Amanda Bynes has revealed she sank into a ‘deep depression’ after filming her hit 2006 movie She’s The Man.
In the film, her character Viola begins to present as a boy after her girls’ football team at school gets cut.
‘An interesting experience’
Speaking to Paper, the actress said: ‘When the movie came out and I saw it, I went into a deep depression for four-six months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy. I’ve never told anyone that.’
Producers styled Amanda with short hair and sideburns for the character.
Amanda went on to say that seeing her male-presenting character was ‘super strange and out-of-body experience. It just really put me into a funk.’
The star furthermore called making the movie ‘an interesting experience.’
She’s the Man, which was loosely inspired by Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, has a 43% rotten rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
‘I actually am a nice person’
Elsewhere in the profile, she discusses her past experiences with drugs, such as marijuana and ecstasy. ‘I’ve been sober for almost four years now,’ she tells the publication.
A period of public erratic behaviour between 2014 and 2015 saw her at the center of a string of controversies. (Among them, commenting on an ex-partner’s sexuality on Twitter.)
‘My advice to anyone who is struggling with substance abuse would be to be really careful because drugs can really take a hold of your life,’ she added. ‘Everybody is different, obviously, but for me, the mixture of marijuana and whatever other drugs and sometimes drinking really messed up my brain.
‘It really made me a completely different person. I actually am a nice person. I would never feel, say or do any of the things that I did and said to the people I hurt on Twitter.’
Amanda’s also known for her roles in films such as Easy A with Emma Stone, and Hairspray alongside Zac Efron.