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Amanda Seyfried Felt “Grossed Out” by Male Reactions to Her “Mean Girls” Weather Report Scene

“It was just gross."

Amanda Seyfried stole our hearts and made us LOL as Karen in 2004's classic comedy Mean Girls. With some of the most iconic lines and deadpan delivery, Amanda made Karen one of the funniest characters in an already hilarious movie — and rose to fame because of it. However, some fan reactions to her character Karen made Amanda feel "grossed out" post-Mean Girls.

In the movie, Karen reveals that her “breasts can always tell when it's going to rain," a “talent” we see Karen channel later in the film while working as a weather girl for the school TV news. In a new interview with Marie Claire, Amanda said that this bit was what she was most often recognized for by male fans after the movie came out. 

According to Amanda, the male reactions to the scene were off-putting, as men would come up and ask her if it was raining. “I always felt really grossed out by that,” she shared. “I was like 18 years old. It was just gross.”

Though she's been acting since she was 14 years old, Amanda's biggest breakthrough roles didn't arrive until the 2000s, when the star was in her late teens and early twenties. Today, she has more perspective on how fame can impact young stars. 

“I think being really famous [young] must really f**king suck. It must make you feel completely unsafe in the world," said Amanda. “I see these younger actors who think they have to have security. They think they have to have an assistant. They think their whole world has changed. It can get stressful. I’ve seen it happen to my peers.”

Amanda, who is currently earning serious praise for her role as Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu's limited series The Dropout, feels more comfortable with her level of fame these days. “Fame is weird. I’ve never been super famous. I’ve always been somewhat recognizable," she shared. "It’s been the healthiest trajectory. [It’s] not a scary spike. I have my priorities. I know who I am. I know where I’m going. I know what it means. It means that I’m getting to do what I love. I’m actually not afraid of it now.”

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