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of “Jack & Jill” (1999-2001), replacing Amelia Heinle who previously had appeared in the pilot season. To her delight, the show earned positive response, therefore prompted more people's notice on her during its two-seasons running. This good result undoubtedly led to more major roles, such as in “Body Shots” (1999) opposite Jerry O'Connell and “Isn't She Great” (2000) alongside Bette Midler.
With her growing status, Amanda made her way to impress director Jonathan Lynn who then gave the role of Jill St. Claire to her in his mob comedy flick, “The Whole Nine Yards” (2000). “I think she is extraordinary,” Lynn commented. “She has a tremendous flair. She has a real sort of immediacy, an extraordinary presence.” Also starred by Bruce Willis, Matthew Perry, and Rosanna Arquette, this box-office movie gloriously brought Amanda to finally embrace wide recognition she aimed for, propelling her to reach a considerable fame across the country as well as opening the way to land a leading role in her next big screen production, “Saving Silverman” (2001).
After the success of “The Whole Nine Yards,” Amanda's career went on steadily and smoothly, looking on the hectic schedule she had to undergo in the following years. Included in the cast of “High Crimes”, “Changing Lanes”, and “Igby Goes Down” which all were released in 2002, she received huge praise for her portrayal of Rachel, a mistress of the title character's slimy godfather, in the latter movie. Considered to be a high-profile actress, she kept exploring various characters while also consistently displayed excellent performances as seen in “Identity” (2003), “Something's Gotta Give” (2003), and “Melinda and Melinda” (2004).
Reunited with the cast of “The Whole Nine Yards” to film its sequel, “The Whole Ten Yards” (2004), Amanda has really become an actress in-demand as she was involved in three projects slated to come up by 2005. Playing opposite Ashton Kutcher in “A Lot Like Love,” she afterwards was billed to be the leading actress of “Syriana” before joined Ben Stiller and Jeffrey Wright to perform Neil LaBute's play, “This Is How It Goes” which ended its run at New York's Public Theater on April 17. Her star delightfully kept displaying brilliant shine for she then landed role in the 2006 “Griffin and Phoenix” plus 2007's “The Ex” and “The Martian Child” while lending her voice to animated flick “Terra” (2008).
As for her private life, Amanda formerly dated