Amanda Seyfried knows what she wants and this time it’s playing Glinda the Good Witch in the film adaptation of the famous musical Wicked.
During Variety’s Award Circuit podcast, the multi-talented actress spilled that she sent director Jon M. Chu and Universal Pictures itself a recording of herself singing “Popular”, hoping that it will help her land the role. She said that she’s been campaigning for the last five years for Wicked.
In preparation for the sail role, she already started vocal lessons specifically for Glinda. She admitted that she’s been practicing singing the songs thrice a week. She even teased about saying, “I’ve never been more ready to hit those notes.” And to prove her point, she started singing a few lines from the lyrics.
Amanda isn’t exactly the casting director but she does have a few names in mind, especially on who will be playing Elphaba.
She said, “For a while it was Anna Kendrick, because I thought that her Elphaba would be really solid, and, you know, I sing the high notes and she can sing, she can be the alto. At one point, it was Anne Hathaway, too. She could obviously be Elphaba.”
However, she believed that Samantha Barks, whom she worked with in Les Miserables would be perfect for the part. She recalled about how they sang together while driving around L.A. She mentioned, “There’s nobody else like Samantha Barks. Samantha is my No. 1, I mean, there’s no better singer in the world I think.”
Meanwhile, the actress did acknowledge that she may not be able to portray Glinda. She admitted, “There’s things that you will always be attached to and want to do, no matter how old you get, but if they still haven’t made Wicked by the time I’m 50, then fine I’ll let it go.”
The mother of two added that in case she didn’t get the chance, then maybe her daughter will be given the opportunity to play the role in the future. She has two children with husband Thomas Sadoski namely Nina and Thomas Jr.
According to the 35-year-old actress, Nina is interested in acting. She shared, “I think my daughter is an actor. I get it and it totally makes sense. It scares me, but it’s also like I get it. Of course, she is. She’s an actor, it’s in her bones.”