Amanda Seyfried for ELLE Magazine
ELLE Magazine April 2011 Issue
Editorial: “Amanda in Wonderland”
By Emily Dougherty
Photographer: Alexei Hay
Stylist: Joe Zee
Here’s a good illustration of what happens to a design when it goes from runway to production. Amanda is clearly wearing the same design, but it’s clearly not the same dress as the runway version. Different fabric, different fit, slightly different graphic elements. It’s like a “spot the differences” game in dress form.
Amanda? Is there anything left to say that you haven’t already said to Marie Claire and Interview?
On being told she needed to get botox: “I was like, Damn you! But we’re in Hollywood. I’m on a huge screen. With these new digital cameras, you can see the peach fuzz on my face.”
On her love of the romantic comedies: “I don’t think I’m being very ‘artistic’ when I do them, but I’m not doing it for that reason. Romantic comedies make me happy. I watch Love Actually every Christmas.”
On falling in love on set: “[It is] one of the easiest things in the world. You’re both open. You’re put in a situation where you have to make out with each other. It’s easy for things to get carried away.”
On being inspired by Meryl Streep’s famously down-to-earth attitude: “Meryl, she makes herself very accessible right away, almost too accessible. That’s what I do. And it totally works. My thing about meeting people—men, women, people in general—is to desensitize them, kind of shock them a little bit, to make myself accessible.”
God, we could never be celebrities. The things you have to say and the hundreds of different ways you have to say it so you don’t sound repetitive. Granted, the perqs are fantastic, not to mention the salary, but the constant need to find new ways to talk about yourself must be exhausting. No wonder their egos get out of control so often.
And we realize this might sound a little odd coming from us, but it’s so weird how fashion editorials have become de rigeur for the actress with a movie opening. And not just one fashion editorial, but a succession of them. It’s been this way for a while, but lately it feels codified; if you are a popular actress and have a movie opening then you WILL play dressup for the cameras. Could you imagine Meryl Streep vamping on the cover of Cosmopolitan in 4-inch heels and 5 pounds of makeup just before, say, Sophie’s Choice opened?
She easily could have become a model. She’s got both the looks and the intensity for it. Interesting how it took Elle to get that out of her. The girl looks sexy, beautiful, and intense with a DUCK GOOSE ON HER LAP. That’s talent.
What’s with all the animals, though? The cats are a great idea because visually, they’re very similar to her: pale and fluffy with gigantic eyes. We’re not quite getting the lamb and the duck goose, though.