Amanda Seyfried: ‘Certain actors stay kids forever’ & need to grow up

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried has a new interview with Fox 411 to promote While We’re Young‘s expansion into wide release. The movie features Amanda as one half of a 20-something couple who befriends 40-something couple Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts. Amanda’s 29 years old now but can pass for a few years younger. She’s also been kicking around Hollywood since her teenage soap opera roles. People started to notice her after Mean Girls, which also starred Lindsay Lohan. I’m pretty sure Amanda’s talking about the Lohan complex in this discussion. She explains how Hollywood can hamper the growth process, and actors must be proactive to avoid the trap of becoming an eternal child:

On approaching 30: “I have to behave like a grown up. And as hard as it is and as tough as it … as intimidating as that is, I realize it’s the only way to be, it’s the only direction. It’s the only way your life is going to work, you have to be mature, and you have to make mature decisions and you have to think of other people, and you have to be responsible. And you know what? My life is better for it.”

On being young in Hollywood: “I actually think it’s a detriment to growing up for certain people. Certain actors stay kids forever because they’re treated like it. And you just can’t stand for that, when people sometimes… people treating you like a kid, you’re just going to like kind of stay that way if you’re not careful. I’m only speaking from experience, so I realize it’s really important to stake your claim in the adult world.”

You won’t catch her on a Kindle app: “I will not read books on my iPad because guess what? That can also, the battery can die. The battery dies all the time. I almost bought a flip phone the other day because I was thinking, what if, this battery keep dying so much on my iPhone. Books, books, I have to read books it’s just so simple. You don’t need to plug it in.”

[From Fox News 411]

Amanda stresses that she’s not being “ironic” with her preference of traditional print books. She’s separating herself from the hipster crowd and simply admitting that she stresses over phone battery life. But Kindle battery power last forever! I’m a fan of the Kindle. Saves shelf space, saves money.

Another cute Amanda story surfaced last night. Us Weekly says Amanda served helped out the flight attendants while en route from NYC to LA. She “just took over and served cookies for the flight attendants! She was super friendly, laughing and joking with the flight attendants.” And she didn’t take a selfie, like other certain actors would have done.

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

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  1. frisbeejada says:

    Thank goodness, I thought it was just me that loathed Kindles. I love books, the weight, feel and smell of them, and wandering around second hand book shops looking for ‘treasure’ you get none of that with a Kindle.

    • Dońt kill me i'm french says:


    • Maum says:

      Absolutely true but I also remember the days of wondering which books to pack when going away. I’ve always been a fast reader and half my suitcase would be taken up with books. Kindle does help in that respect.

    • taterho says:

      I felt the same way too. Once I got my kindle though, I felt different. I love the little booger. It fits in my purse and I can just whip it anywhere when I’m bored. I read more often now. My books sit over in my closet looking at me with scorn now. I just act casual like I don’t notice.

    • doofus says:

      I used to feel the same way…loved turning actual pages and yes, the smell of the paper…

      …until I got a Paperwhite and now I’ve been assimilated.

      when you travel, it’s so much easier to pack that rather than 5 books. but I dig what you’re saying…

    • PiecesofMe says:

      I use my kindle for beach books or YA–stuff I don’t want to dig into. But for me it’s also about the physicality of the book, which doesn’t happen on computers or e-books. I can still flip right to certain passages in books, and I can always find where I left off reading because I have mapped the physical space as well as the words. I remember it so much better if I’ve held the book. Maybe it’s generational. Here’s a really interesting article about it as well:

    • Sarah says:

      I used to feel the same way. Said I would never have a Kindle. I put the Kindle app on my iPad and hated it. Then, I won a Paperwhite as a door prize at a luncheon and thought I would give it a try. I. Love. It. All my friends that used to tease me about my Kindle hatred now tease me about my about-face. I love being able to get a new book immediately. Light and easy. And unlike the iPad, I can read in the sun on the beach or by the pool. The thing I don’t like is not being able to pass along a particularly good book to a friend.

    • L says:

      I have some great hardbacks that I go out of my way to buy-but for traveling/commuting and puttering around the house, I love my kindle. It’s light, fits in my bag, and I essentially have 40-50 books to choose from at any given time. It’s usually the books I would have read once or twice and then donated anyway.

      I don’t think I would like reading on my ipad-it is way to big and heavy.

    • Abigail says:

      Another plus of the kindle, for those of us with eye problems: you can expand the print size to a much larger text that can be read with no strain.

    • ReignbowGirl says:

      Mr. ReignbowGirl has a Kobo. Just out of curiousity, I smelled it. Nope, no lovely, vanilla-y paper smell. He can keep his Kobo; I’ll stick to my ludicrously high stack of books next to my bed and their delicious smell.

    • frisbeejada says:

      Righto, I’ll give up and buy one then!

    • Nerdista says:

      The smell of old books? People read those in the bathroom, y’all. Gross.

  2. Abbott says:

    First beets and now Kindle > books? It’s like I don’t even internet know you anymore, Bedhead.

  3. Dońt kill me i'm french says:

    I noted I am more “into” the book when the book is real ( I’m not sure to be clear)

    • Cankles says:

      I get that. I have a kindle and it is convenient for travel, but that’s really the only time I use it. Like you said, for some reason I can’t get into a book as much if it’s not an actual physical book!

  4. Maum says:

    I lost interest in her when I heard her on a talk show say that she didn’t like sports because she was ‘a lady’.
    Annoying gender stereotyping.

    And Kindle batteries do last forever. I love books but nothing beats a Kindle when travelling/commuting,

  5. roxy750 says:

    I usually don’t like her but I LOVE HER HAIR here! She actually looks great!

  6. Catk says:

    I’m going to pretend she’s talking about Ryan Phillipe.

  7. Who ARE these people? says:

    “It’s the only way your life is going to work, you have to be mature, and you have to make mature decisions and you have to think of other people, and you have to be responsible. And you know what? My life is better for it.”

    One of the rare times a celebrity has said something that is personally useful for people to hear.

  8. OhDear says:

    I prefer paper books to Kindles and other apps, but I don’t have the room for a lot of paper books! Also, ebooks are (for when the book’s not at the library) are cheaper and Kindles, etc. are easier to carry.

    IMO, the way she expressed her opinion on it was so odd, though, particularly this part: “I will not read books on my iPad because guess what? That can also, the battery can die. The battery dies all the time.”

  9. Jayna says:

    I prefer books in print to Kindle. I am old school and that’s just the way it is. I like the feel of a book and turning the page. I am on screens enough already for work. I don’t want that for my books.

    She could pass for her early 20s.

  10. Lilacflowers says:

    That dog! I love that dog! I want to hug that dog!

    • Pedro45 says:

      Finn is the best. Amanda was on the Daily Show a couple of weeks ago and the pictures of him backstage were by far the most interesting part of the interview. Jon Stewart commented on how great he is. I am not normally one to gush over pets but that dog has charisma.

  11. j.eyre says:

    I like what’s written in the books so I don’t really care how I read them. I have the Kindle app on my phone, computer and mini iPad so I can read at any given moment of the day and that knowledge just plain makes me happy. I also discovered that you are still allowed in bookstores – and may purchase books to boot – despite also reading on an ereader. Why, they even let me keep my library card!

    The only time I will have nothing to do with an ereader is in the bathtub where I will surely drop and kill it.

  12. Livealot says:

    I will always remember her as the girl who said she was always going to be in her ex’s life. In a way that could be off putting to current girlfriends.

  13. bns says:

    She’s so pretty, but so boring

  14. MarcelDeux says:

    I instantly thought of Lohan, too. I really like what she said in that first except about being an adult. I’m approaching 30 too, in a few years, and she’s absolutely right about being responsible and making mature decisions. Indeed it does make you a better person. I can’t imagine being child-like at this age.

  15. grace says:

    I read paper books. Paper backs don’t need batteries and are better on my eyes. Kids these days don’t really know what anything is unless it’s online, digital, plastic. Lots of schools are getting rid of regular text books and using them on ipads.

  16. TessD says:

    I LOVE Kindle. What is she talking about, the battery dies? I have a Kindle app on my ipad Mini and it lasts forever. I like books too, but Kindle is so much easier in so many ways. I really like that I don’t need a light while I’m reading – for some reason I end up reading mostly either at night or in the dark corners. Kindle books are WAY cheaper then paper and I can get the newest titles immediately. Let’s not forget that some are free when I borrow them from my library. I’ve been reading books for as long as I can remember and I don’t miss any of that “smell and page turning” stuff. So yeah, I love my Kindle!

  17. EC says:

    Gosh she has great hair, like some of the best in the biz I think. Do we think they are extensions? I will comfort myself by thinking its part weave.

    • Sarah says:

      Nope – she is au naturelle… damn her!
      doesn’t dye her hair either… so jealous!
      check her out on big love years ago… beautiful blonde thick long hair

  18. lucy2 says:

    I like what she says about being a grown up, taking responsibility, etc. Plus she’s wise to say she’s only speaking from her own experience.

    I’m going to go rogue and declare that I prefer audiobooks. I don’t have a lot of free time to read usually, but with an audiobook I can listen in the car, while cleaning, etc.
    I had a kindle, now have an ipad mini with the kindle app and a bunch of paper books still to read. And about 75 audiobooks still on my ipod. It’s a problem.

    • sketches says:

      Lucy2, I am with you on the audiobooks. Listen to a couple a week, at least. is the best.

  19. Jessica says:

    So we’re supposed to believe that she doesn’t act childish anymore? Isn’t this the same girl who threw a fit one time after she got off a plane and there wasn’t a “greeter” for her? Whatever the hell that is.

  20. jaybee says:

    In mynperfect world, id have

  21. k says:

    “you have to be mature, and you have to make mature decisions and you have to think of other people” Funny. I doubt she thinks of the wives of the married men she sleeps with.