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Given the opportunity, Amanda Seyfried would change some things about her early career in Hollywood.
The actress, 36, began her acting career as a teenager in the late 1990s, starring in soap operas such as As the World Turns and All My Children before making her 2004 debut in Mean Girls as Karen Smith.
Though she started out pretty unscathed from the pre-#MeToo era, Seyfried reflected on some troubling situations, revealing some in an interview with Porter for a cover story released Monday.
“Being 19, walking around without my underwear on – like, are you kidding me?” Seyfried stated. “How did I let that happen?”
Following a “mock consideration,” the actress stated, “Oh, I know why: I was 19, and I didn’t want to upset anybody, and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why.”
Earlier this year, Seyfried gave a similar interpretation of the uncomfortable experiences following the success of the Mean Girls, saying in an interview with Marie Claire that she was “grossed out” by male fans quoting a statement from Karen Smith on the weather forecast with her breasts.
“I was like 18 years old,” Seyfried said. “It was just gross.”
In her interview with Porter, she also opened up about losing the role of Glinda in the upcoming film adaptation of John M. Chu’s Wicked. However, the role eventually went to Ariana Grande.
“It was devastating, and it wasn’t for any other reason than I really felt like it was right,” Seyfried stated. But, she continued, “That doesn’t take away from my confidence at all.”
Amanda Seyfried Success
Seyfried has appeared in numerous other movies like 2008’s Mamma Mia! and its sequel, 2018’s Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, 2009’s Jennifer’s Body, 2010’s Dear John and Letters to Juliet, 2011’s Red Riding Hood and In Time, 2012’s Les Miserables, 2014’s A Million Ways to Die in the West, 2015’s Ted 2, and 2017’s First Reformed.
Critics have praised her for her role as Marion Davies in 2020’s Mank, a David Fincher biopic, securing nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
These successful feedbacks continued in 2022’s The Dropout, in which she portrayed Elizabeth Holmes and secured her a nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for the Primetime Emmy Award.
In 2022, Time Magazine dubbed her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
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