Well, this is refreshing and honest. Amanda Seyfried who is currently starring in the motion picture Dear John opening February 5th with Channing Tatum, spoke with BackStage about her time on As the World Turns. Amanda played Lucy Montgomery in 2000, and reveals why her performances in the role came to an end! Here are some excerpts:
Seyfried: I’ll be honest, I was pretty bad starting out. When I was 15, I was on As the World Turns, and I was so bad they had to ship my character off.
Back Stage: Are you sure it was because of you—it wasn’t a story-line decision?
Seyfried: It was absolutely, without a doubt, because I was that bad. I was so uncomfortable. I had it in me, but if you aren’t comfortable, you can’t access your skill.
Back Stage: Getting fired at any age is tough. How did you handle it at 15?
Seyfried: I was devastated. You always think it’s the end of the world. I remember crying on the pier near my house on the Hudson River. Everybody gets fired for one reason or another: They don’t have the right look, they’re too tall. It’s weird. No matter how old you are, no matter how much experience you have, it’s never easy. But when I moved to New York at 17, I said, “I’ve got to get this shit straightened out because I don’t want to embarrass myself like that again.” So I took some Meisner classes with Nina Murano in New York. I did six to eight months of master technique. She’s amazing and really helped me out with one-on-ones for auditions and such. Then I got cast in “All My Children,” where I met my first love, who introduced me to my manager. He was the reason I got “Mean Girls.” I originally auditioned for Rachel McAdams’ role, Regina. When I didn’t get that, he went over the script with me and helped me prepare for the part of Karen. He set me up with a comedic director and really worked his ass off for me. He passed away not long ago; it’s sad that he didn’t get to reap any of the benefits of his hard work.