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 2013, Bynes took to Twitter and posted: "I want @drake to murder my vagina."
During a 2017 interview, Diana Madison gave Bynes the opportunity to discuss the infamous tweet. Turns out the What a Girl Wants actress likes Drake but had a funny way of saying it. "I actually wasn't being insincere I was, like, saying 'murder my vagina.' I was serious, but I was also on drugs," explained Bynes. "So that was my way of saying, like, 'Let's do it, man!' But I was on drugs and trying to be hilarious."
Amanda Bynes began acting professionally when she was just seven years old. After her barrage of legal troubles and public meltdowns, she claimed that she was done with acting and ready to retire in 2010. In a recent interview, a new Amanda Bynes seemed to have had a change of heart. "I want to do TV, maybe a few guest spots on a show that I’m a fan of and maybe another TV show where I’m the star of in the future."
In a November 2018 interview with Paper, Bynes said she wants to jump back into acting "kind of the same way I did as a kid, which is with excitement and hope for the best." She doesn't want to limit herself by only going for certain roles, either.
"What's there to lose? I have no fear of the future. I've been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it's only up from here," she said.
In 2015, Amanda's lawyer David Esquibias told People magazine that the actress was doing well. The What I Like About You star had already been released from a psychiatric facility after receiving about one month of treatment and her legal troubles were mostly behind her.
In 2017, Esquibias also stated: "Her parents are thrilled with Amanda’s progress and how well she’s been doing. They have a great relationship and have a lot of faith in Amanda."
Amanda's relationship with her parents appears to be healthy, which is incredible progress considering the actress's past series of disturbing tweets. In December 2013, Bynes posted several allegations against her father Rick Bynes on her Twitter account:
"My dad was verbally and physically abuse to me as a child," she wrote. "He called me ugly as a child and then asked me if I wanted to have sex with him and i did not know how to respond and I said no and then I was forced to live with my dad which was a total nightmare."
"My dad fondled himself in front of me so many times that i started recording him on my phone in hopes of catching him saying or doing something inappropriate around me so I could get him arrested & put in jail for the rest of his perverted life," she wrote. "My mom knows that my father's literally and physically incestual towards his own daughter and the fact that she never called the police on Him embarrasses me to no end. So, today I am meeting with a lawyer to get a restraining order against my dad."
Bynes eventually did (sort of) recant the allegations she made against her father:
"My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he's the one that ordered them to microchip me."
It looks like Amanda learned her lesson the hard way. After two DUI arrests and two hit and run charges, the actress told Diana Madison that she has been sober since 2014.
Bynes spoke with Paper in November 2018, saying that this chapter of her life is in the past:
Those days of experimenting [with substances] are long over. I'm not sad about it and I don't miss it because I really feel ashamed of how those substances made me act. When I was off of them, I was completely back to normal and immediately realized what I had done - it was like an alien had literally invaded my body. That is such a strange feeling