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Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress, Amanda Seyfried has taken a brief break from her acting career to establish a new business with her childhood best friends.
While many Hollywood actors and actresses launch businesses at some point in their careers, Seyfried is doing something a little different from most by focusing her business plan on playhouses for children.
Seyfried, who was catapulted into fame after starring in Mean Girls as a teenager, has set the business up with Anne Hoehn and Maureen North. The line of playhouses is called “Make it Cute” and they are both durable and beautiful.
Going into business with your closest friends is something that is typically not advised due to its potential to break lifelong bonds. However, for Seyfield, doing this with the people she has known since she was just a five-year-old girl in Pennsylvania was a no-brainer. Talking to People magazine, she said:
“Our friendship has evolved since we were five. It’s been 30 years and it’s just grown and grown, and then we all had kids around the same time, so we became mothers together.”
The typical trend for highly successful movie stars in recent times has been to launch businesses in beauty and cosmetics. Speaking about her decision to down a completely different route, Seyfield explains that the idea came about during a Zoom call during the COVID pandemic.
The 37-year-old and her two friends realized that their homes were becoming chaotic with their children becoming increasingly bored and frustrated at not being able to go out anywhere. Explaining where the idea of playhouses came from, Seyfield says:
“Anne was building these giant playhouses out of whatever big boxes would come to her house, and we were like, how do we build that? How do we build something like that for all of us, where we can store toys and give our kids that playhouse that they want?
My kids love playing in the playhouses. They want to go and explore and make their own space. Sometimes I’ll look away and I’ll come out in the living room and I’ll be like, where are they? And they’re both in the house playing nicely.”
A useful tool for parenting
Seynfield has been a parent now for six years after giving birth to her daughter Nina in March 2017. Her son, Thomas, followed in 2020 and she has been loving life as a mother ever since. She shares both children with her husband, Thomas Sadoski, and in the same interview with People Magazine she spoke about the stage of parenthood she is currently experiencing:
“The most fun thing about parenting right now is the puzzle of teaching them what the right thing is, but allowing them to come to the conclusion themselves. My six-year-old really understands a lot about consequences and wants to be kind. She has such goodness in her heart.
With my son, when he seems to understand something, it feels like a giant win. Or when I see my daughter teach my son something, and I’m just sitting back and watching, it’s just the best.
I have a full-time career and two kids. It’s a lot of work, but I love it. My family is very supportive of it. For sure, it sounds like it’s chaotic, and it is in some ways, but I’ve also found so much peace in where I live.”
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