Where is Amanda Bynes now?

She was the queen of teen comedies

Amanda Bynes then and now

by Nathan Katnoria |
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If you’re a '90s kid, chances are Amanda Bynes was a staple on your TV growing up. The actress rose to fame just before the turn of the millennium as a child star on Nickelodeon’s All That before bagging her own series called The Amanda Show, where she hosted and starred in a series of sketches as iconic characters like Judge Trudy and Penelope Taynt.

The Amanda Show also starred teen faves Drake Bell and Josh Peck, who went on to star in another Nickelodeon classic Drake and Josh.

But it wasn't all smooth sailing as, like many young stars put under the limelight at an early age, Amanda suffered a breakdown in 2012, ending in multiple arrests and a well publicised feud with Lindsay Lohan.

Amanda Bynes The Amanda Show
Amanda with the cast of The Amanda Show ©Nickelodeon

Amanda Bynes conservatorship

Following her breakdown, Amanda was placed under a conservatorship in 2013. Like Britney Spears, this meant that her freedom was severely restricted and she's currently under the protection of the courts at the request of her mum, Lynn Bynes, who is her legal guardian.

However, unlike Britney, Amanda has received nowhere near the level of public outcry and in September 2021 it was confirmed that her conservatorship would be extended for another two years.

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Speaking to US Weekly at the time, her lawyer said, "Everyone would love to see Amanda not under a conservatorship. I think that is the goal between myself, her mother, her father and her care providers.

"Amanda would love to be unconserved [sic]. She’s expressed it over and over. The timing is not right at the moment, so she’s working toward that direction. We all are working toward that direction, and one day we all hope to see it."

It was after an incident in 2013 where Amanda was detained in police custody for starting a fire that her parents, Lynn and Rick first filed for a conservatorship.

What movies was Amanda Bynes in?

Amanda Bynes What A Girl Wants
Amanda Bynes with Colin Firth in What A Girl Wants ©Warner Bros

After making her movie debut at 16 in Big Fat Liar, Amanda became the queen of teen comedies with (Oscar-worthy, if you ask us) performances in What A Girl Wants, She's The Man (alongside a pre-Magic Mike Channing Tatum), Hairspray and Easy A.

But Easy A would turn out to be her last acting role to date as she announced she would be taking an indefinite hiatus from acting shortly after.

"Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem," she tweeted at the time.

"If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it. I know 24 is a young age to retire, but you heard it here first."

Amanda Bynes in She's The Man

In case you were living under a rock in 2006, She's The Man saw Amanda as Viola, who attends her brother's elite boys only private school in disguise as him. There, she falls in love with school hottie Duke (played by Channing Tatum and let's be honest, who WOULDN'T fall in love with Channing Tatum?).

Amanda Bynes in Hairspray

In 2007, she turned her hand to musical theatre as she played the best friend role in a reboot of 60s musical Hairspray.

Amanda Bynes in Easy A

In 2010, Amanda starred alongside future Oscar winner Emma Stone in Easy A. The film has gone on to achieve a cult status and a loyal fanbase. While the film helped propel Emma into stardom, it marked Amanda's last acting role, with her announcing her indefinite hiatus shortly after.

What happened between Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron?

Amanda and Zac starred alongside each other in Hairspray in 2007 but six years later, she hit out at the former High School Musical star on Twitter.

In a series of bizarre tweets about celebrities including Drake, Rihanna and Jay Z, Amanda wrote, "@zacefron has an ugly face."

The tweet was later deleted and the former child star issued an apology a year later (sort of) when she tweeted, "By the way I just want to tweet that Zac Efron is not ugly."

Amanda Bynes and Zac Efron

What did Channing Tatum say about Amanda Bynes?

Channing Tatum, who played Amanda’s love interest in She’s The Man, has had only good things to say about her.

After Amanda revealed she’d campaigned for the then-unknown heartthrob to be cast alongside her in the film, Channing said, "I’m so happy she’s killing it again and just back on the right track. . . She’s so talented and so special."

Talking about working with her, he continued, "She was just so alive. When I say you never knew what was going to come out of her mouth . . . She was just on fire. I haven’t seen her in so long. I love her, and I hope she’s doing good."

What happened to Amanda Bynes?

Amanda Bynes arrested mugshot
Amanda Bynes was arrested in 2012 ©Getty

Amanda Bynes' breakdown

After revealing she was taking a break from acting, Amanda’s personal life took a turn for the turbulent when she was arrested for driving under the influence in West Hollywood. In 2013, she was charged with reckless endangerment and marijuana possession. All charges were dropped in 2014, although she received three years probation for the DUI.

The former actress was arrested again for a separate incident in 2013 after allegedly starting a fire on a strangers’ drive. She was then hospitalised under a 72-hour mental health evaluation and her parents filed for a conservatorship over her affairs.

A year later, Amanda announced on Twitter that she had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and manic depression.

Did Amanda Bynes really get a face tattoo?

Yep. She has two, actually.

Amanda had a tattoo of a heart inked on her cheek in December 2019. Just weeks later, she unveiled a second tattoo of a smaller black heart above her eyebrow.

Amanda Bynes Face tattoo

Wait, wasn’t Amanda Bynes pregnant?

Amanda and her fiancé Paul shared matching baby scan photos on Instagram in March 2020 sparking rumours they were expecting their first child, but her lawyer David Esquibias later insisted she wasn’t pregnant.

"Amanda is not pregnant and is not in treatment for any addiction," he said in a statement.

Where is Amanda Bynes now?

After a break from the limelight, Amanda returned to the public eye in 2018 with an interview with Paper and shared her intentions to get back into acting.

She continues to maintain a relatively low profile but revealed on Twitter that she’d graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in 2019.

How old is Amanda Bynes now?

Amanda was born on 3 April 1986. At the time of writing, she’s 35 years old.

What does Amanda Bynes look like now?

Amanda’s look has changed quite a bit over the years. As well as her aforementioned face tattoos, she regularly switches up her hair colour.

The former actress has also deleted all the pictures from her Instagram.

The only remaining picture of her on social media was taken in September 2019 and shows Amanda sporting bubblegum pink hair.

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Who is Amanda Bynes’ fiancé Paul Michael?

Amanda Bynes fiancé Paul Michael

Amanda announced she was engaged to Paul Michael on Valentine’s Day in February 2020. According to E! News, Amanda and Michael met in rehab and had been dating for a few months before their engagement.

The pair briefly split just three months after announcing their engagement, but reconciled a day later.

In December 2020, Paul said, "We go on walks and work every day, like to get coffee, and talk about living together one day. We are limited to what we can do in this pandemic so even if we want to do more, we are limited.

"[We plan on] spending the holidays together for a family dinner, also going to plan the wedding after we live together. "

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Is Amanda Bynes in rehab?

After four years of sobriety, Amanda relapsed and entered a rehab facility for treatment in March 2019.

She checked out of the facility in December 2019 and moved back in with her parents while looking for a home of her own. Months later, in February 2020, Amanda revealed she and her fiancé Paul had both been sober for a year.

What is Amanda Bynes’ net worth in 2021?

According to WealthyGenius, Amanda Bynes has a net worth of $3million as of 2021.

Is Amanda Bynes on Instagram and social media?

Amanda is on Twitter and Instagram, although she rarely posts to her followers.

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