As a child, Amy studied ballet, modern and jazz. she graduated with a degree in acting from Southern Methodist University.
In 1999 she got a break when she landed a major role on the series Angel.
In April 2003, Amy wed James Carpinello. The two welcoming their first child, son Jackson, in January 2005.
Amy has been featured in issues #3, #11, and #21 of the UK Angel Magazine.
In 2007, Amy played Nathan Fillion's character's wife in the FOX TV show Drive.
Amy was promoted from guest star to series regular on Alias halfway through the fifth season, and was added to the opening credits of the show.
Amy is featured in the Angel Season 5 trading cards. Her image and characters, Fred and Illyria, are in 10 cards out of the base card set.
Amy is featured in the Angel Season 4 trading cards. Her image and character, Fred, are in 18 cards out of the base card set.
Amy is featured in the Angel Season 2 trading cards. Her image and character, Fred, is in 1 card out of the base card set.
Amy is featured in the #49 issue of the UK Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine.
Amy is featured in the #41 issue of the UK Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine.
On September 1, 2006, Amy gave birth to her second child, a daughter named Ava Grace. She weighed in at 7lbs, 4 oz.
Amy has stated that the most challenging role she ever played was Illyria on Angel.
Amy is featured in the #31 issue of the UK Buffy the Vampire Slayer Magazine.
Amy was featured in the #5 issue of the US Angel Magazine.
Amy's mother is Judy Bruyere.
Amy is featured in Spike: The Complete Story trading cards. Her image and characters, Fred and Illyria, are in 2 cards out of the base card set.
Amy became a star (instead of guest star) on Angel in the show's third season.
Amy is featured in the Angel Season 3 trading cards. Her image and character, Fred, are in 9 cards out of the base card set.
Amy currently has 3 action figures out based on her characters, Fred and Illyria, on Angel. They include Illyria Shells, Fred Season 3 and Illyria.
Amy studied dance for 13 years before she went into acting.
Amy's father is Charles Acker.
Amy resides in Los Angeles.
Amy has stated that she never even thought about acting before she was in college.
Amy has stated that her least favorite thing about her body is her crooked tooth.
Amy has stated that she describes herself as quiet, silly and calm.
Amy has stated that her favorite material item is her stuffed bunny rabbit.
Amy has stated that one of her favorite types of food is Candy.
Amy has stated that her favorite baseball team is the New York Yankees.
Amy has stated that her favorite book is Enduring Love by Ian McEwan.
Amy has stated that her favorite TV show is The West Wing.
Amy has stated that her favorite color is orange.
When she was young Amy Acker once appeared in a children's show called Wishbone on PBS.
Amy, like her character, Fred, on Angel loves Mexican food.
Amy roomed with the university president's daughter at SMU freshman year.
Amy Acker was with the Campbell Agency when she modeled at SMU.
The name Amy means beloved.
In 2002 Amy Acker was nominated for the female Cinescape Genre Face of the Future award for her work on Angel.
Amy Acker wore her own glasses when playing Fred on Angel.
Amy has said she would prefer to be Fred rather than Illyria from Angel in real life.
On her first day working on Angel, Amy fell off a horse while shooting.
She once did a photo shoot and interview for OK! magazine.
She used to model in Tokyo when she was a teenager.
Amy Acker appeared in Maxim Magazine in 2002.
Amy got engaged while vacationing in Australia.
Amy Acker once posed for a photo shoot for Femme Fatales magazine for the February 2004 issue.
Amy Acker once posed for FHM in March 2003.
Amy Acker once landed a pilot for MTV's Hell House, but the series was never picked up.
Amy enjoys such sports as skiing, horseback riding and golf.
In 2000, Amy was rumored to be dating actor Joseph Scarimbolo.
Her stage credits include productions of The Tempest and Much Ado About Nothing.
Amy Acker appeared on How I Met Your Mother alongside actress Alyson Hannigan. Alexis Denisof has also featured in several episodes of the show. They have all previously appeared alongside each other on Angel.
Amy made her acting debut at SMU in 1998.
Amy became a fully credited cast member for the last 8 episodes on the last season of Alias.
Amy won the 2003 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her portrayal of Fred on Angel.
Amy was nominated for a Leon Rabin award in 1999 for "Outstanding Performance by an Actress in A Lead Role" for her performance in the play Therese Raquin.
Amy Acker appeared in such movies as The Accident, Groom Lake, Catch Me If You Can and The Novice.
Amy enjoys traveling, reading and yoga when not working.
Amy is a Sagittarius.
Amy graduated from college with a B.F.A..
Amy discovered her love for acting in college and enrolled in theater classes.
Amy studied fine arts at the Southern Methodist University. She started at SMU in 1995.
Amy has stated that her favorite drink is green Gatorade.
When Amy tried out for the part of Fred on Angel she was so nervous that she let her natural Texan accent out. She thought that she blew the audition because of the accent, but the creators of the show loved the accent and asked her to keep it for her role.
Amy was a model for J.Crew's 1998 Spring catalog.
Amy wanted to do ballet, but she had to have a knee surgery due to a severe spider bite while she was in her teens, which shattered her dreams of becoming a ballerina. She is in the medical journal as the only person to have the injury of being bitten by a spider and being paralyzed from the neck down.
Amy is the oldest of four children in her family.
Amy has stated that one of her favorite movies is Moulin Rouge.
Before Amy started her acting career, she studied modern jazz and ballet.
Amy graduated in 1995, from Lake Highlands High School.
Amy was cast for a role in the television show The Unit, but they later recast for her part.
Her son, Jackson James Carpinello, was born in January, 2005.
Amy was married to actor James Campinello as of April 25th, 2003.
Amy Acker: Working with William Shatner was definitely an experience.
Amy Acker: For all my life growing up, I thought I wanted to be a ballerina. And then I got knee surgery in high school so I couldn't dance, and I started taking acting in high school, I guess my sophomore year. Right after that, I knew that was what I wanted.
Amy Acker: (Amy on first landing the role of Fred on Angel) At first, I thought I was just doing three episodes. I had a normal audition and at the final call-back, I was the only person there, so I kind of thought I was the one who got it. They said that they were looking for another girl character for the show, but they didn't know who it was going to be. So we kind of convinced them to use me. Joss Whedon wrote a little screen test and I went in a filmed that with J. August Richards and Alexis Denisof, and found out about a day later.
Amy Acker: (thoughts on the ending of Angel) I keep being the only one who cries, then I make everyone else cry and, I feel bad.
Amy Acker: (on her characterfrom Angel) Fred loves junk food, so yesterday I got to eat ice-cream. I'm always getting snacks on set. The first day, my room on the set had Taco Bell wrappers all over the floor, so you can see she has been excited to get back and have tacos.
Amy Acker: (On dancing when she was younger) While growing up, I was pretty shy, and dance was a great way to express things without having to talk in front of people.
Amy Acker: (on her thoughts about what she wanted in a man) I want a guy who likes to be climbed on, I love to hang on to people literally.
Amy Acker: (on being on the set of Angel) There was something funny going on pretty much every day. Pretty much any time Andy was on set he had great fun! We would always make fun of him because he had certain things he would do. Like he would do the double takes that Lorne does, then we would have this thing where we would see if get him to do a quadruple take! So we would always do little things, and he would always say little things that we would make fun of.
Amy Acker: (on playing drunk in the Angel episode "Life of the Party") That was the funniest thing, because I was talking to Alexis and I was saying, 'now are you going to be really drunk or just a little drunk?', and he was like, 'well I'm not going to do anything crazy...', and we went to rehearse the first scene and he was all 'hurgh.' I was like, 'Oh, so you've developed this whole character thing, so I should probably have done something other than pretend that I'm sleepy.' So we sort of just played with that all day, and it just got progressively crazier as the day went on.
Amy Acker: (On what may have happened on season six of Angel) I think it was gonna be a continuation of the finale. With us fighting all of these people on our own and going out against these evil Soprano mafia things. We're trying to kill these people. I think it would have been really interesting. According to Joss, Illyria survived the finale.
Amy Acker: (on meeting Alyson Hannigan on Angel when Alyson guest starred in the episode "There's No Place Like Plrtz Glrb") This is our first time meeting each other. She's pretty cool so I'm hoping that Joss will maybe make me a witch or something too.
(Amy on Wesley's (Alexis Denisof) death scene from the show Angel)
Amy Acker: With Wesley's death scene, that was his final day of working on Angel so everyone was kind of in shock that we were cancelled and it was my last time to work with Alexis. So it was hard, but I guess that one lasted about two hours and the other one was 14 hours.
(Amy on how she feels about singing when asked if she would sing on Angel)
Amy Acker: I can sing. Whether or not I sing well is another thing. I'm not a singer.
(Amy's thoughts on the Angel episode "A Hole in the World")
Amy Acker: Joss and Alexis and I went out to do the commentary for the DVD and we sat there for 20 minutes and everyone was so sad that we didn't even say anything! The guy in the booth was like, 'Erm shall I rewind it, because someone needs to talk on this thing?' We had to start over and do it again.
(On her first day of work on Angel)
Amy Acker: On the first episode, I was just in Cordy's vision, so I didn't have any lines or anything. The first day I worked with anyone in the cast was when we were doing the screen test to see if I was going to be a regular. It was pretty nerve-wracking, because Joss had written it and said, 'We want to see how everyone likes you and if you get along with the cast and stuff too.' So no only was I nervous about the acting, but I was hoping everyone would like me and that I'd click with them! It's kind of out of your control.
(Amy on her karaoke scene on the Angel episode "That Old Gang of Mine")
Amy Acker: That was horrifying! It was very scary. I have this problem that I usually cry when I sing, so I was like, 'Please give me a sad song!' But I made it through.
(Amy on the Buffy the Vampire Slayer musical episode, "Once More, With Feeling")
Amy Acker: The Buffy musical is so great and amazing! I would actually love to do something like that. J.'s trying to get them to do some kabuki-something or Angel-the-sitcom!
(Amy on traveling)
Amy Acker: I love it! I lived in Tokyo for a while and I've been to Paris, and pretty much all over the United States. I went to England quite a few years ago and then I just went back while my sister and I were in Paris. All of the people from the show were over there for a Buffy/Angel convention, so I got to see them and hang out with them while they were doing that.
(Amy on her first reaction to Fred becoming a regular on Angel)
Amy Acker: I was kind of worried about Fred becoming a regular. My old roomie is a big Buffy fan and she said 'I was on the website and people are not excited about a new character joining the show.' It was before I'd even started, so I was like 'Oh, no!' But it seems that everyone has been responding well to it.
(Amy on shooting Angel episode "Billy")
Amy Acker: Alexis is so much fun to work with and I was really scared most of the time we were shooting that. There wasn't a lot of acting going on there. Both Alexis and J. were pretty scary. When J. broke that chair, grabbed the leg, then stormed at my face! I had no idea he was going to do that. Add to that the fact that the hotel where we filmed those scenes was in downtown LA in the middle of the night, and there was nobody else around. It was just a scary place to begin with. Scary because you're in a deserted hotel at 5:00 in the morning, being chased by someone with an axe!
(Amy on her and Alexis Denisof's dance scene being cut from Angel episode "Waiting in the Wings")
Amy Acker: I think Alexis might have paid Joss off, so that no one had to see him in his tights! But really, it was so sad when it was cut. Joss called Alexis and me and was like, 'I am the worst person in the world.' He said, 'I wrote this whole episode based on this one dance number and it just doesn't fit into the story.'
(Amy on life after becoming a regular on Angel)
Amy Acker: I don't sleep near as much. Other than not auditioning all the time and having a job that I go to all the time and constantly learning new scripts, I haven't had a lot of changes. I've only been recognized one time. Maybe it'll start to change more as the show goes on, but I'm pretty much living the same kind of life.
(Amy on her first impression of her character Fred on Angel)
Amy Acker: I didn't really have one. My audition scene ended up being very different than what the character actually ended up being. I was just really excited to play a different character than I'd played before, someone fun and quirky, yet still vulnerable.
(Amy on her favorite moments playing Illyria on Angel)
Amy Acker: I liked beating up Spike so much. That was a lot of fun. That was the first time I ever got really beat up one of the boys. I loved the Illyria stuff in the last episode with Wesley, switching back between Fred and Illyria.
(Amy on her thoughts about Angel's moving to Sunday nights on the WB)
Amy Acker: I think it'll be good for us. We did well on Mondays, and Sundays was fine. So hopefully everyone will know that we moved and come watch us there.
(Amy on her character Fred's interaction with the character of Angelus, Angel's soulless counterpart, on Angel)
Amy Acker: I do not like Angelus. He makes sure of it early on. He tries to do everything to make sure that we all hate him, so it works.
(Amy on working with Angel guest star Eliza Dushku in the series fourth season)
Amy Acker: She's great! Fred and Faith haven't had too much interaction. But it's a good, you know, tough energy to have on the set.
(Amy on her thoughts about Golf)
Amy Acker: I'm horrible at golf! It's pretty stressful if your missing puts and hitting the ball all over the place but I suppose it's nice to be outside. I don't mind that I'm bad at it. I still enjoy myself.
Amy Acker: (on life in LA) There's not much to dislike about it. Although I'm not really into the LA scene, I don't go to cool bars or premieres. Everyone is an actor and talks about acting, which can be a bit overwhelming.
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