Amanda Seyfried had her first big break in the 2004 cult classic "Mean Girls," but since then she has developed a robust career that led her to play the iconic Elizabeth Holmes in "The Dropout."
The 32-year-old actress has always been fairly private about her personal life. She married Thomas Sadoski in 2017, and they have two children together. Seyfried has been open in the past about her anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder, and in her latest interview with Marie Claire, she opened up about what it's like to handle fame as an A-list actress.
Amanda Seyfried Says Fame Can "Make You Feel Completely Unsafe in the World"
Seyfried has never been one to enjoy the fame that comes along with being a celebrity. She's a hands-on mother who takes her son to playdates and sometimes gets recognized by the other parents for her role in The Dropout. “They have so much information about me," she said. "And I don’t know anything, which is good – it’s like the old days. It’s just so one-sided. I never have a TV show out. It’s changed things. People suddenly come up to me. My daughter’s like, ‘Everybody’s so friendly!’”
But she has shielded her kids from the spotlight as much as she can. She says her daughter is "very sensitive" and similar to her when she was a child. Although Seyfried started modeling when she was only 11 years old, she never wanted to be very famous.
“Fame is weird,” she said. “I’ve never been super famous. I’ve always been somewhat recognizable. It’s been the healthiest trajectory."
Although she has starred in well-known romcoms such as Mamma Mia!, Dear John, and Letters to Juliet, Seyfried knows what her priorities are. "I know where I’m going. I know what it means," she explained. "It means that I’m getting to do what I love."
As The Dropout propels her to a whole new level of fame, Seyfried considers what it must be like for celebrities whose faces became recognizable early on in their career.
“I think being really famous [young] must really f***ing suck,” she said. “It must make you feel completely unsafe in the world. I see these younger actors who think they have to have security. They think they have to have an assistant. They think their whole world has changed."
"It can get stressful," she continued. "I’ve seen it happen to my peers. So, I bought a farm. I was like, let’s go in the opposite way.”
Seyfried and her husband married quietly in 2017, just a few days before she gave birth to their first child. She prefers living away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood so they can just focus on their family together. Seyfried enjoyed childbirth and motherhood so much early on that she even trained to become a doula. She never got an official certification under her belt, but she loved the practice of assisting women in their childbirth experience.
The more the interview goes on, the more it becomes clear that Seyfried is not your average celebrity. She even crochets to relax herself and wind down, and she looks forward to having a break at the farm before she has to go back to set for production.