It’s “Viva Las Vegas” for “retired” Brotha Lova Amanda Bynes.
The 24-year-old former actress, who never met an attractive Black man she didn’t want to incessantly Tweet about, shocked the industry — and even her publicist — last month with the announcement that she was hanging up her acting shoes after more than 14 years in Hollywood.
Discovered in a comedy camp at the age of 10, Bynes appeared in several Nickelodeon shows in the mid-to-late 90s and early 2000s, including a starring role on The Amanda Show — once described by The New York Times as a “pint-sized Saturday Night Live.” The Nick darling later went on to star alongside 90210 alum Jennie Garth in The WB Friday night comedy, What I Like About You, between 2002-2006.
On June 19, Amanda — a notorious “online oversharer” posted the following message on her Twitter page:
“I’ve never written the movies & TV shows I’ve been a part of, I’ve only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play. Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem. If I don’t love something any more I stop doing it. “I don’t love acting any more so I’ve stopped doing it. I know 24 is a young age to retire, but you heard it here first – I’ve retired.”
However, Bynes isn’t turning her back on limelight completely. Not a chance. In fact, snoops with The National Enquirer dish that the former Hairspray is presently shopping a circus show to various casinos in Sin City.
Although her reps deny it, an Amanda spy reportedly squealed: “Amanda loves animals and has always wanted to work with them in some capacity. Ever since she was a little girl and would put acts together with her dogs….She figures now is the perfect time to try it out, and she’s looking into doing a circus-type animal show in Vegas while her name is still hot.”
And in the event that her plan of taming lions and tigers as the 21st century’s answer to Siegfried and Roy, Amanda reportedly already working on her backup plan.
“She also loves fashion and believes she could enroll in courses at New York University and make it big in the fashion industry.”