Child actress-turned-Hollywood starlet Amanda Bynes has announced her latest move in the entertainment game: retirement.
Bynes sent out a flurry of random tweets early Saturday morning that ranged from the informative (“My mother Lynn and my grandmother Anne and my grandmother Helen [RIP] are my idols”) to the inane (“I only smile if I’m happy if you catch me smiling I’m happy”). Around 7 a.m., the star began to reflect on her professional life, tweeting, “Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem” and “I’ve never written the movies & tv shows I’ve been apart of I’ve only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play.” About 40 minutes later, she announced, “I don’t love acting anymore so I’ve stopped doing it,” adding, “I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I’ve #retired.”
Bynes has starred in a spate of sunny, teen-friendly flicks like the 2007 revamp of the John Waters cult fave “Hairspray” and the teenage love romp “What a Girl Wants.” She also lent her voice to the animated movie “Robots” alongside Hollywood heavyweights Robin Williams and Halle Berry and starred in the TV show “What I Like About You.” The actress got her start on the Nickelodeon sketch comedy show “All That” (which also spawned the careers of Nick Cannon and Kenan Thompson) and then went on to star in “The Amanda Show.”
While she has grown up in the public eye, Bynes has previously mentioned that she prefers to keep a low profile. “I don’t want to have my face on everything. I just don’t want to be some young brat who is everywhere,” a then-18-year-old Bynes told MTV News in 2005. “It sickens me.”
The star also added at the time that she felt like something of an outsider in Hollywood: “I don’t really relate to that many people who are my age, especially in this business.”
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