It’s been eight years since she announced her shock retirement from acting.
And now, after years of shunning the public eye, Amanda Bynes is opening up about the events that led to her dramatic downward spiral.
In a rare interview with Paper Magazine, Bynes, now a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, has spoken about her plans to return to acting, her struggles with drug addiction and life in the public eye.
After skyrocketing to fame with her own Nickelodeon children’s comedy program The Amanda Show in 1999, Bynes soon went on to star in films.
But although many remember Bynes for her role in the 2006 film She’s The Man alongside Channing Tatum, the 32-year-old doesn’t look back on the film fondly.
Instead, seeing herself portrayed as a man sent her into a “deep depression”.
“When the movie came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for 4-6 months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,” Bynes told Paper Magazine.
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“I’ve never told anyone that,” she added.
“It just really put me into a funk.”
Although Bynes had a better experience with the film Hairspray, her role in Easy A in 2010 ultimately convinced her to unexpectedly retire from acting at just 24 years old.