Amanda was arrested by the Los Angelas Police Department on April 6th, 2012 on the suspicion of driving while under the influence. On June 5th she was officially charged with a DUI for the incident.
Although the casting crew knew right away that Amanda was perfect for the role of Penny in the film version of Hairspray, there were some initial issues with her singing voice. At first, she seemed to be holding back and lacking the confidence to belt out her musical numbers, and it took a while to help her grow more comfortable with that. Fortunately, over time, Amanda improved, and those involved in the production were pleased with her performance.
Amanda donated items to Rocky Stone to be given to less fortunate kids as part of the Toy Mountain Campaign.
The light blue dress that Amanda wore at the end of Hairspray ended up being so small, she essentially had to be sewn into it, according to film director Adam Shankman. Ironically, the exact same thing had to be done with actress Olivia Newton-John's final outfit in fellow film/musical c Grease.
In 2008, actress Brittany Snow--who co-starred with Amanda in Hairspray--acknowledged that Amanda is one of only two girls she knows who is truly satisfied with her body. "I admire that, and I like to be around that," Brittany once said in an interview with Seventeen Magazine.
In 2008, Amanda acknowledged that she definitely went through some "growing pains" with her parents. At one point, she wanted a fancy new car, but her parents ended up using Amanda's money to buy her the exact same, less glamorous car that her two older siblings had, and that really upset Amanda. She says that personal counseling has helped a lot, although her parents aren't always thrilled with her hair-dying choices, or when they think she wears too much makeup. Still, Amanda credits her mother and father for "guiding her and making sure she never fell off the deep end."
Amanda has been known to run up to her co-stars and give them big hugs on the first day of shooting for her movies. Many of her Sydney White co-stars also commented that she is extremely friendly and open to fans who come up to her for pictures and autographs.
List Rankings & Appearances:
• 2006 - listed, Teen People's 25 Hottest Stars Under 25
• 2007 - listed, People Magazine's 100 Most Beautiful People in the World
• 2007 - No.79, FHM's 100 Sexiest Women in the World
• 2008 - listed, Entertainment Weekly's 30 Under 30: The Actresses
• 2009 - No.6, AIM's 100 Celebs Under 25
• 2009 - No.51, AIM's 100 Hottest Blondes
• 2009 - No.74, Maxim's Hot 100
Amanda claims that she and her family are very close, and their Christmas Eve memories include opening presents and saving one for the morning, making apple pie, and talking about what they are thankful for. The family also watches A Christmas Story together every year.
In 2007, Amanda said that she was known as "Auntie Chickie" to her niece Jay Lynn and nephew Matthew.
In 2007, Amanda claimed that she had received scripts for "mean girl" characters, as well as horror movies, but at the time, she didn't feel drawn to those types of roles. She says that she will do it only when she feels that the plot is an original idea.
As of September 21, 2007--two months after the theatrical debut of Amanda's film Hairspray--the movie had earned $114 million in sales.
Amanda has said that she looks up to Sarah Jessica Parker as her fashion icon and role model.
Amanda claims she likes to layer clothes and jewelry.
Amanda loves going to little boutiques.
Amanda loves Benefit eye shadows.
Amanda has credited Dumb and Dumber and Mrs. Doubtfire as some of her favorite movies, and she admits that she can watch both of them over and over. She is also a huge Jim Carrey fan.
Amanda says that being stick thin is "not her goal in life," although it's obvious that she has a very naturally slim frame. She says that she keeps fit by working on her elliptical machine three days a week.
Amanda has said that her favorite scene from the 2007 film Hairspray is when her character Penny--who was tied to her bed by her crazy mother--was freed by her love interest. "I think it's every teenage girl's fantasy to be rescued from her parents," Amanda said of the scene.
Amanda stated while playing a game on TEENick that if she had one super power, it would be invisibility.
Amanda has indicated that although she admires Hollywood stars like Hilary Duff, Lindsay Lohan and the Olsen twins--who have crossed over from acting and dabbled in singing and personal clothing lines--she herself wants to be an actress only. However, in the summer of 2007, Amanda went against that original statement by launching a clothing line of her own, entitled "Dear by Amanda Bynes," as part of a five-year deal with the Steve & Barry's retail clothing chain.
Amanda is Jewish.
Amanda drives a white Lexus SC430. She owns a Honda Accord.
Arsenio Hall and Richard Pryor provided Amanda's training to be an actress at a comedy camp.
Amanda won a total of four awards, and was nominated for a further three for The Amanda Show.
Amanda won the Blimp Award for Favorite Television Actress four years running (2000-2003) for her work on The Amanda Show.
Amanda won a Blimp Award for Favorite Movie Actress for her role in What A Girl Wants at the Kid's Choice Awards in the US.
In What A Girl Wants, the photo album that Amanda's character gives to her father is filled with real pictures of Amanda as a little girl (although not all the pictures are actually her).
In the original poster for What A Girl Wants, Amanda was holding up the peace sign. This was later edited out to avoid it being seen as an anti-war protest.
Amanda was featured on the cover of Vanity Fair magazine with lots of other teen stars in July 2003.
For Amanda, the most memorable gift she's ever received was a charm bracelet.
Amanda enjoys reading Memoirs of A Geisha.
Amanda's first sketch on All That was along side Kenan Thompson.
Some of Amanda's Favorites:
TV Shows - Felicity, Friends, Gilmore Girls
Bands - The All-American Rejects, Incubus
Music - No Doubt, Christina Aguilera
Dessert - Vanilla ice cream and apple pie
Ice Cream Flavor - Mint chocolate chip
Fashion Designer - Narciso Rodriguez
Old Television Show - I Love Lucy (Lucille Ball is one of Amanda's idols)
Fairy Tale - Cinderella
Subject - English
Food - Quesadillas
Flowers - Roses
Color - Green
Drink - Coke
Amanda likes Skittles, Starbursts, Butterfingers, and Junior Mints.
Amanda's hobbies include shopping, drawing, watching movies and TV, cooking, hanging out with friends, and chatting online.
Amanda lives in the same neighborhood as Christy Carlson Romano, Raven, and Ricky Ullman.
Amanda lives in Thousand Oaks, California.
Amanda enjoys listening to 80's music.
Amanda often shops at Bloomingdale's.
Amanda has 6 pets. She has 2 dogs: Tootsie Roll (Golden Lab) and Betty Boop (Australian Shepard), 3 cats: Subbie, D.C, and Tiger, and a fish named Bella.
Amanda is starring in the movie She's the Man. Amanda plays a girl (Viola) in disguise as her brother (Sebastian). This movie is based on the book Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.
Amanda loves Marvin The Martian.
Amanda likes drawing and painting.
Amanda once portrayed a figure skater on Arli$$.
Amanda has two dogs called Ren and Stimpy.
Amanda dated Nick Zano, her What I Like About You co-star.
At 17, Amanda was rated 2003's 3rd hottest teen female star.
Amanda starred in every Amanda Show skit , except for Totally Kyle.
Amanda did such plays like To Kill a Mockingbird, The Secret Garden, Music Man, Sound of Music before she starred in tv and movies.
Amanda's first rave reviews appeared when a reviewer from Ventura Star newspaper called her "sensational" as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Amanda shares the same birthday as her What I Like About You co-star, Jennie Garth. She also shares the same birthday with comedian Eddie Murphy.
Amanda's brother, Tommy, is a chiropractor and her father Richard is a dentist. Her mother's name is Lynn.
Amanda would like to do a movie with Jim Carrey or Mike Meyers.
Amanda appeared in her first television commercial for Nestle's Buncha Crunch candy at age 7.
Amanda is 5'8" tall. She has green eyes and natural brown hair. She wears a size nine shoe.
Amanda wears contact lenses.
At the age of 13, Amanda had her own variety show.
Amanda is a straight A student.
Amanda's nickname is Chicky.
Amanda Bynes: (On turning 21) I think I'll go out as much as I've ever gone out, which is not a lot. I like to dance and stuff, but drinking isn't good for you in every way. It's not good for your skin; it makes you feel horrible. So, drinking-wise, no.
Amanda Bynes: I enjoy doing things that are scary or things that some girls might not like because it won't let them look gorgeous. Like, in my new movie [She's the Man], I play a boy, and every day they'd pin my hair back, and I'd have no makeup. That's when you start relying more on your sense of humor.
Amanda Bynes: I'm a good person, and I don't want to undermine anyone. I don't want to make anyone look stupid. I don't talk badly about people. I just try to be a nice girl, and that's the best way to stay out of it. Some people have such big egos that they have to knock people down just to get ahead. I'm just who I am, and I'm a person who's very lucky. But my life is my family, not my job. If it ever got too crazy I'd be like, "Okay, I'm checking out now!"
Amanda Bynes: My whole family loves comedies. We're always laughing. I think I grew up sort of admiring comedians, and I grew up watching the greats. And so my dad was really supportive of me doing this. And my mom was supportive, too. It just helped having a funny family.
Amanda Bynes: I am doing the best I can, and I don't want to ever be compared to somebody that's great, because then when someone sees me, they'll say, "No, she's not that good." But I'm working hard, and I hope that I can eventually live up to that title.
Amanda Bynes: I want to be known for the work I've done, as opposed to where I go on Saturday nights. I like to let loose just like anyone else, but I don't want to be photographed doing it.
Amanda Bynes: Drinking just doesn't appeal to me. I don't know if it's the whole bloated thing or the not-being-aware-of-yourself thing. I don't want to be a complete mess. I don't think that's cute.
Amanda Bynes: I feel better when I'm fit, but I don't like to work out. I used to say, "I'm young; I don't need to." But I do feel my body changing. I just can't eat pizza at midnight without waking up feeling really bloated. I try eating healthy, but it's hard. All I want is frozen yogurt with chocolate chips and waffles!
Amanda Bynes: I always knew I wanted to be successful. When I was in kindergarten, my teacher told my mom I was really good at drawing, so I thought, "I am going to be an artist! That's my calling!" I just loved everything that was artistic. I still love to draw now. I try not to let an opportunity go to waste. I try everything. I always wanted to be something.
Amanda Bynes: My parents never let me spend money. I didn't even have an allowance! But in high school, my friend had a credit card, and her mom let her buy anything! I was working, but I had no idea I had money to spend. I'd be scared to go to high school now! Girls have Chanel bags at school! I'm terrified of those girls. They have money from their parents, but they haven't earned it, so they don't appreciate it.
Amanda Bynes: When someone says [mean] stuff, you start to hate yourself. Girls have said the meanest things about me. Like, now, when people say, "Her face looks huge," it really hurts my feelings. When I was young, I was much thinner, so people got used to that. When I gained weight, they didn't like it. But I was like, who are you to say what you like and don't like about me? Screw you! I want people to stop talking about me like I'm trying to be the most beautiful. I'm not trying to be a model. I'm an actress, a comedian--I can look goofy. That's my thing. I'm a human being.
Amanda Bynes (about the "mean girls" she attended school with as a younger actress): It was awkward at school. A couple of girls didn't like me. They'd say, "I could be in that movie if I wanted to," or "Amanda tries so hard to be our friend, but we know she just thinks she's too cool." You know--they were jealous girls. But I got through it.
Amanda Bynes (about the Hollywood party girls): Those girls terrify me, but then again, they're probably all like, "Oh, Amanda's so weird!"
Amanda (about filming "Hairspray" with John Travolta): One time, we were still shooting at 4:30 AM, and we were all feeling delirious, so John starts singing "Summer lovin..." and we started singing along with him. Zac Efron [co-star] and I looked at each other like, "I can't believe this is happening!" We immediately texted about 15 of our friends.
Amanda: I look up to Will Smith. He did rap, but he rapped about the fact that he didn't drink and do drugs. Not everyone thinks that's cool, and he's a good role model. I think it's very refreshing.
Amanda Bynes: I think I'm very appreciative of the opportunities I've had. For me, why would I ever throw that away by being a jerk? I'm focused, and I want to have a long, successful career. You learn from the people who make mistakes. Why would I want to risk that by being a jerk or partying all night?
Amanda (about her four-year sitcom What I Like About You): Yes, it's finished. Yeah, it was good, but it just wasn't what I really wanted to be doing. Still, it was a good thing transition-wise. It was a good stepping stone. Jennie Garth and I also got along well. We keep in contact, but we don't hear from each other a lot, because she's so busy with her family and all.
Amanda (about women getting plastic surgery): When you can see it, it's disgusting. It also takes you away from the film you're watching. I saw an actress on David Letterman – who will remain nameless - and he was congratulating her on how great she apparently looked. She was trying to shake her head and modestly say "No, no, I don't," but she couldn't frown or anything because of the work she had had. Her face didn't move. It was so freaky. How can you be an actor if you can't use your expressions? As you can see in my movies, I use every muscle in my face!
Amanda: I'm naturally thin, but I'm also very active, always on the go, and like to walk whenever I can, too. Not that I ever care too much if I gain a couple pounds.
Amanda Bynes: When I was nine years old, I dressed up as a bride on Halloween, because I loved pretending to be a housewife. Now that I look back on it, I think I was a bit too young to get married!
Amanda: I really do feel dorky, and for me, I've accepted it. That's another reason I liked the movie [Sydney White], because the dorks sort of rule in the end. It shows that you don't have to conform to any clique or what people tell you is cool in order to have friends or be successful. And so I like that storyline, and that's definitely how I feel about myself.
Amanda: I think that in Hollywood, it's hard because so many people do turn out crazy. I don't need to go out every night to get attention. I'm happy with the amount that I have.
Amanda: I am the worst clubber ever. I just stand there, snapping my fingers. Then I just get really warm and want to leave.
Amanda: I'm never attracted to the gorgeous guy. Jude Law? Yeah, he's beautiful, but that's not my type. I love when people are smart. My dad is a dentist and reads all the time, and is always talking to me about stuff in the paper. So I think I'm looking for someone to fill my dad's shoes, and that'll be hard. But I don't want to get married yet – I just want to have fun!
Amanda (about her Hairspray co-star John Travolta, who plays an obese woman in the movie): It says a lot for his self-confidence. He's an amazing dancer. Watch him kicking his legs underneath his dress. You can't believe how fast they're moving!
Amanda (when asked about Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears): I just hope that everyone's careful, because as seen by the people before us, you can die from that kind of stuff. They're really talented. It's unfortunate that there are these other demons in the way.
Amanda: Movies are different now than they've ever been; the movie world is different. I think studios like to make movies like "Borat" more, because there's no ego, it's just like, "Wow." It's cheap to make, and then they do really well. So I feel like the whole movie star aspect is kind of getting blurrier. You know what I mean? Because I feel like sometimes, big movie stars don't necessarily bring good box office anymore. So I think for me, I want to do roles that are different and hopefully challenging.
Amanda (about talented young stars who are labeled as "party girls"): I think that it's a case of a very talented person who is kind of throwing the talent away by...feeding their ego......but I feel like for me, you can't really judge them, because you have no idea what's going on in their life. I guess I watch and learn and think, "Well, I'm not going to do this. I'm not going to do that," like I make a little checklist of things that I'm going to steer away from.
Amanda (her advice to troubled young stars like Lindsay Lohan): Move into my house, and hang out with my parents. I don't know what it is, but I don't want to tarnish the Bynes name!
Amanda: I'm the girl whose biggest nightmare would be to lose my makeup bag while travelling.
Amanda: People have a preconceived notion about who I am and it's interesting. It's like picking who you want to win for the Oscars and not seeing the movie.
Amanda: I love to draw and I love to paint so I don't know if I'll ever do it professionally but I definitely enjoy doing that right now.
Amanda: I don't think [there is] necessarily a Prince Charming. I don't know if there is someone for everyone. Every person is so different and I don't think there is an exact match for every person. If you meet someone and they have 20 of the 25 things you want in a person, then you're pretty lucky.
Amanda: I don't feel like I've missed out because I've gotten to go back, and I've never not been in school. Whenever I'm off, I go there. I've always gotten to go for half the year, and I still have my friends. I think I got the best of both worlds. Some people may not have liked this life but for me personally it was exactly the kind of thing I wanted. I feel so happy and lucky I get to do and I wouldn't want to change it.
Amanda: Before you make a statement about someone, get all the information and see everything before you make a judgment. I don't like being compared to anyone or being in a class with someone. I'm a teen actress and therefore I'm competing against Hilary Duff. We're different people like everyone else.
Amanda: I love and fascinated by psychology so that would be something that I would like to learn more about so anything that would help me in my life and I am so lucky to be doing what I love, you know, for a living so I would love to learn something that would just sort of help me have my best.
Amanda: I've grown up with kids watching me and as they're growing up, I'm growing up, and hopefully they can get a good message from it.
Amanda (about filming in the UK): I think as soon as you get off the plane and get in the car, the actual driving on the other side and the driver being the passenger is just weird. It seemed to give me a headache automatically.
Amanda: Going to another country you're not in your house, you're with people you've never met before, and I think it's definitely a good growing experience.
Amanda: The one [dress] I wanted to keep was the white dress. I thought if I ever get married one day, it would be a big help. [Then] at the end, I had to wear it for so long, it had given me bruises and it wasn't as comfortable.
Amanda: I love movies that have a good story. I love movies that make you feel good about yourself but I also love movies make you walk away thinking about them. I like things that have you know something to them.
Amanda: When I found out Colin [Firth] was doing it I was shocked that he would be near me, let alone do a movie with me.
Amanda: There's no exact 'how to' but he's [Colin Firth] so natural that when he does it, I don't ever see him studying lines, he always brings something to it. He's hard on himself and will do the take 50 times and make sure it's right. Having that type of commitment and stamina is really impressive and a good role model.
Amanda (about Europe): I was video taping as we were driving and it's just so beautiful. It is so rich in history and it's fun to be there.
Amanda: I like stuff that's dark, some solid stuff, jeans and clunky boots.
Amanda: I think they wanted the movie to have some glimmer of clumsiness, I think there's so much more to the movie than that. That's a minute part of it. I think in some of the previews that is magnified as something maybe for the kids, that they would enjoy. There is so much more to the movie than just the pratfalls.
Amanda: I don't like reading scripts because I'm everywhere, and I have such a short attention span.
Amanda: I think I mean some people do compete. I've never been the type I've never been, you know, the cut throat type. I mean I've always had my mind set that in this business there are so many movies to make, so there's room for all of us. I mean if there was only me I'd be exhausted.
Amanda (when asked what her Kryptonite is): Peanut Butter. I even named a dog Peanut Butter once! I can not have it. It's so creamy and delicious.
Amanda: I loved Clueless. That was one of my favorite movies of all time. When that came out, I was fairly young. It was a more teenage movie with adult-type stories, but there's something about watching a movie with girl empowerment. It gets a cliché name and it's stupid, but it's really important for girls. I think Legally Blonde did that, too, because it was a fun way to feel good about being a girl. I like that message. I don't want to do that forever but I think it was perfect for me at that time.
Amanda: I thought it [the script] was cute but I didn't know if I wanted to do a movie. Then I heard Colin Firth was interested and I was like, What? He's interested? I said, Let me look at that again.