‘Issues Heard & Seen’ star Amanda Seyfried says character was emotionally ‘exhausting’ to play

This image released by Netflix shows James Norton (L) and Amanda Seyfried (R) in a scene from 'Things Heard & Seen.'

Amanda Seyfried‘s character, Catherine, within the new Netflix supernatural thriller, “Issues Heard & Seen,” not solely should confront spirits occupying her upstate New York residence but in addition darkish secrets and techniques inside her marriage. 

The Oscar-nominated actress revealed enjoying somebody who’s going by way of such private turmoil was “exhausting.”

“It’s intense… numerous the bodily [stunts] that I’ve to do. However by way of [emotions], it is slightly exhausting however the fact is I do know each a part of this character,” she defined to Fox Information whereas selling the movie. 

“It is one of many causes I used to be interested in the film and to inform the story is as a result of there was such an arc and it occurred over the course of a few months. You get to discover all these completely different sides of this one girl on this marriage that is terrifying,” Seyfried added.


Her on-screen husband, James Norton, confirmed he did deep background preparation to play such a manipulative partner. 

“It was vital as a result of clearly [the character’s past] was clearly contributing to his unraveling and he was on this journey of self-destruction from a a lot earlier age,” the British actor defined. “So it was vital to faucet into that.”

This image released by Netflix shows James Norton (L) and Amanda Seyfried (R) in a scene from 'Things Heard & Seen.'

This picture launched by Netflix reveals James Norton (L) and Amanda Seyfried (R) in a scene from ‘Issues Heard & Seen.’
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The movie, directed by Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, passed off within the Hudson Valley, the place Seyfried lives together with her husband and two babies. 


She stated she loves the “vitality” upstate. “That is the place I stay, it is the place I’ll die, it is so wealthy with nature and simply all the pieces. I am unable to get sufficient of it and having the ability to shoot [the film during] essentially the most lovely time of yr simply added to the entire [experience]. [Hudson Valley] is a personality in itself on this film.”

Springer Berman informed Fox Information that adapting the script from the e-book by the identical identify was a time-consuming and tedious course of.

Amanda Seyfried said filming in upstate New York was amazing because of the rich nature. 

Amanda Seyfried stated filming in upstate New York was wonderful due to the wealthy nature. 
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“I did not instantly know [what I would keep from the book]. It was a course of as a result of the e-book is kind of epic. And we actually wanted a restricted collection to satisfy the e-book. So it was a technique of writing drafts, making an attempt to know what you are going to embrace, what you are not going to incorporate, after which studying it again after which redrafting. So it was a reasonably lengthy adaptation course of to only discover the best materials,” she described.

Springer Berman stated she was impressed by ’70s classics such “Rosemary’s Child” or “Do not Look Now” and even the film, “What Lies Beneath.”


She felt the tales are interesting as a result of they’re about “actual relationships, actual folks, actual feelings. And the supernatural aspect is simply type of layered on prime of it.”

“Issues Seen & Heard” is out there to stream Friday on Netflix. 

FOX’s Ashley Dvorkin contributed to this report.

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