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2010 April 28

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Bard-inspired rom-com Letters to Juliet star Amanda Seyfried talks to The Daily about shooting in Italy, writing songs, and why she hopes you’ll hate Gael García Bernal. BY IAN MOHR

In Letters to Juliet, you play a New Yorker fact-checker struggling to be a writer. Do you harbor any literary aspirations?

AMANDA SEYFRIED: The only thing I ever write are song lyrics. I don’t even write letters. If people want to hear my opinions on scripts, of course I’ll share them, but it’s never been my strong suit.  

Could music be another career?

Yeah, it’s a big part of my life. But some things you’ve got to keep as a hobby in order to not feel too much responsibility for them. I’m not very good, but I do enjoy a little singer-songwriter session!

How was working with Gael García Bernal? He plays your fiancé—a jerk who completely ignores you on what’s supposed to be a romantic getaway.

He added this dimension where you don’t know whether to slap him or jump him! I have to say, when he signed on, I was like, What? Really? That’s, um…totally not something everybody in his position would do: a mainstream romantic comedy. At first, I thought it wasn’t going to work. How was Gael going to play somebody the audience isn’t supposed to like? He’s super-charming. So I was like, this is going to be really difficult. Chris Egan, who plays the guy I end up falling for, and I had to really step it up, because whatever Gael and I had been doing really worked chemistry-wise. He’s unstoppable. But we ended up creating a totally different dynamic for our char acters, and it all kind of worked, in my opinion. I hope you kind of hate Gael’s character.

You have a lot of screen time with Vanessa Redgrave. Were you intimidated by the idea of working with her?

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