Amanda Seyfried only recently wrapped one of the biggest roles of her career: tech mogul conwoman Elizabeth Holmes in "The Dropout." But while she was working hard on set for the Hulu show, she also decided to audition for a dream role in the movie version of the popular musical "Wicked."
Amanda is one of those celebrities who keeps to herself for the most part in terms of her personal life. But she recently opened up in an interview with Backstage about a dream of hers that she wasn't able to achieve: playing the iconic role of Glinda in the movie version of "Wicked." She expressed her disappointment that she wasn't able to land the role for herself even though she worked extremely hard to audition.
Amanda Seyfried "Literally Bent Over Backwards" to Audition for 'Wicked'
Although she worked grueling hours to make The Dropout happen, Amanda was prepared to take on even more work in the hopes of starring in Wicked. She said she still even has dreams about what she did to audition for Glinda.
"While I was playing Elizabeth [on 'The Dropout'], on the weekends I was auditioning in person to play Glinda in the movie version of 'Wicked'—because I wanted it that much that I was like, 'You know what? Yeah, I have to play the last scene of The Dropout on Tuesday. I’ll give my Sunday to you,'" she said. "I literally bent over backwards while playing the hardest role of my life."
She may have faced disappointment at not receiving the role (it was instead granted to Ariana Grande), but she said the whole experience taught her "how far I've come as a singer," something she felt she needed to prove to herself. Ever since she starred in Les Miserables, in which she sang live, she felt that she needed "to be better" and "do better." When she auditions again for musicals in the future, she thinks she's "finally prepared."
When asked what advice she would give to her younger self, Amanda said, "Stop worrying about the stuff you can’t control, because there’s so much of it, and it just really gets in the way and causes stress."