- 11:40 AM, Feb 20
Blessed with an attractive look and a rare charisma which make her easily noticeable among any other actresses, Amanda Peet certainly has emerged as one of the bright movie stars Hollywood ever has. Although the road to success has been quite a rough path for her to undergo, she amazingly stayed on the track with an incredible perseverance to finally come into the world's recognition.
Raised in New York City, New York from the day she was born on January 11, 1972, Amanda grew up with her older sister under the nurture of her parents, Charles and Penny, before they decided to divorce in 1990. Her interest in acting was barely visible since the age of three when the little girl jumped on a stage in the middle of the play she was attending. Still, she considered it as a mere hobby and had never thought to pursue a career in this field until she entered Columbia University to study history following her graduation from Friends Seminary High School in Manhattan.
It was during her time at the university that a drama professor, who noticed the talent she possesses, convinced her to join the audition for a renowned acting teacher, Uta Hagen. Heeded the advice, Amanda afterwards spent four years of her life under the guidance of this substantial Broadway actress while also garnered acting experience through the off-Broadway revival of Clifford Odets' "Awake and Sing!" (1935). As her love for performing arts increasingly deepened, she eventually concluded to be an actress, thus started to accomplish her goal after her graduation from Columbia University in 1994.
Moving into her own apartment at the age of 22, Amanda tirelessly entered one audition after another and quickly obtained her first film role in an independent feature entitled “Grind.” However, the movie's release later was delayed until the year 1997, so many people assumed it was through her next project, “Animal Room” (1995), that she made her big screen debut. She then managed to appear in several major motion pictures, like “She's the One” and “One Fine Day” which both came up in 1996, but apparently her enactments had not yet drawn much attention she expected.
Throughout 1997-1999, Amanda was more involved in independent films which were barely able to raise her name to the surface. A promising opportunity approached when she was cast as Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett in Warner Bros' romantic series