The video above should really just be titled “The Moment I Fell In Love With Amanda Seyfried.” I caught up with the actress recently while out promoting her new, super-scary film Gone. Of course I had to ask about her upcoming role as Cosette in Les Miserables, because I, like every other human, first saw the musical when I was eight years old and then spent the next 20+ years listening to and crying over the soundtrack. (Did I sing “Castle On A Cloud” while auditioning for my fifth grade’s performance of Oliver only to be cast in the chorus? Oh yes. Yes I did.)
It should be noted that when I refer to the “theater geeks panting to see” Les Mis, I am obviously speaking about myself. I also meant that fans are excited for the film; but I clearly articulated myself poorly and it was interesting to hear Amanda’s response. Her passion for the project is evident in her face alone, and her dedication and conviction made me immediately excited to see her in the role.
As for the pressure already building around the project, the actress says, “you can’t really focus too much on what the fans want completely when you’re cast. If they don’t think I’m the right Cosette, eff em. Because, I’m an actor and I’m going to try my best to embody that character. That’s my focus…it means a lot to me to get Les Mis. And I’m going to honor that.”