Amanda Seyfried on Oscar buzz, saying 'no' to superhero films

Amanda Seyfried says the praise she’s received for her performance in “Mank” feels “good.” The actor also discusses why she doesn't want to do superhero movies. (Jan. 29)

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- I need a favor, but you're gonna have to promise you won't laugh.

- Well, given the state of the world, it's a tall order.

- You're gonna. I just know you are.

- I have got such a hangover right now. There's just a fighting chance I won't.

- I'm being burned at the stake, and I am dying for a ciggie-boo.

[LAUGHTER]

AMANDA SEYFRIED: You know, I never expected this kind of stuff. I kept my head down and we worked. It's what I've been doing since I had my first professional job when I was 15. And to be here in this position, to have like people discussing my performance and not just the movie, it's the first time it's ever happened, really truly in this-- on this level. And it feels damn good.

And it's so thrilling to be able to see the other side of it. Because I don't do movies for how it will turn out. I do them for the experience. And because I believe in the nature of it, and I believe in, you know, the story we're telling, and I think it would be really fun. And I learn a lot. Like all those things, that's why I do movies. I think that David changed the course of my career, I hope. You know, I think when David Fincher says, you, and you show up, I think then, you know, the game changes.

I don't imagine there are many agents that-- who don't feel like their clients wouldn't be-- wouldn't benefit from a big superhero movie. And it's-- I've had to, you know, I've really had to push against it. You know, I get it. I think superhero movies are wonderful. And you can really just-- you can be transported to this incredible world that doesn't exist. And it's really fun. And it's really good for kids, I think. You know, as they're getting older.

But I just don't. I have no interest in being that physical and being that much of a trip to my imagination every day. I'm not a fan of green screen, just not. And I want to have fun when working. And so, you know, that has been that cloud that's kind of been looming over me for my entire career. And I don't know when it'll ever go away, you know? I-- but it's OK because, at the end of the day, my agents trust me, and they know that it's not for everybody.