Amanda Bynes: retired or unretired?

Danielle Fox ('13) / Entertainment Editor

Child starlet Amanda Bynes has retired and unretired from her acting career via twitter all within a period of two months.

On Saturday, June 19 at 7:50 AM, Bynes tweeted, “If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it. I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it first: I’ve retired.”

Bynes began her career on the 1990’s Nickelodeon show, All That, which the New York Times called “a pint size Saturday Night Live.” She then continued to impress Hollywood when she starred in what most fans argue to be her biggest success yet, The Amanda Show. She also attracted more viewers as one of the main characters in ABC Family’s sitcom, What I Like About You. Bynes also got the chance to give her fans the gift of a song, with her supporting role in the 2007 Hairspray remake. However, although Bynes’ career started off as a jet blast through Hollywood, her film and television success within the past few years have been recorded as a bit of a “downpour.”

Bynes’ reason for retirement has to do with a loss of passion, which she explains through her tweet, “Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem. I’ve never written the movies and TV shows I’ve been a part of, I’ve only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play. I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.”

Yet, many of Hollywood’s critics and press are convinced that this retirement is not about a question of passion, but one about success; generally speaking, Hollywood broke up with her. After her hit in Hairspray, Bynes starred in the film Sydney White (2007), a modern version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). The film grossed only 13.6 million dollars, which made it harder for Bynes to get lead roles elsewhere. According to The Daily Beast, several sources have noted that Bynes was recently fired from the Farrelly brothers’ film, Hall Pass (2011). A source said that the actress was fired for acting with paranoia and fear, though Bynes stated she was not fired from the film, but had to leave it because of scheduling conflicts.

Jacob Bernstein, senior reporter for The Daily Beast, said, “Her struggle is one many child actors face as they get older and discover that they have to reconnect with audiences all over again.” According to a source who has worked with Bynes, the comedy acting for which Bynes was prized as a child did not work the same magic for her in the new dramatic films in which she was starring.

But, though reconnecting with the film business has proved to be one problem, attitude has become the other. Within the past few years, the star has been reported to display “diva-like behavior” towards various audiences and colleagues. In 2007, Bynes was invited to the Turks and Caicos Film Festival where she was honored with the Rising Star Award. After the festival, an unfavorable article towards Bynes appeared in the New York Post that said Bynes had demanded two first-class plane tickets and double hotel suites and then “failed” to show up at any of the scheduled events she had previously agreed to attend. According to The Daily Beast, an organizer of the event said, “I literally didn’t see [Bynes] for days after she arrived at the hotel. Everyone was wondering where she was. She was off jet-skiing, treating it like a vacation.”

Bynes’ representatives denied the rude behavior she showed at the event, but other Hollywood insiders expressed that this instance fit similar sequences of attitude that Bynes had demonstrated in the past. In addition, within the past year, Bynes has also used her twitter to express unusual thoughts such as a fascination in tasting magic mushrooms and sudden sexual attraction to black men.

No person may ever discover the true reason for Bynes’ short-period of retirement, whether it be a loss of enjoyment for a past hobby, a loss of the once promising success or even just a mere “cry for attention” due to a change in attitude. True/Slant’s Jeremy Helligar said, “Few stars seem capable of giving up the spotlight for long. If her film Easy A is well received when it is released, I guarantee you’ll be seeing more of Bynes. She wouldn’t be the first fickle star.”

As Bynes has tweeted within the past few weeks about her role in the new film, Easy A, which premiers September 17, 2010, one may wonder whether Hollywood should clear their schedules because Amanda Bynes is back in action, or set the date for the next retirement party.