Amanda Seyfried First Watched Porn at Age 6: It Was "Graphic"

Celebrity News Aug. 8, 2013 AT 12:20PM
Amanda Seyfried attended the premiere of Lovelace on August 5, 2013 Amanda Seyfried reveals that she first watched porn at age 6 in the August issue of GQ. Credit: Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic

Amanda Seyfried's first encounter with porn came at a very young age and the explicit material gave the future Lovelace star a very legitimate fear about sex.

"It was the first time I'd ever seen a penis, and I remember it being very graphic, and I remember when he came: it was so terrifying," Seyfried recalls in the August issue of GQ. Seeing her first porn at the tender age of 6, the star was taken aback when she watched a girl perform oral sex on "a guy dressed in a cop costume." She recalls, "It was funny. But it was also like, so, so, so wrong."

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"It was 1990 or 1991, and so AIDS was really rampant," she continues. "Watching any kind of sexual acts when you're a six-year-old would make you think you were going to contract AIDS somehow."

Seyfried, who plays famous porn star Linda Lovelace in her latest movie, adds that for her, deciding to play the legendary porn star stemmed more from her desire to "play somebody real" than to play against type in a racier role.

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"I needed a challenge -- that was the initial thing," she explains. But in playing the role, the 27-year-old actress says she became very conscious of the kind of message she was sending out to audiences.

"I think it's probably a bad idea for young boys to see how [women are] being depicted in men's fantasies. It could get very dark," she tells the magazine. "You could learn how to do things wrong." 

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In fact, she says, to prepare for her role, she opted not to watch the entirety of Deep Throat, the 1972 adult film that launched Lovelace into the mainstream.

"There's no point in watching the whole movie," she says. "It's the same sh-t for an hour and a half. If you've seen a clip of it, you've seen the movie."

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