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Seyfried delves into dark material in 'Lovelace'
By SANDY COHEN , AP Entertainment Writer

PARK CITY, Utah (AP)  It took a French revolution to pull Amanda Seyfried away from her role as '70s porn star Linda Lovelace.

Seyfried delved deep into her character in the biopic "Lovelace," which premiered this week at the Sundance Film Festival. The 27-year-old actress says she was only able to shed the dark role by playing Cosette in the Oscar-nominated "Les Miserables."

"I had a hard time letting go of Linda at the end of the movie," she said. "I had a really intense time with (co-star) Peter Sarsgaard. I think we both had a hard time letting go because we went to these places.

"He played a man who consistently beat his wife. And I played a woman who was raped and abused, psychologically and physically. I was constantly taking my clothes off. I didn't have an issue with that. She had an issue with that. So it was a lot. And the only thing that helped was getting onto 'Les Mis.'"

"Lovelace" tells the story of the unlikely porn star and the abusive relationship she shared with her husband, Chuck Traynor.

Seyfried was grateful her musical part in "Les Mis" came just three weeks after "Lovelace" wrapped.

If not, she said she might have "carried Linda for a long time, and it could have been unhealthy," even though she knew from the start the role would be risky  and risque.

"It is risky and people did not stop reminding me of that. But I also really wanted a challenge. It appealed to me in that way," she said. "And this woman had a fascinating story. There are things that a lot of people don't know. People have an idea of her. It's very one-dimensional."

Directed by Oscar-winning documentarian Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, "Lovelace" was based in part on Lovelace's memoir, in which she recounted her entrance into pornography as the star of "Deep Throat," which brought porn to mainstream audiences.

Seyfried said Lovelace was "exploited."

"She was coerced into the porn industry," said the actress, who was accompanied by her mother at Sundance. "Yes, she enjoyed parts of it because parts of it made her feel safe because she was around so many people. But there's so much to say."

Born Linda Susan Boreman, Lovelace died in 2002, but Seyfried spoke to two of her children as part of her research. She said that while she doesn't feel like she has much in common with the pioneering porn star, there are similarities.

"Being in the public eye now, people can make assumptions about me, I'm sure. And no one really knows what's really going on. So I can relate in that way," Seyfried said. "She comes from a place of innocence. And I definitely did as well at one point coming into this business, which is nothing like the porn industry. People try to exploit me all the time. You've got to know your boundaries and you've got to know how to speak for yourself. But unfortunately she didn't have that freedom like I do. She had a husband that literally wouldn't allow her to go to the bathroom without asking."

Seyfried said she took "the responsibility very seriously of portraying and giving her validation and being her voice," especially after meeting her children, "which is why I was so nervous about releasing it into the wild."

Still, she's delighted the film premiered at the annual independent-film showcase.

"I just am so, so happy and proud to be able to say that this is our premiere," she said. "It's here and it feels safe here almost for some reason, I don't know why. Maybe because it's just really cozy and everybody is really friendly."

But she acknowledged she's still frightened about how the film will be received when it reaches a wider audience. Earlier this week, it was acquired by the Weinstein Co.'s Radius label for North American distribution for a reported $3 million.

"It's scary. I'm really scared," Seyfried said. "I don't know what's going to happen after it comes out. But I would never take it back. I'm really happy that I was able to give her the voice that she never got to have."


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Jan 24, 2013 8:57AM

So...Lovelace was exploited...and I guess we're keeping to that theme?


Jan 24, 2013 9:16AM
The two clowns up top undoubtedly CAN'T give ANYBODY a deep ANYTHING, but watching them try in futility might be a pathetic, disgusting, vile sort of way.

I wouldn't have thought it possible, but it appears that Amanda is getting even cuter. Which is pretty dang amazing to me.

Jan 24, 2013 9:54AM
Geez Amanda, get over yourself aren't really that talented

It doesn't take much to look into the camera with a doe-eyed've been hired because of your looks not because you were at the top of your class at Yale acting school.
Jan 24, 2013 11:34AM
Lovelace was exploited as an individual, but even more so by liberals and the deminism movement.   Feminism meant, and now means that men can treat women as little more than objects to be used and thrown away.   Ask any single woman in her 20's if you doubt me.   Feminism has done more harm to women than any other movement in history.   It also means men no longer have to be "gentlemen" because we no longer have to respect and adore women.   They are our equals to be used and abused rather than to be revered.   I'll never let my sons adopt that mentality, and any guy who treats my daughter that way will be subject to more than he expected, but that's what has happened to society.

So enjoy it ladies, this is what you pushed for.   Instead of being revered and respected as wives and mothers, you now are expected to leave your kids at a daycare while you slug it out in the workforce, put out to strangers you met online on the first date, and now you get to be captured raped and killed on the front lines of combat.   Ain't liberalism and feminism wonderful?
Jan 24, 2013 9:14AM
I know they are making the movie of Shades of Grey, and I really can see Seyfried playing Anna role. When I saw the movie " Time" with Justin Timberlake that's when it hit me... wonder if she was ever considered .
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