Amanda Seyfried Was "Really Grossed Out" by Reactions to Famous "Mean Girls" Scene
Amanda Seyfried might've gotten her big break in "Mean Girls," but she wasn't a big fan of the attention she got for one particular scene. The actor starred in the classic film as the dimwitted Karen Smith, who claimed she had special "ESPN" powers to predict the weather with her breasts. Seyfried said she'd get recognized by fans for her character every once in a while, but the comments guys would approach her with about the scene made her very uncomfortable.
"I always felt really grossed out by that," she told Marie Claire. "I was like 18 years old. It was just gross." Seyfried went on to detail the downside to being a teenage actor in Hollywood, noting that "being really famous [young] must really f*cking suck."
She added: "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." After witnessing the effects of fame on some of her young peers, like Lindsay Lohan, Seyfried said she chose a different path to protect herself. "So, I bought a farm. I was like, let's go in the opposite way," she said.
"Mean Girls" gave Seyfried the career push she needed, but in her May Variety cover story, the actor shared that she then intentionally pursued contrasting roles to diversify her résumé. "I try to be as deliberate as possible and keep switching things up," she told the outlet. "When I think of what I want out of my career, I want longevity, right? So how do I do that? . . . What you do is, you do different things. You work with different types of people and different mediums. You keep people guessing."
Seyfried recently starred in Hulu's "The Dropout" as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, a role the actor previously said was a challenge to prepare for — particularly nailing the "oddness" of Holmes's voice. "I had to work really hard to get there, because I speak at such a higher level than she does naturally," Seyfried said at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour in February. She was also recently highlighted by Variety as a Power of Women honoree, alongside Camila Cabello, Kim Cattrall, Queen Latifah, Drew Barrymore, and Topeka K. Sam.