Amanda Seyfried Reflects on “Devasting” Feeling Losing Out on Wicked Role

Nearly a month after Amanda Seyfried revealed she lost the role of Glinda in the upcoming Wicked film to Ariana Grande, the actress is speaking out about rejection.

By Daisy Maldonado Aug 09, 2022 5:38 PMTags
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No one mourns the Wicked, but Amanda Seyfried couldn't help but feel disappointed by this job loss. 

From her 2004 standout role in Mean Girls to her latest Hulu project The Dropout, Amanda has an impressive acting career. Along the way, she's learned how to protect herself from career letdowns, but recently, Amanda got candid about one role she missed out on that definitely stung. 

"When I meet somebody who's younger, like in their twenties, and they get rejected…by a job or something like that, it crushes them completely for a minute," Amanda told Porter in an Aug. 8 interview. She added, "Nothing can crush me completely, when it comes to work. I'm uncrushable! Not one thing can crush my life, unless it has to do with my family."

Although she's built up a strong back bone to take rejection, Amanda shared that that doesn't mean she's bullet proof to the point where she's unfazed about everything.

"[That's] not to say that I don't get hurt in my job. I lost out on a big role that I really wanted—[well], I thought I wanted," she shared, with the outlet confirming the role in question was Glinda in the upcoming film adaptation of Wicked. 

"It was devastating," Amanda said. "And it wasn't for any other reason than I really felt like it was right. But that doesn't take away from my confidence at all."

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Universal Pictures announced in November 2021 that the role of Glinda had been given to Ariana Grande.

Last month, Amanda revealed that she was working overtime and had auditioned for the Wicked role while working on The Dropout.

"I have dreams that I'm still auditioning for Wicked," she told Backstage in a July 19 interview. "Last summer while I was playing Elizabeth on the weekends, I was auditioning in person to play Glinda in the movie version of Wicked—because I wanted it that much that I was like, ‘You know what? Yeah, I have to play the last scene of The Dropout on Tuesday. I'll give my Sunday to you.' I literally bent over backwards while playing the hardest role of my life."


Although she didn't get the part, she has no regrets about the experience.

"I think it also taught me how far I've come as a singer, which I really wanted to prove," Amanda told Backstage. "Because ever since [Les Misérables], 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."