamma Mia! Crazy, huh?"
ALSO AVAILABLE THIS WEEK ON BLU-RAY AND/OR DVD:
True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season
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Love Never Dies
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The Diamond Queen + The Queen's Palaces
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Monroe Series 1
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Murdoch Mysteries, Season 4
Combining the period appeal of Sherlock Holmes with the forensic fascination of CSI, Murdoch Mysteries, Season 4, is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Based on the characters from award-winning author Maureen Jennings’ Detective Murdoch novels, the acclaimed Canadian series has garnered 25 Gemini nominations to its credit, including Best Writing and Best Dramatic Series. Set in Victorian-era Toronto, this smart, compelling series follows Yannick Bisson (Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye) as Detective William Murdoch as he pushes the boundaries of criminal science to solve the city’s most baffling murders. Season 4 pits the kindhearted Detective Murdoch against a would-be vampire, a costumed killer, and ruthless mobsters, inspiring him to whip up a slew of innovative crime-fighting techniques along the way. But while Murdoch nabs the culprits with the help of politically ambitious inspector Thomas Brackenreid (Thomas Craig, Where the Heart Is) and eager constable George Crabtree (Jonny Harris, Hatching, Matching & Dispatching), he struggles to subdue his feelings for former sweetheart Dr. Julia Ogden (Gemini winner Hélène Joy, Durham County). The series guest stars Victor Garber (Alias, Titanic), Simon Williams (Upstairs, Downstairs), Peter Keleghan (The Red Green Show), and Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper in a cameo. A fifth season has already been produced, and a sixth season begins production in spring 2012. Bonus Features: Behind-the-scenes featurettes and alternate love letters. ON THE WEB: The Murdoch Mysteries website is www.murdochmysteries.com
Only those with the fastest draw can survive in the brutal world of Dawn Rider. Christian Slater (True Romance, Heathers), Jill Hennessy (Crossing Jordan, Law & Order) and Donald Sutherland (The Hunger Games) all star in the suspenseful tale of romance and vengeance set in the Old West. A remake of the classic John Wayne film, the thrilling adventure begins when John Mason (Slater) arrives at his father’s store, only to find himself caught in the middle of an armed robbery. The crime soon turns deadly as Mason is forced to watch as his father is fatally shot by the gunmen. Failing to save his life, Mason’s only motivation is to find his father’s killer and seek vengeance for his death. Yet his plans for revenge may be thwarted when Mason finds himself falling in love with Alice (Hennessy) who is also adored by John’s best friend. Filled with all the action of a classic Western and directed by Terry Miles (Recoil, A Night For Dying Tigers), Dawn Rider is available exclusively at all Wal-Mart locations. Bonus Feature: Behind-the-scenes on the set of Dawn Rider.
The Jungle Bunch: The MovieMadagascar meets Happy Feet in this wildly entertaining jungle adventure. The Jungle Bunch is a delightful movie about a cute and loveable penguin named Maurice, voiced by Golden Globe and Emmy-award winner and New York Times best-selling children’s author John Lithgow. The Jungle Bunch movie is the incredible story of how a Penguin’s egg fell off an Antarctic ice floe and somehow ended up in the jungle. Adopted and raised by an affectionate tigress, Maurice is totally convinced that he is actually a tiger! He divides his time between hunting, re-painting his stripes and teaching his own adopted son, Junior the Tiger Fish, his own special brand of hunting techniques. Maurice, Junior and all their jungle buddies form a happy, go-lucky but rather dysfunctional family. Ping and Pong, two penguins from Maurice’s native Antarctic village, are in search of “The Great Tiger Warrior” to save their village from an oppressive group of walruses. Their search leads them to Maurice’s jungle home, where they tell him of their plight. Determined to help, Maurice, joined by Fred, a warthog convinced he lives in a musical; Batricia, the only bat afraid of the dark; Miguel, a more than primate gorilla; and Gilbert, a tarsier afraid to leave his limb, form a team and embark on an adventure they will never forget! Bonus Features: 26 funny shorts from Behind-the-scenes of The Jungle.
The Garfield Show: Summer Adventures
Enjoy some fun in the sun with the six awesome outdoors episodes contained in the fun-filled DVD. It's one adventure after another as Garfield, and his pals look for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, try to save their favorite pizza place and morph into superheroes. Then hold on and get ready for one wild ride as they visit Cheese World, a cheese-lover's theme park. But will Jon ran on the summer fun when he enrolls Garfield in an extreme education program to become a "normal" cat? Not if Garfield can help it.