Version of Amanda Seyfried crowded into a booth at the Mother Wolf restaurant in Los Angeles on Thursday night — aided by the din of Vanity Fair and Lancome’s The future of the Hollywood party—A lot of miles away from her character convincing residence in Hulu’s Dropout. The script of the series about the rise and fall of CEO Theranos Elizabeth Holmes Introducing the actors in hasty eyeliner with bleach blondes’ crowns, as she swindles through investor meetups and indulges in bouncy dance moves. By contrast, the woman polishing a slice of thin crust pizza is warm candlelight and sparkling beauty in an Elie Saab mini dress and thin metal headband. There was only one moment when Holmes caught a glimpse of the intensity of the widening of his eyes. “I’m damned love and cherish it,” said Seyfried, leaning in for emphasis. Her passion for knitting is real.
With two young children, a husband, and a herd of animals on her Catskills ranch, Seyfried has reached the end of her life with ease. The gravity there was strong enough that she famously almost turned down the role of Holmes, but it was a boon to scam enthusiasts that she changed hearts quickly. However, the Oscar-nominated actress transitioned to Hollywood with ease. When she was on the phone a few hours before the party on Thursday, Seyfried announced a Vanity Fair shoot. “I wore this beautiful beaded dress and I was running and jumping in the pool,” she says of an impromptu idea on an unusually warm LA day. Here’s how to live off the erratic New York weather.
Named a Lancôme ambassador in 2019, Seyfried has become the muse for the fashion house’s lipsticks, amidst the warm peach hues. Mademoiselle Amanda (released last December) and DropoutStandard Release Uniform (L’Absolu Rouge Drama Ink in French Bisou). Is it weird that she’s back in the shade to match up with a struggling tech entrepreneur? “I hadn’t thought about it until now,” she admitted. “I really like the red and blue that Elizabeth is wearing.” The difference is in the way Seyfried wears it: thin as a stain – “really cool and dry and translucent.” She stopped. “That’s great. Now I’ll never wear it. I’m kidding! I always will.”
Here, the actor reminisces about the green juice era, tells of a fellow actor’s Oscar-nominated performance (“I really like her”), and offers a glimpse over about her evening preparations before the Future of Hollywood party, where eyeliner, in contrast to the Hulu billboards around town, was painted to glaring perfection.
Vanity Fair: Input Dropout, An interviewer asked Elizabeth Holmes, “If you are what you eat, what are you?” Her answer was green juice. What will your days be like?
Amanda Seyfried: Oh my God. What do I eat the most? I mean, cheese is something that pops into my mind right away. I am cheese. I ate a lot of cheese today. I can’t even tell you how much cheese I just ate — too much Manchego and haloumi.
What is your personal experience with the green water phenomenon? So it defines a certain period of time.
I saw through it right away because I said, “That’s a lot of sugar.” It doesn’t make sense to me that you get all the nutrients and I’ve read a lot to support that. Smoothies are something I’ve been making every day for years. Even when I’m at the venue, I’ll have a Vitamix and I’ll make my own smoothies. It’s always celery, spinach and turmeric and a bit of whatever I want, but it’s never sugary. It’s really hard to find a green juice — which is refreshing and enjoyable at times, by the way — without sugar, more like fruit than green. So I saw through that fad right away and rebelled.
You’ve played the role of woman through a series of grooming, from the ultra-glamorous Marion Davies, and then the cooler Elizabeth Holmes. Where do you personally fall in terms of your base for a certain level of polish? I think a lot of that has to do with upbringing and what you were shaped into as a child.
For me, that’s exactly what it is. My mom never wears makeup, and if she does, it’s like those old dresses my grandma had, or she bought at CVS or whatever drugstore. I would only see her wearing them when she went to an event, maybe every few years. So it’s just less is more. My mom is just very low maintenance and it’s about her lifestyle and her job: She has worked at a hospital for her whole career. For me, it’s the same. I don’t wash my hair often. My lifestyle, it’s flashy when I’m working – but when I’m not working, I live on a farm and that’s our main residence. And such polishing for me is actually very simple. Usually lips and eyes are what I need, but I don’t like much makeup. I don’t want to spend time preparing if possible.