That kind of identification is so romantic. What movies do you
think are romantic?
To me, romance is not just about love. I recently saw Lust, Caution, and it’s tragic and romantic. I don’t know how they shot those [sex] scenes. Those scenes looked crazy.
Very acrobatic. They put out warnings in Asia with that movie:
“You might injure yourself if you try this at home.”
Apparently, not everyone is that limber.
How true. In general, movies as a form are romantic to me. One of my favorite performances is Donald O’Connor doing “Make ’Em Laugh” in Singin’ in the Rain. To me, the performance of song and dance with humor and props is a lost art. His performance is masterful and subtle—romantic in a different way.
I think that kind of performing takes both talent and courage.
It’s hard to pull off bravado showmanship.
Well, I don’t think you make your point by sitting in the corner. So, yeah, be bold. And whatever happens, happens.
Amanda, in In Time, your character, a rich girl, is
kidnapped by Justin Timberlake’s character.
Amanda Seyfried: It’s set in the future, where money buys you time. My character falls in love with Justin’s character—she wants to give him all the time he needs so he can save the world. It’s very romantic. No matter what’s happening in my life, I can always get lost in the romances of my characters.
And what about sex scenes?
Sex scenes are great. A lot of my costars have been sexy guys my age, and so, why not? I’m not going to pretend it’s not fun. Justin was great—he had come from doing Friends With Benefits, where he basically had sex every day at work—and so it was easy for both of us. We just kind of got it on, and then were like, “That was good!”
You’re 25. Did you dance to any songs by ’N Sync at
I went to four different proms in high school. I was addicted to the whole ballroom thing. But it was embarrassing to be an ’N Sync fan in high school. I was into them in middle school. I definitely danced in my friend’s basement for hours and hours to ’N Sync’s first album.
Did you start your acting career in high school
No, but when I was in high school, I did two soap operas—one when I was 15, and again when I was 17, I was on All My Children. I hopped between the soap in New York and classes in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I compartmentalized the whole thing and nobody in high school really cared that I was on TV. Everybody was more worried about sex—having it or not having it—and drinking and boys. I met my first boyfriend on All My Children—it was like a fairy tale. He was my boyfriend on the show and in real life. We kissed for the first time on the soap opera.