Amanda Seyfried on "gross" sexual attention she got from men after Mean Girls

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Photo credit: Jon Kopaloff - Getty Images
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Amanda Seyfried, known for her roles in Mean Girls, Mamma Mia and most recently The Dropout has opened up about the "gross" sexual attention from men she's received, which she puts down to one particular movie scene.

Referencing her Mean Girls character Karen, whose final scene shows her predicting the weather using her breasts, Amanda recalled how boys would frequently ask her if it was raining. "I always felt really grossed out by that," she told Marie Claire. "I was like 18 years old. It was just gross."

Sadly, she's not alone in facing objectification at such a young age, with the likes of Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown recently speaking up on the topic. "[I'm] definitely seeing a difference between the way people act and the way the press and social media react to me coming of age," the actor said on the Guilty Feminist podcast. "It's gross," she added, echoing Amanda's thoughts on the behaviour of men. Millie's comments came after "creepy" online forums popped up earlier this year counting down to her 18th birthday, much like those that focussed on the coming-of-age of other female celebraties including Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Britney Spears and Emma Watson.

Photo credit: Tenor
Photo credit: Tenor

Elsewhere in her interview with Marie Claire, Amanda (who has two children, a five-year-old daughter and a one-year-old son) opened up about the pressures of being in the public eye, noting how this is often exacerbated for young celebrities like Millie. "I think being really famous [young] must really f**king suck," she said. "It must make you feel completely unsafe in the world. 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."

The 36-year-old went on: "Fame is weird. I’ve never been super famous [but] I’ve always been somewhat recognisable." Thankfully, Amanda says her fame had a "healthy trajectory" meaning she wasn't thrust into the limelight overnight with no time to adjust. "[It’s] not a scary spike. I have my priorities. I know who I am. I know where I’m going."

Previously Amanda revealed that fame had, on occasion, impacted her mental wellbeing causing her to suffer panic attacks, which she described as feeling "like life or death".

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