Amanda Seyfried was born and raised
in Allentown, Pennsylvania, to Ann (Sander), an occupational therapist,
and Jack Seyfried, a pharmacist. She is of German, and some English and
Scottish, ancestry. She began modeling when she was eleven, and acted in
high school productions as well as taking singing lessons.
More soap work followed as she completed her schooling and had already
secured a place at Fordham University when she was offered a role in the
Tina Fey-penned teen comedy Mean Girls (2004). She deferred her university
education to complete the film. More television work followed, raising her
profile across America, while her appearances in Mamma Mia! (2008) and Red
Riding Hood (2011) helped establish her international fame.
Amanda Michelle Seyfried (born December 3, 1985) is an American actress,
singer and model. She is the recipient of various accolades, including two
Satellite Awards, a ShoWest Award, and nominations for an Academy Award, a
Screen Actors Guild Award, a Critics' Choice Movie Award and a Saturn
Born and raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania, she began modeling at age
eleven and ventured into acting at age 15 with recurring roles as Lucy
Montgomery on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns (1999–2001) and Joni
Stafford on the ABC soap opera All My Children (2003). Seyfried came to
prominence following her feature film debut in the teen comedy Mean Girls
(2004) and her recurring role as Lilly Kane on the UPN television series
Veronica Mars (2004–2006) and Sarah Henrickson on the HBO drama series Big
Seyfried has appeared in a number of successful films, including Mamma
Mia! (2008) and its sequel Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018), Jennifer's
Body (2009), Chloe (2009), Dear John (2010), Letters to Juliet (2010), Red
Riding Hood (2011), In Time (2011), Gone (2012), Lovelace (2013), A
Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), Ted 2 (2015), and First Reformed
(2017). She has also occasionally done voice-over work in animation films,
such as Epic (2013) and Scoob! (2020). In 2022, she portrayed Elizabeth
Holmes in the Hulu limited series The Dropout.
For her portrayal of Cosette in Tom Hooper's musical film Les Misérables
(2012), Seyfried was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. She received
critical acclaim for playing Marion Davies in David Fincher's Mank (2020),
which earned her nominations for the Academy Award, Golden Globe Award,
and Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress.
I do feel like I've grown up.
Living by yourself in two cities, having a relationship, the
Hollywood stuff. It forces you to deal with things as an adult.
I just love to act and be on the set. I want to make acting my life
and get really good roles.
I'm not really into clubbing, I like to go to parties after events,
and those do end up at clubs or bars. But in my free time, I go
grocery shopping or to the gym, or I talk on the phone.