Amanda Seyfried insists being the heroine sounds glamorous, but is really “the short end of the stick”.
The actress played Karen Smith in 2004’s cult classic Mean Girls. The character was sweet and ditzy but a lot of fun to play, with Amanda hoping her new comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West will remind executives she isn’t just a one-trick pony.
“People within the industry forgot about Mean Girls. After two or three romantic comedies, they were like, ‘Oh, she’s not funny, she’s a heroine,’ which seems really glamorous but it’s the short end of the stick for an actor,” she told British magazine Hello! “They say there aren’t enough good roles for women in Hollywood and it’s true. You get pigeonholed quite easily. I’d much rather play somebody like the antagonist or an idiot.”
A Million Ways to Die in the West is a comedy western which also stars Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson and Seth MacFarlane, who also took on writing and directing duties. Amanda and Seth previously worked together on Ted and she didn’t even question getting involved in the new project.
“Most people trust Seth so I came into this trusting him completely. The only healthy nerves I had were based on my performance, and was I going to please him?” she recalled.
As time progressed, Amanda began to wonder whether she should have quizzed Seth more. In the movie there are jokes about the actress’ large eyes, but far from being offended she thought they were hilarious.
“It’s nice, it’s funny. I don’t take myself too seriously to be offended by anything really,” she laughed.
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