Amanda Bynes Retires from Acting at 24

What's behind the former child star's recent tweet, declaring that "being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem"?

Is Amanda Bynes having a quarter-life crisis? The 24-year-old actress announced Saturday on Twitter that she was retiring from acting. The former star of TV shows All That and What I Like About You broke the news over a series of early-morning tweets.

"I've never written the movies and TV shows I've been a part of I've only acted like the characters the producers or directors wanted me to play," wrote Bynes. "Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem." One hour later, she added, "If I don't love something anymore I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore so I've stopped doing it." And in case there was any confusion, Bynes concluded: "I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first I've retired." Bynes even added a hashtag (#) to the word "retired," guaranteeing that her announcement would be a tweet heard 'round the world.

The former child star's early retirement was unexpected, to say the least. Although Bynes' career has slowed a bit in the past three years, she seemed to be in the middle of a career reinvention. In February, the actress posed in lingerie for the cover of Maxim, which declared her 'America's sweetheart.' "Some people still see me as a kid, but I'm a 23-year-old woman now," said Bynes. "I want to show people who I am... it's time for me to start making my own decisions." (Basically, the same interview every child actress gives when they start making the transition into grown-up fare.) Bynes also has a new film out this September, the satirical teen-sex comedy Easy A. As far as we can tell, the one-time Nickelodeon star appeared to be doing just fine.

Then again, it's gotta be stressful to move forward after your career peaks so early. Bynes was only 10 years old when she became a regular cast member on Nickelodeon's All That, and four years later, she starred in her own spin-off, The Amanda Show. She then scored a costarring role in the successful Jennie Garth sitcom What I Like About You. By the age of 21, she'd played the lead role in four 'tween-popular feature films: Big Fat Liar, What a Girl Wants, She's the Man and Sydney White. All that hard work paid off: 2007, Forbes declared Bynes the fifth highest paid celebrity under 21. Honestly, that seems like a pretty good career to retire on. And if Amanda Bynes really doesn't enjoy acting anymore, then she certainly has the whole rest of her life to figure out what she does want to do.

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