Amanda Michelle Seyfried born December 3, 1985, is an American actress, singer-songwriter and former child model. She began her career as a child model when she was eleven and when she was fifteen she began her career as an actress; starting off with an uncredited role and going on to have a recurring role on a television series, which expanded into her having a successful television career.
In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in Mean Girls playing Karen Smith, the ditziest of the so called 'plastics'. She then went on to other films including Nine Lives (2005) and Alpha Dog (2007). In 2008, after landing a lead role on a popular television series (Big Love in 2006) Seyfried appeared as Sophie Sheridan in the musical feature film Mamma Mia!. Other recent notable appearances include lead roles in Jennifer's Body and Chloe in 2009, and one of the two lead roles in Dear John the following year. She currently has three films in production.
Seyfried was born Amanda Michelle Seyfried in Allentown, Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, United States on December 3, 1985. Seyfried's mother, Ann (née Sander), was an occupational therapist, and her father, Jack Seyfried, was a pharmacist. Seyfried has one older sister; Jennifer Seyfried, who is a musician in the Philadelphia organ-driven rock band Love City. Amanda graduated in 2003 from Allentown's William Allen High School.
In 1995, Seyfried began her acting career at the age of nine. In Allentown, she took classes at Civic Theatre of Allentown, and eventually signed with Image International Agency (IIA) in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where she lived at the time, before switching over to work at Bethlehem's Pro Model Agency and eventually signing with Wilhelmina agency in New York City, New York. Seyfried's modeling career ended when she was seventeen. During her modeling career she appeared in print ads for clothing companies; including Limited Too with Leighton Meester.
While modeling, Seyfried took voice lessons from eleven to seventeen. She trained with a Broadway voice coach for nearly five years. From there she began acting as an extra in the daytime drama television series Guiding Light; her role on the show was uncredited. In 2000, she originated the role of Lucinda Marie "Lucy" Montgomery #2 on the television show As the World Turns; appearing on the show as a recurring character, her role on the show lasted until 2001. After appearing in twenty-seven episodes, Seyfried left the show as a result of creative conflicts. From 2002 to 2003, Seyfried played the recurring role of Joni Stafford on the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) broadcasted show, All My Children.
In 2003, Seyfried auditioned to play the mean-girl role of Regina George in the Mean Girls; the role eventually went to Rachel McAdams, but the producers of the film picked Seyfried to play one of Regina's two dim-witted "plastic" friends and sidekicks, Karen. The film, in which Seyfried co-starred alongside McAdams and Lindsay Lohan, centered on Cady trying to 'take down' the "plastics" at her high school. Mean Girls was a block-buster box-office success, making over $129 million in its theatrical run. Seyfried's performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of "Best On-Screen Team." Mean Girls was Seyfried's feature film debut.
Continuing her television career in 2004, Seyfried auditioned to play the title character on UPN's popular television show Veronica Mars. Although the role eventually went to Kristen Bell, Seyfried portrayed the title character's murdered best friend, Lilly Kane. Although her character was only shown in flashbacks, Lily was vital part of the first season's plot and made Seyfried one of the show's 'familiar faces'. Seyfried appeared in ten episodes from 2004–2005. In 2005, she played the lead character, Samantha, a role written specifically for Seyfried, in one of the nine parts in the film Nine Lives, comprised of nine short films with different themes and an ensemble cast. For her performance in the film, Seyfried won an award from the Locarno International Film Festival, for Best Actress, which she shared with the film's other female leads. The same year she played supporting character Mouse in American Gun. In 2006 Seyfried appeared in five episodes on Wildfire as Rebecca and had lead role as Chrissy in Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves as well as a minor role as Julie Beckley in Alpha Dog. From 2004 to 2006, Seyfried made multiple guest appearances on television series, including House, M.D., Justice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
In 2006, Seyfried began a relationship with actor and musician Jesse Marchant; the relationship ended after two years in 2008. In 2008, Seyfried began dating her Mamma Mia! co-star, Dominic Cooper. In 2008, Seyfried was ranked #65 on the list of "The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World" and was also placed #5 in Moviefone's "25 Under 25: Hollywood's Hottest Young Stars". The following year the British Glamour.com (of Glamour magazine) ranked Seyfried at the #17 spot as one of the "30 Hottest and Sexiest Stars Under 30". In 2009, People Magazine ranked Seyfried #4 in the Most Beautiful 2009 - Beautiful at Every Age.
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