In “Mean Girls,” Amanda Seyfried delivered one of the most stealthily sweet and undeniably hilarious performances of the early years, earning her plenty of acclaim, industry credibility and, she is now revealing, the “rude” attention from men around the world.
The actor is etched in pop culture history for starring in the high school comedy as the adorably clueless Karen Smith, who thinks she has a special “ESPN” power to predict the weather with her breasts.
In one of the film’s most famous moments, Seyfried’s character delivers an on-air weather report, while stroking to boldly proclaim, “There’s a 30% chance it’s raining already.”
Speaking to Marie Claire for a new profile released on Tuesday, Seyfried revealed the unfortunate consequence of the oft-cited scene.
“I always felt really gross about it,” she told the outlet, noting that she was constantly approached by “mostly boys” asking if it was raining. “I was like 18. It was just disgusting.
Seyfried went on to explain that she made choices to avoid the spotlight in her post-‘Mean Girls’ career, remarking, “Being really famous [young] it must really suck.
“It must make you feel completely unsafe in the world,” she added. “I see these younger actors who think they have to have security. They think they have to have an assistant. They think their whole world has changed. It can get stressful. I’ve seen it happen to my peers. So, I bought a farm. I was like, let’s go the opposite way.
Seyfried now lives on a 30-acre farm in upstate New York with her husband, actor Thomas Sadoski, and their two children.
Despite her recent role as Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s “The Dropout” and her Oscar-nominated performance in Netflix’s “Mank,” Seyfried said she enjoyed the perks of being “somewhat recognizable”, but never “super famous”.
“It’s the healthiest trajectory. [It’s] not a scary spike,” she said. “I have my priorities. I know who I am. I know where I’m going. I know what that means. It means I can do what I love.
“Mean Girls” was Seyfried’s first ever film role, as she had only worked in television, mostly in soap operas, before her tour de force in the Tina Fey-directed film.
“I just hit my target, and all these other bells and whistles that I’ve never seen before, it was really intimidating and exciting,” she said of landing the role on the series “Actors on Actors” from Variety. “I never had any expectations for anything. I was just happy to work as an actor, to get paid to speak actual dialogue – instead of being in the background.
Last year, Seyfried shared a fond memory of the film, posting a behind-the-scenes snap of the cast, which she captioned, “#FBF weekends in 2003, baby.”
The photo served as a virtual “Mean Girls” reunion, with various cast members dropping by in the comments. “Such a fun time! Great team!” Lindsay Lohan wrote, with Lacey Chabert adding in a separate post, “Ohhh emmm geeee. Wow. So many great memories.