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Amanda Seyfried Lost Wicked Movie Role To Ariana Grande

“I literally bent over backwards while playing the hardest role of my life.”

Amanda Seyfried has been having musical theater dreams — specifically about Wicked and Les Misérables.

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Speaking to Backstage, Amanda explained why she wasn’t a fan of her Les Mis voice and how it informed her audition for Glinda in the upcoming Wicked adaptation — a role that eventually went to Ariana Grande.

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“I have dreams that I’m still auditioning for Wicked,” Amanda said.

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In fact, auditions took place while Amanda was filming her role as Elizabeth Holmes on The Dropout. “On the weekends, I was auditioning in person to play Glinda in the movie version of Wicked — because I wanted it that much,” she said. “I literally bent over backwards while playing the hardest role of my life.”

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On the plus side, the experience showed Amanda how much she’d evolved as a singer. “It also taught me how far I’ve come as a singer, which I really wanted to prove,” she said. “Ever since Les Mis, I was like, I need to be better. I need to do better. So whatever comes next in terms of musicals, I’m finally prepared.”

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You might be aware that Les Mis garnered significant attention back in ye olde 2012 for having its actors sing entirely live on set. It’s arguably a big part of what got the movie its eight Oscar nominations, but it’s also faced plenty of criticism — namely that the intensely long days on set were harmful to the actors’ voices and performances.

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Amanda herself played the soprano Cosette, but she wasn’t happy with her performance. She said in 2021, “I wish I could redo Les Misérables completely because the live singing aspect, I still have nightmares about it.”

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“I was very weak. I feel like I could definitely play Cosette now. I’ve been working diligently ever since Les Misérables to strengthen my voice and to have some stamina,” she said.

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