Amanda Bynes: All Grown Up!

Wed, December 2, 2009 7:31pm EST by 4 Comments
Shot for Cosmo by Cliff Watts

Shot for Cosmo by Cliff Watts

She’s not the little girl from Nickelodeon anymore! Amanda Bynes is ready for serious roles and relationships.

“I’m at that stage where I’m still young and maybe naive, but I’m figuring it out,” Amanda Bynes admits in the January issue of Cosmopolitan magazine. “As I get older, I don’t really want to be in things that I wouldn’t be interested in watching.”

While growing up a child star is a curse for some actors the comedienne—who started doing stand-up at age 7—her industry peers think she’s here to stay.

“Professionally, Amanda is why ahead of her age,” says Andy Flickman, who directed her 2006 flick She’s the Man. “In many cases, you’ll find that what made a kid funny or cute has disappeared five years later. But you can see how Amanda is transitioning: She’s beautiful, funny, and charming. When you look in her eyes, there’s this depth coming from her that makes me think of someone like Julia Roberts. I think that’s the direction she’s going to go.”

Besides looking to stretch into more adult roles, the actress also reveals she she’s ready to settle down! “I’m ready to be partners with an awesome guy, so maybe it’s marriage. But I’m not going to get married until I find the perfect person for me.”

She’s specifically looking for “a person who can see me with all my flaws and still love me,” she explains. “I want someone who’ll be there and who I can trust—that’s really important to me.” How will she find an honest hunk in Hollywood? “It can be hard to spot those people at first, but I’m not a fame whore, so I think fame whores aren’t attracted to me,” she explains.