Facing her fears

Actor Amanda Seyfried talks bullies in Hollywood, desire to have children and anxiety struggles

Ians July 06, 2015
Seyfried is currently starring in off-Broadway show The Way We Get By. PHOTOS: FILE


Actor Amanda Seyfried believes Hollywood is chock-full of bullies and has warned those interested in joining the film industry to “watch their back”. She shares, “Hollywood is just like every other industry. It’s full of petty, spoiled bullies; as much as it is full of wonderful, passionate, honest people... you just have to watch your back.”

The 29-year-old star offered her advice to aspiring actors and directors. “You just have to be headstrong and believe in yourself, and know that there are people who will stab you in the back — just like high school.”

Seyfried suffers from anxiety and regularly goes to therapy to help her cope.

“It’s coping with life. I’ve been told to not talk about it, but anxiety is so very common. I just think, you go to your doctor about heart problems, or an eye doctor if you have an infection, you have to take care of yourself,” she  said “Mental health is so segregated, it sucks. You don’t necessarily have to have something chemically wrong with your brain to have mental health issues.”

With Justin Long

Seyfried also proved that she doesn’t take the negative things people say to her to heart even though she regularly reads abuse written about her on Twitter.

“You can’t take yourself too seriously if you don’t want to die. I was scrolling Twitter one day, and there was something really sweet, like, ‘Amanda heart heart’ and a picture of me. And then there was, ‘All movies starring Amanda Seyfried are definitely going to be awful’,” she said.

The Gone star says that she “rarely” gives her best in films. She is currently starring in off-Broadway show The Way We Get By and admits she works much harder on stage than on screen. “I don’t want to give anything but my best, and in films I rarely give my best,” she said.

Seyfried also admits that working in theatre is “tough” and requires a lot of sacrifices. “The theatre world is tough and you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot. It’s making me re-evaluate my ideas about where I thought I wanted my career to go,” she said.

“When I do movies, I usually knit. I also paint, but between these shows I’m either napping or meditating,” added the Lovelace star.

Seyfried wants to have children “badly” but feels like she is running out of time to start a family. The actor who is set to celebrate her 30th birthday in December and is dating 37-year-old actor Justin Long, has been broody for two years. “ I want to be a mother, badly. That’s what I feel. I’ve been feeling it for two years now,” Seyfried told Marie Claire magazine, “I’m not ready but nobody’s ready. It changes everything... so how you can ever be ready for that,” discussing her relationship with Long, she says, “I’m with the best guy and its going great.” 

Published in The Express Tribune, July 7th, 2015.

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