Mean Girl Karen
"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." Amanda Seyfried.
A former child model for Wilhelmina Models, Amanda Seyfried later branched out in acting, starting with appearances on the long-running soap operas “As the World Turns” (CBS) and “All My Children” (ABC). She debuted on the big screen as the dumb but loveable Karen Smith in Mark Waters' popular teen drama film, Mean Girls (2004; starring Lindsay Lohan). Since then, she has appeared in such films as Nine Lives (2005), American Gun (2005) and Alpha Dog (2006), as well as the upcoming drama/horror Solstice.
The 5' 3½" tall actress also continues working on television. She had recurring roles as Lilly Kane (2004-2006), the title role's best friend on UPN/The CW critically acclaimed American teen drama/mystery-neo-noir series "Veronica Mars," and as Sarah Henrickson (2006), the daughter of Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn's character on HBO television drama about a polygamous family, "Big Love."
"People do judge you, and there are stupid rivalries. You have to wear the right things, because there are all these girls my age competing for the same roles. They're judging me and I'm judging them. I try not to be that way, but sometimes I am." Amanda Seyfried.
Childhood and Family:
"I'm just myself but funnier, more outgoing." Amanda Seyfried.
On December 3, 1985, Amanda Seyfried was born in Allentown, Pennsylvania to a mother named Ann Seyfried. She is a 2003 graduate of Allentown's William Allen High School and is a student at New York City's Fordham University, which she put on hold to film Mean Girls (2004).
"I collect jeans. I don't care how expensive they are. Jeans are just so sexy, there's something about them that turns me on, you know?” Amanda Seyfried.
Amanda loves to collect any kind of jeans. She also enjoys dancing, singing and tennis.
"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." Amanda Seyfried.
"I just love to act and be on the set. I want to make acting my life and get really good roles." Amanda Seyfried.
Beginning her career in the show biz at age 11 as a model for Wilhelmina Models, Amanda Seyfried later appeared on the cover of three Francine Pascal books as a teenager. During that time, she also dabbled in acting. Some of her theatre credits include a revival of Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's musical “Grease,” Kenneth Grahame's “Wind in the Willows” and Charles Dickens' “A Christmas Carol.” She has also done commercial ads for the Lifetime Channel and Sony. Her print modeling ads range from Limited Too to Mizz Magazine.
In 2000, Amanda broke the small screen when she played Lucinda Marie “Lucy” Montgomery on the second longest-running American television soap opera “As the World Turns” (CBS). Two years later, she moved to ABC soap opera “All My Children,” playing the role of goody-goody teen Joni Stafford (2002-2003).
"You don't have to listen to those mean girls. They're just there to make you upset and make you feel bad about yourself. And you know, inside, they feel bad about themselves too. But they don't wanna admit it to anybody." Amanda Seyfried.
Following her appearance in those acclaimed shows, Amanda managed to enter the film scene with a supporting role as Karen Smith, the dumbest girl of the “Plastics” in Mark Waters' popular teen drama film inspired by Rosalind Wiseman's book, Mean Girls (2004), alongside Lindsay Lohan, Lacey Chabert, Rachel McAdams and Amy Poheler. The next year, she was featured in writer-director Rodrigo García's drama movie telling nine short, loosely intertwining tales centred around nine different women, Nine Lives (with Sissy Spacek, Robin Wright-Penn, Glenn Close and Holly Hunter; Amanda played Samantha), and Aric Avelino's directorial debut, American Gun, starring Marcia Gay Harden, Donald Sutherland and Forest Whitaker.
Meanwhile, TV viewers could catch her as Lilly Kane (2004-2006), the title role's best friend on UPN/The CW critically acclaimed American teen drama/mystery-neo-noir series "Veronica Mars," starring Kristen Bell. She was also spotted as a guest in an episode of NBC police procedural drama "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" and Fox's medical drama "House M.D."
Back to the big screen, Amanda could be seen in writer-director Nick Cassavetes' crime drama film Alpha Dog (2006; starring Emile Hirsch, Justin Timberlake, Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone), based on the life of Jesse James Hollywood, a drug dealer who became one of the youngest men ever to be on the FBI's most wanted list. She also co-starred opposite Annie Quinn in Andrea Janakas' 22-minute drama film, Andrea Janakas (2006). She also continued working on TV, playing recurring roles on a sixty-minute drama on ABC Family, "Wildfire" (as Rebecca) and on an HBO television drama about a polygamous family, "Big Love," as Sarah Henrickson, the daughter of Bill Paxton and Jeanne Tripplehorn's character. During that time, she also guest starred in an episode of CBS popular, Emmy Award-winning crime drama series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" and Fox's legal-themed show "Justice."
Amanda is currently working on her upcoming film project, Solstice, a drama/horror movie by director Daniel Myrick starring Elisabeth Harnois.
"It sucks because I don't know what I'm doing next. It'll probably be guest-star work, little jobs that you do for a week, which is cool. But it's just kind of annoying to have to audition so much right now." Amanda Seyfried.
Locarno International Film Festival: Best Actress, Nine Lives, 2005
MTV Movie: Best On-Screen Team, Mean Girls, 2004 (shared with Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Lacey Chabert)