"My life changed in a day, in an hour," Amanda Seyfried recalled her screen test for 'Mean Girls.'
"Confidence plays a big role in how you perform, for sure." – Amanda Seyfried.
Actors' breakthrough tales are typically inspiring, mainly when they occur dramatically. Amanda Seyfried's big break performance was in a minor part in the blockbuster comedy Mean Girls. Seyfried tells Collider that she was seconds away from beginning her first college class before deciding to take a chance on Mean Girls.
Sebastian Seyfried was prepared to attend Fordham University in New York City until he had his final screen test for Mean Girls on the day of his first class. On her way to class, Seyfried came to a significant life choice. She explains: "My life turned in a day, in an hour. It's not an anecdote. It was a crazy point in time when I had to make that choice. I was standing in front of the elevator bays of Fordham University at the Lincoln Center campus, I was on the phone with my parents, and I was 15 minutes late for my first class because of my Karen screen test. I thought, 'Do I go up there and take this one class that I'm signed up for, or do I just go home and hope for the best?' And I went home. My dad was like, 'Just leave.' So, I left, and I got Mean Girls. I knew I was gonna get it. I figured I would because it was the last stop. I had already gone out to L.A. and auditioned for Regina. They showed so much interest. I had such a good time at the audition, I knew. It wasn't a choice I made lightly."
Fortunately, Seyfried won the gamble: she was immediately cast in two significant television roles after Mean Girls. She has since appeared in numerous films and T.V. programs., "I got Veronica Mars within two weeks of moving to Los Angeles after shooting Mean Girls. I also got Big Love the same week. Big Love was a blast. That was the main contract character. I think I was five, six, or seven on the call sheet. And with Veronica Mars, I was recurring, so I was able to do both of them. It was another stroke of luck. I knew then that I was being taken seriously, in a way, and that made me feel really good because confidence plays a big role in how you perform, for sure."
Of course, that was a relief for Seyfried, who made little money as a teenager on As the World Turns and All My Children. She tells about it with pride., "It's all relative. I started from nothing. I remember looking at my bank account when I was doing All My Children. I didn't know how I was gonna pay my rent. I was living in a studio apartment on the river, and I didn't know how I was gonna do it. I was 17, and that same year, I got Mean Girls. That gave me a chunk that I'd never seen before. And then, you work again, and you're like, 'Oh, my God, I can afford more than rent. I can afford to lease a car.' It's incredible."
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