- Amanda Michelle Seyfried
December 03, 1985 (age 34)
- Actor, Singer, Model
- Ann Seyfried, Jack Seyfried
Amanda Michelle Seyfried (born December 3, 1985) is an American actress, singer and former model. She began her career as a model when she was 11, then at 15 began an acting career, starting off with uncredited roles and moving on to recurring roles on As the World Turns and All My Children.
In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls. Her subsequent supporting roles were in independent films, such as Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006), she also had a recurring role in the UPN TV show Veronica Mars (2004–2006). Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO series Big Love. After that, Seyfried appeared in the 2008 musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Her other appearances include leading roles in Jennifer's Body (2009), Chloe (2009), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), Red Riding Hood (2011), In Time (2011), Gone (2012), Les Misérables (2012), Lovelace (2013), A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Ted 2 (2015).
Seyfried was born in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, on December 3, 1985. Her mother, Ann (née Sander), is an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack Seyfried, is a pharmacist. She has German ancestry. Seyfried graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School. She has an older sister, Jennifer Seyfried, who is a musician in the Philadelphia organ-driven rock band, Love City.
During Seyfried's time modeling, she appeared in print ads for clothing companies including Limited Too with Leighton Meester. She stopped modeling when she was seventeen. 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. From 2000 to 2001 she portrayed the recurring character Lucy Montgomery on the television show As the World Turns.From 2002 to 2003 Seyfried played the recurring role of Joni Stafford on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcasted show, All My Children, from 2002 to 2003.
In 2003 Seyfried auditioned to play the role of Regina George in 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. The film was a box-office success, earning over $129 million in its theatrical run. Seyfried's performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan, Lacey Chabert, and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best On-Screen Team".
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. Big Love premiered in the United States on March 12, 2006.
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. Mamma Mia! was Seyfried's first leading role. The film was the fifth highest grossing film of 2008, and as of January 2013 is the 73rd highest grossing film of all time. Her musical performance in Mamma Mia! was released on the film's soundtrack, for which she recorded five songs. 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 the media
Seyfried was ranked three times in the Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars". In 2008, she was placed No. 5, #23 in 2009 and No. 18 in 2010. In 2009, People magazine ranked Seyfried No. 4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 – Beautiful at Every Age. Seyfried once again made the list of People magazine's Most Beautiful 2010 with no make-up on.
In 2010, she ranked number 3 on the Saturday Night Magazine 's Top 20 Rising Stars Under 30. and at the No. 17 spot in the British Glamour magazine "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30". Glamour magazine's April 2010 issue dubbed Seyfried as The Most Down-To-Earth and ranked No. 3 in the "50 Most Glamorous Women of 2010". She also appeared twice in ensemble images on the cover of Vanity Fair: VF's Young Hollywood's New Wave in 2008 and the 2010 VF's A New Decade, A New Hollywood. In 2011, she ranked No. 1 on People's "25 Beauties (and Hotties) at 25" list. She was also included in People's Most Beautiful at Every Age gallery in 2012.
Seyfried has stated that she suffers from anxiety and panic attacks. She also suffers from stage fright, and has never performed in theater because of it.
Since October 2013, she has been dating actor Justin Long.