By: Rachel Cline, features staff writer
Is Amanda Bynes destined to join the growing list of unsuccessful former child stars?
Unlike many child actors, Amanda Bynes seemed to make a seamless transition from her Nickelodeon hits “All That” and “The Amanda Show” onto the big screen as a young adult, staring in hits such as “What a Girl Wants,” “Hairspray,” and “Easy A.”
However, the first few months of 2013 has brought the 27-year-old star attention in a different form as many media outlets have started questioning her behavior, some calling her “crazy” and “erratic.”
Most of this attention stems from Bynes’ new physical transformation, as well as her recent explosion of Twitter fame.
Through Twitter, Bynes has posted pictures of her new look, including blonde extensions, a partially shaved head and facial piercings on both cheeks. Bynes also used the social media site to confirm that she had undergone a nose job to remove what she referred to as webbing between her eyes.
Over the last three months, Bynes has posted countless “selfie” pictures on Twitter to show off her new style, showing her at the gym, walking in New York City, and sitting on her sink wearing nothing but hot pants and ripped fishnet tights.
Along with these images, she has also tweeted about her obsession with recording artist, Drake, and her desire to lose weight and get down to 135 pounds.
The reports of her strange behavior have increased since her return to Twitter, but this isn’t the first time that Bynes has made headlines for something other than her acting career. The former Nickelodeon star has been upfront about problems with eating disorders and body image issues.
Last April, Bynes was arrested for a DUI charge after clipping a sheriff’s car in Los Angeles and surprised many by having pink hair in her mug shot pictures.
Bynes also ran into trouble with the law last September after being charged with two counts of hit and run. Many have cited her arrests as evidence that the star is having serious problems, including accusations of alcoholism and marijuana use, although Bynes has denied both.
Bynes has announced through Twitter that she wants to sue every blog, magazine and news source that says she is behaving erratically.
In an interview with InTouch, the star said, “I have no clue [why people say I’m insane]. Every time I’ve heard it, it came from an ugly person’s mouth, so I don’t care. The only ones lying about me having a mental illness are people I don’t talk to.”
Though many are confused by the change from her girl-next-door and family-friendly image, Bynes has found a dedicated group of fans through Twitter, earning her over 1 million followers since January.
Bynes’ fans typically refer to her as their “queen” or their “princess” on the page and include collages of her Twitter pictures or artwork that they have made for her. There have also been reports of a shrine to the star popping up in New York City’s East Village that includes candles with Bynes’ face over the Virgin Mary’s.
Bynes has also received support from friends, including “Hairspray” co-star, Nikki Blonsky, who says she will stand behind her friend.
“She is just living her life and doing what she wants to do, and I totally support that for her,” Blonsky told InTouch. “She’s happy. I don’t think that’s a breakdown, but a breakthrough.”
Although most famous for her acting roles, Bynes has not been seen on film or TV since her announcement that she was retiring from acting in 2010. Instead, Bynes plans to launch her own clothing line and record an album soon.