Amanda Seyfried ‘wouldn’t lose weight for a role’ b/c she’s ‘too health-conscious’

Amanda Seyfried

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.”

[From InStyle]

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.

Amanda Seyfried

Photos courtesy of InStyle

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  1. Jess says:

    I kind of like how crazy she is. She’s always been this way. She has no filter.

  2. bettyrose says:

    Maybe she wouldn’t lose weight specifically for a role, but she did seem to slim down between the early seasons of Big Love and her movie career – or maybe that was just her getting more toned.

    • loveisthecoal says:

      She’s definitely slimmed down a lot-Mean Girls was on tv the other night and I’d say she’s a good 15-20 lbs thinner now than she was then.

      • Lauren says:

        Amanda has always looked gorgeous..from Mean Girls to Dear John. Stunning face, doesn’t have a revolting orange fake tan. It is easy to hate her, but she is a good actress. I loved her in Mean Girls, and Dear John.

    • bns says:

      I came here to say this. Emma Stone said something similar a while ago about not working out and I thought it was weird because she’s lost so much weight since Superbad and even Easy A.

  3. Christina says:

    Another day, another young actress telling us how she refuses to lose weight (and it’s not like she’s fat, is it?)

    I honestly think that every Hollywood agent these days is telling these actresses to talk about their weight in an attempt to seem ‘accessible’ and ‘normal’. Actually, it just makes them seem boring.

    • Skipper says:

      I seem to recall her complaining how hard it was for her to stay skinny eating nothing but lettuce all the time. I prefer that type of honesty.

      • Emsworth says:

        I remember her talking about this – and I took from this that being that it is so hard for her to maintain her figure, trying to lose more weight for a role would be awfully hard, and she wouldn’t do it…

        Also, I am new here! Hi everyone!

      • Liv says:

        Hi Emsworth! :-)

        I hope you’re right, I like what she’s saying in the interview. And I hate that every actress slims down as soon as she’s getting bigger roles.

        Hathaway, Stone, Seyfried…please stop.

        Plus I don’t know why actors/actresses have to lose that much weight nowadays. Everybody knows it’s not healthy, but people deal with it like it’s the bravest thing in the world.

    • oliveo says:

      Totally agree. It’s one thing when a healthy-looking actress like Jennifer Lawrence says these things– it fits J. Law’s persona AND figure. But thiiis chick– pure schtick.

  4. Ms Kay says:

    Didn’t she also bang the Dexter guy, Desmond something?

  5. Sweet Dee says:

    It’s nice to read an interview where she’s so open. I know she’s a very sweet and generous person but I didn’t know she had OCD, which explains her usually boring interviews since she would probably have to focus on just the one thing at once. I don’t think the weight loss thing is a dig at Anne, it sounds like she doesn’t think she’s strong enough to go through that without losing her mind.

    Anyway, as a straight female I’m definitely interested in checking out her assets in the Lovelace movie.

  6. Amelia says:

    I didn’t know there was medication for OCD! I’m not sure whether to feel happy about this or not. I have OCD and it sounds fairly similar to Amanda’s – I do a ridiculous number of things at the same time, not to mention checking light switches, windows, etc.
    I’d be a bit wary of taking meds for it though. Anything that alters your way of thinking puts me off, but I might have to investigate that.
    Who the hell did the photoshop of the cover? By all means photoshop the hell out of Anne Hathaway’s face, but not Amanda’s.
    Loving the dig at Anne’s Oscar campaign. So you were thin and got thinner. You need to shut up.

    • Bedhead says:

      I don’t know if meds work for everyone. I tried Luvox (years ago), and it didn’t do a thing for my OCD. Lexapro might be different, but I’m probably not willing to deal with dry mouth again to find out!

      • Obvious says:

        Lexapro has very mild side-effects-at least for me. I take it to keep my anxiety under control.

        It’s something you should definitely talk to your doctor about most of these drugs work differently inhibiting different chemicals in your brain, what works for one may not work for you-but i personally have had great success on Lexapro and highly recommend anyone with a serious disorder (ocd, depresison, anxiety) treat it with a therapist and prescriptions if needed. drugs are great-but you also have to take care of your emotional well-being.

      • Sweet Dee says:

        Lexapro exacerbated my anxiety to the Nth degree, and now I don’t take any meds at all, except for an occasional xanax when I feel a freak-out coming on, maybe a few times a year.

        Luckily mine’s mild enough to control with meditation and meditative exercises, so I’m fortunate in that respect.

        Good luck to you both! The difference between control and none can be a fine line, but they feel a world apart.

      • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

        Don’t even get me started on dry mouth. I’m really dilligent about oral care because I was born with jaw and bite abnormalities (thank God they weren’t terribly apparent). I’ve had about every danged procedure and orthodonics under the sun over the last 20 years or so, which is to say, as a person constantly skirting the deformation edge, I’m not about to lose face (literally) to anything preventable.

        Then came the lithium. I drink loads of water, chew sugarless gum and use that fancy ass dry mouth rinse and paste. But the dry mouth plagued me. Last January, I went to my dentist with a toothache complaint. I had never had so much as a cavity before the Demon Lith came into my life and I had the pleasure of enduring seven surgeries–one per week until the last Tuesday in March. And because nothing pleases a dentist more than scolding, I sat through almost two hours of that bullshit before he noticed that it wasn’t his firebreathing into my face that absconded with my oral moisture, then he started to come into the realization that he was looking at the most common side effect associated with that medication and others of its sort. He practically wanted to be my girlfriend when he got the $4 000+ out of my swamp-mouthed donnybrook. I guess it’s about time to get a normal cleaning, but…screw it.

    • fabgrrl says:

      There are lots of medications for OCD – SSRIs work (for some) as well as tricyclic antidepressants. But these are for real OCD, not the Monica-from-Friends type that society thinks is so cute.

    • Rachel says:

      There are many different types of OCD and not all of them can be treated with medication. And even if medication is effective, the most effective treatment is medication combined with therapy. For example with my OCD, I’m a checker. Did I turn the stove off? Did I lock the door? Did I put the garage door down?? My friends have accepted the fact that I will have to check 3 times before I leave the house. Then I will ask them after we’ve left the house. The OCD stems from my anxiety. Therefore, in order to treat my OCD, I have to treat my anxiety. It’s different for everyone.

      • Lauren says:

        I dated a man who was OCD..obsessive about everything. Didn’t understand what the hell was happening. Before making love, he had a ritual–shower–folding his clothes & placing them on my hope chest, then sweaty- intoxicating sex. The euphoria crashes-boom- wake up the next morning..starts yelling at me!! Air is stuffy, comforter is lumpy, hates my coffee maker–i started crying. Never Again.

    • ACD says:

      Yo! If you have OCD (as I do) you should definitely go to a psychiatrist before even coming close to any medication, as people in the U.S. tend to do. But feel assured that there are many, many ways to treat it medically, though it is definitely something for life. Don’t worry at all, however, that the medication is going to screw you up. OCD is perhaps one of the few mental diseases where there is definitely no argument against traditional medication. We have to take it, and you will realize much sooner than later that it does a hell of an improvement over yourself. Be sure to complement it always with a psychologist.

  7. Gwen says:

    I sort of like her.. she doesn’t sound tha t crazy here, I think.

  8. mimifarrow says:

    My initial reaction is that it was a bit of a dig on Anne. What if she were offered the role of a lifetime, would she change her mind then? It’s funny to me because I would rather starve for a role rather than do a nude scene, but that’s just me. To each their own.

  9. emmie_a says:

    I need those shoes she’s wearing on the cover!!!

  10. Talie says:

    I always like her, despite her fame she is incredibly honest about her life and really seems to live it up without being a mess.

  11. Jess says:

    If she’s truly OCD, she may be a bit obsessive about her health, and wouldn’t do anything to put it in danger. Getting dangerously thin for a role ISN’T healty. Making your body anorexic for even a short time can have lasting effects on your health. I think she has a point. Is a role really worth your health?

  12. lucy2 says:

    How the heck does one knit on an elliptical?
    I kind of like her again too, for a while she was bugging me, but not so much these days.

    • j.eyre says:

      Right? I can barely work the arm things while on an elliptical, let alone do Soduku (which I can’t do working out or stationary.

      If I were knitting on any of the machines, you would soon hear over the loudspeaker “trainer to the cardio section, please. Miss Eyre has another knitting needle stuck in her eye -and it is freaking the teenager next to her out.”

  13. mommak918 says:

    I love love her. And the fact she’s ocd makes me like her more. She’s quirky.

  14. I Choose Me says:

    I like this girl so much. I like her face, I like her lack of filter and all her quirks. I’ve noticed too that a lot of actors who’s worked with her seem rather protective of her. Just an impression I got.

  15. SCREEEE says:

    I love her. So talented and pretty, and I quite like her odd interviews.

  16. serena says:

    LoL I cracked up at the diet thing comment, she’s right. And nowadays there are a lot of the actresses/actors do it for fame and prizes *I’m looking at you Anne* and nothing else. Of course there are exceptions, and I’m thinking of Hugh, there I said it again. He deserves an Oscar.

  17. stephanie says:

    Ann hathaway has been getting a lot of hate on here lately but I think it was refreshing that she was like, “I didn’t eat for weeks.” No one looks like that without consciously losing weight, sorry. AS has lost a lot of weight.

    I love her, though. i think she’s the prettiest actress in hollywood and I think it’s cute she’s so awkward.

  18. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    I also thought what she said about Josh Hartnett was interesting…just bc two people are dating, doesn’t necessarily mean they are sleeping together. I guess that is rare now – esp in HWood. Kind of cool that she is terrified of being promiscuous. She is quirky without being try-hard. I like her.

  19. janine says:

    I think she is being dishonest, seeing as just 2 years ago she talked about her crazy diet in Esquire.

    “‘It’s intense. And sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach. Just spinach. Spinach and seeds.’ She says the last word, seeds, and leans into the long vowel sound, scrunching her nose, making the word sound like a comic discovery.”