Elizabeth Holmes began her 11-year prison sentence on Tuesday, ending the former Theranos founder’s abrupt fall from leading a blood-testing startup to facing multiple fraud charges. Coincidentally, Amanda Seyfried, who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Holmes in the Hulu limited series “The Dropout,” appeared on “Good Morning America” within hours of Holmes’ arrival, in this case to promote her new limited series on Apple TV. + “Crowded Room”. In her appearance, Seyfried gave a response to Holmes’ imprisonment.
“I feel for these kids. These two kids. They’re hanging in the balance here. As a parent, I’m just like…as a mom, I just—I don’t know,” Seyfried says, trailing. “Life isn’t fair. But in many ways, it’s fair for her, especially.”
Seyfried’s comments come on the heels of an interview with Holmes published in The New York Times earlier in May, which included the CEO’s shaming thoughts about Seyfried’s portrayal of her in “The Dropout.”
“They don’t play me,” Holmes said, also referring to a now-cancelled project that was to star Jennifer Lawrence as Holmes. “They’re playing a character that I created.”
Holmes founded Theranos at the age of 19, promising a revolutionary medical device that could diagnose diseases with a finger-prick blood sample. Having become a tech leader and self-made billionaire, Theranos has come under scrutiny as questions arise about the technology’s viability.
Holmes was sentenced on four counts of fraud in November 2022. Prosecutors alleged that Holmes solicited millions of dollars from investors while misleading them about the capabilities of her technology. Holmes reports to FPC Bryan, a minimum security prison camp in Texas.