Amanda Michelle Seyfried (born December 3, 1985) is an American actress, model, and singer. She began her career as a model when she was 11, then at 15 began an acting career, which initially included recurring parts on the soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children.In 2004, Seyfried made her film debut in the teen comedy Mean Girls. Her subsequent supporting roles were in independent films, such as the drama Nine Lives (2005) and the crime drama Alpha Dog (2006), she also had a recurring role in the UPN drama show Veronica Mars (2004–06). Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO drama series Big Love and appeared in the 2008 musical feature film Mamma Mia!.Her other appearances include leading roles in the black comedy horror film Jennifer’s Body (2009), as a call girl in the erotic thriller Chloe (2009), the romantic drama-war film Dear John (2010), and the romantic drama Letters to Juliet (2010). She also stars in the dark fantasy historical romance Red Riding Hood (2011), the dystopian sci-fi thriller In Time (2011), the thriller Gone (2012), the musical drama film Les Misérables (2012), the biographical drama Lovelace (2013), and in the comedies A Million Ways to Die in the West (2014) and Ted 2 (2015).During Seyfried’s time modeling, she appeared in print ads for clothing companies including Limited Too with Leighton Meester, and was featured on three covers of the Sweet Valley High novel series. She stopped modeling when she was seventeen, and worked as a waitress in a retirement community. Seyfried took voice lessons, studied opera, and trained with a Broadway coach while still a teen. She began acting as an extra in the daytime drama television series Guiding Light.From 2000 to 2001, she portrayed the recurring character Lucy Montgomery on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns.She played Joni Stafford on the ABC soap All My Children from 2002 to 2003.
In 2003, Seyfried auditioned to play the role of Regina George in Mean Girls; the role eventually went to Rachel McAdams. While she was initially considered to play the lead role of Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan, the producers of the film decided that Seyfried should play Karen Smith, Regina’s dim-witted “Plastic” friend and sidekick. The film was a box-office success, earning over US$129 million in its theatrical run. Seyfried’s performance in the film earned her, along with Lohan, Lacey Chabert, and McAdams, an MTV Movie Award in the category of “Best On-Screen Team”. Seyfried auditioned to play the title character on UPN’s television series Veronica Mars. The role eventually went to Kristen Bell, and Seyfried portrayed Veronica’s murdered best friend, Lilly Kane. Her character was only shown in flashbacks. The show’s creator, Rob Thomas, felt that Seyfried’s portrayal as Lilly Kane was so outstanding that he used her more times in the show than he initially planned in the first season. Seyfried appeared in 10 episodes from 2004 to 2005.In 2005, Seyfried played the lead character, Samantha, a role written by director Rodrigo García specifically for her, in one of the nine parts of the film Nine Lives, composed of nine short films with different themes and an ensemble cast. For her performance, Seyfried, along with the film’s other female leads, won an award from the Locarno International Film Festival, for Best Actress. The same year she played supporting character, Mouse, in the independent film American Gun. In 2006, Seyfried appeared in five episodes of Wildfire as Rebecca and had a lead role as Chrissy in the short film Gypsies, Tramps & Thieves, by writer-director Andrea Janakas. Seyfried also contributed a minor role as Julie Beckley in Alpha Dog. From 2004 to 2006 Seyfried made multiple guest appearances on television series, including House, M.D., Justice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, American Dad! and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.