On the pages there is recounting of her early life and dazzling career that included working with two musical theater masters, Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, as well as many of Hollywood's top actors, including Marlon Brando, Jimmy Stewart and Richard Widmark.But a substantial part of the book is spent on her troubled marriage to the late Jack Cassidy, the glossily handsome actor and singer whom she describes in a passage as her first lover and 'sexual Svengali,' and whose lessons she shares candidly.That includes Cassidy's impressive endowment, Jones' own 'highly sexed' nature that made orgasms a breeze, their threesome with another woman ('yuck,' she says, when asked about the onetime experiment), Cassidy's pre-marital sexual encounter with Cole Porter that Jones says left her unfazed, and her apparent tolerance for his infidelities.She overturned her squeaky-clean image once before with her Oscar-winning portrayal of a vengeful prostitute in Elmer Gantry (1960) opposite Burt Lancaster, and the role that she considers her most important.On my way to interview Amanda Seyfried, two hours north of Manhattan and two worlds away, there's a quiet hamlet in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains called Stone Ridge. I had an MRI, and the neurologist referred me to a psychiatrist. Then we got four more chickens, and the other ones started laying again. You almost begin to think that if she were to marry and the officiant asked, “Do you take this man?The names of the country roads—Sawkill, Cottekill, Shivertown—seem to be lifted right out of a Washington Irving story. Tomatoes aren’t out yet.”A long conversation about pickling ensues with the waitress, and Seyfried listens intently, studiously, as if there will be a quiz. A kinder person might say she resembles a Margaret Keane portrait or a Japanese anime character. A mental illness is a thing that people cast in a different category [from other illnesses], but I don’t think it is. You don’t see the mental illness: It’s not a mass; it’s not a cyst. As I get older, the compulsive thoughts and fears have diminished a lot. I think they’re threatened.”Since it’s pie season on the farm and she is known to be a baker, I ask if she’s still honing her craft. ” she would respond, “Fuck yeah.” She may soon get the chance to test that theory: Seyfried recently became engaged to actor Thomas Sadoski.
We’re meeting at a no-frills roadside café filled with boisterous local folks enjoying the lunchtime rush. Also, I always worry about people and how they use stoves. You could so easily burn down something if you leave the stove on.
In fact, the writer’s most famous character, Rip Van Winkle, set off on his mysterious day trip not far from this spot. For a smart woman who decided not to go to college, her curiosity seems boundless. There’s also a quirkiness there that perhaps emphasizes a quirk or two within, like Seyfried’s penchant for taxidermy or her need to Face Time with her Australian shepherd, Finn, whenever they’re apart for any length of time. Whether it’s placebo or not, I don’t want to risk it. Knowing that a lot of my fears are not reality-based really helps.”In case it isn’t obvious, Seyfried doesn’t censor herself. The two met in 2015 and started dating earlier this year. “My favorite thing now is because of this [local place] Lekker.
When you hear thunder in the distance, it’s hard not to think of it being, as Irving imagined, made by the ghosts of Henry Hudson and his loyal men, those poor lost souls playing ninepins in the mountains. Night Shyamalan would be comfortable here; it’s a landscape of supernatural legends. Like many actresses, she is that familiar combination of autodidact and blank slate. She acknowledges that they are “weird” (and most likely inherited: “You should see my dad’s”). Now that the pickle lady has (finally) departed, I ask Seyfried a little more about her life up here with Finn and her growing menagerie of animals, both living and stuffed. Of course it is fashionable, and downright offensive, to claim you have OCD when you’re just a little high-strung. She is perfectly fine displaying vulnerability, even as a digital recorder is running right next to her lunch plate. They have this deep-dish Dutch apple pie that I saw last year and thought, I’ve got to make that. I make the basic Epicurious pie shell, and then you dump it double-full of apples or peaches.
She received a part in the chorus for Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific and then, a year later, the starring role in the duo's Oklahoma!
- as well as the title of 'Hollywood's new Cinderella,' as Jones recounts in her book.