Amanda Seyfried Passionately Explained What It Was Like Losing Out On A "Wicked" Role To Ariana Grande

·2 min read

Amanda Seyfried has been having musical theater dreams — specifically about Wicked and Les Misérables.

Amanda poses on a red carpet
Dominik Bindl / Getty Images

Speaking to Backstage, Amanda explained why she wasn't a fan of her Les Mis voice and how it informed her audition for Glinda in the upcoming Wicked adaptation — a role that eventually went to Ariana Grande.

  NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

“I have dreams that I’m still auditioning for Wicked,” Amanda said.

  Amy Sussman / Getty Images
Amy Sussman / Getty Images

In fact, auditions took place while Amanda was filming her role as Elizabeth Holmes on The Dropout. "On the weekends, I was auditioning in person to play Glinda in the movie version of Wicked — because I wanted it that much," she said. "I literally bent over backwards while playing the hardest role of my life.”

Amanda as Elizabeth standing in front of a wall that says "Do or do not, there is no try"
Michael Desmond / Hulu / Courtesy Everett Collection

On the plus side, the experience showed Amanda how much she'd evolved as a singer. "It also taught me how far I’ve come as a singer, which I really wanted to prove," she said. "Ever since Les Mis, I was like, I need to be better. I need to do better. So whatever comes next in terms of musicals, I’m finally prepared."

  Amy Sussman / Getty Images
Amy Sussman / Getty Images

You might be aware that Les Mis garnered significant attention back in ye olde 2012 for having its actors sing entirely live on set. It's arguably a big part of what got the movie its eight Oscar nominations, but it's also faced plenty of criticism — namely that the intensely long days on set were harmful to the actors' voices and performances.

  Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection
Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

Amanda herself played the soprano Cosette, but she wasn't happy with her performance. She said in 2021, “I wish I could redo Les Misérables completely because the live singing aspect, I still have nightmares about it."

“I was very weak. I feel like I could definitely play Cosette now. I’ve been working diligently ever since Les Misérables to strengthen my voice and to have some stamina,

“I was very weak. I feel like I could definitely play Cosette now. I’ve been working diligently ever since Les Misérables to strengthen my voice and to have some stamina," she said.

Universal / Courtesy Everett Collection

Mamma Mia 3, anyone?