Amanda Seyfried said she was very disappointed with her role in the Oscar-winning big screen adaptation of Les Misérables.In reality, the actor said that she “still has nightmares” about her singing in the Tom Hooper-directed epic.
Seyfried played the part of orphaned Cosette, along with Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Russell Crowe, Eddie Redmayne and Helena Bonham Carter. In an Actor Interview with Vanessa Kirby, she made remarks on the film to industry bible Variety.
“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.”
Some reviewers did not accept that Seyfried’s voice was perhaps not up to the expectations of some, The New Yorker noted that ‘the live-singing approach was especially difficult for Seyfried, who had impossibly high notes to achieve and barely squeaked them out.’
Still, the film received good reviews in general, translating eight Oscar nominations to three wins for sound, make-up and hair, and Hathaway’s Best Supporting Actress Gong.
The film has made a respectable $442 million in box office worldwide.