“Do the voice!”
Every single time Amanda Seyfried walks into the lobby of her apartment constructing, it is the identical request from all her doormen. The actress and her husband just purchased a spot on Manhattan’s Upper West Side final fall. She’s barely there, and when she is, she’s rushing in and out. She’s just settling in—getting to know the neighbors, figuring out her preferred salad to order at the cafe across the street, meeting the constructing employees. But now, anytime these doormen, who are normally so stoic, see her coming in, they perk up. “Do the voice!” they shout. “Do the voice!”
Of course, they’re speaking about The Dropout. They’re speaking about that deep, no-way-it-can-be-true Elizabeth Holmes voice that Seyfried mimics so completely. Properly, I ask, do you do the voice for them? She smiles.
“Yeah,” she says in the voice, low and deep, her mouth curled into a circle just the way Holmes’s does, her entire physique shifting with a single word.
Seyfried has been a certified A-list film star for almost 20 years. But she’s somehow managed to keep just beneath the radar. That is somewhat by chance—she’s been in blockbuster motion pictures, but alongside the type of megastars who overshadow every person else on the contact sheet. Meryl Streep. Hugh Jackman. Cher. But a lot of it is by choice—she’s remained out of the tabloids and place down roots not in Los Angeles, but in a tiny town in upstate New York, exactly where she owns almost 30 acres of land and a farm, comprehensive with chickens and goats. Even even though she has this new apartment in Manhattan, the farm is nonetheless her homebase—where her children will go to college.
(Image credit: Future)
But now, the 36-year-old is the face of The Dropout, appearing in almost each and every scene in the series about the rise and explosive fall of Holmes, the tech darling who in January was discovered guilty of fraud and conspiring to defraud private investors in her blood-testing startup, Theranos. Seyfried is unnervingly excellent in it. Watching her encapsulate Holmes’s nervous power, her merciless drive, that awkward dancing—it’s mesmerizing. It appears particular her name will be in the list of Very best Actress Emmy nominees when they’re announced in July. Plus, it is Television, not a film, putting her in our houses week soon after week. So, it is not just the doormen every person desires to speak to her about the show, about Elizabeth Holmes, about that voice. Thanks to The Dropout, the fame Seyfried has managed to outrun for almost two decades is ultimately catching up with her. And you know what? She’s not operating any longer.
“Fame is weird,” she says, her feet curled up underneath her in a booth, comfy as can be as two couples in a table by the window sneak glances in our path. “I’ve by no means been super renowned. I’ve generally been somewhat recognizable. It is been the healthiest trajectory. [It’s] not a scary spike. I have my priorities. I know who I am. I know exactly where I’m going. I know what it implies. It implies that I’m obtaining to do what I adore.
“I’m essentially not afraid of it now.”
When Seyfried arrives for our interview, she’s out of breath. She ran right here, she explains as she slides into the booth. She’s specifically 4 minutes late, but she apologizes profusely. Our lunch was moved back a couple of hours since she had a webinar for the nonprofit she’s on the board of. She apologizes for that, also.
I inform her it is fine. It worked out effectively since my son had a playdate that morning.
“Oh, playdates!” she says as she requires off her black puffy coat and brushes back her hair. 1 of her children has a playdate tomorrow with a kid from the constructing.
“But then it is like … obtaining to know the parents,” Seyfried says. Her pale eyes widen. She met the parents in the elevator when 1 recognized her from The Dropout. “They have so a great deal info about me. And I do not know something, which is good—it’s like the old days. It is just so 1-sided. I by no means have a Television show out. It is changed items. Individuals all of a sudden come up to me. My daughter’s like, ‘Everybody’s so friendly!’”
(Image credit: Victoria Will)
Component of obtaining a regular life has meant shielding her two kids, five and 1, from the spotlight as a great deal as probable. As we speak more than lunch, she’s fully unguarded—surprisingly open and candid as she gushes about her children and genuinely curious as she asks about mine. But when Seyfried talks about her headstrong toddler son, she asks me not to contain his name. And when she shows me a video of her daughter on her telephone, she asks that I not describe what she appears like.
In the video, the small girl appears ideal into the telephone and sees her personal face reflected back in the selfie camera. She tends to make a soulful plea for her grandmother to knit her a Rapunzel doll. As she watches herself, she starts to tear up.
“She’s emotional she’s quite sensitive,” Seyfried says, “and then when she’s watching herself, she gets impacted by herself.”
It reminds Seyfried of herself when she was little—when she was developing up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, spending hours staring at herself in the mirror pretending to be Claire Danes in Romeo and Juliet. She says she’d be satisfied if her daughter followed in her footsteps into an acting profession 1 day.
Seyfried began modeling when she was 11, then moved into acting on soap operas. Her significant break came with Imply Girls. She was an unknown, joining a cast of young stars that incorporated Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams. Lacey Chabert was fresh off the show Celebration of 5, and says Seyfried match ideal in. The two sat collectively involving requires in Chabert’s trailer and listened to music and orchestrated a Thanksgiving dinner for the cast.
(Image credit: Victoria Will)
“She has this seriously dry sense of humor and dry wit,” Chabert says about Seyfried, whom she’s stayed good friends with. “The largest challenge on set was to not laugh on camera, when we weren’t supposed to be laughing.”
Chabert says not a day goes by that she is not recognized for Imply Girls—even now, 18 years later. Back when the film came out, Seyfried says she was recognized each and every when in a although. Largely boys asking her if it was raining—her character, Karen, could predict the climate with her breasts.
“I generally felt seriously grossed out by that,” she says. “I was like 18 years old. It was just gross.”
Seyfried went from Imply Girls to Mamma Mia! Then, she did a run of romance dramas—Dear John, Letters to Juliet. In 2013, as her profession was hitting a higher, she purchased a little, 1930s stone farm home in the Catskills, away from it all.
“I feel getting seriously renowned [young] have to seriously fucking suck,” she says in involving bites of scrambled eggs and salad. “It have to make you really feel fully unsafe in the planet. I see these younger actors who feel they have to have safety. They feel they have to have an assistant. They feel their entire planet has changed. It can get stressful. I’ve noticed it occur to my peers. So, I purchased a farm. I was like, let’s go in the opposite way.”
She met her husband, actor Thomas Sadoski, a couple years soon after purchasing the farm when they performed collectively in her initial Off-Broadway play, The Way We Get By. But Seyfried was in a partnership with the actor Justin Lengthy, and Sadoski was married. They didn’t get collectively till a year later. The two quietly married in 2017 just days prior to they had their initial youngster. Seyfried loved childbirth so a great deal she educated to turn out to be a doula.
“I was like, This is the most astounding issue I’ve ever been a element of. I have to be there for ladies childbirth is astounding,” she says. “I was speaking to my doula a lot about what she did. I was like, That sounds like the most effective issue, and I just wanted to be there when men and women have a child.”
In the finish, there have been also a lot of needs and certifications to do it officially. “I’m improved at, like, taking photos and massaging the back,” she says. And anyway, it wasn’t lengthy soon after that when she got the supply from David Fincher to reintroduce the planet to Marion Davies, the true-life starlet who had a partnership with media magnate William Randolph Hearst. Seyfried is barely in the 2020 Netflix film Mank, but she steals the show. The element earned Seyfried her initial Oscar nomination. It changed all the things.
“I got the contact about The Dropout the day I got nominated,” Seyfried says. “Not a coincidence. I knew exactly where that was coming from and I was fucking grateful.”
(Image credit: Victoria Will)
At initial, even though, Seyfried just about mentioned no. She was fighting Covid and the believed of leaving her children to go film in Los Angeles sounded terrible. But she slept on it. She’d followed the Theranos saga, obtaining listened to the ABC News podcast on which the show is primarily based (also referred to as The Dropout) in her Mank trailer. Kate McKinnon had initially been cast in the part but ended up dropping out when the pandemic delayed the project. For Seyfried, the likelihood to play Holmes was also excellent to pass up. The subsequent day, she referred to as back to say she’d take it.
“Amanda’s casting saved the project in this astounding way,” the show’s creator, Liz Meriwether, tells me. “She’s just 1 of these couple of actresses that I’ve generally recognized could do comedy and drama. She’d carried out a ton of function prior to we even got to the initial rehearsals. At the initial rehearsal, she had that voice she had these mannerisms.”
The final piece of the transformation came in the makeup chair: Holmes’ signature ruby lip and messy low bun. “The appear was as vital as figuring out how to do the voice,” Seyfried says. “I get it. [Holmes didn’t] want to waste time on how she appears. There is a particular appreciation or acceptance of how she appears. She accepts it and enhances it slightly and then goes about her day. I never adore wearing a lot of makeup [either].” For our lunch, Seyfried is bare-faced, but, like Holmes, it is a red lip Seyfried throws on for uncommon date nights with Sadoski. She has “a fuck-ton” to select from at the moment, since Lancome, the makeup brand for which she’s been an ambassador due to the fact 2019, just sent some more than.
Back when she was hearing the Holmes story for the initial time, Seyfried believed what we all believed about it. She believed it sounded crazy. But to step into Holmes’s shoes—or rather, black turtleneck—she had to place away these impressions to come across the humanity in the character. She didn’t speak to Holmes through the filming, but I ask if she knows no matter if or not Holmes has watched the show.
“I’m not getting told a great deal since she’s smart… but …I was told she wasn’t gonna watch it, that it was negative news, and that she did not want any element of it,” Seyfried says, with out elaborating on the back channels by which she was hearing this. “I never know if it is entirely accurate. Who knows? I’m a small skeptical of any info that comes my way.”
Seyfried has been asking Meriwether to create a season two of The Dropout—there’s nonetheless so a great deal far more she desires to discover of the Holmes story—but so far, Meriwether is not interested. Seyfried has lots else to maintain her occupied in the meantime. She cradles a cappuccino although we speak, rubbing her eyes from time to time. She flew in final evening from Spain—her initial international trip due to the fact prior to the pandemic. She was there shooting an ad for the watch brand she represents, Jaeger-LeCoultre. Then, this morning she had a contact for International Network for Help Relief and Help, or INARA, the nonprofit which sponsors care for conflict-impacted kids. The group focuses on filling in the gaps in healthcare, so ideal now, they’re focusing on mental wellness care for Ukrainian youth. Seyfried got involved by means of her husband and is now on the board. Following that, she had a contact about the toy business she’s launching with two of her close good friends from childhood. When I ask about the business, she hesitates for a moment.
(Image credit: Victoria Will)
“It feels so excellent to do stuff fully out of my comfort zone. I can not wait to start off a business,” she says. Then she swiftly adds, “I also never want to fuck it up for us. I am not going to be the face of it. I am not a brand particular person. I am an actor.”
She calls her pal to ask what she can say about it.
“Hey, sorry, I am carrying out an interview for Marie Claire. I’ve been speaking about the business,” she says. “Can I inform her the name of it?”
She listens as her pal talks.
“It’s generally so tough since you want it to be excellent, but like, you never want to place also a great deal hype on it. But also it is so entertaining. Like, I want to start off advertising it. You know what I imply? Okay, thanks, sorry, okay, I gotta go.”
She hangs up.
They’re creating playhouses, significant sufficient for children to stand in, but crafted from sustainable supplies and aesthetically pleasing sufficient that parents will not hate obtaining them about. The business is referred to as Make It Cute, and Seyfried and her good friends are hoping to launch later this year.
(Image credit: Future)
We finish up our coffees and Seyfried asks if I want to come with her to her preferred knitting shop about the corner. She requirements a three.75 crochet hook to make a blanket for her friend’s child. This is type of her thing—she created a purple and gold blanket for Chabert when she had her daughter six years ago.
Crocheting is 1 way she relaxes—along with jumping rope, which she does in increments of 1,000 on her building’s rooftop. Tonight, she’ll be breaking in her new hook although she and Sadoski watch Dateline and Undesirable Vegan. Fairly quickly, she begins filming The Crowded Space with Tom Holland. That part was an straightforward yes: “It was like, Shoots in New York? Yes. Play a psychologist? Shoot with Tom Holland? Directed by Kornel [Mundruczo]? Yeah, yeah.”
But she’s counting down till Tuesday, the day she gets to go dwelling to the farm for a break prior to production begins.
She walks me to the subway and we say our goodbyes prior to she disappears into the thick city crowd, her face shielded with oversized sunglasses. A couple days later, she posts on Instagram a carousel of her beloved goats. With acres of nothing at all in all directions, it is the 1 spot exactly where it does not matter what element she’s playing, what she appears like, what she’s operating on—where nobody’s asking her to do the voice.
This story seems in the May perhaps 2022 concern of Marie Claire.
Amanda wears a Dior dress and earrings, and Roger Vivier footwear to play Pop Quiz. On the cover, Amanda wears an Anne Klein blazer, Prada dress, Alina Abegg earrings, and Manolo Blahnik footwear.
Photographer: Victoria Will / Stylist: Elizabeth Stewart / Stylist Assistant: Eliza Yerry / Hair: DJ Quintero at The Wall Group / Makeup: Brigitte Reiss-Andersen at A-Frame Agency / Manicure: Tak Okamura at The Wall Group / Tailor: Cha Cha Zulic / Executive Producer: David Lipford, Dual Phocus