People Mag: Amanda Bynes “has been a little lost” since her career faltered in 2008

I’ve been kind of surprised by the amount of ink that Amanda Bynes’s DUI arrest has generated. Maybe it was because Amanda got arrested just before a big holiday weekend and hers was the big “celebrity scandal” of the holiday? Or is it because we – the gossips – need another Lindsay Lohan to yell at, pity and hold in contempt? Those are real questions. Because while there are few people that disgust as much as Lindsay Lohan, I understand WHY her cracked-out shenanigans get so much attention. At one point, she was poised to be an A-list actress. At one point, she could carry a sizeable film and she actually had an enviable career, and she pissed, snorted and chugged it all away. Is Amanda in the same situation? Not really. She had success in television, but the past five years haven’t been that great for Bynes, career-wise. Supporting parts in Hairspray and Easy A. Some voice work. And lots and lots of clubbing and partying.

Something else surprising me – People Magazine, the Celebrity Bible, has been getting some interesting exclusives about Bynes. They had the interview with Bynes’s dad that I covered yesterday, in which Rick Bynes claimed his daughter was completely sober and she never ever drank. TMZ countered with a video of Amanda looking drunk as hell, being carried out of a club. Anyway, People Mag also got this interesting exclusive:

What led to Amanda Bynes’s surprising DUI arrest on Friday?

“This DUI was definitely just a serious lapse in judgment,” a source tells PEOPLE of the former Nickelodeon star.

“She hit a wall personally and professionally [in 2008] … I think she’s been a little lost since then,” the insider says of the actress, who dated Doug Reinhardt in 2009 and was linked to Liam Hemsworth shortly afterward.

But according to the 26-year-old’s father, Rick Bynes, his daughter doesn’t drink. He tells PEOPLE she was held in jail because “she was upset and very emotional.”

And a source tells PEOPLE that Bynes “seemed fine to drive” when she left the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood – where she is a regular and had dinner Thursday night before her arrest. She had alcohol, but “never seemed drunk,” the source says.

Bynes then went to Greystone Manor (where she’s also a regular), and was arrested after leaving there. Adds the source: “Bynes tried to come back to party [at the Standard] only hours after she was released from her DUI arrest,” but she is no longer welcome at the hotel.

Bynes was held overnight at the West Hollywood Sheriff’s department’s station following her arrest. Though authorities would not comment on her particular case, the sheriff’s station website states, “If the offense is alcohol or drug related, the suspect will stay at the sheriff’s station until he or she can safely care for himself or herself.”

Another source, who calls Bynes “a very sweet girl,” says, “[She] was raised in the industry and came up in the industry, so she has kind of a twisted head space in terms of social groups.”

Her dad, however, says, “She just chooses not to work, and because of that people go after her.”

In July 2010, Bynes reversed her Tweeted decision to retire from the entertainment business, telling PEOPLE a year later that she “just really needed some time off,” adding, “I’ve been acting since I was 7.”

[From People]

Ugh, that story made me sad. It makes me think that she’s not aggressively in-your-face like the Cracken. Like, the Cracken would have clipped the cop car, then when the cop tried to arrest her, she would have thrown her cocktail on him and started crack-squawking about bribes. Amanda just seems like a really messed up girl who doesn’t know which end is up. Of course, that’s not an excuse to drink-and-drive (or coke-and-drive, or what have you). Also – the fact that she tried to go back to The Standard AFTER she got out of jail- that says to me that she was downing cocktails all over the place. Just me?

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  1. normades says:

    I think Byrnes and Lohan are cut from the same fabric, but Amanda knew how to keep her sh*t tighter.

    • Talie says:

      True, I mean, I have no memory of her actively courting attention during her “retirement.” This is the most I’ve heard about her in years.

      I’ll say this, she is a gifted comedienne. She could’ve got through SNL a lot of better than Lohan.

    • QQ says:

      YES Normades : I get the exact same impression Down to the enabling parents and inflated sense of self.

      I’ll also say that i dont get how she is “a thing” granted i never deal with those grating ass Nickelodeon Disney kids (see: Hannah Montana and whomever else) as they all fall into the same gratting, overacting, loud, acting too grown, sassy category to me but this particularly unnatractive in the face girl I REALLY never did see the “it factor” or whatever you wanna call it

      • polk8dot says:

        I have to agree – though I never would have voiced it had she been still a kid – that she is really not attractive , at all. There is something SO WRONG with her face, I can’t even put a finger on it. For some reason, she looks as if she started the injections, ‘ala Nicole Kidman, when she was dang 21 or so. I mean, her eyes have practically disappeared into the chipmunk cheeks. Girl, do yourself a great favor and throw away the eyeliner. That black rim around your eyes is not flattering at all, actually it makes all the rest that’s wrong on your face stand out even more.

    • Kennedy says:

      It’s interesting because Amanda was poised to have a very similar career to LiLo (pre-Crackmageddon). She was the host of her own “improv-like” show on Nickelodeon (“The Amanda Show”) and was a series regular on “All That” which is a pretty big accomplishment especially for a child. She also had a show on the WB (“What I Like About You”) which I think did pretty well for its time slot. Plus, “What a Girl Wants” and “She’s the Man” made her a teen-queen of sorts. Basically, she had a very similar career trajectory as LiLo but sort of gave up (or Hollywood gave up on her) somewhere along the way.

      Another thing Lilo and her share… an addiction to terrible weave. Check that nasty hair out!

  2. Jazzmin says:

    Her actions and her career are in her control, these young girls act like the world owes them something. Raven Symone grew up in the same industry and she is doing wonderful.

  3. Marjalane says:

    I don’t know how accurate all the stories are about the abuse Amanda Bynes went through at Nickelodeon, but it’s no doubt that childhood stardom is the kiss of death most of the time- offhand I can’t think of any that came out normal!

    • Salam says:

      Stories of abuse? I hadn’t heard of any. Poor thing.

      • Lee says:

        I think a lot of the stories come from cdan and the commenter himmmm, so definitely take it with a grain of salt (I can’t allow myself to believe anything as bad as some of the stuff that has been said over there because I don’t want to believe in a world that enables child predators and rewards them with long-term contracts on children’s shows), but allegedly there are a few producers and tutors over at nick who prey on pretty much every child star that passes through.

        I think even without the wide-spread abuse implied by some of cdan’s blinds, it’s pretty obvious from watching the trajectory of most of the disney/nickelodeon tweens that something about the business is seriously damaging.

      • normades says:

        I’m not saying this relates to Amanda, but when Corey Feldman said a couple years back that pedophila was HWood’s greatest problem, I believe him.

        If you want to be seriously disturbed google the discussion about cdan/himmm that took place on the site Lipstick Alley. If even 10% of that stuff is true, someone needs to call the athorities on these people. I think himmm was trying to do something, but it went off when his credibility was shot.

  4. daz says:

    How can any of these families of the kids think hollywood is a great life seeing this is how almost all the ‘child stars’ turn out. All the money you make disappears down the plug hole spending it all on drugs then later rehab. IN the future ends up broke and deperately seeking a crap reality show. Is that a life ????????

  5. Zelda says:

    My eyes hit maximum rolling capacity with this one when she started twittering about her undying preference for black men, along with stories about her being a brat onset, walking around nude, trying to seduce co-stars husbands, etc. I don’t think I’d describe her as “sweet”. She strikes me as immature and self-centred. She has a total high-school-queen-bee aura about her.

  6. Franny says:

    She has great legs. She would look great in a cute short flowing dress. I loathe those stupid bandage dresses, especially that one that offers no support to her girls.

    Also, as a girl who has somewhat similar face features (smaller mouth, chubby cheeks, smaller eyes), I want to tell her that the raccoon makeup is doing her no favors at all.

  7. sup says:

    such a pity. i like her, i thought she was hilarious in that emma stone movie

  8. Mich says:

    I can’t speak for anyone else but my interest stems from the recent blind items supposedly about her. If they are true, she is every bit as bad if not worse than The Cracken. While The Cracken disgusts me, she is her own worst enemy and doesn’t actually set out to harm others (although that is most definitely the end result). If the blinds are true, Bynes is premeditated malicious and actually does set out to hurt others.

  9. lucy2 says:

    She’s a mess, and seems to have been for a while. She’s been good in a most of her roles that I’ve seen, but she needs to get her act together or she’ll become Lohan 2.0.

  10. Sm says:

    It’s hard for anyone in la these days if you aren’t alist, and don’t know who you are totally. Give her a break, she is human

  11. apsutter says:

    She seems like a total brat who is clearly ass deep in drug/alcohol abuse. Look at the pics with the ugly blue shoes. She’s all dolled up to look like a beauty but her face reveals that she’s a mess. No 20 something should have bags under their eyes like that. That said, I am digging those sunglasses in the header pic.

  12. Happy21 says:

    I hope that she comes out of this just fine and this isn’t the beginning of a downward spiral.

  13. molly says:

    How does she seem like a brat? And why. is she being compared to Lindsay lohan are u kidding me u get a dui and that means ur a drug addict? People would be sooo surprised at how many nonceleb teens rack up multiple duis. It doesnt mean she is some disturbed person. She rly is a great comic actress she has a lot of spark onscreen.

  14. Kim says:

    Child star with no real talent who didnt make it as an adult actress due ot lack of real talent and cant accept that. Sad.

  15. bns says:

    Not trying to rub salt into the wound, but didn’t her career falter way before 2008?

  16. Jayna says:

    I feel for her. I used to take my niece to her movies. She was great. After 18 and her face and body matured, her face kind of blew up. I saw her I’n a movie and she had a big face that didn’t do great on closeups. And her acting hadn’t changed, still kind of mugging for the camera. I think she would be good on a sitcom. But work did dry up and it must be a confusing time for her.

  17. Shelly says:

    She was super funny in Easy A.

  18. the original bellaluna says:

    I think “a little lost” is an understatement. It seems more to me like she’s turned to booze and drugs.

    (Someone, please correct me if I’m wrong.)

  19. d says:

    “…so she has kind of a twisted head space in terms of social groups.” What does that even mean? I need someone to define that.

    Bandage dress=bad. All-around eyeliner=bad.

    Children in show biz financially supporting their parents=very bad.

    I hope for her own sake she can check out of the biz for a while, do some normal person work, go to school, grow up, and shed the parasites. Then come back in about 2 years. She’s got enough talent to risk that, imo.