Amanda Bynes’ Retirement Came As A Surprise, Rep Says

The 24-year-old actress 'sounded great' last week, Melissa Raubvogel tells the New York Daily News.

Amanda Bynes’ recent retirement announcement came as a surprise to most, but perhaps no one was more shocked than her own publicist. Bynes’ rep, Melissa Raubvogel, said the young star’s weekend tweets about quitting Hollywood came without warning.

Raubvogel told the New York Daily News that her client “sounded great” as recently as last Thursday, when the actress was out promoting her upcoming movie “Easy A.”

Bynes’ Twitter declaration that she “doesn’t love acting anymore” and would abandon the business was posted just two days after she made those press rounds. While her publicist didn’t expect the star to make such a drastic move, she admitted that Bynes wanted to “take some downtime.” Still, Raubvogel says the star never talked about ending her acting career.

Bynes vented her frustrations about Hollywood early Saturday morning, 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.” She later announced that she was through with showbiz, writing, “I don’t love acting anymore so I’ve stopped doing it.” She acknowledged the oddity of a 20-something far from AARP status calling it quits: “I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I’ve #retired.”

Bynes’ rep also denied that the star was fired from the upcoming movie “Hall Pass,” directed by comedy kingpins the Farrelly brothers. Raubvogel told the Daily News the star had to ditch the project because of a “scheduling conflict.”

Fans of Bynes can still catch the actress on the big screen this fall. Her
teen comedy “Easy A,” also starring Emma Stone, Penn Badgley and Cam Gigandet, is set to hit theaters in September.

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