According to Us Magazine, Amanda Bynes has decided to retire from acting at age 24.
She took to her Twitter account yesterday to announce her decision. The young star wrote the following tweets back to back:
I've never written the movies & tv shows I've been apart of I've only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play.
Being an actress isnâ€™t as fun as it may seem.
If I donâ€™t love something anymore, I stop doing it.
I donâ€™t love acting anymore, so Iâ€™ve stopped doing it.
I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first Iâ€™ve #retired.
And to make it even more official, her Wikipedia page already reflects her decision. It says, "Amanda Laura BynesÂ is aÂ comedienne,Â fashion designer,Â singer,Â voice actorÂ and retiredÂ AmericanÂ actress."
Uh okay. Cool. You've gotta respect a person's career choice, I suppose, even if she does seem way too young a.) to use the word "retired" and b.) to have really made a final decision about her career. It's also interesting to note, as TheFABlife.com points out, that she tweeted just last week that her idols are â€œMarilyn MonroeÂ (RIP) andÂ Angelina Jolie.â€
Maybe she's just going through a phase?
Still, the star has been acting since she was in her early teens and has experienced pretty substantial fame for a kid, so maybe she really is ready to throw in the towel. Her last movie was "Hairspray," in 2007.
Also in 2007, Bynes signed a deal with apparel retailer Steve & Barry's to create her own fashion line. Bynes' line, "Dear" launched in August of the same year, but was canceled when Steve & Barry's filed for bankruptcy and eventually went out of business. (via Wikipedia)
I'm sure this isn't the last we'll hear from Amanda Bynes - she hasn't made mention of what's next for her.
My prediction? She'll make a few more attempts at the fashion designer thing or the singer thing, they won't work out exactly as she hopes, and she'll return to the acting scene in her early 30s, after getting married and having a baby. She'll write some book about her life as a new mom or a child star. And then she'll start acting again in whatever she can get her hands on.
At least, I hope that's what happens - I've always thought she was funny and talented.
Good luck, Amanda!
Doesn't a 24-year-old retiring from her successful career make you wonder what the hell you're doing with your life? ;)