Amanda Bynes Timeline 1996-2018: Then, Now & Future

From Nickelodeon’s All That to She Is The Man, Amanda Bynes has been on a roller coaster ride in Hollywood ever since her first rose to fame. Bynes has been out of the limelight for a few years but has now returned as she appeared on the cover of PAPER magazine on November 27, 2018. The publication’s executive editor Abby Schreiber has also shared the reasons behind their decision to choose the 32-year-old actress for the issue’s “Break the Internet” theme.

Let’s look back at Bynes’s evolution from child actress to troubled starlet to fashion school student in flashback journey below.


All That / Ask Ashley — 1996-2000

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In 1996, Bynes joined the cast of Nickelodeon’s sketch comedy series All That. She was hired to play a number of roles starting in the show’s third season. Bynes told the Los Angeles Times that she was seven while taking a comedy class for kids at the Comedy Store in Hollywood and was discovered two years later while taking classes at the Laugh Factory.


Figure It Out — 1997-1999

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After just one year on All That, Amanda also joined the cast of the children’s game show Figure It Out from 1997 to 1999. She was a panelist for four whole seasons and appeared in an impressive 52 episodes.


The Amanda Show — 1999-2002

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With the 1999-2002 Amanda Show, which was Bynes’s own Nickelodeon show, she had won the Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award for Favorite TV Actress three years in a row. During that time, Bynes also dated her co-star Taran Killam.


Big Fat Liar — 2002

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Bynes made her feature film debut in 2002’s Big Fat Liar, costarring Frankie Muniz. The movie, which also starred Paul Giamatti and Sandra Oh, had earned $48 million domestically.


What I Like About You — 2002-2006

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From 2002 to 2006, Bynes played Jennie Garth’s teenage sister Holly on the TV sitcom What I Like About You. She was a main character on the show throughout all four seasons. The sitcom aired on the WB network and headlined the network’s Friday night comedy lineup. Also, after her breakup with Taran Killam, Bynes began to date her co-star Nick Zano.


What A Girl Wants — 2003

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The 2003 movie What A Girl Wants was Bynes’s second movie. She played the lead role of Daphne Reynolds Dashwood alongside Colin Firth, her on-screen father. Bynes’s character travels to Britain in search of her biological father, only to find that he is a well-to-do politician running for election to the House of Commons until the appearance of a child he had with an unwed woman threatens to derail his campaign.


Love Wrecked — 2005

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Bynes was starred in the movie Love Wrecked, a 2005 romantic comedy that centered around Bynes’s character getting stranded on a Caribbean island with a rock star, played by actor Chris Carmack.


She’s The Man — 2006

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In the 2006 movie, Bynes’s character dressed up as a boy so she could play soccer. “I enjoy doing things that are scary or things that some girls might not like because it won’t let them look gorgeous,” Bynes told CosmoGirl! magazine. “Every day they’d pin my hair back and I’d have no makeup. That’s when you start relying more on your sense of humor.” She’s the Man, costarring Channing Tatum, earned more than $57 million worldwide.


Hairspray — 2007

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Bynes played sheltered teen Penny Lou Pingleton in the 2007 remake of the ’80s movie musical. The film, co-starring Allison Janney, Zac Efron, Queen Latifah, John Travolta, Michelle Pfeiffer, Brittany Snow and Nikki Blonsky, earned more than $118 million.


Easy A — 2010

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Bynes’s next big role was in the hit movie Easy A. She played the prissy, super religious character of Marianne Bryant. Marianne heads the school’s religious clique and antagonizes the main character, played by Emma Stone. The film was a huge financial success, raking in over $75 million worldwide on a small $8 million budget. Easy A, released in 2010, marked the peak of Bynes’s acting career but also marked the last acting job she would have for a very long time.


Fashion Aspirations — 2007

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Bynes launched her own brand called Dear by Amanda Bynes in 2007 after filming Hairspray. The fashion line consisted of trendy casual wear, targeting the younger high-school-aged audience. Bynes described her fashion brand as a “mixture of sick styles.” She teamed up with the retail chain Steve & Barry’s to produce the line. However, the line was discontinued when the chain filed for bankruptcy.


Hit-And-Run — 2012

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Bynes was officially charged with two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run in September 2012. The actress was seen driving with a suspended license in Hollywood, prompting police officers to pull her over. After a 25-minute conversation, Bynes was allowed to go home.


Arrested — 2013

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In May 2013, Bynes was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out the window of her New York City high-rise. After undergoing a psych evaluation, she was booked at Midtown Precinct North station for marijuana possession, reckless endangerment, and tampering with evidence.


Ready To Come Back — 2018

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A source told Us Weekly on February 11, 2018, that the Easy A alum was “excited about the next chapter of her professional life” and getting ready to make a Hollywood comeback. “Amanda will make it a reality,” the insider said. “2018 is going to be Amanda’s triumphant return!”

Bynes revealed her struggle with drugs, depression and more during a November 2018 interview for PAPER magazine’s cover story. As for her social media comments over the years, the actress told the publication: “I’m really ashamed and embarrassed about the things I said. I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would. And I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad. Everything I worked my whole life to achieve, I kind of ruined it all through Twitter. It’s definitely not Twitter’s fault–it’s my own fault.”

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