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Following her explosive rise to fame after a little film called Les Mis, Amanda Seyfried quickly became everyone’s favorite Hollywood sweetheart. Her doll-like features and classy demeanor have always conveyed a sort of natural innocence that most young starlets seem to lack or try to reverse. So, when W revealed Craig McDean’s cover shoot for their April 2014 issue starring a scantily clad and, dare we say, sexed-up Seyfried, it’s shouldn’t come as a surprise that fans and critics alike had a lot to say about it.

First off, the shoot is fantastic from top to bottom. W‘s Edward Enninful played up Seyfried’s role in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming western A Million Ways to Die in the West, but did so in a vein that is perhaps more akin to the actress’s biopic stint as porn star Linda Lovelace in last year’s Lovelace. While Seyfried wears a one-piece Chanel swimsuit on the cover, the rest of the shoot isn’t quite so conservative. In most of the images, Seyfried lounges on thrift shop-chic furniture, posing seductively in red cowboy boots and bustier-topped bikinis, with a bold red lip and smoldering cat eye (courtesy of Clé de Peau Beauté, naturally) to match.

And while Seyfried looks even more beautiful than ever thought possible (seriously, the woman gives a whole new meaning to “natural beauty”), we can’t help but wonder if this is the beginning of the actress shedding her Mamma Mia!/Dear John/Les Mis skin a bit. In the interview accompanying the shoot, she brings up how she and Megan Fox “kissed really well together” in Jennifer’s Body and how much she actually enjoys doing sex scenes. While some may fear that these are all signs of Miley syndrome, we beg to differ. Seyfried’s sweet disposition shines through the interview and makes even her most scandalous comments seem utterly endearing. As if we needed more reason to love her.

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What do you think of the shoot?

Photos via W magazine

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