March 24th, 2010
04:23 PM ET

Amanda Seyfried wants to be like Angelina Jolie, minus the tabloids

Amanda SeyfriedAmanda Seyfried has come quite a ways since playing the “big-boobed idiot” (her words, not ours) in 2004’s “Mean Girls."

She starred in the summer blockbuster “Mamma Mia!” with Meryl Streep, followed that with a part in Diablo Cody’s much-hyped comedic thriller “Jennifer’s Body,” and was the lead in 2009's “Dear John” – the first movie to knock “Avatar” out of No. 1.

It’s all a part of Seyfried’s plan, she said in an interview with Vanity Fair, to play as wide a variety of roles as possible, in hopes that she’ll one day find herself with a career like Angelina Jolie’s - if she can stay out of the tabloids.

“I don’t want to become a brand and I certainly don’t want to have a persona. I don’t want to be in magazines everyday, because I don’t want people to get to know one thing,” Seyfried said in the interview. “I feel like Angelina Jolie can still play a character and you can still get lost in it...Even though she’s all over the place, and that’s unfortunate for her. But luckily she still maintains enough anonymity for us to believe her.”

In one of Seyfried’s latest ventures, “Chloe,” which opens Friday in limited release, she plays the high-end prostitute hired by Julianne Moore’s character to test a husband’s fidelity, only to end up “needing” Moore’s character emotionally as well as physically.

Seyfried said “Chloe's” director, Atom Egoyan, helped make her comfortable in her sex scenes with Moore by telling them “exactly what was needed of us in a very physical, technical way.”

“The dynamic in the scene is incredible…it really had a lot to do with the choreography,” she added. “More was shown than what normally would have been in any other film…it’s never easy to do a scene like that.”

While Seyfried welcomes the challenges that come along with small erotic thrillers like “Chloe,” it’s her romantic comedy roles that pay the bills.

“I like a small production company, a small set,” she said. “I’m not bashing studios; it’s just a different way of making movies. It's making movies for a different reason: money. And that’s all great. We all want money. I mean, I love my apartment in New York."

Although "Dear John" was certainly a success, it was the money from her upcoming rom com, "Letters to Juliet," that paid for her new digs, Seyfried said.

The money may be an incentive, but to avoid getting pigeon-holed, Seyfried said the trick is to learn to say no to the cash.

"You really do have to like hold off on things, even if they’re throwing you million dollar pay checks," she said. "There are definitely reasons to do certain things, but I like to stick to good director, good actor, good script.”

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Filed under: Angelina Jolie • Celebrities • movies

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Larry

    To H:

    Actors have to give interviews to promote their films. It's part of their contract. She doesn't have to like it. Also, she is Amanda Seyfried. People don't care what she says. They just want to SEE her. They are clammoring for her. She might as well have fun saying rude, unmysterious things.

    You might have noticed she has been cursing a lot lately and getting real irritable. It must be them seeds and raw spinache.

    March 25, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Me

    Did I read that correctly? Amanda is doing a sex scene with Julianne Moore in her new movie? Thank you, God!

    March 25, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bethany

    whoa josephine take a chill pill. lol

    March 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Josephine

    P L E A S E!!!!!!!! Robin, stop calling Angelina Names!!!!!!!!!!!
    She did not steal Jennifer's husband from her. If there was true LOVE in their marriage, Angelina could not have come between them. From the look of things the marriage was already over.
    Robin, have you ever been in Love???? Can somebody stop you from being in Love-- HONESTLY!!!!!!!!!

    March 25, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Marky

    People, you need to get over the "poor Jen" thing. Angelina is a marvelous actress, has matured into a lovely adult (why keep harping about what she was like as a teen or young 20s? Many of the actors and actresses we like were not so mature and did a lot of stupid things when they were young), and she and Brad both do a lot for charity all over this country, as well as the world. She has changed a lot since her crazy young days of idiocy and it should be acknowledged.

    Most likely Jen and Brad would still be together if Jen had wanted a family, but she didn't and they aren't so get over it. He was very clear that he wanted children for several years. People divorce and move on and they did, too. Tired, tired, tired of hearing it.....

    March 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sass

    I like her.

    March 25, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. andrea cappelli

    Oh, regarding the thing about Angelina being "husband stealing"- what about Julia Roberts who broke up Danny and Vera Moder while they were married?!

    March 25, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. andrea cappelli

    I like Amanda as an actress. As for Angelina, at least she "becomes" a character when she plays one. Meryl Streep "becomes" a character also, and I believe that's why they call it "acting". Jennifer Anniston is the same in all her movies: her hair, her look, etc. -she never "becomes" a character. Sandra Bullock is excellent and likeable. Julia Roberts is a step above Jennifer Anniston in the acting department.

    March 25, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. RICO

    She has big dreams!!!

    March 25, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. Loli

    MG "Angelina Jolie??? Angelina might be a lot of good things but a good actress she is not."
    I don't agree whit you. Angelina Jolie is one of the greatest actress of our time. Co stars, directors, producers and critics said she is wonderful actres. She has won an Oscar, 2 Golden Globes, 3 Screan Actors Guild Award, People Chice Award etc. All this for nothing?

    Amanda is right wanting to be like Angie because Angie not only can act, she is an amazing woman too. She is talented, beautiful, humanitarian, she really cares about people, is a good and loving mother for her six children and she has Brad Pitt's heart

    March 24, 2010 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Robin

    She wants to be a husband stealing skank??

    March 24, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rita

    Who wouldn't want to be like Angelina? She can act, she has a fantastic family, and Brad Pitt is so lucky to be with, she has an Oscar, a few Golden Globes, respect from other actors, and doesn't play in rehashed ridiculous comedies.....

    March 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  13. MG

    Angelina Jolie??? Angelina might be a lot of good things but a good actress she is not.

    March 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Dani

    Your in showbiz-your going to be in tabloids-It comes with job.

    March 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. H

    blah.....blah......blah.....................if you dont wanna be "all over the place" stop doing frigg'n interviews. god I miss ANYONE WITH TALENT AND A HINT OF MYSTERY!

    March 24, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Head Diva In Charge

    I think she is a great actress and really talented. Great to see she has a good head on her shoulders.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |

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