Amanda Seyfried – A Tough, Sexy Fairytale Heroine in ‘Red Riding Hood’

Spotlight on Amanda Seyfried...

One of today’s most sought-after young actresses, Amanda Seyfried plays the central character of Valerie in Warner Bros.’ new fantasy thriller “Red Riding Hood” whose signature red cloak gives the story its name.

In the film, Valerie is caught between two handsome suitors: Peter (Shiloh Fernandez), her heart’s desire since childhood, and Henry (Max Irons), the man her parents have chosen for her to marry. Questions about the identity of the murderlous werewolf on the loose make her choice a matter of not only the heart but of life or death. Further complicating things, she has an encounter with the wolf and is shocked to learn they have a unique and very personal connection.

“The love triangle makes it more interesting because Valerie doesn’t know who to trust,” Seyfried says. “She loves Peter, but she is suddenly noticing little nuances about him that make her start to wonder. Could the love of her life be the werewolf? And she is also developing a closer relationship with Henry and sees what a good man he is, but questions arise about him as well. She has to figure out if what she wants is what she needs.”

Director Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”) says that Seyfried immediately came to mind in casting the part of Valerie. “From the first time I saw Amanda, I knew she was something special,” Hardwicke affirms. “She had everything we needed for the character, especially because Valerie is not a classic damsel in distress. Amanda is tough, she’s sexy, she’s funny, she’s vulnerable—she has it all. And the way she looks is straight out of a fairy tale. She has an ethereal quality, with the most amazing eyes that just draw you in.”

In turn, Seyfried says that this new take on an old fairy tale is what drew her in. “I don’t know anyone who didn’t read Red Riding Hood growing up, so it was cool to take a story we all know and have some fun with it. The thriller aspect was exciting to me, and the medieval setting made it feel gothic and added to the romance.”

Valerie is, at once, at the apex of the film’s romantic triangle and also directly connected to the mystery of the werewolf. When it becomes apparent that the beast is someone close to her, Valerie is given reason to question everyone in her life. “As the story unfolds, she is trying to figure out who it could be, based on the signs she’s been given,” Seyfried explains. “It’s terrifying for her because, at different points, she has cause to suspect everybody.”

Hardwicke adds, “Paranoia starts to creep in as Valerie starts seeing little details she hadn’t noticed before, and now they are taking on new meaning. Her entire life she has seen her family and friends in one light, and suddenly things have shifted, causing shadows of doubt.”

Seyfried is well known for her multi-faceted performance, showcasing both her acting and singing skills, in the international blockbuster “Mamma Mia!.” Seyfried starred with Meryl Streep and Pierce Brosnan in the musical, which was released in Summer 2008 and went on to gross more than $600 million globally.

In 2010, Seyfried starred in three very different films, most recently including Gary Winick’s romantic comedy “Letters to Juliet,” with Vanessa Redgrave and Gael Garcia Bernal. She also starred opposite Channing Tatum in the romantic drama “Dear John,” based on the Nicholas Sparks bestseller and directed by Lasse Hallström; and “Chloe,” an Atom Egoyan-directed thriller in which she co-starred with Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson.

Opening across the Philippines on March 11, “Red Riding Hood” is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

9 Comments on Amanda Seyfried – A Tough, Sexy Fairytale Heroine in ‘Red Riding Hood’

  1. IMORTAL is better than best // February 24, 2011 at 3:45 pm //

    angel locsin primetime queen

    imortal world class

    number 1 teleserye//

  2. alex g - gma, pasimuno ng mga Tigokserye, Flopserye & Peryaserye na nakaka-BOBOng panoorin. Trademark tlga ng gma (how stupid). // February 24, 2011 at 12:30 am //

    Isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit mababa ang quality ng education sa Pilipinas.

  3. alex g - Did you that gma7 was always the first channel that SIGNS-OFF the tv? No Ads, Just Commercial Pluggings. // February 24, 2011 at 12:29 am //

    Cost Cutting kasi para sa itatayong gma news tv (ginaya na naman), taz isasara na ang qtv11 para pandagdag budget.

  4. alex g - gma, oh ayan, sinisingil na kayo ng KARMA. Wala kasing ibang ginawa kundi ang "Desperate Self-Proclaim Publicity" & Ratings Manipulation". Mapa Ads, Awards o Movies, isinusuka na kayo. Forever TALUNAN tlga gma. // February 24, 2011 at 12:29 am //

    Kung naging patas lang sana kayo lumaban, hindi sana kayo magkakaganito.
    Tigilan na ang Pandaraya at Pandurugas para d kayo tuluyang ma-KARMA..

  5. alex g - gma, walang kinikilingan, walang pinoproteksyonan, walang kasinungalingan, serbisyong totoo lang, walang bahid pulitika, PERO NASUSUHULAN NG PERA PARA GUMAWA NG COMMERCIALS (how stupid). // February 24, 2011 at 12:29 am //

    pera lang pala katapat ng gma news anchors/reporters para gumawa ng commercials, asan yung prinsipyo nila? (baliw).

  6. alex g - Valentines Box Office King pala ah, ni wala nga kasabay na Filipino movie eh, 17.52M in 5 days lang!? (as compared to BULONG with 52.46M). May "Divine Intervention" pa raw, sabi ni mother lily (how stupid). // February 24, 2011 at 12:28 am //

    “Napakahirap na ng buhay ngayon, kaya for a movie to make over P135 million in 3 days is a miracle. Divine intervention ito.”

    -lily monteverde (baliw).

  7. alex g - PANIC na masyado ang gma, SELF-PROCLAIM effect ang drama. Worried na kasi d na nagre-renew mga advertisers, puro FLOP movies, ala nang endorsements mga artista. Parang MVG, dinaan sa "Desperate Publicity", trademark tlga ng gma (how stupid). // February 23, 2011 at 8:05 pm //

    pera lang pala katapat ng gma news anchor at reporter para gumawa ng commercials, nababayaran pala kayo. eh. baliw!

  8. d ako ang may kasalanan kung bakit ganito ang nangyayari sa starmometer.
    pahirapan ang mag comment.

  9. im gonna watch it for sure and i cant wait to see it in the big screen..i love amanda a lot..she is incredible..she is magnificent..very charming and lovable lady..i love her so much,,

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