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Amanda Seyfried is casual cool in jeans and sweater… as she prepares for Elizabeth Holmes role

The much-anticipated Hulu limited series, The Dropout, which chronicles the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos, is in full swing in Los Angeles.  

Amanda Seyfried plays the disgraced the Silicon Valley executive, who’s accused of duping investors out of about $700 million to fund her medical tech company, including blood testing technology that didn’t exist, that she founded when she was just 19.

On Thursday, the actress was spotted on set in Los Angeles, but she had not yet sat down in the make chair as part of her transformation into Holmes, who’s trial is underway at a federal courthouse in San Jose, California.

Prep mode: Amanda Seyfried, 35, was spotted on set before her transformation into disgraced Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes for the Hulu series The Dropout in Los Angeles

Seyfried, 35, was dressed down in blue denim jeans, a grey-patterned sweater and her long blonde tresses pulled back into a loose bun.

She also looked to have kept her beauty makeup to a minimum, considering the job that the makeup staff has to do on a daily basis.

With COVID-19 still very much a danger, Seyfried wore a face mask over her mouth and nose nearly the entire time, with the occasional exception when needed and appropriate.

At one point on set, the actress stepped up her casual walk when she met up with a woman, who also followed health and safety protocols.

On the go: The actress, who kept it casual in her street cloths in blue denim jeans and a grey sweater, was hurried along behind the scenes

On the go: The actress, who kept it casual in her street cloths in blue denim jeans and a grey sweater, was hurried along behind the scenes

During her stroll, Seyfried also appeared to take some time to assess the upcoming scene, and a camera that was attached to a car.  

She chatted with a couple of crew members, including a photographer, who looked to be putting the finishing touches on the plan the director had in store. 

When in full makeup and costume for the series, Seyfried has been seen on set looking like Holmes, dressed in her signature business woman attire, consisting of a black turtleneck and red lipstick.  

The limited series will also feature the likes of William H. Macy, Laurie Metcalf, Elizabeth Marvel, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kate Burton, Stephen Fry, Michel Gill, Michael Ironside, Bill Irwin and Josh Pais. 

The series is set to premiere on Hulu, as well as on the Disney+ content hub Star in international markets.

Preps: The actress chatted with crew members, including a photographer, that looked to be putting the finishing touches on the plan the director had in store for an upcoming scene

Preps: The actress chatted with crew members, including a photographer, that looked to be putting the finishing touches on the plan the director had in store for an upcoming scene

Trial underway in Northerna California: Seyfried is portraying Elizabeth Homes, who's accused of duping investors out of about $700 million to fund her medical tech company, Theranos, which includes blood testing technology that didn't exist

Trial underway in Northerna California: Seyfried is portraying Elizabeth Homes, who’s accused of duping investors out of about $700 million to fund her medical tech company, Theranos, which includes blood testing technology that didn’t exist

As Seyfried was doing preps for her work day on set, a jury of seven men and five women were selected and sworn in at the federal courthouse in Northern California, according to CNN.   

One considered a rising star in business after becoming the world’s youngest female billionaire in 2015, Holmes was indicted more than three years ago on a dozen federal fraud and conspiracy charges over allegations she knowingly misled investors, patients, and doctors about the capabilities of her company’s proprietary blood testing technology.  

She has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 20 years in prison. 

Opening statements in the trial are set to begin Wednesday, September 8. 

The trial, which has been delayed a few times due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the birth of Holmes’ first child in July, is expected to last jut over two months.    

Facing 20 years in prison: The real-life Holmes founded Theranos when she was just 19; opening statements for her trial are set to begin on Wednesday, September 8

Facing 20 years in prison: The real-life Holmes founded Theranos when she was just 19; opening statements for her trial are set to begin on Wednesday, September 8


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