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July 25, 2010  | by: Laura Rosenfeld

The news that actress Amanda Bynes was going to retire at age 24 was shocking and almost unbelievable. Good thing most of us didn’t believe it.

The actress announced July 23 via her Twitter page, “i’ve unretired.” This post comes almost a month after Bynes first hinted at stepping away from her acting career. Bynes previously posted comments on her Twitter page such as, “Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem,” and “If I don’t love something anymore I stop doing it.” Finally, Bynes tweeted about her early retirement. “I know 24 is a young age to retire but you heard it here first,” Bynes said in a Twitter post. “I’ve #retired.”

Like most people, I definitely thought Bynes was way too young to retire, and I was a little confused by it. She never really came out and said why she was retiring or what she hoped to do with her life after she gave up acting. Bynes is at the prime age in her life for a successful acting career. Why would she throw that all away?

I’m guessing, for whatever reason, Bynes herself realized it was a bad decision to quit acting now, especially when she has her movie Easy A ― which actually looks like a pretty good high school flick ― arriving in theaters September 17.

Bynes is a very talented comedic actress who I’ve enjoyed watching since I was a kid. I loved her characters on the Nickelodeon shows All That and The Amanda Show, like Ask Ashley and Judge Trudy. Bynes was even able to successfully move out into more “mature” roles on her own, like on her WB sitcom What I Like About You, which also starred Jennie Garth. After seeing her in films like She’s the Man and Hairspray, I’m looking forward to seeing Bynes in Easy A and just watching a fun movie, even if it’s not Oscar-worthy.

It could be possible Bynes originally said she wanted to retire because she didn’t find her previous comedic roles all that fulfilling. Whether she plans on tackling some dramas or other genres in the future doesn’t matter to me. Bynes makes me laugh in everything she does. I’m happy I will get the chance to see Bynes in more movies and TV shows for years to come. Or at least until she decides to retire again at 30.

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