A number of child stars ‘lost it’ by the time their adolescent years came around. Let’s face it, living in the spotlight is already a difficult lifestyle; add that to the general stresses of growing up and having to learn life lessons with the entire world watching…yep, it’s a lot.
Unfortunately, Amanda Bynes has become yet another addition to the many other stars that have plummeted since their peak. The former Nickelodeon cutie went through quite the spiral, but in case you missed a few steps along the way, we’ve compiled a timeline of exactly what has happened to Bynes on her way down.
Late 90’s: Amanda Bynes Kicks Off Her Career
Amanda Bynes kick started her career with her regular appearances on Nickelodeon’s hit comedy All That, which composed of a cast performing hilarious skits. After Bynes made a name for herself, her a spinoff—The Amanda Show—followed a very similar format. It was created with the same amount of absurdity and did not lack the laughs by any means.
2000-2010: Things Are Looking Good For Bynes
Amanda Bynes definitely reached a peak during this decade with her appearances in She’s The Man, What A Girl Wants, Hairspray, and Easy A. She even co-starred with Jennie Garth in the comedy series titled What I Like About You. Soccer girl, quirky sidekick, and religious saint; we could have sworn Bynes’ career was not slowing down anytime soon…
February 2010: Amanda All Grown Up
Bynes made a very bold statement that she was no longer Nickelodeon’s adorable comedic sensation when she posed in lingerie for Maxim for their February issue. I guess we all have to grow up sometime?
March 2010: Amanda Begins Losing It
Rumors of Bynes being fired from her involvement in the movie Hall Pass began to spread like wildfire. The actress was allegedly so “paranoid and fearful” on set that it affected the quality of the movie. However she insisted, on Twitter, she left because of schedule conflicts. Paranoid and fear of what? We’ll probably never know.
June 2010: Bynes Annonces Her Retirement
Bynes announces her “retirement” via Twitter writing, “I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heart it here first I’ve #retired. I don’t love acting anymore so I’ve stopped doing it … If I don’t love something anymore I stop doing it …Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem.” The announcement comes shortly before the release of Easy A, in which she portrays a Christian high schooler alongside Emma Stone.
July 2010: Just Kidding
Bynes takes it to Twitter, again, to retract her retirement and laughs it off as a joke.
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