She’s played Little Red Riding Hood and Cosette, and she even got to kiss Channing Tatum in Dear John, but Amanda Seyfried is very publicly shedding her good-girl image with a biopic about the most controversial face of the '70s sexual revolution: Porn star Linda Lovelace.
For those who aren't aware of the story, Linda Lovelace — born Linda Boreman — starred in one of the most famous porno movies of all time, Deep Throat. Her popularity quickly rose, but as she became the face of porn, seedy allegations surfaced; mainly, Lovelace was coerced by her husband (intensely played by Peter Sarsgaard) to perform in the movie. Denouncing the film, Lovelace then became an activist as a spokeswoman for the anti-porn movement.
So, did you watch Deep Throat?
Why didn’t you watch the whole movie?
Did you know of Linda Lovelace before the movie?
It’s one of your most demanding roles to date.
The moving kitchen scenes with Sharon Stone as your mother...
What’s your relationship like with your real-life mom?
Did you and Peter prepare a lot?
We had a dinner and then we had a week of rehearsals, a good solid week where Peter and I could improv a little bit and find our comfort level with each other. It happened really quickly. He’s amazingly talented and also just very, very open, and very sensitive. I’m really lucky because the content in this film, it could be difficult. Luckily we were able to get there easily, I think. It could have been hard. Peter and I got to a safe place very quickly, where we could trust each other. He was still trying to figure out why he was doing it, playing Chuck, because he had a pregnant wife. I think she (Maggie Gyllenhaal) convinced him to do it.”
How difficult were the sex scenes?