Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress, comedienne
and former show host on Nickelodeon. After appearing in several
successful television series on Nickelodeon in the late 1990s and
early 2000s, Amanda Bynes has moved into a film career, starring
in several successful films aimed at teenage audiences, including
her latest, She's the Man.
Amanda Bynes has been described as having an "Everygirl"
appeal, embodying "both everything her teen fans dream of being
and everything they know they really are, and they love her for
Amanda Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California to Richard Bynes
(a dentist who also practiced stand-up comedy) and Lynn Organ (a
dental assistant). She has two older siblings, Tommy, a chiropractor,
and Jillian, who has a psychology degree from UCLA. Amanda Bynes
grew up "half Catholic and half Jewish", and identifies
herself as Jewish.
Amanda Bynes, who was trained as an actress by Arsenio Hall and
Richard Pryor at a comedy camp, started acting at the age of 7,
appearing in a television advertisement for Buncha Crunch candies.
After taking acting classes, she began her acting career as a regular
cast member of the show All That in 1996, and later became the star
of The Amanda Show, both on the Nickelodeon channel.
Amanda Bynes made her film debut in 2002's mild box office success,
Big Fat Liar, where she played opposite Frankie Muniz. Her first
solo leading role was in 2003's What a Girl Wants, which also performed
fairly at the box office. Subsequently, Amanda Bynes starred in
the WB Network's sitcom What I Like About You and had a voice part
in 2005's CGI animated comedy, Robots.
Amanda Bynes came into the public eye during the time period when
popular teen actresses Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff became well-known.
Although she is often compared with them, Amanda Bynes has commented
that "It's like being the hot girl at the high school party.
I was never that girl. I grew up with terrible acne and feeling
insecure. I was tall and skinny. I didn't feel pretty at all, and
guys didn't even like me. That's why I got into comedy." Amanda
Bynes has also said that her relatability to teenage audiences stems
from the fact that she is "more similar to them than some...
socialite or whatever".
Her newest film is She's the Man, a comedy based on William Shakespeare's
Twelfth Night. In the film, which opened in March 2006, Amanda Bynes
disguises herself as her brother in order to join an elite boarding
school. Producers had originally wanted to cast singer Jesse McCartney
as Amanda Bynes' brother, noting a physical resemblance between
McCartney and Amanda Bynes disguised as a boy, but McCartney was
Amanda Bynes has also completed filming on another romantic comedy,
Lovewrecked, which was shot before "She's the Man" but
will be released after it, at some point in 2006.
Amanda Bynes has commented that she wishes to start appearing in
more mature roles, and believes that she is still developing her
acting skills and maturing as an actress, saying that she is "getting
better as I go".
Amanda Bynes, who has a dog named Midge and drives a white Lexus
LS430, graduated Thousand Oaks High School's independent study program
and has expressed a desire to attend New York University in the
near future. She briefly moved into an apartment in Hollywood, California,
but has since returned to her family home.
Amanda Bynes is interested in drawing (she once painted a portrait
of David Letterman as a gift to him) and fashion design, having
commented that "I'm the girl whose biggest nightmare would
be to lose my makeup bag while traveling".
2006 Lovewrecked as Jenny Riley
2006 She's the Man as Viola Hastings
2005 Robots as Piper voice only
2003 What a Girl Wants as Daphne Reynolds
2002 Big Fat Liar as Kaylee
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