In David Koepp’s new thriller You Should Have Left, Amanda Seyfried performs Susanna, a younger actress who, simply earlier than filming a giant half in England, escapes to the Welsh countryside along with her older husband Theo (Kevin Bacon). While contained in the starkly modernist home (it might simply sit subsequent to The Invisible Man’s spartan abode), secrets and techniques from their previous begin to present themselves in startling, generally phantasmagoric methods. It’s the uncommon haunted home film the place the characters are simply as haunted. And it’s the uncommon Hollywood film to handle the numerous age distinction between the 2 leads.
So you may think about how thrilling it was to get to speak to Seyfried about her position within the movie, the truth that it does so straight touch upon such a well-worn Hollywood cliché, and what she discovered so alluring about being part of the film.
We additionally speak about Jennifer’s Body, her first entry into the horror style and that movie’s resurgent reputation, what it was like engaged on David Fincher’s upcoming black-and-white biopic Mank, and the potential for a 3rd Mamma Mia.
Collider: What appealed to you about this undertaking? What sort of introduced you to this film?
SEYFRIED: It was the Kevin Bacon/David Koepp workforce. I keep in mind figuring out what it was about and being like, “Oh I don’t know. But then reading the script and be like, “Oh, that’s pretty good.” And then assembly with David and Kevin, inside 5 minutes, I made a decision that I actually needed to spend time with them. I used to be like, “I guess we’re going to do this.” And this was like six months earlier than we even began taking pictures. So I knew for six months that I used to be going to be working with them and I used to be actually enthusiastic about it as a result of they’re actually humorous. And they’ve been buddies for a very very long time, since Stir of Echoes, and there’s plenty of respect there they usually had plenty of respect for me and it was identical to, sure, I might like to be part of this. I might like to make this a threesome. And it was much more enjoyable than I anticipated. It was nice. It was only a bunch of execs making a film that basically meant one thing to every of them.
It’s attention-grabbing as a result of it’s, it’s the uncommon Hollywood film that truly addresses the age distinction between the main man and the main girl. Was that a part of the enchantment for you?
SEYFRIED: Yes. I do know. I didn’t actually take into consideration that as a lot. I imply, the enchantment is actually simply diving into a reasonably f’d-up marriage. And being a mom and being a very good mom and having a husband, who’s a very good father, however but you’re hiding a lot from one another that it might presumably by no means presumably pan out for them. I simply love watching a prepare wreck like that. And I really like enjoying it much more, as a result of it’s so meaty and there’s a lot to discover. which I simply cherished speaking about scenes with different actors.
But I believe additionally, by way of the age hole, I imply, we do speak about it and it does make sense why she’s with him and he or she’s somewhat bit youthful and likes. And she finds it actually attractive that individuals discover him harmful and he or she finds him harmful and he or she is aware of there’s one thing residing inside him. And she’s not fairly certain what it’s and he or she doesn’t care as a result of there’s that entire enchantment. I don’t know. It is fairly reasonable.
It’s simply uncommon for a film to handle it straight.
SEYFRIED: It’s so humorous that he doesn’t actually really feel that a lot older. I believe my dad is like the identical age as him and my dad additionally appears to be like fairly younger. And Kevin appears to be like incredible. He and Kyra are sizzling and I can’t inform how previous they’re. You simply can’t. I’m in my mid-thirties and going to be 35 this 12 months. So I don’t really feel like there was that a lot of a spot, however there’s. There was it seen as bizarre. It’s nonetheless seen as actually f*cked up.
Did you’ve got any favourite Kevin Bacon films that you just quizzed him about on set?
SEYFRIED: Oh, no. I did watch Stir of Echoes once more. We had been making it. I keep in mind loving that film and what’s the one the place he’s invisible?
SEYFRIED: Yeah. Listen, I grew up watching him. I don’t even know in what, like I grew up watching him and Kyra. It’s bizarre to a degree. And then you definately begin spending time with that particular person after they turn into separate from the person who you watched rising up. But it’s all the time nice if you actually suppose that someone is incredible and respect them and admire them as actors and then you definately get to work with them. Because , , it’s going to prove actually good or a minimum of it’s going to really feel actually good.
Well, that is additionally your return to horror films – your final true horror film was Jennifer’s Body, which has had this loopy reassessment over the previous couple of years. What do you consider its legacy?
SEYFRIED: I’m happy with it. I’m not shocked that individuals actually latched on and have come to understand it and created its personal little fan base. I can’t consider one other film that’s much like Jennifer’s Body. Diablo [Cody] wrote one thing. I believe that was very particular and Karyn Kusama did a f*cking superior job bringing it to life. You know, I used to be younger and having enjoyable. It was simply so enjoyable. I really like when films like that, particularly after I’m so youthful have, resurface or simply have their very own day and their very own cult following, as a result of it means it simply lives on. I’m fortunate I’ve gotten to be part of plenty of specials films. And that is no completely different. I believe that is additionally not much like different issues. It’s very quiet, you don’t know what it’s for some time. And I believe that’s additionally actually unsettling and provides to the concern issue. It’s simply the entire home, like cease transferring. I hate when issues are inconsistent. So there you go.
I needed to ask about a few different issues. You’re in David Fincher’s Mank later this 12 months. What was that have like?
SEYFRIED: Honestly, it’s the hardest I’ve ever labored. But I’m so thrilled with it. First of all, it got here out of nowhere. Then I spoke with David Fincher … I needed to obtain Zoom. Didn’t know what it was. And I spoke to him for like an hour and a half hour about it, the script. I used to be fairly certain I used to be going to do it, however I didn’t know, it was as much as him. But I used to be simply additionally like, how the fuck am I going to play Marion Davies? She had the accent. And what number of takes? All of that stuff swarmed in. But I used to be additionally like, that is such a get – to work with Fincher he’s one in every of a form. And I really can’t imagine we did it.
And we completed on February 21st, proper earlier than the quarantine. I can’t imagine it. And I used to be doing three films back-to-back, so every blended into the following and my head wasn’t was on straight. I used to be flying to LA on weekends and doing rehearsals with David and Gary, Arliss and all the forged. And then like going again in for my different films, It was nice. And uh, yeah, it’s going to be wonderful. It’s wonderful.
How many takes did he make you do?
SEYFRIED: I believe my … it wasn’t so unhealthy. I believe possibly like … Oh, effectively I used to be a part of scenes with tons of individuals in it and we might do it for a complete week. I can’t let you know what number of tastes we did, however I might guess 200, possibly I could possibly be incorrect and could possibly be approach off. Um, I could possibly be underestimating by 5 days of 1 scene after I didn’t have one line.
It’s a, effectively, you suppose I can simply loosen up? No, as a result of there are in all probability about 9 or 10 completely different digital camera angles that had been on me at one level.
Any artists you’ll like to do a Mamma Mia-style jukebox musical with?
SEYFRIED: I might, I do … if Patty Griffin had a musical primarily based on her music, I might kill that shit. She’s within the folks crowd and he or she’s enormous. Some individuals are like, “Who?” And I’m like, “How do you not know Patty Griffin?” So possibly, possibly it’ll by no means occur, however I might love that.
Have you talked about doing one other Mamma Mia? Everybody cherished the sequel a lot.
SEYFRIED: Well it’s a greater story, as a result of they’d one thing to develop on. Like the primary story needed to match the stage present. So it was like, they had been sort of caught. With the second story, it might have been something. Having Meryl’s character die sort of gave us so many good storylines. It was sort of a genius concept since you’re like, no, we don’t wish to lose her. But on the identical time, have a look at what you are able to do, you may return. And Lily James can play younger Meryl. It was simply good. It was so effectively written. Listen, each single particular person in that film would say sure in a heartbeat as a result of we wish to hang around with one another. That’s what we talked about final time, like did we ever suppose that we’d find yourself right here once more on an Island in Croatia? So yeah, I want there was a Mamma Mia 3, however I’ll let you know what – I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll say it once more and I hope I’m incorrect once more. I don’t suppose there are sufficient ABBA songs to make a 3rd film. Because we’d have to make use of “Super Trooper” once more and we’d have to make use of “Mamma Mia” once more and have to make use of them another way.
You Should Have Left hits VOD tonight. Watch it with somebody you’re snug grabbing onto.