Amy Smart

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Amy Smart

Born

3/26/1976, Topanga Canyon, California, USA

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9.2
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Amy Smart, born Amy Lysle Smart on March 26, 1976 in Topanga Canyon, California, is an American actress and former model. Smart originally studied to be a ballet dancer for nearly a decade before deciding to become an actress. Her first acting role came in 1996 when she…more

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    • Amy: A thing I've learned, is how the best people, especially some of the legends are really just people. You have the larger-than-life image of them, and then you realize that they're not trying to be that way. It actually brings up my own confidence. You realize they're just people too. And if they can do it, maybe you can too.

    • Amy: I think that life is about growth. You continue to grow and progress, hopefully. I think in your past, you go through your insecurity stages, and not feeling good enough, or accepted or whatever, and to know that now, and to go back would have been pretty cool.

    • Amy: (about director Todd Phillips) He definitely is just more confident as a director now and he brings a level of calmness and focus. He just knows what he wants comedically. It's great to work with somebody confident in that way.

    • Amy: I think the most gratifying for me was really the one with the heroine junkie prostitute because it was something that I really had to dive into and just go there and be 100 percent committed to it. I did a lot of work on that. We actually went to go see the behavior in this little section of Vancouver that's like the highest populated heroine using section in all of Northern America because of the port from Asia. We got to witness a lot of really messed up people.

    • Amy: I think that as you get older, you learn to live in yourself more securely. [You] become more confident and sure of who you are.

    • Amy: (about director Todd Phillips) He's flexible but at the same time he's a good director because he knows what he's looking for. And, to me, I don't particularly like directors who don't have a clear vision and he does. He just keeps getting better and better as a director.

    • Amy: (about Ryan Reynolds) Ryan was absolutely wonderful to work with. He's so talented and smart and spontaneous. I think what worked was that we both were really comfortable with each other and willing to just play.

    • Amy: (about Ryan Reynolds) Ryan was really fun to work with and there were moments.

    • Amy: (about filming in Canada) It was so freezing where you literally ran from the car inside the hotel and felt the cold catch up with you. We had all these heat packets just taped or stickered to our bodies when doing the outdoor scenes.

    • Amy: (about Ryan Reynolds) He's just so funny. He feels sort of like Jim Carrey to me. There's something similar, I think. But I also think Ryan is great at bringing his heart to a scene when it calls for it. But that car scene was really hard to do.

    • Amy: (about Anna Faris) She was great. I didn't work with her that much because we didn't have that many scenes, but the scenes that we did have - like our fight - she was just great with that big long purple jacket and her hair. I thought she did a great job with her character.

    • Amy: Roger [Kumble] directing, he's really about instead of just cutting and re-starting, he's like, 'Take it again, take it again,' while the camera is rolling. He kept it really spontaneous and fun; sometimes really over the top and other times more toward what we were trying.

    • Amy: (about Canada) I'm from Los Angeles where it doesn't get that cold and I got off the plane and it was negative 52 degrees with a wind chill factor. I've never even gotten close to experiencing that.

    • Amy: I was always watching one of my friends, Vinessa Shaw, who started acting when she was very young and ironically, got the good-girl role in The '70s. First I studied ballet, and when I danced on stage I loved the attention. Then I finally took the leap and enrolled in an acting class, and I was hooked.

    • Amy: I get recognized a lot for Felicity. I guess people sort of get hooked on their favorite series and watch them religiously. When fans of Felicity see me, it's like they know me.

    • Amy: (about her role in Varsity Blues) People still think I'm the one who had sex with a guy and lots of whipped cream. That girl was actually my friend Ali Larter. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that we're both blond.

    • Amy: Sometimes you just have to take charge. I remember that, when I was doing Felicity it looked like it would conflict with The '70s. I really wanted the chance to play this wild party girl on the miniseries, but I also knew that getting pregnant on Felicity was something I had to do. Finally I called up J.J. Abrams, the Felicity producer and I told him I really wanted to do both and I needed him to help me. That little phone call kept me on the show. I realized how important it was to speak up and not get caught in having an agent or somebody else speak for you. I charged ahead, and I got what I wanted.

    • Amy: (about playing a pregnant character) I had to put on this pregnant suit, just looking down at my big belly was wild and kind of exciting. I want to have kids eventually, and so I'd go, 'Wow, this is what I'd look like.'

    • Amy: Growing up I was sort of a tomboy. I was the one skating with the boys. I even played Little League with them. I was the only girl on the team, and they called me 'Smarty Pants.' So I've never had any trouble getting along with a bunch of guys.

    • Amy: (about her ice skating skills) I took some lessons. That was fun. I took some lessons here and then went up there. I did some of the skating and my stunt double did part. My mom was actually in ice skating. She competed a lot so she was excited that I got to learn how to be an ice skater.

    • Amy: Vinessa Shaw suggested me as a replacement in a photo shoot, and I got the job. Suddenly I was getting assignments to travel places like Italy, France, Mexico and Tahiti. I wasn't a cover girl, but I was able to pay for my first car and my first apartment. I never worried about getting pigeonholed as a model, because I wasn't getting that much attention.

    • Amy: I met some single young women who kept their babies. I used to wonder how they could make that kind of mistake and get pregnant. Now I'm much more forgiving, because I realize the love they feel for that child. I have a lot more compassion, which was a huge learning lesson in itself.

    • Amy: (about her first topless scene) I'd never done nudity before, so I was a little nervous. Then the director, Todd Phillips, told me that he would never forget watching Phoebe Cates drop her top in Fast Time At Ridgemont High. He said it changed his life. I guess that made me feel better.

    • Amy: I did one action film. It was my first...well at the time I thought it was like my first big role in a film 'cause I was one of the leads. But it turned out to be this horrendous film. 85% of my lines were dubbed. I was in Europe and they called and basically said 'Fly home tomorrow because we need to have the final version in next week.' And I said 'No, I'll be home in a week.' I thought they were bluffing. I figured that they'd wait for me because 85% of my lines is a big chunk. So I called back and asked 'So, are they gonna wait?' And they were like 'No. You know what? They've gone ahead and hired three other people that sound like you. ' So I was like 'Fine! I'll fly home tomorrow.' But they said 'We can't cancel these people because we've already hired them.' And they added 'We do this in Hollywood all the time and nobody can tell.' So I was like 'Okay.' I just let them do and it was horrible. It was made for overseas and I really took it seriously. I thought it was gonna be a really interesting film. It's like this action packed, Vietnamese Mafia style shoot 'em up movie.

    • Amy: I just sort of take as it comes, and I'm pretty selective. I want to have a good reason for everything I take. And it just so happens that I have two comedies back to back.

    • Amy: There's something about blondes that triggers a lightheartedness. People can't take you seriously. Brunettes are more mysterious.

    • Amy: Well, what is acting but the study of human behavior? And that's so fascinating to me. On top of learning about every emotional aspect and living through that when you play a character, but I'm really intrigued by people in general. People watching is the best. But it started off more intellectual because I didn't really have much practice at it. I just learned by the books and by other people's experiences and watching moves and being inspired by that. So it all just kind of really fell into place for me.

SUBMIT REVIEW
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    6.0
    Amy Smart has proven that she is really a talented actress and can pull off both comedic and dramatic roles and well as anyone. In every role she really makes you believe that she actually is the character she's portraying. This sense of realism is what makes her really stand out above the masses of the rest of actresses today. My favorite movie of her's is "Varsity Blues."
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