You might have seen Amanda Crew‘s enchanting hazel brown eyes and model like features in the 2006’s blockbuster Final Destination 3, a film that earned over $19 million dollars in its opening weekend and eventually grossing over $100 million worldwide. Since then she has cemented her status as a leading lady in Hollywood for TV and film, her IMBD is a rolodex of all the most endearing projects that you can think of. This is just the start of Hollywood’s Amanda fix, soon you will see her in Jobs alongside Ashton Kutcher, and the much-anticipated television show Silicon Valley. We have a feeling this is just the beginning of the roller coaster ride of fame we are about to embark on with Amanda. Despite her many successes, her breathtaking looks, sense of humor and charm Amanda is one of the most down to earth and humble people we have met. Here she talks with us about her craft, making it and inspiration.
When did you first know you wanted to be an actress?
I think the first time I had that “aha” moment with acting was when I was in the 3rd grade. I had just discovered the magical world of Mr. Bean. My dad and I would watch that show together and I was fascinated by this hilarious man who didn’t speak but you understood everything that was going on in his world. I was always shy as a kid but found I could have the attention of my entire classroom by doing impressions of Mr. Bean. It was kind of an amazing feeling for “the quiet girl” to not only has everyone’s attention but to have them all laughing too. It was a feeling that fueled me and acting has been the pursuit of that, having someone’s attention and making them feel things.
What are you obsessed with currently?
I’m currently obsessed with photography, especially film. I’ve always loved photography but have made it a priority over the past year to really learn and understand the technical side of it. Also obsessed with cooking, baking, floral crowns, learning to sew, anything crafty.
Tell me about your new show Silicon Valley.
Silicon Valley is a half hour dark comedy created by the infamous Mike Judge (Office Space, Beavis and Butthead, King Of The Hill) for HBO. It follows a group of young, socially awkward, possibly genius software developers who are trying to make it in Silicon Valley. I play Monica, the right-hand woman for one of the biggest start-up companies in SV. She’s independent, intelligent and sassy.
What was it like working on the Jobs movie?
Jobs was one of those opportunities where I had auditioned for one part, didn’t get it, but the director, Joshua Michael Stern, wanted me to still be a part of the film and offered me another role. I wasn’t on set for a long period of time, but I was honored to be a small part of bringing Steve Jobs story to life.
Who would you say are some of the legends that inspired you as an actor?
Honestly, the “legends” that inspired me when I was a kid weren’t your typical legends. I used to be shy about who I looked up to as an actor, because my answer wasn’t Marilyn Monroe or James Dean. My heroes were Rowan Atkinson, Robin Williams, Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey — all these actors who had pretty outrageous personalities and kind of sparkled on screen in such a unique way.
What sort of advice would you give to the young aspiring actors out there?
So many things, but I think something I wish I could tell my younger self that I would impart on young aspiring actors is to hold on to that one thing that you feel is incredibly, uniquely true about yourself and never let anyone tell you that it isn’t good enough or that it’s wrong. That thing is sacred to you and is what makes you who you are. It is what sets you apart from everyone else. Don’t give that
Story / Koko Ntuen
Photographer / Joshua Shultz
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