How do you market a biopic about porn star Linda Lovelace and her role in the seminal1972 adult film Deep Throat? First you tell men that the film exists. Then you have the film’s incredibly gorgeous star, Amanda Seyfried, go on a publicity tour and talk about it…and her own private sex life.
The 27-year-old bombshell recently did an interview with Elle about her role as the title character in the upcoming Lovelace, and this is what she had to say about why she took it:
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.’
As for what it was like to pretend to be a woman who gets busy on camera for a living, well, it sounds like that was pretty intense. Speaking to the Associated Press, Seyfriend had this to say:
I had a hard time letting go of Linda at the end of the movie. I had a really intense time with Peter Sarsgaard [who plays Lovelace’s co-star/husband, Chuck Traynor]. I think we both had a hard time letting go because we went to these places. He played a man who consistently beat his wife. And I played a woman who was raped and abused, psychologically and physically. I was constantly taking my clothes off. I didn’t have an issue with that. She had an issue with that. So it was a lot.
Whoa, that’s heavy. Let’s lighten things up a bit and wrap this post up with a quote from Seyfried about her own sexuality. Maybe bit of life wisdom that she’s discovered by playing a porn star?
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.
Yep, that’s what I’m talking about. And what the hell—here’s a clip of Seyfriend talking about Lovelace and popsicles with Conan O’Brien:
Lovelace hits theaters August 9.