Amanda Seyfried says she 'still has nightmares' about 'very weak' singing in 'Les Misérables'

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
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Les Miserables (Credit: Universal)
Les Misérables (Universal)

Amanda Seyfried has said that she very much regrets her performance in the Oscar-winning big screen adaptation of Les Misérables.

In fact, the actor has said that she “still has nightmares” about her singing in the Tom Hooper-directed epic.

Seyfried played the role of the orphaned Cosette, among an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter.

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She made the comments in an Actors on Actors interview with Vanessa Kirby for movie industry bible Variety.

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“I have had a lot of moments where I just felt complete regret,” she said. “I wish I could redo Les Mis completely because the live singing aspect, I still have nightmares about it.

“[Singing] is more indulgent than acting in some ways. I feel like when I have emotional scenes, where I get to really cry and feel what I’m actually feeling and I can be present in that, it feels really good and cathartic because crying is really cathartic.

“[My voice] was very weak. I could definitely play Cosette now. I've been working diligently ever since Les Mis to strengthen my voice, and work on my vibrato, which was completely lost. From a very technical standpoint, I was very unhappy with my singing.”

Les Miserables (Credit: Universal)
Les Misérables (Universal)

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Some critics did not that Seyfried's voice was perhaps not up to the standard of some, The New Yorker noting that 'the live-singing approach was particularly hard on Seyfried, who has impossibly high notes to hit and barely squeaks them out'.

Still, the movie received decent notices in general, converting eight Oscar nominations into three wins, for sound, make-up and hair, and a Best Supporting Actress gong for Hathaway.

The movie also made a healthy $442 million at the worldwide box office.

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