Over 18 years later, Seyfried is still known for the high school comedy Mean Girls and its petty character Karen Smith, who gives on-air weather reports at the end of the film while grabbing her boobs. Of course, male fans couldn’t help but quote the final scene when watching Seyfried after the film’s release in 2004.
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“I always felt very disgusted with it,” Seyfried said Marie Claire in a cover story. “I was about 18 years old. It was just gross.”
Seyfried, who most recently morphed into Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes for Hulu’s The Dropout, has been working in Hollywood since she was 14. The Oscar nominee previously starred in the soap operas As the World Turns and All My Children. her big screen debut with Mean Girls. That same year, she starred in Veronica Mars, followed by Mamma Mia! and, shortly thereafter, Jennifer’s Body.
“I think of being really famous [young] must really suck,” Seyfried said. “It has to make you feel completely insecure in the world. I see these younger actors who think they need security. They think they should have an assistant. They think their whole world has changed. It can get stressful. I’ve seen it happen to my colleagues.”
Former teen stars Millie Bobby Brown and Maisie Williams have since done it addressed their respective upbringings in the spotlight. “Stranger Things” Breakout Brown similar called out the “disgusting” fan reaction to the 18.
“It’s a very good representation of what’s going on in the world and how young girls are being sexualized,” Brown said during the “Guilty Feministpodcast earlier this year. “Every 18-year-old has to deal with being an adult and having relationships and friendships, being liked and trying to fit in.”
Brown continued, “It’s all a lot and you’re trying to find yourself while you’re doing it. The only difference is that of course I’m doing it in public, so it can be really overwhelming.”
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