Amanda Bynes, back in Hollywood: what a girl wants?

After her public downfall, the former teen actor is back on Twitter and thinking about making films again. Is the celebrity spotlight the right place to return to?

Remember Amanda Bynes? You might do from such teen comedies as What a Girl Wants, in which she discovers her dad is Colin Firth and comes to England to de-Englishize him. Or She’s the Man, in which she masqueraded as a boy to play soccer and charm Channing Tatum. Or before that, Nickelodeon’s The Amanda Show.

Alternatively, you might remember Bynes for her subsequent, very public flame-out, induced by a toxic combination of body-image anxieties, child-star pressures and dangerously easy access to both narcotics and social media. During the 2000s, print and online media alike reported on Bynes’s escapades and misfortunes with relish; many of them read like episodes from a stoner comedy. Like her courtroom appearance for allegedly
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