The following is an exclusive preview of SELF magazine's interview with Amanda Seyfried, star of this week's Letters to Juliet.
Letters to Juliet opens May 14 and it will make you want to fall in love, travel to Italy, and spend time with Amanda Seyfried. Not necessarily in that order. SELF magazine spent some time with the star, who is as thoughtful and lovely in person as her character Sophie is in the movie. Here’s a little of what she told us....more in the June issue of SELF and self.com.
1.What got you started with performing?
I saw Les Miserables
when I was 11 and I just wanted to be part of that world. I always wanted to make people feel something. I knew how I was feeling when I watched certain performances, so drawn in and inspired that I wanted play pretend in order to make other people feel that way.
2. What’s it like watching yourself on-screen?
It’s very hard for me. I used to not care. But recently I’ve been playing the romantic lead, and in order to be romantic lead, you’ve got to kind of be pretty in my opinion. I mean, the good thing is that I’ve got range. I can look young, maybe my age. I can play 18 to 27 and I can also play the unattractive girl and clearly some people think I can play the attractive girl. That is still a mystery to me. I just don’t like my face. And it’s ok. Sometimes you wake up and you like it and sometimes you don’t. But it’s like you don’t have a choice. You’ve just got to be comfortable with yourself. As comfortable as I am with myself day to day, watching it is different. It’s just strange.
3. You started Fordham in 2004 and left for Mean Girls. Was that hard?
I never saw myself going to college. Even when I was looking at different schools, I was like, this really isn’t right. I didn’t show up to my first class, and English Comp class, because I was doing a screen test for Mean Girls
. I got to the building where the class was, I was already 15 minutes late and just looked at the elevators, called my parents, and went home.
4. Your career has, deservedly, skyrocketed since Mamma Mia in 2008. How have you changed?
I’m just a little bit smarter. I know myself a little bit more but that’s about it. Experience breeds knowledge. I’ve been on some amazing experiences. What I do, what we all do, especially when we live in big cities and in this industry, it’s like we live on Mars to some people. I have to keep that in perspective too. I might be maturing faster because of the travel I do and people I meet, and the people I’ve become close to. I think that all plays into it.
5. Your character in Letters to Juliet gives advice to the lovelorn. And you gave advice to SELF readers that was really empathetic and insightful. What do you seek advice on?
Love. Sometimes I need encouragement because it gets really hard when you don’t live in the same country. [Seyfried’s boyfriend, her Mamma Mia
co-star Dominic Cooper, lives in London.] I get insecure, he gets insecure and sometimes you lose yourself in those insecurities. I love turning to my friends for their perspective. But it’s amazing and I have my life, he has his, and I get to have this great feeling when I know I’m going to see him.
6. What’s a bad day for you?
When someone gets upset with me. I recently had a bad day. It’s exhausting. But as soon I spoke to the person it was all better.
7. Do you enjoy working out? Does it keep you feeling balanced?
There are times when I need it. I really do, sometimes feel like I just need to do something, burn calories, something. It depends on how I’m working. But it’s on a day to day basis. If you don’t have time for it, you can’t freak out.
8. You look incredible. Please say you eat indulgent stuff sometimes!
Yes! I like raw stuff in the morning, a shot of chlorophyll or a ginger lemon drink, but or lunch, I want a piece of pizza.