Amanda Bynes, 24 years old, is “retired” now


Did you know that Amanda Bynes was on Twitter? Wait… let me start this at a different point. Do you know who Amanda Bynes is? She was a kid star on Nickelodeon who then transitioned to teen and tween films like She’s the Man and What a Girl Wants. One of her last films was a supporting part in Hairspray. Currently, she doesn’t have a lot going on other than another supporting part in the Emma Roberts film Easy A, which comes out in September. No other projects on the horizon. I also know who she is because she’s taken to showing up on red carpets wearing Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan’s revealing fashion rejects, and because Amanda has a thing for tweeting about her love for black dudes.

At first, Amanda’s Twitter this weekend was just more of the same – she was just tweeting some nonsense about respect and how she loves black dudes, and then she started in about how she was “retiring”. She’s 24 years old.


[From Amanda’s Twitter]

Ugh. Sure, I can totally see how a former child star who isn’t having the kind of career transition she wanted ends up saying something like “f-ck it, I’m retiring.” But it is a little funny, considering she has absolutely no takers, no one really interested in giving her work at this point. She used to be a wholesome little thing – now it’s like she’s a less screwed up Lindsay Lohan? No, that’s not fair. But Amanda has tried a more adult look and vibe, and she’s still got no takers. Still, people are interested in this story, so maybe she still has a fan base. Or maybe people are only interested in how a 24 year old girl “retires.” I hope she saved her money.


Amanda on September 13, 2009. Credit: WENN.

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  1. vi says:

    i think it’s unfair to hate on her for “retiring” it doesn’t mean she’s not going to work again it just means that she’s not planning to act again. it is a pity that she’s not getting work. she’s not a terrible actress, definitely not any worse than your usual starlet, she seems to have some sort of head on her shoulders, she’s pretty etc. seems a bit unfortunate.

  2. mary jane says:

    I thought she was SO talented…. good comedic timing and funny. I said to my kids “she’s gonna be big”.

    I can’t stand teen stars but Amanda was different. I’m shocked to read this. Can not believe her career hasn’t taken off.

    I always thought she was absolutely adorable.

  3. Maritza says:

    We’ll probably hear about her recording some kind of music, I bet she wants to be a singer.

  4. kelbear says:

    I don’t think she is that bad of an actress but maybe she realized she just wasn’t going to get a serious role.

  5. malachais says:

    Such a pretty girl, though it looks like she has had some work done. Those twitter updates are hilarious, I hope her account got hacked or something. EEK

  6. Adrienne says:

    Emma STONE, not Roberts.

  7. Sadie says:

    Why are you so mean in this article? I don’t get it. She wasn’t in any scandals, she is somewhat talented and funny and if she’s not happy acting I understand her. I don’t get your hate.

  8. locagirl says:

    I agree with Sadie. Why so much hate? Amanda Bynes wasn’t the greatest of actresses, but she wasn’t a hot, inappropriate mess in real life a la Lohan, Miley, etc.

  9. serena says:

    She looks a bit like Miley Cyrus.
    However I don’t blame her, maybe she’s the smart one who knows?

  10. kiko says:

    amanda is such a sweet girl!!!i prefer her from those dumb disney girls….

  11. CC says:

    She was so pretty…but WTF is up with her lips in that first photo?

  12. shadi says:

    thankkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

  13. lucy2 says:

    Kind of sounds like a child wrote those updates!
    If her career is not going the way she wanted and she’s recognizing that and moving on to something else, a new career, good for her. She probably has the money to do so, and if that’s the case, no point in struggling at something you don’t even like.
    If she’s “retiring” and will do nothing but party all day, then that’s a huge mistake, and she’ll probably blow through whatever money she has.

  14. QQ says:

    Ok Real question here is:

    What happened to this chick’s face?

    Why does she look like the VP of int./ affairs of the Lollipop guild (of course Giuliana Rancic is the president) wasn’t she NORMAL looking?? Maybe you are not getting any jobs cause you look run of the mill starved orange stick with tits with that unflattering-for-your-real-complexion-blonde and a huge mismatched head for your skinny body

    Maybe… I mean Lindsay Lohan is still around to fill that Niche and all

  15. viper says:


  16. ctkat says:

    She’s been doing the actress thing since 1996, when she started on “All That” on Nickelodeon. She was 10, btw.

    I think the comparison to Lindsay and Paris is a bit unfair- she’s certainly dressing more “adult”, but that’s probably because she’s, you know, an adult now. She’s never had a whiff of scandal about her, and the most controversial thing she has said in a 14 year career is that she’s attracted to black men (not that controversial, actually).

    And her last role was as the lead in “Sydney White”, which had a poor box office but was released in over 2,100 theaters in 2007. Since then she’s done a few tv things, and then “Easy A”. I don’t know why her career hasn’t taken off, she is a pretty good comedic actress.

    It must be hard for comedic actresses in Hollywood, because Amanda, Kristen Bell, and Anna Faris have all had pretty lackluster careers so far…

  17. I think she needs to be cast on a fun sitcom like – is it Big Bang or something. She is kind of the Jr. Aniston, funny, but not able to really hold on to a movie role.

  18. Obi Von says:

    I am sorry but this article is just poorly written or the person who wrote it was offended by Ms Bynes in some way. I have only seen her once on Nikolodean while flipping chanels and i thought she was a ray of sunshine and a WAY better actress than most her age. I am glad she has made such a mature decision i only wish the person who wrote this artile was mature as well.

  19. Mairead says:

    I used to really enjoy her Nickolodeon show. It was funny, silly but not that dumbed down or moronic. She has great comic timing. People are very despairing of comedy – usually because the films are so basic – but i would think comic acting can be harder than dramatic.

    That programme she had with Christina Applegate was pretty “meh” though.

    But what on earth has she done to herself? She used to look gorgeous and now she’s gone with the poorly-executed “sexah” look. Scrub that crap off your face Amanda, put on some decent clothes and step away from the Hohan nonsense.

  20. Ruby Red Lips says:

    Agreed with most posters – seems like this article has been written unneccesarily bitch’ly just because there is nothing else newsworthy to report on…

    Good luck to her!

  21. jover says:

    So true Viper but that would require intelligence, honesty, and pr ppl that aren’t on the gravy train. I like Amanda most talent and less annoying that most child “stars” but her cheeks look awful in that last pic. Apparently, no one in hollyweird can avoid the plastic.

  22. original kate says:

    i wonder why more young celebs don’t go to college? at least then they could have a different career if they want it.

  23. Allie says:

    i loved her so much before hairspray…i was so excited she was in it but she was so disappointing. It was like she lost all of her confidence and was to insecure to actually be FUNNY- which she was always so damn good at and was why she was hired for that part (which should have been perfect for her!) but now she just seems to care about looking pretty…ugh. She was so great in the amanda show, “shes the man” etc…but i think shes lost her mojo or something… 🙁

  24. Pinklette says:

    If there is an American remake of ‘The IT Crowd’ (oh please no) I would love to see her take the part of Jen. She’s got that perfect mix of funny and adorable.

  25. Obvious says:

    @Maired what show was she on with Christina Applegate. She had The one with jennie Garth for awhile, did i miss a show? If so I want ot catch up!

    I like amanda. She’s very inoffensive, she’s an adult and acts like it for the most part. I’m giving her a pass.

  26. Kim says:

    UMMMMM when was she ever acting? I dont think Disney show is serious acting gig. She disappeared a LONG time ago/we all thought she “retired” 10 years ago!

  27. Mairead says:

    @obvius – sorry, it was with Jenny Garth.
    Knew it was one of those 90s blondes.

  28. Patrice says:

    Ummm, sorry sweetheart, but being out of work for for several years doesn’t make you “retired” it makes you unemployed!

    When I first heard this I thought, what a joke! Here’s a girl who prob can’t get hired because she is no longer a marketable teen queen (which IS unfortuate for her, I’ll admit), and she’s going to proclaim that all of her lack of professional attention was by choice???

    Maybe it’s just me, but it seems like at 24 she’s just tired of trying to find work. Let’s check back in in a few years and see where shes at…Lol

  29. Jeri says:

    I don’t think anyone (not counting comments) is being mean. She likes to publicize her preferences & life (inlcuding the color men she prefers) on her twitter so she should not act surprised when bloggers & others respond to her comments/announcments. She also is a early morning twitterer like Lindsay. (Like after bars close) She was with Paris’ ex (Doug??) before Paris, he broke her heart.

  30. Shannon says:

    I don’t think Amanda is retiring because of lack of work. Actually, I’ve heard she does get a lot of offers, but since she refuses to do nude scenes and sex scenes, there aren’t a lot of options for her.

    I think she’s one of the few celebs who hasn’t sold out on her principles, and one of the few celebs who can really walk away from this. She’s not a famewhore like 99% of Hollywood, and as a result, she’s always seemed more human to me. I’m sure she has a good bit of cash tucked away and doesn’t need to work at all. She has starred in a lot of movies for the tween set.

    I say good on her, she’s getting out of the game while she’s young and still a normal, grounded person.

  31. normade says:

    I think she needs to retire from the plastic surgery. Her face is messssed up.

  32. Anti-icon says:

    Bye, bye. Won’t be missing you. Hope you next career gig is out of the public eye.

  33. Anj says:

    I used to like her. sad.

  34. denise says:

    What a beautiful girl. Good for her for getting out of Hollywood. Now go have a nice, normal life.

  35. Aspie says:

    This was an especially snarky article, jeez…

  36. Alexis says:

    Her and Anna Faris…they were so cute and just couldn’t deal! They didn’t wanna be cute funny girls, they wanted to be SEXY…but they just look fake.

  37. Emily says:

    @Pinklette, I just looked The IT Crowd up on IMDb, and it looks like it thankfully isn’t going ahead, thank god. Now I can await the release of season 4 with my faith in humanity restored.

    On topic, I always liked Amanda. Sure, she seems to overact a lot of the time, but she’s got good comedic timing and I’ve liked everything she’s been in. I always thought she’d have a good career ahead of her…

  38. omondieu says:

    I thought she was working on Hairspray 2. Kind of sad to read this. I thought she showed a lot of promise, and seemed like a pretty issue-free kid.

  39. GatsbyGal says:

    Maybe acting was what she wanted to do when she was a child, but now that she’s older she has a different dream?

    And maybe it’s not so much that no one will give her work, but that she’s not all that interested in looking for any? There’s probably TONS of direct-to-DVD crap she could star in or at least have a supporting role in. But it’s kinda looking to me like she just doesn’t want to anymore.

    A lot of child actors keep acting when they’re adults because it’s all they know how to do. But I think maybe Amanda Bynes is more interested in fashion design or going to college at this point.

  40. piglatinforcows says:

    why does her face look swollen? Looks painful.

  41. Isa says:

    Is she bulimic and that’s why her cheeks and jaw are so swollen?
    These tweets were around 3-4 in the morning, maybe she was drunk???

  42. CB Rawks says:

    I really liked her tv show with Jennie Garth, and that ran for several years.
    I think she should do sketch comedy.

  43. Jennifer says:

    I think the general consensus here, and I agree is, why so much hate towards her? She was a good actress for her age group and and was/is very funny.

    I love those tween/teen movies she did! She was a heck of a lot better then the Olsen twins when they starting doing tween stuff.

    I think that she just realized that she is not going to get far with her acting career and she would rather take the money and run, so to speak.

    She probably is interested in doing something different now.

  44. blahblahland says:

    what happened to her ugh..

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