Also Credited As:Amanda Seyfriend, Amanda Louise Seyfried
About Amanda Seyfried
Born on Dec. 3, 1985, Amanda Louise Seyfried grew up in Allentown, PA, and was raised by her father, Jack, a pharmacist, and her mother, Ann, an occupational therapist. When she was 11 years old, she began modeling and took singing lessons until she was 17, all of which helped prepare her for a career in the arts. While a teenage model, Seyfried appeared on the covers of three books by Francine Pascal - My Mother Was Never a Kid, Love & Betrayal & Hold the Mayo and My First Love and Other Disasters - author of the popular Sweet Valley High series. Seyfried started acting while attending William Allen High School, which led to her role in 2000 as Lucinda Marie on "As the World Turns" (CBS, 1956- ), followed by a recurring appearance from 2002-03 as Joni Stafford on "All My Children" (ABC, 1970- ).
Following high school graduation, Seyfried enrolled at Fordham University in New York, only to put her education on hold when she was cast as Karen Smith, the ditsy member of the Plastics, in the hit high school comedy "Mean Girls" (2004), which also starred Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Seyfried initially tried out for the roles of naïve Cady (Lohan) and queen bee Regina (McAdams), but there was something about taking on the loveable airhead role that made Seyfried a major standout in the film. "Mean Girls" became such a hit that Seyfried could have gone after lighthearted roles that were similar to the dumb blonde routine she nailed in that film; instead, she went after intricate, character-driven projects, including a leading role in "Nine Lives" (2005), an interwoven story about nine women that also starred Robin Wright Penn and Academy-Award winner Holly Hunter.
After her appearances on the big screen, Seyfried returned to television, playing Lilly Kane - the title character's murdered best friend - on "Veronica Mars" (UPN/The CW, 2004-07). The actress' role involved flashbacks and visions, and was often compared to the tragic Laura Palmer character from "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91). Coincidentally, Seyfried also auditioned to play Veronica, a role that eventually went to Kristen Bell. Following guest appearances on "House" (FOX, 2004- ), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC, 1999- ) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ), an increasingly busy Seyfried landed her first regular dramatic series role with "Big Love" (2006- ). On the hit HBO drama about a polygamist family led by a hardware chain store owner (Bill Paxton) trying to stay under the radar, Seyfried impressed critics and audiences with her emotionally-charged performance as the eldest daughter who constantly struggles and butts heads over the family's polygamist beliefs.
Returning to features, Seyfried next starred as Sophie, the lead role in "Mamma Mia!" (2008), a lavish film version of the long-running Broadway production based on the music of ABBA, which starred Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan, and became a smash box office hit. Meanwhile, the actress also appeared in the films "Boogie Woogie" (2008), and "Jennifer's Body" (2009), a comedic horror flick from "Juno" (2007) screenwriter, Diablo Cody. Following a starring turn in Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller, "Chloe" (2010), she starred in the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' tearjerker "Dear John" (2010), in which she played a young Savannah woman who exchanges letters with a soldier (Channing Tatum) she fell in love with before he was shipped off to war. Despite largely mixed reviews, the somber drama was nonetheless a surprise hit at the box office. Meanwhile, she joined William H. Macy, Judy Greer and Jeremy Piven for the big screen adaptation of the long-running comic, "Marmaduke" (2010).
|Dominic Cooper. Appeared together in "Mamma Mia" (2008); no longer together|
|Ryan Phillippe. Reportedly began dating in October 2010; had an on-again, off-again relationship until they split in May 2011|
|Josh Hartnett. Reportedly began dating in March 2012|
|Franck Raharinosy. Co-owner of New York ping-pong club SPiN|
|Jennifer Seyfried. Older|
|William Allen High School, Allentown , Pennsylvania|
|Fordham University, New York , New York|
|As a teenager, appeared on the cover of three Francine Pascal books|
|Began career as a model at age 11|
|Originated the role of Lucy Montgomery on "As the World Turns" (CBS)|
|Played the role of Joni Stafford on "All My Children" (ABC)|
|Breakthrough role as Karen Smith, the most dimwitted of the 'Plastics' in the popular teen film "Mean Girls"|
|Joined the cast of UPN's "Veronica Mars" as the title character's murdered best friend Lilly Kane|
|Played the lead character in one of the nine parts in Rodrigo Garcia's "Nine Lives"|
|Cast as Sarah Henrickson, the eldest daughter of a polygamist family on the HBO series "Big Love"|
|Had a recuring role on the second season of ABC Family's "Wildfire"|
|Played a supporting roles in Nick Cassavetes' "Alpha Dog"|
|Played the bride Sophie in the film version of the ABBA musical "Mamma Mia!"|
|Played a supporting role in the dark comedy "Jennifer's Body"; written by Diablo Cody and directed by Karyn Kusama|
|Co-starred with Channing Tatum in the feature adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel "Dear John"|
|Co-starred with Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore in Atom Egoyan's erotic thriller "Chloe"|
|Starred in the romantic drama "Letters to Juliet"|
|Co-starred with Justin Timberlake in the futuristic thriller "In Time"|
|Played the title role in Catherine Hardwicke's dark remake of "Red Riding Hood"|
|Co-starred as the orphan Cosette in feature adaptation of popular musical drama "Les Misérables," directed by Tom Hooper|
|Starred in the drama thriller "Gone"|