What happened to Amanda Bynes? The child actress turned movie star turned adult disaster appears to have turned a corner. She has spent the past five years out of the spotlight and away from the tabloids. Amanda Bynes recovery has been a long road, here’s what she’s up to today.
In a recent interview with Diana Madison, the Easy A actress says that she is three years sober, currently in fashion school, and hoping to get back into acting. Bynes got her start in show business when she was just seven years old. By the time she was 13, she had her own series on Nickelodeon called The Amanda Show. She would go on to star in the WB sitcom What I Like About You in 2002. Then, Amanda’s film career quickly went into overdrive with movies like Easy A and Hairspray.
Unfortunately, like many child actors, her career derailed because of personal issues. She was involved in two alleged hit-and-run accidents, was charged with two DUIs, was forced to enter a mental health facility, and had a very public meltdown on Twitter. Though Amanda Bynes has begun her journey to recovery, she reentered rehab in January 2019 to seek counseling, shortly after returning to the Hollywood spotlight.
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In June of 2017, the court decided that since Amanda Bynes had done so well over the past year that she could take back control over her personal finances. Amanda's mother Lynn had been acting as conservator for all of her daughter's financial dealings.
“The court felt, based on Amanda’s progress and her great relationship with her parents, there was no longer a need for court supervision of Amanda’s money and she and her family can handle her financial affairs privately,” said Bynes's attorney Nyree Kolanjian.
Bynes sat down for an interview with Diana Madison in June 2017. The Hairspray actress had been out of the spotlight for five years and looked well. One of the first things the pair discussed was Amanda's love of fashion and her future in the industry. "I've been going to school lately, fashion school, FIDM [the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising], and I love it. I've learned how to sew, I make patterns, and I want to start a clothing line in the future."
Bynes had previously failed out of FIDM in 2014 after attending the school for less than a year. This came just days after the actress's second DUI arrest. Her first arrest for DUI occurred in 2012 in West Hollywood after Bynes's BMW allegedly hit a police car. However, that charge was dismissed in 2014 in a plea deal where the actress was placed on three years probation.
In May 2013, the Easy A star showed up to court looking disheveled, wearing a blonde wig and gray sweatpants. Bynes allegedly made odd faces and even yelled at the media who were there. She was charged with "reckless endangerment, attempted tampering with evidence, and marijuana possession." There was also the allegation that Bynes threw a bong out of the window after cops showed up to her 36th Floor Manhattan apartment after detecting the smell of weed. Bynes insisted in court that she tossed a vase out of her window, not a bong.
In January 2014, Bynes was granted ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal.) Basically the child actress was given a pass by the court as long as she continued therapy and stayed out of trouble for six months. At that point, the case was dismissed. One of the issues with prosecuting the case was the police officers at the scene did not gather any evidence of a glass bong on the street.
The former Nickelodeon star talked to Diana Madison about what she's been up to lately. It sounds like Amanda is keeping herself fit, healthy, and even doing some good. "I hike, go spinning — I take spinning classes — and I feed the homeless and that’s been really interesting and fun," said Bynes.
The actress's good physical and mental health is nice to see considering it was only in 2013 when Bynes needed to be hospitalized on involuntary psychiatric hold after she was spotted with a gas can on a driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. There was also a small fire nearby. Deputies deemed the actress a danger to herself or others and transported Amanda to a mental health facility on a 72-hour mental lockdown.