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Who is Amanda Louise Seyfried?

Who is Amanda Michelle Seyfried? The entertainment world knows Amanda Seyfried as an American actress, singer-songwriter and former child model. She began her career as a child model when she was 11 and at 15 she began her career as an actress, starting off with uncredited roles and going on to recurring roles on As the World Turns and All My Children. In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls playing Karen Smith, the ditziest of the so-called "Plastics". Her subsequent films include Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006). In 2006, she landed a lead role on HBO's popular television series Big Love. After that, Seyfried appeared as Sophie Sheridan in the 2008 musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Other recent appearances include lead roles in Jennifer's Body, Chloe, Dear John, Veronica Mars, Letters to Juliet, andRed Riding Hood.

Early life

Seyfried was  born December 3, 1985 in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania on December 3, 1985.[1] Seyfried's mother, Ann (née Sander), is anoccupational therapist, and her father, Jack, is 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] Seyfried graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School.[4]

Career 

Early work


In 1995, Seyfried began her acting career at age nine, and modeling at the age of 11. During her time modeling she appeared in print ads for clothing companies including Limited Too with Leighton Meester.[1] She stopped modeling when she was seventeen.[1] Seyfried took voice lessons, studied opera, and trained with a Broadway coach while still a teen. She began acting as an uncredited extra in the daytime drama television series Guiding Light.[5]In 2000 until 2001, she portrayed the recurring character Lucy Montgomery on the television show As the World Turns.[5] From 2002 to 2003, Seyfried played the recurring role of Joni Stafford on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcasted show, All My Children.[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. While she was initially considered to play the lead role of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, the producers of the film decided that Seyfried should play Karen Smith, Regina's dim-witted "Plastic" friend and sidekick.[5][7] The film was a box-office success, earning over $129 million in its theatrical run.[8] 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."[9]


Seyfried auditioned to play the title character on UPN's television series Veronica Mars.[5] The role eventually went to Kristen Bell, and Seyfried portrayed the title character's murdered best friend, Lilly Kane.[5] Her character was only shown in flashbacks.[5] The creator, Rob Thomas felt that Seyfried's portrayal as Lilly Kane was outstanding that he used her more times in the show than he initially planned in the first season.[10][11] Seyfried appeared in ten episodes from 2004–2005.[6]


In 2005, Seyfried played the lead character, Samantha, a role written by director Rodrigo Garcia specifically for her, in one of the nine parts in the film Nine Lives, comprising nine short films with different themes and an ensemble cast.[12] For her performance in the film, Seyfried, along with her film's other female leads, won an award from the Locarno International Film Festival, for Best Actress.[13] The same year she played supporting character Mouse in the independent film, American Gun.[6]


In 2006 Seyfried appeared in five episodes on Wildfire as Rebecca and had lead role as Chrissy in the short film titled Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, by writer-director Andrea Janakas. Seyfried also contributed 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, American Dad! and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2008, Seyfried also appeared and played a supporting role in the independent short film, Official Selection.[5][14]


Big Love and beyond      

Seyfried at the premiere of Jennifer's Body, during Midnight Madness at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Seyfried's profile gained prominence due to her role in the highly acclaimed HBO drama television series, Big Love. The series centers on a fictional fundamentalist Mormon family, in which Seyfried plays Sarah Henrickson, Bill and Barb's first daughter, who struggles with her family's polygamous faith.[15] Big Lovepremiered in the United States on March 12, 2006. 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 upcoming projects.[16]


Following Big Love, Seyfried had a supporting role as Zoe in the 2008 horror drama film Solstice, and she 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. The film was the fifth highest grossing film of 2008[17] and, as of March 2010, is the 49th highest grossing film of all time.[18] Her musical performance inMamma Mia! was released on the film's soundtrack, for which she recorded five songs.[19] 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)".

In March 2008, Seyfried was cast in the comedy horror film Jennifer's Body.[20] In the film Seyfried was cast as Anita "Needy" Lesnicki, the title character's best friend.[20] The film, which premiered at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and was released to theaters on September 18, 2009,[21] received mixed reviews from critics.[22]
 
The same year she was cast in the comedy-drama independent film Boogie Woogie. She played Paige Prideaux, one of the lead roles in the ensemble movie. The movie was originally shown on June 26, 2009 at Edinburgh International Film Festival and was officially show in US theaters April 25, 2010.[23][24]


On February 22, 2009, Seyfried presented an award and performed at the 2009 Annual 81st Academy Awards ceremony.[25] In early March 2009, director Zack Snyder had tapped Seyfried to portray the lead role, Baby Doll, in Sucker Punch,[26] but Seyfried had to drop out of the film due to scheduling conflicts with Big Love.[1][27]


Seyfried co-starred alongside Channing Tatum in Dear John, the film adaptation of the novel of the same name that was written by Nicholas Sparks.[28][29] The film was released on February 5, 2010, and received generally negative reviews,[28][29] Seyfried wrote and recorded "Little House", a song which appears on one of the official soundtracks of Dear John.[30] Despite the reviews, Dear John became the first film to break up Avatar's box office reign at number one at the United States box office and grossed $80 million in the US theatrically.[31][32] Seyfried presented an award in the 2010 Annual 82nd Academy Awards ceremony.[33]


Seyfried appeared as the title character in the erotic thriller Chloe, theatrically released by Sony Pictures Classics on March 26, 2010.[34]Chloe originally premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009.[35] In the film, Seyfried's character is a escort/prostitute who is hired to test a husband because his wife feels that she cannot trust his fidelity.[35] The film received attention in part due to Seyfried appearing in a nude sex scene with co-star Julianne Moore. "Chloe" was in limited release, but grossed $3 million in the US theatrically and became one of the higher-grossing specialty films in the US in 2010.[34] Her performance in the film also received favorable reviews from critics. Before Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group bought the rights of the film for United States release, the film received nominations in 2009's Film Festivals. Award nominations include: London Film Festival, San Sebastián International Film Festival, andToronto International Film Festival under the category of Film Presented.[36]


Later in 2010, Seyfried starred in the romantic-comedy film Letters to Juliet, based on the book by Lise and Ceil Friedman. In 2010, Seyfried received an award and was named "Showest Breakthrough Female Star of The Year".[37] She also won the "Scared-As-S**T" category for her performance in Jennifer's Body and was nominated for Best Female Performance for her movie Dear John, at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards.[38][39] Also in 2010, she was included in Forbes's "The 17 Stars To Watch" list,[40][41] received 3 nominations in the Teen Choice Awards for Choice Movie Actress Drama and Choice Movie Chemistry with her co-star Channing Tatum for their movie Dear John. Seyfried was also nominated for Choice Movie Actress Romantic Comedy for Letters to Juliet.[42]


In late January 2009, she became attached to appear in Myriad Pictures' adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comedy A Woman of No Importance.[43] The film is set to be released in 2011.[43][44] However, 2010 reports indicate that the film might not happen due to lack of financing.[45] Although it was confirmed in 2009 that she would appear in the movie Albert Nobbs, she ultimately dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and was replaced by Mia Wasikowska.[46]

Upcoming projects

Seyfried plays the lead role of Valerie in Catherine Hardwicke's Red Riding Hood. The movie was released on March 11, 2011. Seyfried will also play the lead role of Sylvia Weis in Andrew Niccol's Now previously called I'm.Mortal and is set to be released in October 2011.[47][48]Late 2010, Seyfried was considered to play as Daisy Buchanan in the upcoming movie adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but the role went toCarey Mulligan.[49]


Personal life


    
Micah Alberti
Emile Hirsch
Jesse Marchant;
Ryan Phillippe
Seyfried's first serious boyfriend was her All My Children co-star Micah Alberti.[52] After their relationship ended, she briefly dated her Alpha Dog co-star Emile Hirsch.[53] In 2005, Seyfried began a relationship with actor and musician Jesse Marchant; their relationship ended in 2008.[1][3] In 2009 she started dating her Mamma Mia! co-star Dominic Cooper, but as of May 2010 they are reportedly "on a break" in their relationship.[54] According to E! News it is a fact that Cooper cheated on Amanda with Lindsay Lohan at Cannes, but Amanda suggests there were other problems too.[55] The media began speculating that Seyfried is dating actor Ryan Phillippe after the pair were photographed together at Kate Hudson's Halloween party on October 30, 2010.[56] Seyfried and Phillippe were together for three months, but they have ended their relationship.[57][58][59] Though as of March 8 Amanda said, “I’ve been ’seen’ with him.”[55]
Amanda has admitted to have dated Alexander Skarsgård.[55]


In the media


Seyfried was ranked six times in six consecutive years on the list of "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World". First was in 2005 where she ranked #32, 2006 ranked #23, 2007 ranked #46, 2008 ranked #65, 2009 ranked #5, and 2010 ranked #9.[60][61] Seyfried was also ranked thrice in the Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars". In 2008, she was placed #5, #23 in 2009 and #18 in 2010.[62][63][64] And in 2010, she ranked number 3 on the Saturday Night Magazine's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30.[65] and at the #17 spot in the British Glamour magazine "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30".[66] In 2009, People Magazine ranked Seyfried #4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 – Beautiful at Every Age.[67] Glamour magazine's April 2010 issue dubbed Seyfried as The Most Down-To-Earth and ranked #3 in the "50 Most Glamorous Women of 2010".[68][69] Seyfried once again made the list of People Magazine's Most Beautiful 2010 with no make-up on.[70] and also appeared twice in the cover and article of Vanity Fair. First was the VF's Young Hollywood's New Wave in the year 2008[71][72] and the recent controversial Vanity Fair cover and article VF's A New Decade, A New Hollywood.[73] Moreover, LoveFilm ranked Seyfried at #5 spot on their 2010 edition of Top Ten Actresses Under 30.[74]

Filmography

ear↓Title↓Role↓Notes
2000–
2001
As the World TurnsLucinda Marie "Lucy" Montgomery#2Recurring role (27 episodes)
2002–
2003
All My ChildrenJoni StaffordRecurring role (3 episodes)
2004Law & Order: Special Victims UnitTandi McCainEpisode: "Outcry"
2004–
2006
Veronica MarsLilly KaneRecurring role (11 episodes)
2005House M.D.PamEpisode: "Detox"
2006JusticeAnn Juliette DiggsEpisode: "Pretty Woman"
2006WildfireRebeccaEpisodes: "A Good Convict Is Hard to Find"
"Dangerous Liaisons"
"Family Matters"
"Nothing Takes the Past Away Like the Future"
"Taking Off"
2006CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationLacey FinnEpisode: "Rashomama"
2006–2010
2011
Big LoveSarah HenricksonLead role (43 episodes) (seasons 1-4 as regular) (series finale as special guest star)
2008American Dad!AmyEpisode: "Escape from Pearl Bailey"

[edit]Awards and nominations

Year↓Result↓Award↓Category↓Film or series↓
2005WonMTV Movie AwardBest On-Screen TeamMean Girls
2005WonLocarno International Film FestivalBronze Leopard for Best ActressNine Lives
2005NominatedGotham AwardBest Ensemble CastNine Lives
2009NominatedPeople's Choice AwardsFavorite Movie CastMamma Mia!
2009NominatedMTV Movie AwardBreakthrough Performance FemaleMamma Mia!
2009WonGlamour Women of the Year AwardsBest Actress in a FilmMamma Mia!
2010WonShoWest Convention AwardBreakthrough Female Star of the Year
2010NominatedMTV Movie AwardBest Female PerformanceDear John
2010WonMTV Movie AwardBest Scared-As-S**t PerformanceJennifer's Body
2010NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress DramaDear John
2010NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie ChemistryDear John
2010NominatedTeen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Actress Romantic ComedyLetters To Juliet


Rankings

Year↓Title↓Rank↓
2005The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World[60]#32
2006The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World[60]#23
2007The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World[60]#46
2008The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World[60]#65
2008Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars"[75]#5
2009The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World[60]#5
2009Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars"[63]#23
2009People Magazine's Most Beautiful 2009 – Beautiful at Every Age [76]#4
2009Autograph Collectors Daily - Top 10 Celebrity Signers in 2009 [77]#5
2010The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World[60]#9
2010Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars"[78]#18
2010Saturday Night Magazine's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30[79]#3
2010Glamour Magazine's "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30"[80]#17
2010Glamour Magazine's "50 Most Glamorous Women of 2010"[81] (dubbed as The Most Down-To-Earth [82])#3
2010LoveFilm's Top Ten Actresses Under 30 [83]#5
2010The Internet Movie Database's Top 100 STARmeter list [84]#34
2010Forbes's 17 Stars To Watch [85]#15
2010People Magazine's World's Most Beautiful [86]-
2011AskMen's Top 99 Women [87]#92

















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