INTERVIEW: From Fast Times at Ridgemont High to a Nightmare on Elm Street, Amanda Wyss's amazing journey
Film and television actress Amanda Wyss began her career in the early 1980s and first came to prominence with her turn as Lisa in the comedy film 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High'.
She gained international fame after playing the character of Tina Gray in the 1984 slasher classic 'A Nightmare on Elm Street'.
She was discovered by an agent who saw her play Flora in 'The Innocents' and Rhoda, in 'The Bad Seed' at local LA theaters.
She has even been on several Tv series such as Cheers (1985-1986), Charmed (1999), Dexter (2006), and a supporting role as investigative reporter Randi McFarland in the television series Highlander: The Series (1992-1993). The 57-year-old even played Kat Cooper in the TNT television series 'Murder in the First'.
Here are some excerpts from Meaww's interview with Amanda:
You gained critical acclaim for your role as Lisa in the comedy film Fast Times at Ridgemont High, how did you react to such a positive feedback?
I was thrilled to be a part of such an extraordinary ensemble. It's a great feeling when a movie that I'm in resonates with the audience.
How was it working on the sets of a horror movie like 'The Nightmare On Elm Street'?
Working on Nightmare was wonderful. I made lifelong friends. It really was a great experience.
What are your thoughts on ghosts or spirits? Do you personally believe in them?
I believe, or at least I want to believe, that spirits or ghosts or some kind of unexplained energy move amongst us.
Did you always want to be an actress?
Yes. From the time I was little. I saw the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and I thought to myself, I want to do that. Be a part of that. Make movies. Tell stories.
What are the ways in which you believe that a person's life changes after they gain prominence in the media?
I think it's different for everyone. For me my life feels normal. Whatever normal is...
Do you think fame as affected your life?- Both positive or negative? If yes, in what ways?
I don't know that it has.
You have worked for both, movies and TV series, do you think there is a difference in the way the two work?
I love working in television. There are many great roles for women my age. I think there used to be bigger differences between the two. Not as much anymore.
How do you spend your days when you are not caught up with work?
I hike, cook, read a lot, yoga. Travel. Volunteer my time to causes meaningful to me.
In 2019, you have an upcoming project 'Triggered'. Could you tease us with what to expect in the movie?
I haven't seen it so I don't know what to expect.
What are your future plans?
I have a few films that I'm shooting this year that I'm excited about. Very good scripts. I look forward to working with the seasoned directors and casts. I have two movies coming out. Big Legend and the Capture.
One piece of advice you would like to give people who aspire to follow your footsteps?
Study. Study theater. Go do plays. Immerse yourself in learning the craft.