Amanda Bynes is a former child star who captured our hearts in the late 1990s and early 2000s. From her early days on “All That” and “The Amanda Show” to her memorable movie roles in “What a Girl Wants” and “Hairspray,” Bynes has given us countless moments to love and cherish. Here are 5 specific scenes from her performances that we adore.
Judge Trudy’s courtroom antics on “The Amanda Show”
One of Amanda Bynes’ most iconic characters is Judge Trudy, a no-nonsense judge who presides over a courtroom filled with children. In one memorable sketch, Judge Trudy hears a case involving a group of kids who stole a candy bar. The ensuing chaos and hilarity is a testament to Bynes’ comedic timing and energy.
Daphne’s arrival in London in “What a Girl Wants”
In “What a Girl Wants,” Bynes plays Daphne Reynolds, a young girl who travels to London to meet her estranged father. One of the most memorable scenes from the movie is when Daphne first arrives in London and is awestruck by the city’s beauty and grandeur. Bynes’ wide-eyed wonder and enthusiasm perfectly capture the excitement of traveling to a new place.
Penny Pingleton’s big solo number in “Hairspray”
In “Hairspray,” Bynes plays Penny Pingleton, the best friend of lead character Tracy Turnblad. One of the standout moments from the movie is when Penny gets her own solo number, “Without Love.” Bynes’ sweet and soulful singing voice shines in this scene, and her chemistry with co-star Zac Efron is electric.
Holly’s meltdown in “Easy A”
In a brief but memorable role in the 2010 comedy “Easy A,” Amanda Bynes plays Holly, a devout Christian student who tries to shame the main character, Olive, for her supposed promiscuity. In one scene, Holly has a meltdown in the school cafeteria, ranting about the evils of premarital sex and driving Olive to reveal the truth about her own sexual history. Bynes’ over-the-top performance in this scene is both hilarious and cringe-worthy.
The final scene of “She’s the Man”
In “She’s the Man,” Bynes plays Viola, a girl who pretends to be her twin brother in order to play on his soccer team. The final scene of the movie, in which Viola’s true identity is revealed and she leads her team to victory, is a triumphant moment that showcases Bynes’ talent for physical comedy and her infectious energy.
The “Ask Ashley” sketches on “All That”
One of Amanda Bynes’ most beloved characters from her time on “All That” is Ashley, a young girl who answers viewer letters with increasingly angrier and more absurd responses. In the “Ask Ashley” sketches, Bynes’ impeccable comedic timing and delivery brought the character to life, making her one of the most memorable characters in the show’s history. Fans still quote Ashley’s signature catchphrase, “That’s me!,” to this day, and the sketches are a testament to Bynes’ talent for comedy.
Amanda Bynes has given us so many memorable moments throughout her career. Whether she’s playing a zany character on a sketch comedy show or delivering a heartfelt performance in a movie, Bynes has always been a joy to watch. These six specific scenes are just a few examples of why we love her and why she’ll always have a special place in our hearts.