Rebel With Applause
Don't let the angelic looks fool you. The refreshingly candid Amanda Seyfried is as down to earth as they come. And this uncensored star has plenty to say about stripping onscreen (including what she'll never reveal), her obsession with animals (alive and dead), and the benefits of having a husband (to whom she's not actually married)
by Candice Rainey
Photographed by Dusan Reljin
sytled by Samira Nasr
"There are certain things I wouldn't do onscreen, but [portraying porn actress Linda Lovelace] isn't one of them. You can't throw away a good opportunity just because there are risks. And doesn't everybody love a challenge?"
" I might want to produce one day but not direct. It seems like it would be harder than having a baby, which already seems like the hardest thing in the world. I don't think I could tell that many people what to do. I'm kind of a wuss."
"Last night I baked an apple pie... but I bought a frozen pie shell. Because, yeah f*ck that."
... Still time spent in her own antiques-laden Greenwich Village apartment will be scarce in the coming months as the actress begins promoting a series of projects, most notably her turn as Cosette in the film adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables. She'll also star in the anticipated Linda Lovelace biopic, Lovelace, walk down the aisle in the rom-com The Big Wedding, and play herself in the Sundance hit The End of Love. And though she's not wearing makeup today - easy to do when you're born with the complexion of a porcelain doll... It's a dizzying time, to be sure, but today we bake and relax... Biscuits now in the oven, Seyfried plops down on the couch, glass in hand, ready to talk.
What do you knit when you're on the elliptical?
An easy hat or a scarf. I'm not making one for anybody now because I don't have anybody that I want to make something for.
But didn't the U.K.'s Daily Mail spot you with a "mystery man" just last night?
That's my best friend, Alex! He's gay. He's my roommate and practically my husband. We met in L.A. when I was training with Harley Pasternak before filming Dear John. Alex managed Harley's business. We stayed friends and decided to move to New York together. We're planning on opening an antiques and curiosities home store, which we want to call Mr. And Mrs. Nesbitt. Nesbitt is his last name. I'm worried that I'll lose my career one day, and I'll need something I can contribute creatively.
You're an avid taxidermy collector. When did you start?
A couple of years ago, after I visted Deyrolle, in Paris. It's one of the biggest taxidermy stores in the world. I went again last week. I love animals so much. From 20 feet away these look real.
You don't find them... creepy?
No [Laughs] Well, certain faces can be creepy. You have to buy what feels right. I have a baby horse named Antoine. I was with my friend Antoine when I got it. Sparkle is a goat; Kevin's a fox. My baby deer, Sha' Dynasty, was the most expensive one because I bought her from a French artist in L.A. I have a chick named Linda for Linda Lovelace and an owl called Beatrix. I want a Zebra one day.
I saw that you were in the front row at Miu Miu's spring 2013 show in Paris. Was that surreal?
The whole experience was really fun. I got to take Alex with me, my "mystery man." And the cool thing about him is we can share a bed and I can be naked in front of him.
Wait- you get naked in front of him?
I mean, we're just walking around naked after a shower or whatever. Literally he is like my husband. But we don't have intercourse. Or touch each other [laughs].
(asked about chopping her hair off like Anne Hathaway did...)
... I probably wouldn't lose weight for a role, though. I'm too health- conscious. And I don't think I could actually lose weight because I couldn't be on that kind of diet. I would lose my mind.
You're an admitted homebody. But you turned 27 in December. Ever want to cut loose and go on a drunken Hollywood bender?
Well, yeah, sometimes. But I can't because I don't want to do anything stupid. I'm too measured and controlling - about everything. That's why I take Lexapro. It's for OCD.
And what she'll never reveal?
Source: January 2013 In Style Magazine pp 120-127.