Amanda Seyfried Says She Felt Pressured To Shoot Nude Scenes At 19
Most women in Hollywood have been faced with uncomfortable situations to some degree, and Amanda Seyfried is no exception.
While she clarifies that she emerged “pretty unscathed” from the pre-#MeToo era, she says she still felt obligated to shoot scenes that made her uncomfortable in order to keep working in the industry.
“Being 19, walking around without my underwear on — like, are you kidding me? How did I let that happen?” she said, before “pausing in mock consideration,” according to the outlet. “Oh, I know why: I was 19 and I didn’t want to upset anybody, and I wanted to keep my job. That’s why.”
While Seyfried didn’t name the project she was referring to, she did say she wished that her acting career could have started now, as intimacy coordinators are becoming a more common requirement on set and actors are able to speak up more about their experiences thanks to the #MeToo movement.
Perhaps those conditions may have helped prevent some gross remarks during her Mean Girls days.
In a May interview with Marie Claire, Seyfried reflected on comments she received about her Mean Girls character Karen Smith, specifically from men who sexualized the film’s punchline about her breasts being able to predict when it’s raining.
“I always felt really grossed out by that,” she recalled. “I was like 18 years old. It was just gross.”
However, since these experiences, Amanda Seyfried told Porter that she has since learned to protect and stand up for herself while working on sets, even when she gets rejected for a role she really wanted.
“When I meet somebody who’s younger, like in their twenties, and they get rejected… by a job or something like that, it crushes them completely for a minute,” she says.
“Nothing can crush me completely, when it comes to work. I’m uncrushable! Not one thing can crush my life, unless it has to do with my family.”