In a wide-ranging interview with TheImproper she talks about her controversial nude scenes, her biggest fears from shooting the racy film, and something she absolutely never wants her dad to see.
She also talks about what it took to get into the part, and how she broke away from the character once filming wrapped.
Seyfried stars opposite Peter Sarsgaard, who plays her sadistic and terrifying husband Chuck Traynor and Sharon Stone, who plays her fanatically religious mother. The film also stars Chris Noth, Hank Azaria, Adam Brody and Debi Mazar.
Amanda Talks About Her Hottest Nude Scenes (nsfw)
The Improper: Amanda, what was the biggest challenge in making the film?
Amanda Seyfried: I’m a pretty cynical person, so I knew right off the bat when I entered into this project that I was going to have to leave that at the door because I would be embodying her. My job is to validate her in lots of ways. The responsibility of playing her, especially because we were in touch with her kids, was to justify her and to reiterate what she tried to get across.
Playing a real person in general is really hard. I’ve never done it before. It would be even harder if she were alive for sure. That was the biggest challenge. Apparently a lot of people had hesitations about this role, which is why I was lucky enough for it to come to me.
IM: How did you shake off the role when filming was over, both emotionally and physically?
Seyfried: I did “Les Miserables” three weeks after “Lovelace” wrapped, and so I just jumped into that. I played an 18-year-old virgin. It really couldn’t have been any more [different]. There were actually a lot of similarities between Cosette and Linda. This was one was really hard. I actually lost myself in it, for the first time ever in my career. I feel like a real actor now!
IM: Did you have any doubts about taking on such a risqué role?
Seyfried: There’s always the fear of how you’ll be perceived afterwards with a role like this, but after I met [the directors] there was barely any hesitation. It just seemed like the perfect challenge for me; I needed an emotional indication. I just need to lose myself in something. I believed in this woman. It really wasn’t that hard. Sex is something that has such a stigma about it with younger actresses that I know, and I didn’t feel like it’s that scary. We’re all human, so that was the least of my worries.
IM: Linda doesn’t want her parents to know about her career. Is there anything in your own career that you don’t want your parents to see?
Seyfried: I don’t want my dad to see my naked body, ever! I’m going to sit through it and cover his eyes. It’s only the nudity. I don’t have a problem with him seeing me in violent situations. In sexual situations… it’s a little tough, but it’s more just the nudity. That’s been it for me.
IM: Amanda, rumor has it that you practice certain moves using popsicles to simulate oral sex. Is that true?
Seyfried: The popsicle thing was something I was just joking about. But I did use them. When you’re simulating something, sometimes it’s easier as an actor to actually be doing something. Technically, my lips would be wet so it would be more realistic. They were banana popsicles, so they would not stain my lips or tongue. It just seemed right in the moment to help. I’m simulating that, and it’s weird to simulate.
IM: You got to wear some pretty wild hairstyles to be in sync with the time period. What did you think of them?
Seyfried: The hair in this movie is insane. It’s super fun. I had quite a few transformations, I love that. The afro is my favorite one.
IM: What did you do to wind down after shooting?
Seyfried: I don’t know if it would have gone quite as smoothly if we hadn’t started out with the mother/daughter stuff, because I was terrified the first day. Terrified! It would have been different had it not been [Sharon] helping me through, especially with the maternal energy. It was amazing.
IM: Were you able to relate to Linda in any way? What did you learn about your own life from playing your character?
Seyfried: I think a lot of women can relate to her in that she was kind of stuck. She made some bad choices, and she was escaping one bad situation and kind of entering into another bad situation. How can you foresee that? I felt like she was a two-dimensional character, and I didn’t really care about her story when I heard about her, way before this movie even came into existence.
It’s just important to know that everybody has three dimensions to them; you can’t just project your feelings or opinions about things onto other people, because everybody is a human being. I related to her in a lot of ways. She was always trying to figure out who she is, and trying to find her footing in her life, like we all are.
Her circumstances are pretty awful throughout the whole thing, which is why I wanted to play her. I felt like I could do her some justice. She tried so hard to be heard. In this film we are trying to tell her story again, and make her a real person.
The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January and is in limited release in the United States this month. Be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest movie news.