Child star Amanda Bynes announces comeback after eight years following drug-induced breakdown
Amanda Bynes discusses her past with drug abuse and what led her to take some much needed time away from Hollywood
Amanda Bynes, who was once a teen idol for her successful roles in films like 'She's the Man' and 'What A Girl Wants', stepped away from the spotlight and announced her retirement from acting almost eight years ago. The former actress has now made a return to the limelight and addressed her complicated past while also voicing her desire to return to acting.
In an exclusive interview with Paper magazine, Bynes opens about her history of drug abuse and what led to her outlandish behavior that made her step away from showbusiness. Around 2010, Bynes began to make headlines for puzzling behavior, odd tweets, and multiple legal issues.
However, she's left her past behind and is now on a path of self-discovery. Bynes is a student at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles and is receiving her associate of arts degree in merchandise product development this month.
Bynes revealed that her role in 2006 film 'She’s the Man', where she played a teen girl dressing in drag to pose as her brother, sent her into depression. “I went into a deep depression for four to six months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy,” she reflected, adding that seeing herself with short hair and sideburns was “a super strange and out-of-body experience. It just really put me into a funk."
Discussing her history of drug abuse, she said, “I started smoking marijuana when I was 16. Even though everyone thought I was the ‘good girl,’ I did smoke marijuana from that point on, it slowly progressed to doing molly and ecstasy." "I definitely abused Adderall,” she noted, recalling that she first heard of the prescription drug after reading an article calling Adderall “the new skinny pill. “I was like, ‘Well, I have to get my hands on that,’” Bynes said.
Her addiction to Adderall adversely impacted her acting career and she began to throw tantrums behind the scenes, especially while filming 'Hall Pass.' Her erratic behavior on set became a talking point in the industry. Around the same time, Amanda also started having body image problems, after starring in 'Easy A' she decided to quit acting for good.
“I literally couldn’t stand my appearance in that movie and I didn’t like my performance. I was absolutely convinced I needed to stop acting after seeing it, I don’t know if it was a drug-induced psychosis or what, but it affected my brain in a different way than it affects other people. It absolutely changed my perception of things.”
Bynes has been sober for four years now and credits her progress and improved health to her parents. She has also cleared rumors surrounding her mental health problems saying she has none. "Truly, for me, [my behavior] was drug-induced, and whenever I got off of [drugs], I was always back to normal."
After a difficult time handling her drug abuse, Amanda is ready to kick-start her career once again, she's excited for the future and hopes for the best. “I have no fear of the future,” she declared. “I’ve been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it’s only up from here.”