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“I’m trying not to squint the whole time”: Amanda Seyfried Was Miserable While Working in Meryl Streep’s $589 Million Hit Movie

"I’m trying not to squint the whole time": Amanda Seyfried Was Miserable While Working in Meryl Streep's $589 Million Hit Movie

In a recent interview, Amanda Seyfried shared her challenges while shooting night scenes for the $589 million 2008 hit film Mamma Mia! during daylight hours.

Shooting night scenes during the day is a common practice in the entertainment industry. Many movies and TV shows incorporate nighttime scenes, but filming during actual nighttime can be costly and time-consuming. As a result, filmmakers employ various techniques to create the illusion of nighttime while shooting in daylight. Regrettably, not all actors are adept at handling this demanding task, particularly those with light-colored eyes.

Filming Mamma Mia! on the picturesque Greek island of Skopelos posed a challenge for the actress: shooting night scenes during the day. Despite this obstacle, the movie captures captivating moments, like the iconic Dancing Queen sequence, set under a starry sky.

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Amanda Seyfried Tried Not To Squint During Mamma Mia! Shoot

Filming the captivating musical Mamma Mia! amidst the breathtaking beauty of the Greek island of Skopelos brought its own set of challenges. One particular obstacle faced by the cast and crew was the need to shoot night scenes during daylight hours. This presented a difficulty for Amanda Seyfried, renowned for her striking light-colored eyes.

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In an interview with Vanity Fair, she candidly shared her struggle with keeping her eyes open without squinting under the bright sunlight while filming night scenes. Seyfried expressed,

“We shot day for night, which is the worst for someone with light eyes because I’m trying not to squint the whole time.”

Despite the complexities, the movie seamlessly captures the essence of nighttime through skillful cinematography and production techniques. Several pivotal moments in the film, including the iconic Dancing Queen sequence, are set against the backdrop of a starry night sky.

Amanda Seyfried
Amanda Seyfried

Against all odds, the characters come alive as they dance, exuding an enchanting energy that resonates with audiences. The juxtaposition of the daytime shooting and the mesmerizing night scenery further highlights the creativity and resourcefulness of the filmmaking process.

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Amanda Seyfried’s Life Changed After Mamma Mia!

Amanda Seyfried’s role in the romantic musical comedy Mamma Mia! had a profound impact on her personal and professional life. Prior to the film’s production in 2007, Seyfried was steadily building her career with appearances in TV series like Veronica Mars and the film Mean Girls. However, Mamma Mia! catapulted her into the spotlight and established her as a leading actor.

During an interview with Vanity Fair, Seyfried reflected on the transformative nature of her experience. After re-watching scenes from Mamma Mia! in which she played a prominent role, Seyfried expressed her excitement, saying,

“I went from getting guest stars, doing small movies for the most part, to being the front-and-center character in a massive, massive movie. I got to work with all these incredible people. Meryl Streep is my mother.”

Amanda Seyfried.
Amanda Seyfried.

The success of Mamma Mia! not only elevated Seyfried’s career but also left a lasting impact on her personal life. It provided her with the opportunity to collaborate with esteemed actors and create cherished memories. Since then, Seyfried’s talent has continued to shine, and she has secured prominent roles in the industry. However, Mamma Mia! remains a pivotal milestone that played a significant role in her journey.

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The 2008 musical Mamma Mia! can be streamed from Amazon Prime Video.

Source: Vanity Fair

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