"It was a big deal to me to play characters and feel things and connect to somebody in a fake world," she said. "It sounds so stupid — a fake world — but I guess, yeah, I just wanted to be those people. To be a part of a glamorous world."
So she began persuading her parents to allow her to take one-day bus trips to New York City, mostly for television parts. During her senior year in high school, at age 17, she landed a recurring role on "All My Children" and moved to NYC.
Soon, she was accepted to Fordham University. But when she was late to her first English class because of an audition for "Mean Girls," she began to reconsider going to college.
"I never ended up getting in the elevator," she said. "I was panicked. It was a big moment for me and I just wasn't in it. There was nothing in my body telling me to go forward with this. I was like, you know what? It's fate."
The move seems to have paid off. This summer, Seyfried will begin shooting Rodrigo García's "Albert Nobbs," costarring Glenn Close, and "The Girl With the Red Riding Hood," which is being directed by Catherine Hardwicke.
True to character, Seyfried still finds the future a worrisome prospect.
"I mean, why am I considered an 'it girl?'" she asks. "Because I'm in a lot of movies right now or am on the covers of magazines? I just hope there is something solid behind that. Because here's the thing with 'it girl' status. It's great and amazing that anybody is saying that at all. But how long does that last? I would like to establish myself. I don't want to just have a moment."