Amanda Seyfried is obsessed with painting.

The 'Les Miserables' actress has developed a passion for art and finds the pursuit so relaxing, she has dedicated an entire room in her Los Angeles house to her new hobby.

She said: ''I've been painting my butt off. Watercolours. Abstract art. I have a room devoted to that medium. I literally will sit for hours and hours and hours and listen to a book on tape and paint.''

However, the 27-year-old beauty will soon have to temporarily shelve her hobby as she is to shoot comedy Western 'A Million Ways to Die in the West' in Santa Fe with Seth MacFarlane and Charlize Theron.

She told the USA Today newspaper: ''I am his girlfriend in the beginning, he's trying to win me back throughout the whole movie. I haven't done a comedy in awhile.''

Painting is a much more conventional hobby for Amanda than one of her other interests - collecting taxidermy animals.

She admitted recently: ''My favourite is Anton, my stuffed miniature horse. When I was last in LA, my sister took a photo of me with my 'animals' on the sofa, surrounded by dead horses, foxes and rabbits.''