Amanda Bynes had the messiest 2013/2014 a girl could ask for; trips to mental health facilities, both voluntary and not, some colorful Twitter exchanges, allegedly jumping a girl in a club, her parents getting control of her finances, and throwing a glass bong onto the streets of New York City from her 36th floor apartment. In the years since, she’s hinted at a comeback. Well, Amanda is back and Photoshopped into another universe on the cover of PAPER who announced that they’re breaking the internet with a deep interview with Amanda rather than when they try to break the Internet with a huge fake ass or a lesbian triplet threesome.
Amanda seems clearer and healthier, and she also gets into all of the tea, starting with how Channing Tatum should be thanking her for his house, money and career because she pushed for him in She’s The Man:
“I totally fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie because he wasn’t famous yet. He’d just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, ‘This guy’s a star — every girl will love him!’ But [the producers] were like, ‘He’s so much older than all of you!’ And I was like, ‘It doesn’t matter! Trust me!'”
Thank you Amanda, because without you making Channing famous in the early 2000s we would never have been gifted with Magic Mike or Magic Mike XXL. Amen to you Amanda!
Amanda revealed that, while She’s The Man was a huge movie for her career, watching herself as a boy messed her up and tugged hard at her issues with her looks:
“I went into a deep depression for four to six months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy… [It was] a super strange and out-of-body experience.”
So naturally, when Amanda started smoking weed at 16, things went dark. She tried MDMA and cocaine before she began abusing Adderall, which she got a DUI for in 2014. She also ended up dropping out of the movie Hall Pass in 2010 when she was so high she couldn’t remember her lines.
“When I was doing Hall Pass, I remember being in the trailer and I used to chew the Adderall tablets because I thought they made me [more] high [that way]. I remember chewing on a bunch of them and literally being scatterbrained and not being able to focus on my lines or memorize them for that matter.”
Watching Easy-A, Amanda was so “appalled by herself” that she thought she “needed to stop acting” and decided to retire, ending up in a “really dark, sad world.”
“I was high on marijuana when I saw that but for some reason it really started to affect me. 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.”
And she touched on those tweets, too. You know the ones:
“I’m really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said.”
Amanda is now almost four years sober and while she still does “feel ashamed” of her previous drug-infused actions, she’s now getting “back to normal”.
“…it was like an alien had literally invaded my body.”
Now Amanda is still chugging away at Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising where: “Instructors love her,” and she’s planning on getting back into acting when she can.
I’m really glad to see Amanda Bynes is doing well. I’m not shocked to hear about all her drug issues though. Only someone who’s high would think that anyone who cries as much as Drake does could murder their vagina.
Pic: Paper Magazine/Danielle Levitt