Amanda Seyfried reflects on auditioning for the upcoming Wicked film adaption and losing out on the role of Glinda. An actress and singer, Seyfried first prepared for the industry with a focus on singing, taking vocal lessons, studying opera, and training with a Broadway coach as a teenager. Eventually pivoting to acting, she got her breakout role in Mean Girls. But, Seyfried's classical training came in clutch when she later starred in the likes of the musical Mamma Mia! and its sequel, as well as in Les Misérables, for which she received much critical acclaim. Her performance in David Fincher's biopic Mank added to this acclaim, as she received nominations for the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Further, she recently starred as Elizabeth Holmes in the miniseries The Dropout, earning an Emmy nomination for Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie.SCREENRANT VIDEO OF THE DAY
Since 2004 there have been discussions about a film adaptation of the musical, Wicked, with it reported that directors such as J. J. Abrams, Ryan Murphy, Rob Marshall, and more were interested. In early 2021 however, it announced that Jon M. Chu would be the film's director. In fall of 2021, it was announced that Glinda would be played by Ariana Grande—known for her work as an acclaimed singer-songwriter and role in the Nickelodeon series Victorious—and Cynthia Erivo—who's garnered several high accolades for her work in film, television, theater, and music—would be Wicked's new Elphaba, with production set to begin in summer 2022 in the U.K.
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Now, in an interview with Porter, Seyfried has opened up about auditioning for Wicked, reflecting on losing out on a starring role as Glinda. First delving into the value she puts on her mental health, the actress explained that she has since found ways to protect herself from the pressures of the entertainment industry, notably dealing with rejection. Seyfried explained that she's been able to process rejection better in recent years, but she still gets hurt now and then, mentioning how she really wanted the role of Glinda in the upcoming Wicked, and how it was devastating when she lost out on it. Read Seyfried's full quote below:
"When I meet somebody who’s younger, like in their twenties, and they get rejected… by a job or something like that, it crushes them completely for a minute," she says. "Nothing can crush me completely, when it comes to work. I’m uncrushable! Not one thing can crush my life, unless it has to do with my family."
"[That’s] not to say that I don’t get hurt in my job. I lost out on a big role that I really wanted – [well], I thought I wanted," she adds. (The role was Glinda in the upcoming film adaptation of Wicked, which ultimately went to Ariana Grande.) "It was devastating, and it wasn’t for any other reason than I really felt like it was right. But that doesn’t take away from my confidence at all."
Seyfried had previously opened up that after the Mamma Mia! films and Les Misérables, she wanted to prove herself even more as a singer, with Glinda of Wicked becoming a dream role for her. Wanting the role so badly, she explained how she bent over backwards for the role, auditioning in between days on set of what she said was the hardest role of her life in The Dropout. With a strong base in singing, having been classically trained as a teen, it makes sense that Seyfried would be really disappointed that she lost out on a big role in a film adaptation of a popular musical—and especially so after receiving much acclaim and praise for not just one, but three musical films prior.
As it stands, Seyfried's confidence continues on, and commendably so. While Seyfried won't be a part of what is now a two-part film adaptation of the musical Wicked, there will surely be plenty of other musical opportunities for her to take on in the future. Musicals continue to be a popular option among moviegoers, as evidenced by the success of last year's West Side Story, and more films adaptations are on their way, with Matilda on Netflix this December and The Color Purple in theaters next year. Hopefully, it won't be too long before Seyfried can land another dream role in a big screen musical.