A few months after it was announced that the pop star got the role of Glinda In the upcoming film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Seyfried revealed that she was also up for the role of the Good Witch of the South.
Speaking with Behind the scenes In a recent interview, the actress said she was so dedicated to the role that she auditioned while filming the Hulu movie The Dropout, in which she played disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes.
“I have dreams that I’m still auditioning for Wicked,” she said. “Last summer when I played Elizabeth [on “The Dropout”], on the weekends I auditioned in person for the role of Glinda in the film version of Wicked – because I wanted it so much that I thought, “You know what? Yes, on Tuesday I have to play the last scene of “Dropout”. I will give you my Sunday.”
“I literally climbed out of my skin, playing the most difficult role in my life. But I think it also taught me how far I’ve come as a singer, which I really wanted to prove,” she continued. “Because ever since Les Miz I thought I needed to get better. I need to do better. So whatever happens to musicals, I’m finally ready.”
Seyfried played Cosette in Tom Hooper’s 2012 film adaptation of Les Misérables alongside Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman.
Seyfried has previously spoken of the “total regret” she feels about her role in the film, describing her voice as “very weak” at the time.
“I’d like to completely remake Les Misérables because the live singing aspect still gives me nightmares,” she said during the performance. Variety episode “Actors on Actors” last year. “I’ve been working hard ever since Les Misérables to amplify my voice and build more endurance. Plus working on my vibrato, which was completely lost. From a very technical point of view, I was very unhappy with my singing.”
Seyfried, of course, also provided her vocal input to “Mamma Mia!” and its sequel “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again”.
And while she won’t appear in Wicked, there’s still a lot to be excited about when it comes to the musical, which has been in development since 2004. Based on the book of the same name by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked” tells the story of what happened before Dorothy arrived in Oz, from the point of view of the witches Glinda (Grande) and Elphaba, who will be played by Tony winner Cynthia Erivo.
Directed by John M. Chu, who directed Crazy Rich Asians and the Broadway adaptation of Up in the Mountains. will be released in two parts and contain a number of new songs.
The first Wicked movie hits theaters in December 2024, with the sequel set to premiere next Christmas.