What does it take for Amanda Seyfried to think twice about taking a role? Playing a daughter of polygamists? Nope, that’s fine. Making out with Megan Fox? Sure, why not? Enduring the singing voices of Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth? Sign her up! But when it came to playing the titular psycho-sexy call girl who has an insanely hot sex scene with Julianne Moore in Atom Egoyan’s thriller Chloe well, that role nearly scared her off. “When we were getting close and Julianne signed on, I got really scared,” said the actress, out on her promotional rounds. “And I was trying to think of a way that I could get out of it.”
The part of Chloe, which is one of the most aggressively sexual roles for a young actress in recent memory (we don’t count Orphan), was frightening because it was so different, says Seyfried: “I have really gotten by with playing people who are really close to myself.” Plus, she fretted that fans of her wide-eyed, romantic work (Big Love, Dear John) might be turned off by seeing her in such an erotic, crazy role. “I think the risk factor came with [the worry] that I might not pull it off,” she said. “And also that the nudity might — could potentially, I don’t know — create some damage with my American audience. It’s sad to say, but it’s true.” Fortunately, Guys Who Like Young Blonde Actresses But Hate Seeing Them Naked is a very small demographic.