Born on December 3rd, 1985, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Amanda Michelle Seyfried is an American actress who rose to prominence thanks to her appearance in the teen comedy Mean Girls. She started out her career as a model for clothing ads and book covers, until she decided to stop at the age of seventeen. Amanda took vocal and acting lessons, and was eventually cast as a series regular on CBS’ soap opera As the World Turns, from 1999 to 2001. Afterwards, in 2003, she had a three-episode run on another soap opera, All My Children.
In 2004, Seyfried started to gain attention thanks to her debut film, Mean Girls (which has now become a cult classic) and her participation in television mystery drama series, Veronica Mars, as a recurring character (2004-2006.) During this time she also made guest appearances in House, Wildfire, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Justice. In 2006, Amanda was cast in HBO drama series Big Love, further propelling her rise to fame. She stayed on the show until 2011, when she left to concentrate on her film career. Following her departure from the show, her television roles were few and sporadic, as she took only voice roles in American Dad!, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and Family Guy, and did four episodes in 2017’s sequel to mystery show Twin Peaks.
In 2008, Seyfried played one of the lead roles in the romantic musical comedy Mamma Mia!, inspired by ABBA songs. The film was a big success at the box office, even though it received mixed reviews. Amanda reprised her role for the 2018’s sequel, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Her acting credits also include Chloe (2009,) Jennifer’s Body (2009,) Dear John (2010,) Letters to Juliet (2010,) Red Riding Hood (2011,) In Time (2011,) and Gone (2012.) Amanda was part of the ensemble cast in the iconic story Les Misérables (2012,) a film that was a box office hit and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture.
Seyfried went on to appear in the comedies The Big Wedding (2013,) A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014), and Ted 2 (2015), fantasy film Pan (2015,) and drama movies Fathers and Daughters (2015) and First Reformed (2017). After starring in Mamma Mia!’s sequel, she was seen in Anon (2018,) The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019,) and You Should Have Left (2020,) and Mank (2020.) Seyfried’s performance in the biopic Mank was very well received by the press and got her an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress nominations. In 2022, she returned to television as the lead in drama miniseries The Dropout, for which she earned a Primetime Emmy Award. Seyfried is set to appear in another TV series called The Crowded Room, sometime in 2023.