Amanda Seyfried grew up in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and began modeling when she was 11-years-old. She acted in high school productions as well as taking singing lessons, and landed a recurring role in the long-running US soap, As the World Turns(1956), when she was just age 15.
More soap work followed as she completed her schooling and she had already secured a place at Fordham University when she was offered a role in the Tina Fey-penned teen hit, Mean Girls (2004). She deferred the university place to complete the film.
More TV work followed, raising her profile across America, while her appearances inMamma Mia! (2008) and Red Riding Hood (2011) helped establish her international fame.