Amanda Laura Bynes (born April 3, 1986) is an American actress and former show host on Nickelodeon and singer. After appearing in several successful television series on Nickelodeon in the mid-to late 1990s and early 2000s, Bynes transitioned to a film career, starring in several films aimed at teenage audiences, including She’s the Man (2006) and Hairspray (2007).
Amanda Bynes has been described by The Boston Globe as having an “Everygirl” appeal, embodying “both everything her teen fans dream of being and everything they know they really are, and they love her for it.”In 2006, she was named one of Teen People’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25”, and in 2007, was on the Forbes list as the 5th highest paid celebrity under 21 earning $2.5 million.
Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks, California, the daughter of Lynn (n�e Organ), a dental assistant and office manager, and Rick Bynes, a dentist who also practiced stand-up comedy. Bynes has two older siblings, Tommy (born 1974), a chiropractor, and Jillian (born 1983), who has a Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA and has also acted. Her maternal grandparents are from Toronto, Ontario. Bynes’s father is Catholic and her mother is Jewish, and Bynes has referred to herself as Jewish though “not that religious”.
Bynes graduated from Thousand Oaks High School’s independent study program (though she attended La Reina High School in Thousand Oaks for some time) and has expressed a desire to attend New York University in the near future. She briefly moved into an apartment in Hollywood, California, but has since returned to her family home. Bynes is interested in drawing (She once painted a portrait of David Letterman as a gift to him.) and fashion design, having commented that she is “the girl whose biggest nightmare would be to lose my makeup bag while traveling.”
In 2007 she spoke out against becoming another wild Hollywood star. “I think I’ll go out as much as I’ve ever gone out… which is not a lot. I like to dance and stuff, but drinking isn’t good for you in every way. It’s not good for your skin; it makes you feel horrible. So, drinking-wise, no”. She reinforced these ideas throughout the summer of 2007, on the talk show circuit, and in many press interviews. She told Access Hollywood, “I like being with my family and friends, and I don’t need to be out at the clubs.”In an interview in December 2007, Bynes detailed how her parents taught her about alcohol.