Amanda Seyfried covers the January issue of InStyle magazine to promote her role as Cosette in Les Miserables. For the cover shot, she wears a powder blue dress that, while lovely, reminds me very much of the frosting on a baby shower cake. I do like cake, but I’m not really into baby showers even though I suffered through one of my own over a decade ago. Amanda’s face also looks a bit photoshopped here as well, which is strange because she doesn’t need the enhancement at all.
Amanda’s interview with InStyle is actually somewhat noteworthy, which is odd because she’s terribly socially awkward and tends to clam up quite a bit. What she does say leads me to believe that perhaps she and Anne Hathaway aren’t exactly great friends, but I could be imagining things. She and Anne wouldn’t have had any scenes together in Les Mis, right? Amanda does play Anne’s grown daughter, but I believe that (mild SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t read the book) Fantine died while Cosette was still rather young and before Amanda took over the role in the movie. Also, I could be imagining the bit of passive-aggression that I’m sensing from Amanda when she discusses how she’d never, ever lose weight for a movie role. Is this a subtle dig against Annie’s Oscar campaign? I’m probably making too much of it, but I do know that Amanda appreciates the hell out of Channing Tatum because she readily admits as much. Here are some excerpts:
On working with Channing Tatum in Dear John: “Channing was amazing. He’s a superstar. Everybody wants to have sex with him. And the only person he wants to have sex with is his wife, Jenna [Dewan-Tatum]. He’s the most loyal husband.”
She’s unlucky in love: “I’m just more attracted to actors. I like their choice to be artists–that’s ballsy. And a guy who has such access to his emotional life is sexy… Maybe I’m so attracted to actors because I’m not ready for the ‘settled down’ thing yet. The thing is, I can’t date anybody without it being portrayed as a serious relationship in the tabloids. It sucks! Like Josh Hartnett and I were friends; we hung out, we dated. I don’t actually have sex with every male I come into contact with,” she says.
She’d have cut her hair for the Fantine role: “I would have done that for sure. I probably wouldn’t lose or gain weight for a role, though. I’m too health-conscious. And I don’t think I could actually lose weight because I couldn’t be on that kind of a diet. I would lose my mind.”
On going nude for Lovelace: “It’s not about my body. It’s not about me,” she says of doing nude scenes. “You’re playing somebody else. You’re not going to believe a love scene if the people are dressed. You’re not going to believe a stripper who has on a bra and underwear the whole time. At the same time, it has to do with how comfortable you are with letting people see your skin. For me, I’m okay with it.”
She takes Lexapro for her OCD: “I have to do lots of things at the same time. It’s an obsessive-compulsive thing,” says Seyfried, who takes Lexapro to control her OCD. (Example: When she’s on the elliptical machine at the gym, she’s also knitting, playing Soduku, and listening to music. “I don’t feel like I’m struggling with it. I think OCD is a part of me that protects me. It’s also the part of me that I use in my job, in a positive way. The only thing I’d like to get beyond is my fear of driving over bridges and through tunnels. I can’t overcome it.”
Aha! Now we know why Josh Hartnett and Amanda ended their canine-centered romance — it wasn’t because she was super clingy or cheating with Dominic Cooper. She wouldn’t give it up to Josh! Amanda has previously spoken about how she’s terrified of being promiscuous, but I didn’t know she was this serious about it. If anyhing, this makes me feel better about Amanda because if she didn’t give it up to Josh, then she probably didn’t bang James Franco either. If you haven’t already gathered, I’m of the opinion that no one should give it up to Franco. Ever.
The OCD stuff is interesting too. I’ve previously spoken about my allegiance with Howie Mandell in regards to germ-obsessed obsessions and compulsions. But it sounds like Amanda has a very different form (and there are many) of the disease. It also seems like the affliction doesn’t bother her much at all, and the medication helps a lot. Good for her.
Photos courtesy of InStyle