Amanda Bynes has given her first public interview in four years, speaking to Good Morning America about staying sober and her hopes for a TV comeback. The former child star, who is well remembered for her appearances on All That and The Amanda Show, said she is ready to return to Hollywood and has put her health battles and brushes with the law behind her.
Reflecting on her troubled years – which included driving violations and a hospitalization where she was put under psychiatric hold – Amanda, 31, said she has a much healthier lifestyle now. "I hike, I go spinning, take spinning classes, and I feed the homeless," she said. The actress, who has been sober for almost three years, has also explored a new area of interest – fashion. "I've been going to school lately," she said. "Fashion school. FIDM [Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising] and I love it. I learned how to sew. I make patterns and I want to start a clothing line in the future."
Amanda, who looked happy and healthy as she returned to the spotlight, rose to prominence in the late nineties as a Nickelodeon child star. Her most famous Hollywood roles include What a Girl Wants, She's the Man and Hairspray. But after retiring from acting, Amanda made headlines when she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. She also spent five months in a Malibu treatment facility after being involuntarily hospitalized for a mental evaluation. The actress' lawyer says she has since fully complied with all conditions of her probation.