Amanda Seyfried for ELLE Magazine

Posted on July 11, 2013

Once again, a stylist finally managed to do Amanda just right. Of course, when it’s Joe Zee doing the styling, it’s a pretty safe bet he’ll get it right, but we’re hoping two good editorials in a row means a trend for Miss Amanda.


Amanda Seyfried covers the August 2013 issue of ELLE magazine in a glass-jeweled silk lace top and brief from Dolce & Gabbana paired with tiered earrings from Lana Jewelry, a yellow gold and diamond cuff from Jennifer Meyer, a rose gold heart bracelet with diamond from Chopard, and a white gold double ring with black rhodium, quartz, and diamonds from Jack Vartanian, photographed by Carter Smith and styled by Joe Zee.

Loving her makeup here.

On accepting the title role of Linda Lovelace in the upcoming feature film “Lovelace,” in theaters Aug. 9: “I read the script and I was like, ‘Wow, this is the riskiest thing that’s happening [in Hollywood] right now.’ The first thing you think about is that it could have ruined my career. At the same time, I was like, ‘This is my chance to show them, to show the industry, to be recognized.’”

On the need for physical attraction in a relationship:
“Everybody I’ve dated I’ve been sexually attracted to immediately. Sparks don’t grow- your vagina doesn’t become more inclined to wanting someone just because you’re around them.”

On her ex-boyfriend Dominic Cooper:
“We love each other… He’ll always be in my life regardless of what his girlfriends or future wife think. I’m never going to be with a guy that can’t deal with my friendship with him.”

On her current crush:
“[He’s] someone separate from my industry life- I’ve known him since he was 16… I picture him as the father of my children all the time. But it is a fantasy right now.”


Dolce&Gabbana Fall 2013 Collection

Silk dress and wool sweater by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane | Gold heart lock pendant by Tiffany & Co. | Black rhodium, diamond, and black quartz ring by Jack Vartanian.

Saint Laurent Fall 2013 Collection/Model: Edie Campbell (VIVA)

Leopard-print faux-fur coat by Simone Rocha | Brushed cashmere sweater and silk briefs by Burberry Prorsum | Crystal-trim tiara by | Tights and leather boots by Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane.

Simone Rocha Fall 2013 Collection


The trick with Amanda seems to be to stay away from wide-eyed princess looks and fully embrace the wide-eyed dirty/sexy looks for her. When she’s doing the fashion magazine version of keeping it real, she comes alive on the page. She needs super-declarative pieces, not pretty dresses.


[Photo Credit: Carter Smith for ELLE magazine,]

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  • Ashley Alvarez

    I’m surprised no one’s attempted a Bardot-lite styling for her.

    • StellaZafella

      It’ll happen…it’s just so easy to see now. And with the advent of her new picture, Bardot -lite won’t be it…it’ll be full on “The New Bardot!”…She could be the next Bond Girl for Daniel Craig.

      • DilettanteDeconstructed

        Oooh, she would make a killer Bond girl. Pun not intended.

    • foodycatAlicia

      How odd that you have my avatar!

      eta… what the heck? that’s not mine!

  • Caroline Lindsay Whitham

    The photoshopping on the crotch/leg area of the cover is insane. Also in the second picture she looks so stretched and unnatural. Great styling let down by terrible photoshop, I think. Although I’m never going to be a fan of ‘look at my va-jay-jay’ posing.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Um, yes, I’m looking at her legs and they are seriously the thickness of my 8 year old cousins.

    • SewingSiren

      So odd looking. It looks like they cut out trapezoid from a sheet of white paper and pasted between her legs.

    • LilyPad

      I totally agree that the photoshop is completely distracting. My first thought was, “that is NOT what a woman’s body looks like!’

    • omg_dora

      The crotch area is so weird-looking that at first I thought she was wearing a mini dress with a slightly wavy hem, and that her lower body has been squished or otherwise messed up in Photoshop. It still looks disproportional even if you see these are bejeweled panties.

  • Kiltdntiltd

    She looks awesome in nearly every shot. I’m not as thrilled about how washed out her face is on the cover, though.

  • Judy_S

    I don’t like the cover picture. Her head looks too big for her body, like it doesn’t belong. That’s the sort of thing styling should fix, not accentuate, imho.
    On the other hand she makes the clothes look great.

  • SewingSiren

    That is one weirdly photochopped cover. What in the hell happened to her right hip? And the crotch? Is it a (baggy?) body suit or a dress with a crotch flap? Her head is on an alien sized neck that is extended fully forward to bite our heads off. Other than that she looks great in red.

  • Emily Smith

    Her comment about her vagina’s preferences is fantastic.

    • julnyes

      yes, but wish she didn’t posit it as a universal truth.

      • BrooklynBomber


    • drdarke

      I love that Amanda Seyfried’s willing to take creative risks, and not play the Cute Best Friend like she seemed in danger of doing for a while there. After watching Amy Adams all too happily let Hollywood toss her in the same old parts over and over (until you’re frankly sick of seeing her), it’s good to see somebody wiling to work without a net.

      It also helps that with her, it seems more like a desire to stretch as an actress, not (as it too often comes off with some actresses, starting with Lindsay Lohan and going downhill from there!) as A Cry For Attention…..

  • annabelle archer

    Wow, I am amazed at how much her face changes when she doesn’t wear any eye shadow. I get that is her chance to show them that she can do more than have weather forecasting boobs, but I think what will likely be a series of promotional pieces that all look slightly porny will only serve to hurt her in the long run.

  • Introspective

    I dont know- the clothes seem thrown together and she appears dead about the face. this shoot does nothing for me.

    • ballerinawithagun

      The D & G is a gorgeous piece but I agree the clothes just seem thrown together. Thrift store shopping. The one where all of the wealthy women drop off their couture that was never worn and they are wondering, “WTF was I thinking???” Also reminds me of Marc Jacobs grunge couture failure. It is fine to DIY this look but do we need a stylist for it?

  • PlethoraofBooks

    Her eyes really pop on the cover – a really penetrating stare.

    While she is smoldering, not a fan of the heavy looking sweaters for an August editorial. Texas is still sweltering that time of year!

    • Shawn EH

      Thousand yard stalker stare! Run, Dominic Cooper, run!

  • MilaXX

    Only the young think they will be friends with all their exs I like the shoot except for that last in bed shot. That one looks like it’s trying to hard to be trashy and darling Amanda isn’t quite there yet.

    • H2olovngrl

      I agree with all that you say here. That is all.

    • drdarke

      Think she’s still in love with him, @MilaXX:disqus?

      I don’t mind the “Good Girl Being Naughty” picture myself – she is playing a Seventies porn star, after all….

      • MilaXX

        Not sure if she’s still in love, but if you still liked everyone you broke up with, you’d still be together, no? Sometimes and ex is an ex for good reason.

  • CPK1

    i love the lip color on the cover too. Gorgeous.

    • Rhonda Shore

      The red lipstick is key for her.

  • Nancer

    I think the real thing here is that the clothing actually fits her. Too often on the red carpet and various editorials it looks like she’s wearing a dress at least two sizes too big that couldn’t be tailored to fit because it’s on loan. She’s a tiny woman, and fit is very important. She looks great here.

  • Slanted & Enchanted

    Love the editorial. Am amused by her comments. Not that I don’t think that exes can be friends – just when people start declaring their undying friendship I’m reminded of the adage, “If you’re able to stay friends with an ex, you’re either still in love or were never in love.”

    But I covet both of those last outfits, right down to the cup of tea.

    • stubbornthoughts

      Totally agree with the whole “exes can be friends” bit. The Ex Factor can be seriously brutal. Methinks she might grow out of that thinking.

    • annabelle archer

      I will have to disagree. I’m in my late 30s, married, and have great friendships with even my most serious of exs and even some lighthearted hook ups. I think as long as it doesn’t end bloody (emotionally speaking) and neither person is holding onto something, friendships can work.

      • Snailstsichr

        My ex husband was my dear friend until his death last month. Sometimes a friendship can blossom when you don’t have to share a roof (or checking account) anymore.

        • formerlyAnon

          I agree with you. And my sympathies on your loss.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Sorry for your loss.

        • annabelle archer

          Awe. I’m sorry for your loss.

    • par3182

      I think she’s saying she can remain friends with an ex but her vagina can’t.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am sure exes can be friends, I am sure it’s not always that straightforward, and I am VERY sure that she is a young person being encouraged to “open up” for publication.

      Thank God, on my knees, yet again, that there are no interviews extant in which I was enticed to pontificate about my Deep Thoughts at her age. Oh yes, oh yes.

      • decormaven

        Second that thought. I was convinced of my brilliance at that age. Not so much at this point in time.

        • formerlyAnon

          I was worse than convinced of my brilliance (because i wasn’t): I was EARNEST. And very, very, very SINCERE. And I liked to talk, a lot.

          (If I really could grasp how little I’ve changed, I’d probably be horrified. But I can’t, not really, so I proceed in what is probably happy obliviousness.)

          • decormaven

            Ha ha! We were besties in that former life, then.

      • Slanted & Enchanted

        Considering that I’ve spent the morning wrangling one of my exes into a virtual book club (gotta build a support group if I’m going to tackle Infinite Jest) and that my mother’s maid of honor was my dad’s ex-girlfriend, I am definitely sure that exes can be friends. It’s just when people insist so ardently that they will always be best friends, future lovers be damned!, that I roll my eyes a little.

        Which brings me to your next point. I am grateful every day that I am a Nobody because the things that come out of my mouth, particularly about love and sex? They are ridiculous. I am particularly grateful that Facebook was still only a college student thing when I was thirteen because I wrote poetry. I thought it was deep and dark. And I would have thought my entire network needed to read it.

    • sweetestsith

      I think it really depends on the person… My wife is friends (or at least friendly towards) all of her exes, and thinks well of them but is happy to no longer date them. She’s very loving and open, and that’s just how she rolls. I however have no exes, but dislike (some of) hers instead. I could never be friends with an ex, it is not in my nature!

  • nannypoo

    The model in the last picture apparently overslept.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I remember when I used to talk about being friends with my exes as though it were a good idea. I love the styling and makeup in the cover shot. It’s interesting to see her with more nude-looking eye makeup and I love that lip colour on her.

  • mhleta

    Yeah, she an interesting girl–an ingenue with dark powers. Good to keep that in mind when styling her.

    • drdarke

      That’s a great description of Amanda Seyfried, @mhleta ! “An Ingenue With Dark Powers” fits her strange vibe perfectly.

      I’ve loved her ever since she was the only non-embarrassing thing about the MAMA MIA movie – wow, was that awful! My wife didn’t last an hour – when she couldn’t believe I was still sticking, I naively said “It’s got to get better, right…?”

      Then Pierce Brosnan started to sing….

      • demidaemon

        You know, I like that movie. Still, most musicals can win me over. To me, Pierce Brosnan singing was the worst thing about it, and I totally expected his singing to be cringe worthy.

      • mhleta

        Drdarke, your wife and I are of one mind on that movie. I too bailed inside of an hour while my daughters sat, utterly enthralled. When Brosnan started singing, I figured that would have to be the breaking point. Not for them, but it was for me. I had to get in the car and go for a drive till it was over. It’s so bad, I couldn’t even laugh at it!

      • formerlyAnon

        I LOVE that movie. It just tickles my funny bone. When Pierce Brosnan started singing, I fell. out. I started laughing uncontrollably, embarrassing my daughter no end, since no one else in the movie theater was nearly that entertained. And to be honest, I’ve watched waay worse musicals multiple times over, they’re a weakness.

        The funny thing is, I wasn’t all that excited by Abba back in their day.

        • drdarke

          Oh, I’ve seen worse musicals, @formerlyAnon! But I don’t think I’ve seen so much wasted talent In a musical – some of the most talented actors in film, badly miscast in a silly and borderline offensive story.

          It doesn’t help that most of the cast can act, but they sure can’t sing! Streep’s the star, and her singing voice just might pass muster in community theatre, and Christine Baranski can sell a number through sheer brass – but no other big-name performer can sing at all. The younger cast’s considerably better, but nobody was watching MAMMA MIA for Amanda Seyfried – though this role was probably what got her on the path to stardom….

  • marshmallowjane

    Amanda looks beautiful. Joe Zee’s choices actually look better on theses pages than they look on the runway where he originally saw them. I don’t care for Amanda’s leg positions or her shoes in the last photo.

  • kimmeister

    The star sweater is an odd piece from Saint Laurent. Looks like a truncated bathrobe.

    • Shawn EH

      It’s horrible, as is the baby doll dress it’s paired with.

  • Maryanne525

    She does look lovely and interesting, but I hate how short that “dress” is on the cover. It looks like a shirt.

    • Gwyndall

      That’s no dress… granny panties.

      • Maryanne525

        Ah yes, you are correct. I took it to be an altered dress from the runway shot. And now I hate it even more! :)

  • Qitkat

    I don’t know guys, this editorial leaves me rather chilly. It doesn’t do Amanda justice. She looks waiflike and disturbing in a way I’ve never noticed before.

  • Sunraya

    I don’t really need that open legged shot shot on the bed. And yes, I am over 50, but I have a beautiful 19 year old daughter and I pray she doesn’t ever feel the need to talk about her vagina in a public forum.

  • msdamselfly

    She sounds so foolish

    • formerlyAnon

      I think she sounds young, that’s all.

      • BrooklynBomber

        Young and foolish – just the way it’s supposed to be.

  • j_anson

    I understand the love of Joe Zee – all hail Joe Zee – but I have to admit I’m questioning the wisdom of having TWO OUT OF THREE shots feature couture day-wear bathing suits. Can we please not try to make that a thing, fashion industry? FFS, men are still wearing neck to ankle suits on the red carpet, and we’re supposed to be considering bathing suits as reasonable options?

    • cowper

      Right, it looks like a sequined version of the workout swimsuits they sell at the pro swim shop. I HATE editorials that look like they’re targeted at the pedophilic porn addict, or encourage such leering. That is not edgy. That is promoting the objectification of human beings. I don’t care if the model is a willing participant. –end rant of the day–

  • Frank_821

    Actually from the sound bytes it seems she has a deep affection for Mr Cooper despite it not working out for them. I don’t think that sounds unreasonable. It’s not like she’s talking every single one of her exes

  • plinkiedoodle

    Meh. Not too thrilled with those diapers with hearts on them in the last photograph.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    She looks good but I’m not fond of these looks. That coat with the stars looks like a cheap fleece jacket, the cover dress is a big sparkly bath towel … and get your foot off the bed, girly.

  • Anastasia

    Photoshopping is rampant, but at least the lighting in all of these shots is superb! It makes for the huge difference between a good editorial and a runway look — the Saint Laurent number doubles as angelic and ghoulish all at once.

  • Jennifer Ford

    I love it. It’s like The Return of Lilly Kane.

  • H2olovngrl

    I REALLY don’t like the shot on the bed. Yuck.

  • Lesley

    totally agree. i’m noticing a trend, light on the eye makeup and a red lip seem to do her wonders. her eyes are so big and doll-like they do justice all on their own.

  • BrooklynBomber

    inda Lovelace in the upcoming feature film “Lovelace,”

    WHAT!?? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    • formerlyAnon

      Yup. I am 99.998% sure I’ll be skipping that one, even if the reviews are fantastic.

      • BrooklynBomber

        I think I’m going to install a filter on my brain so I don’t even have to hear about it.

  • NoveltyRocker

    That shot on the bed is giving me strong flashbacks to the 90’s and Angelina Jolie editorials when she was the grungy, sexy, alt girl coming off films like Gia and Girl, Interrupted. Billy Bob blood vial wearing Angelina. She always looked like a full grown woman to me but she would have been around Seyfried’s age now. It feels a little more ick to see someone as girlish looking as Seyfried posed like that. Oh the confines of the physical.

  • marlie

    The Saint Laurent and the Simone Rocha looks both scream to me “hipster thrift store finds.” And that’s not a good thing. But everything about the cover photo is beautiful.

  • Lori

    “We love each other… He’ll always be in my life regardless of what his girlfriends or future wife think. I’m never going to be with a guy that can’t deal with my friendship with him.”

    Stars, they really are just like us. Well, sort of like me any way. This is me & my ex to a tee. Sadly my personal styling is not nearly this good.

  • decormaven

    That deep red on her suits her. It will be interesting to see how that movie tracks.

  • Hannah Prutton

    that vagina sound bite is PERFECTION. damn cosette.

  • Anniebet

    Not feeling this so much. Sure, they downplayed her ingenue image, but these are rather off-putting, IMO.

    • Gaby

      Yeah, same. The cover photo is ok, but the underlighting in the second picture makes her look kind of alien and the pose in the last looks cheap and tawdry. The styling is perfect but the photos themselves are not my favorite. These sort of Margot Tenenbaum looks are the perfect choice for her though.

  • Trisha26

    Every pose from her is simply vapid. I can’t get excited at all. And I’ve never taken her seriously as an actress. Maybe the upcoming soft-porn version of Deep Throat will be her ticket. Not.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    “your vagina doesn’t become more inclined to wanting someone just because you’re around them”.

    Most concise explanation of the ‘friend zone’ concept!

  • lundibleu

    I guess it might just be me, but she doesn’t look like Amanda Seyfried. Whether this is photoshop, or the way the pictures have been taken, or makeup, I’m not sure.

  • PrunellaV

    Agreed, TLo. Her baby fawn looks have fooled many stylists. She looks best a little dirtied up.

  • rougeort

    I love the picture with the sweater, though the piece that wins it for me is that FABULOUS coat. I don’t think it’s necessarily dirty that works on her, but more relatable, if you know what I mean. All of us know she’s the wide eyed princess (no matter how many things she tries to say in the interview… anyone else roll their eyes at the “SEX MOTIVATES EVERYTHING!” on the cover?) and it’s more interesting to see her taken in a different direction.

  • heartbot

    I don’t really like the photos, but that’s probably because I’m icked out by the whole “forced into child prostitution” set-up in general. The photoshop on the cover photo is just bizarre. It looks more like they pieced together several different pictures of her to make a frankenstarlet. Super weird.

    I agree that she should avoid the princessy stuff, but this just isn’t for me.

  • fuflans

    good god. no one has posted about the attack of the LaCroix tzarinas? i had nightmares…