ByKarly Rayner, writer at
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Karly Rayner

Amanda Bynes has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently, but despite the difficult time she has been having over the past few years, this charismatic comedy actress has legions of loyal fans who have stuck by her side through thick and thin.

The intense focus on Amanda's struggles with mental heath issues and addiction have overshadowed her career and endearing personality of late, so now is as good a time as any for a reminder of what makes this former child star tick.

Below is a list focusing on quirks, little known facts and passions that make Amanda Bynes who she is, and only a mega fan will know already.

11. Tattoo Turnaround

When Amanda Bynes was going through the most chaotic period of her life, she got a few tattoos that didn't reflect her true personality and she has since opted to have them removed. These regrettable inkings include angel wings and a diamond.

10. Slammed in the Spotlight

Amanda Bynes was called 'puffy faced' in this role
Amanda Bynes was called 'puffy faced' in this role

Amanda Bynes has been in the spotlight since she was knee-high to a grasshopper and this has put her in the path of negativity since a very young age.

Bynes told People magazine that reading her first bad review (for her feature film debut in Big Fat Liar) in Variety magazine really hurt her feelings when a critic called her "puffy faced," she explained:

"That's rude - my 'puffy face' doesn't have much to do with the movie...I'm still a kid for God's sake!"

9. Posh Passion

Any girl who was a kid in the '90s remembers being sorted by hair color to impersonate the Spice Girls (I was always Baby, much to my distaste), and Amanda Bynes was no different.

Amanda was such a huge Spice Girl fan that theirs was the first concert she ever went to, and when it came to doing dance routines as the girls, she always wanted to be Posh Spice.

8. Bieber, Is That You?!

It's actually Amanda Bynes appearing in drag opposite Channing Tatum in She's The Man, but the fact that she looked like a young Justin Bieber on set didn't put Channing off. The pair were spotted kissing a few times after starring together, but it didn't work out and Channing met his current wife shortly afterwards.

7. Nearly New Girl

Amanda Bynes was considered for the role of Jess in New Girl before the part eventually went to to Zooey Deschanel.

6. A Commercial Success

Amanda broke into acting at age seven with a Nestle Buncha Crunch ad. Although I couldn't find this relic anywhere on the internet, I have managed to dig out a 1994 Barbie commercial which encapsulates the neon frenzy of the decade perfectly!

5. She Survived Hurricane Sandy... Possibly Naked

Amanda in the midst of her darkest days
Amanda in the midst of her darkest days

Amanda Bynes was in New York City when Hurricane Sandy struck, but her state of mind meant that she wasn't in the right place to consider emergency preparations.

Instead, it was reported that Bynes strolled around a tanning salon naked and locked herself in the bathroom and refused to leave. After Bynes' arrests for DUI earlier in the year, this story gave many fans real concerns about the star's mental health.

4. Game Girl

Amanda's favorite childhood hobby was a bit of gleeful button bashing and she has a soft spot for retro games. Paper Boy and Ms. Pac Man are her all time favorites.

3. The Art of Creativity

Amanda Bynes loves painting and drawing and she once presented David Letterman with a portrait she had painted of him after appearing on his show.

Art is just the beginning of Amanda's creative interests though, she has also studied fashion design and can play both the piano and the violin.

2. Speaking Out for Mental Health

Although around 26 percent of Americans have a diagnosable mental health condition, speaking out about mental illness is still taboo; but Amanda Bynes has done her bit to destigmatize talking about issues like bipolar disorder.

By being open and honest about her bipolar disorder, like celebrities such as Jean-Claude Van Damme, Demi Lovato and Catherine Zeta Jones, Bynes has shown that successful and high profile people can also have mental health problems, just like anyone else.

1. The Road to Recovery

Amanda Bynes during her latest public appearance
Amanda Bynes during her latest public appearance

Recently many of Amanda's public appearances have been chaotic, but the 29-year-old star seems to be on the road to recovery.

Even the scandal seeking TMZ has reported that Amanda is currently off her meds and enjoying more freedom over her finances while pursuing interests such as reading, yoga and meditation.

After coming face to face with the realities of living with a mental health problem, Amanda has expressed an interest in studying psychology to better understand her condition and help others. She has reportedly toured USC university to view the study facilities there.

Check out Amanda's latest public appearance HERE.

(Source: IMDB, TMZ and US Weekly)


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