HOMETOWN: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
LATEST ROLE: A girl faking it as a guy in She’s the Man, a teen update of Twelfth Night
What a drag
To portray a soccer star who pretends to be her twin brother so she can play on the boys’ team, Bynes bandaged her breasts and wore glued-on eyebrows and sideburns. “It was uncomfortable in every way,” she says.
Waif? No way
Bynes rebuffs young Hollywood’s anorexia cult. “It’s sad because all these girls are trying so hard. I think it’s better to be real,” the actress, who still lives at home with her parents, says of some of her peers. “I feel like before a movie I try to get into my best shape, and when I’m off I try to enjoy life. You’re never going to be perfect.”
The actress, who got her big break at age 10 on Nickelodeon’s All That, was 7 when she landed her first commercial. “It was for Nestlé’s Buncha Crunch. I was so excited because I got to eat the candy,” she recalls. “And my mom’s like, ‘Oh God!’ Because my dad’s a dentist.”
She’s a fan
Single for two years since her split from Nick Zano, her costar on The WB’s What I Like About You, Bynes says her dream guy is “Justin Timberlake, because he’s so funny and so talented. That’s, like, my ideal guy.”