Amanda Bynes Returns to the Spotlight With Her Own Podcast and New Look

After a prolonged absence from the public eye lasting over a decade, Amanda Bynes is reemerging in the entertainment industry with a fresh venture: hosting a podcast.

Amanda Bynes is making a comeback in entertainment as a podcast host.

On December 9, breaking her years-long hiatus from the spotlight, the She’s the Man star unveiled “Amanda Bynes & Paul Sieminski: The Podcast” on Spotify. This series, available in both audio and video formats, stands as the actress’s first on-camera project since her role in the 2010 comedy movie, Easy A.

In the inaugural episode of the podcast, also released in video form, the actress-turned-fashion school graduate takes on the role of an interviewer rather than discussing her own life. Alongside cohost Paul Sieminski, a biochemist, she engages in conversation with Los Angeles tattoo artist Dahlia Moth, who crossed paths with the Hairspray star a few years ago while working at a Spirit Halloween store.

“First episode of Amanda Bynes & Paul Sieminski: The Podcast done,” Amanda shared on Instagram, posting a photo of the trio seated together and making peace signs. “Thank you @dahliamoth!”

At 37, she showcased a new hairstyle on the podcast: sporting platinum blond hair fashioned into two space buns, a look she had debuted earlier in the fall.

For more than ten years, Amanda has largely maintained a low profile and rarely discussed her personal life amid her own struggles, channeling her focus into projects beyond Hollywood (including earning an associate’s degree from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in 2019).

Her conservatorship, lasting almost nine years, was terminated in 2021. However, this March, Amanda underwent a 72-hour psychiatric hold, preventing her from joining her former All That co-stars for a cast reunion at 90s Con in Connecticut, an event she had initially planned to attend.

In November, the former child star announced her collaboration with Paul on a podcast through an Instagram video, expressing, “At first, we are going to interview our friends and then we’re hoping to take it mainstream and interview celebrities and artists.”

Reflect on Amanda’s notable acting roles:

Marianne, Easy A

She takes on the role of Snow White turned Greek in this contemporary take on the beloved fairytale, where Amanda moves in with seven dorks—see the twist?—after discovering that sorority life isn’t her scene.

Sydney White, Sydney White

Amanda perfectly embodies the character of a sanctimonious mean girl in this movie.

Host, The Amanda Show

The actress received an impressive three Favorite TV Actress awards at the Kids’ Choice Awards for her performance in this sketch series