Amanda Seyfried on her second child ‘I haven’t slept in two months’


Amanda Seyfried is doing her last minute Oscar push before the ceremony next weekend. She’s still Zooming out of her barn in upstate New York but I assume she’s getting ready to fly out to LA since the Academy is insisting they’re too fancy to have people show up virtually. Since attendance is so limited, I hope its just going to be Amanda and her husband Thomas Sadoski making the trip and she leaves her kids at home with her mom, who is their nanny. The reason I hope Amanda leaves the kids at home is so she can get a good nights sleep, the poor dear. Amanda has two kids, her daughter, Nina, who is four, and her son, Thomas, who is six months old. While on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Amanda told Stephen that she hasn’t slept in two months because she’s trained him to need a warm body to fall asleep on.

On being nominated for an Oscar
It’s the second highest award in the land to be nominated, I don’t care if I win. The nomination is enough. I mean it until I get there.

How she prepared for the role
I read Citizen Kane the script. I watched Marion Davies’s [films]. The Philadelphia Story is still my favorite black and white movie. Laurel and Hardy. I didn’t want to imitate anybody and I wanted to feel grounded. I got to do the New York accent.

On if she was prepared for her second child
I didn’t read up on anything. I’m just going with the flow. I haven’t slept for two months.

[When he gets tired] I put him on my chest and I let him fall asleep with the warmth of my body. He cannot fall asleep unless there is a warm body. I have trained him to do the opposite of what I trained my daughter to do. I have failed.

I’m scared that when I put him in his crib after he’s asleep that something bad is going to happen. I’m still in that phase. I hate it. Remind me to never have another baby.

On if she agrees with Cher that they should do another Mama Mia
Definitely. If it was up to me there would be eight Mama Mias.

[From The Late Show on YouTube]

I was both excited and confused when Amanda talked about The Philadelphia Story. TPS is my favorite comedy of all time, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen it. However Marion Davies isn’t in it. Mank wrote it so I guess that was Amanda’s reference for her prep. But how she strung her answer together tripped me up until I realized, she’s talking like a mother of a six-month-old who hasn’t had any sleep. Boy, I remember those sleepless months. They were awful, I don’t care how many rose-colored baby memories I paint them with. I kind of remember that crib fear, too. All the baby books and classes train you for the worst-case scenario and those blended with sleep deprivation just add up to crazy making. I’m sure her anxiety and OCD are helping to compound the problem as well. I hope a little distance will help her relax. It’s funny, though. Amanda talked about the baby needing to fall asleep on a warm body and my first thought was – let him sleep on Finn! But Finn probably has stuff to do, I realize.

The discussion on Mama Mia was great. Amanda said “the story has to be there, of course” and Stephen just shut her down, saying everyone is just there for the music. He said the movies are just “a champagne party and then people show up and sing your favorite songs.” That should absolutely be the tag line for the next film. They go on to suggest future casting and Amanda suggests Hugh Jackman and now all I can think about is: how the hell has Hugh Jackman not been cast in Mama Mia yet?

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  1. ThatgirlThere says:

    I don’t like people who have affairs and then play the happily married couple. I’m not a fan.

    • smcollins says:

      But they are a happily married couple (or at least seem to be). With 2 children. We can definitely side-eye the hell out of how their relationship started but that doesn’t make their current life & family fake, or them just playing house.

  2. Lady Baden-Baden says:

    Lily Kane done good!

  3. Lightpurple says:

    Her performance is the best thing about Mank.

  4. tempest prognosticator says:

    She seems to have made an idyllic life for herself. Husband, children, a house in the country with the most adorable farm animals… well done, Amanda.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I’ve started the night shift at my work and it’s so terrible. It’s easy but is also killing me

  6. Case says:

    I also love The Philadelphia Story! I guess she’s so tired she forgot to connect the dots of why that film was significant to her research, lol.

  7. Chelsea says:

    I feel like it’s been a while ive seen her in something because she looks different to me. Not like bad different and she looked good before too just a bit different. I also didnt realize that she has 2 kids; it’s crazy to see the young stars that we grew up with in the 00s grow up themselves.

  8. SarahCS says:

    Oh my goodness a few years back I was visiting a friend when one of her friends (who I know loosely) showed up with her two, the youngest being about 3-4 months old. She sat down and quietly started crying. She was so utterly broken by lack of sleep that everything was completely overwhelming for her. This woman is a doctor, she did the studies, works the crazy shifts, she is TOUGH.

  9. Ninks says:

    It had completely bypassed me that she was nominated. Good for her.

  10. Darla says:

    I always thought Amanda was so beautiful and in a unique way. I like her as an actress and I don’t care how she got together with her husband to be honest.

  11. Megs283 says:

    I hate that she thinks she’s failed. Some babies just like warm bodies, it’s not training. I lost my mind with my older daughter, I got no sleep. My youngest came out easy peasy, loving her sleep.

    Also, my anxiety during the first year is off the charts.

    Amanda, I see you!! Hang in there!

    • Ania says:

      When my daughter was a baby I read that lack of sleep is considered a torture and first step to insanity…. And that’s exactly how it felt. It’s horrible and people usually talk about it like mom’s are cranky because they don’t get to sleep in. For 1,5y I was waking up every 1-2h, getting up at 5. I thought I will not survive this.

    • AMA1977 says:

      I remember how fraught and permanent everything seems at that stage. She’ll be able to move him when she’s ready, it’ll make for a couple of difficult nights, but it can and will happen.

      I would like to say, for any Celebitches who are new parents or about to be, your baby is very, very, VERY safe in a crib with a firm baby mattress, fitted sheet, and no “extras” (blankets, stuffies, bumpers, etc.) Also very, very safe are the dock-a-tot and similar sleeping systems. It’s much less safe for a sleep-deprived parent to let baby sleep on you, when you can roll over or drop them if you fall asleep, too. I think I have written this before, but I fell asleep holding my oldest (now 13) on the couch when he was tiny and by the grace of I don’t know what, woke up when he slipped off my chest and was between me and the couch. That could have been a tragedy and thinking about it today still makes me feel a little panicky.

      It does get better, but that first little while feels like forever. It’s hard!

      • ChristyD says:

        You are right about almost everything, but actually Dock-a-tot is not safe…. if someone wants to bedshare, please google La Leche League’s safe sleep rules. Basically if you want to bedshare with an infant, best way is for mom and baby alone in a bed, keep pillows and covers far away from baby.

  12. Meghan says:

    My son is 4 and I am re-entering the dating game and hesitant about having a 2nd child. My son was a great baby and loved to sleep, right now he is a night owl and will be up later than me, but at least sleeps late in the mornings. I feel like I will have a terrible new baby and just not enjoy the experience.

    I had a rough pregnancy so I’m not thrilled to repeat it. Though he is my ex-husband now he was great during my pregnancy and first year of baby’s life. I never say never but I feel like if I had a 2nd I would be in the “never sleeps” club!

    PS- does anyone else’s 4 year old like to stay up super late then sleep all day because I was fairly sure that was a teenager thing haha

    • Zantasia says:

      Meghan—yes—my 6 year old will sleep in past 9 if we let her, and she doesn’t want to go to sleep until 9:30.

  13. Stacy Dresden says:

    It is so rough. I hardly slept at all the first 18 months until the pediatrician recommended sleep training (cry it out). He was right in predicting by night 3 I would see a drastic improvement.

  14. Bella says:

    I like Philadelphia Story, but I love High Society! Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra and my favorite–Louis Armstrong. I am not sure which is the original and which is the re-make, but they are both fantastic movies. Amanda was great in Mank, but Kristin Dunst was also great in the Cat’s Meow where she played Marion Davis too.

  15. Ann says:

    Oh Lord, I hope they don’t do another Mama Mia movie! I mean, I don’t know why I should care, I won’t go see it. I didn’t even really care for the first one, and the second (from the bit I saw of it), seemed like dreck. “There has to be a story”, lol. No, it really is a big champagne party.

    But if she wants more, well, for her sake, fine. I do like her.

  16. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    First and third babies left indelible memories of sleep-deprivation. My second was a reprieve. Although getting all three to actually go to sleep was a nightly exercise in ingenuity lol. And it only got worse with every year until maybe eight or nine. It’s hard work. Kudos to moms everywhere. And kudos to women who decided to take a different route. Every decision comes with pros and cons.