Amanda Seyfried scared by "Lovelace" violence

July 22nd, 2013

Amanda Seyfried was frightened by the ''harrowing'' violent scenes in 'Lovelace'.

The actress plays 1970's porn-star Linda Lovelace in the forthcoming biopic, and while she insists the nudity in the sexually-explicit movie did not faze her, she was terrified by the domestic violence involving her character.

Amanda told the Daily Mirror newspaper: ''It was a risky role to play, I suppose, but the nudity didn't scare me. I was more afraid of some of the violence and beatings she suffered, but she was a courageous woman and I've never been so affected by a role as I was by this.

''The story of Linda Lovelace's life is a very dark place to go. We couldn't show half of what she went through, although our film is still a pretty harrowing experience.''

The role makes a drastic change for Amanda - who played innocent beauty Karen Smith in 2004 comedy movie 'Mean Girls' - but she admits the part is her ''most rewarding experience'' in her career.

She added: ''In the past, I have had difficulty exposing my sensual side and feeling very shy and awkward about that side of me. But I've matured a lot over the last few years and it's a different world for me now. I think my self-image has improved a lot and I'm more at ease with who I am.

''But it was the most intense and rewarding experience I've ever had on a film.''

Despite the change of role, Amanda insists it was hard to bounce back from such a ''dark'' place.

She explained: ''I felt like I was detoxing for a few weeks after getting caught up in her world. It was a tough shoot but that's what I was looking for. I've played in several romantic kinds of movies but I've always been looking for darker roles.''

The film - which is due for release in August - tells the story of Linda being forced into porn by her violent ex-manager before becoming a feminist and anti-porn campaigner.