Amanda Seyfried, starlet in need of a (better) publicist
Amanda Seyfried may be one of Hollywood's fresh faces (as per March's Vanity Fair), but she's also in serious danger of jeopardizing her career with her off-screen, off-the-cuff comments.
Warning bells started going off on Oscar weekend when Seyfried blankly told Ryan Seacrest she was leaving HBO polygamy drama "Big Love" (arguably the role that put her on the map) because "I wasn't working as much as I wanted to."
Ouch. Shades of Katherine Heigl, who in 2007 mounted a successful campaign to destabilize her career by badmouthing "Knocked Up" director Judd Apatow and following up in 2008 by saying she wasn't entering the Emmy race because "Grey's Anatomy's" writers hadn't given her lines good enough to "warrant a nomination."
But back to Seyfried.
In a new Esquire interview, she's added fuel to the fire -- this time not by slighting her employers, but by coming off as unable to filter her thoughts before they reach escape velocity and make it into national magazine interviews. Some choice quotes:
On being a loyal friend:
"I would tell you. I would always tell somebody if they had [expletive] on their face. Especially if it's really feces."
On posing for the photo spread accompanying the article:
"I learned a long time ago that photographs are not theater. This is not acting. It's pretending. I pretend I'm looking at a man who is looking right at me, a man who sees me as exceptionally clever and adventurous."
After popping Lexapro and birth control pills during the interview:
"Yeah, yeah, I'm anxious. And yes, I use birth control."
On her diet:
"I'm on a raw-food diet. It's intense. And sort of awful. Yesterday for lunch? Spinach. Just spinach. Spinach and some seeds."
On her move to New York:
"I sacrificed six years in L. A. I did my job out here. I made the contacts and did the work I had to do. But I came here at eighteen. I'm out of here at twenty-four, and I feel lucky it wasn't longer."
On being a pet owner:
"Most of the time I just want to go home and throw the dog a stick. Can anything be more obvious than throwing a stick? I need to be needed."
Yeesh. What you need is a new publicist. Like yesterday.
After a start in the soaps and a role as Kristen Bell's murdered best friend on "Veronica Mars," Seyfried first surfaced from the ever churning pool of young actresses in 2004's "Mean Girls." Her next big break came when she landed the part on "Big Love." Then came a role opposite Meryl Streep in the movie adaptation of "Mamma Mia" and a co-star (along with fellow quote goldmine Megan Fox) in the flop "Jennifer's Body." Her latest big screen foray, "Dear John," opened in February to unremarkable box office numbers.
| March 15, 2010; 12:30 PM ET
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