Wide-eyed actress Amanda Seyfried is best known to audiences for her hilarious performance as slow-witted but popular Karen Smith in the 2004 film Mean Girls. The former child model had graduated from high school the year before, though throughout her secondary education Seyfried had been acting on the popular soaps As the World Turns and All My Children, and by the time Mean Girls producers cast her for her big break, she was an experienced performer. She followed up the film's success with a role on the popular series Veronica Mars, playing the title character's murdered best friend in a series of "Laura Palmer-esque" flashbacks. She also took a role on the popular and controversial series Big Love before signing on to star in the big-screen adaptation of the popular Broadway play Mamma Mia!, a musical about a bride-to-be searching for her real father, set to the tunes of the popular Swedish disco group ABBA. She stretched her range with the 2009 erotic drama Chloe, and starred opposite Channing Tatum in the Nicholas Sparks adaptation Dear John the next year. In 2011 she was the lead in Red Riding Hood, and played opposite Justin Timberlake in the sci-fi film In Time.
Biography by Cammila Collar
- Was a child model.
- Appeared on the cover of three books by author Francine Pascal.
- Began her acting career in high school by appearing on daytime soaps, first on CBS's Guiding Light and then ABC's All My Children.
- Breakout film role came in the 2004 high-school comedy Mean Girls, playing the memorably spacey Karen Smith.
- Has been cast in two projects produced by Tom Hanks: the HBO series Big Love and the 2008 film adaptation of the Broadway musical Mamma Mia!