While some of the nation’s leading manufacturers of food and drink products are vowing to join in the fight against obesity, a Hollywood starlet as boldly voiced her views on fitness.
Amanda Seyfried, the leading lady in Dear John and and Letters to Juliet, came clean with Self Magazine saying she thinks excessive exercise is overrated.
“I used to live, eat and sleep by an exercise schedule, and I couldn’t enjoy myself if I didn’t exercise. And then I realized, What a waste of time! Just praying I’d wake up a little fitter, a little more toned,” the Letters to Juliet star, 24, tells Self magazine in its June issue.
She elaborates by saying, “It’s important in the grand scheme of things to keep in shape, but if you’re always worrying about imperfections and how you look, these things aren’t going to change for the most part. The thing you can change is the way you perceive.”
Seyfried admits she has now traded in her excessive ways for a more modified routine. She jogs 30 minutes a day, five days a week. That paired with weekend Pilates classes is all the actress needs to keep her svelte figure.
And as for the perceived Hollywood method of staying slim, i.e. starvation, she’s not taking that route either.
“I mean, at the end of the day, if you can’t have a Girl Scout cookie and a piece of cheese, what is life all about? she asks.
For all the young ladies (or boys) obsessed with the Hollywood look, Seyfried has a bit of advice.
“Only in Hollywood are people perfect,” she says “and that’s because they spend thousands on trainers and diets and surgeries. That’s what we’re made to feel like we’re supposed to look like but if you put it in perspective, there’s nothing realistic about it!”
But her advice didn’t stop at eating and exercise. She also shares a little insight for those hoping to land a career in the entertainment industry, based on her own career and her years labeled as an “up-and-comer.” Some advice that may be welcome words to the hundreds living in and around Music City pursuing dreams, trying to hit it big in the music or film industry.
“I’ve been an up-and-comer for so long,” says the actress, who made her debut in 2004’s Mean Girls, “that I do finally feel like I’ve established myself. I don’t quite know where yet, but I do feel like I’ve had enough under my belt for people to be able to trust me.”
Seyfried’s full interview is available in the June issue of Self Magazine.