Childhood & Early Life
Amanda Seyfried was born on December 3, 1985, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA, to Ann and Jack Seyfried. Her mother is an occupational therapist, while her father is a pharmacist. She has an older sister named Jennifer.
She went to ‘William Allen High School.’ She began her modelling and acting career when she was still in school. She was just 11 when she became a model. Soon after, she started working for the clothing brand ‘The Limited Too.’ Also interested in acting and singing, Seyfried began studying opera under a voice coach.
She received her first acting gig at the age of 15 and appeared as ‘Lucinda Marie “Lucy” Montgomery’ on the soap opera ‘As the World Turns’ (1999-2001).
Due to her modeling and acting assignments, she had to miss classes at school. Despite her busy schedule, she managed to graduate from high school in 2003.
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Amanda Seyfried stopped modeling to focus on her acting career. After playing a few minor roles in some TV series, she was cast as ‘Karen Smith,’ a dim-witted girl, in the teen movie ‘Mean Girls’ (2004). The film was a box office hit and increased Amanda’s popularity.
She then auditioned to play the title character in the TV series ‘Veronica Mars.’ Though she didn’t land the role, she was eventually cast as the title character’s best friend ‘Lilly Kane.’ She played this role in 11 episodes from 2004 to 2006.
Around this time, she also ventured into cinema and played supporting roles in movies like ‘Nine Lives’ (2005) and ‘American Gun’ (2005). In 2006, she appeared in five episodes of the TV series ‘Wildfire.’
With her acting career on a roll, she appeared in numerous films in the late-2000s. Among her major film projects were ‘Mamma Mia!’ (2008) where she played ‘Sophie.’ In 2009, she appeared in ‘Jennifer's Body’ in which she played ‘Anita.’
In 2010, she acted in the romantic drama-war film ‘Dear John’ which was an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' 2006 novel of the same name. The film became a commercial hit even though it received negative reviews from critics.
Being a talented singer, Amanda Seyfried has also contributed to the soundtracks of several films, such as ‘Mamma Mia!’ and ‘Dear John.’
The 2010s began on a positive note for the young actor as she remained busy with many interesting projects. In 2011, she appeared in the movie ‘In Time’ where she played ‘Sylvia Weis.’ She then portrayed ‘Cosette’ in ‘Les Misérables’ in 2012. In 2013, she played important roles in ‘The Big Wedding’ and ‘Lovelace.’
She was part of the ensemble cast that appeared in the western comedy film ‘A Million Ways to Die in the West.’ The film, which was a moderate success, starred actors like Charlize Theron, Neil Patrick Harris, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman, and Liam Neeson.
She co-starred with Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane in the 2015 comedy film ‘Ted 2,’ in which she played ‘Samantha Jackson,’ a lawyer addicted to marijuana. Even though the film was panned by the critics, it became a huge commercial success, grossing more than $216 million at the box office.
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From 2006 to 2011 she voiced ‘Sarah Henrickson’ in the ‘HBO’ drama series ‘Big Love.’
She was then seen opposite Ethan Hawk in the critically acclaimed 2017 movie ‘First Reformed.’ The movie performed moderately at the box-office, and was screened at the 74th ‘Venice International Film Festival.’ The same year, she was also seen in ‘The Last Word.’
In 2018, she starred alongside an ensemble cast, including Meryl Streep, Brosnan, and Christine Baranski in the jukebox musical romantic comedy film ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.’ It was both a critical and commercial success, earning a whopping $395 million against a budget of $75 million.
In 2019, she appeared in the comedy-drama film ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain.’ The same year, she was cast to play important roles in movies like ‘A Mouthful of Air,’ ‘Things Heard and Seen,’ and ‘Mank.’
Amanda Seyfried’s portrayal of ‘Samantha’ in the drama film ‘Nine Lives’ earned her much appreciation. She won a few awards for playing a distraught teenager who is torn between her non-communicative parents.
She played ‘Cosette,’ an illegitimate daughter of a prostitute, in the drama film ‘Les Misérables.’ Her poignant portrayal of an emotionally troubled girl struck a chord with the audience. The film became a major commercial as well as critical hit.
Awards & Achievements
In 2005, she won the ‘Locarno International Film Festival Award’ for ‘Best Actress’ for ‘Nine Lives.’
In 2010, Amanda Seyfried won the ‘ShoWest Breakthrough Female Star of the Year.’ The same year, she received the ‘MTV Movie Award’ for ‘Best Scared-As-S**t Performance’ for her role in ‘Jennifer’s Body.’