Birth Date: January 11, 1972
Birth Place: New York, New York, USA
Height: 5' 6"
Quote: "I've been obsessed with Blow Pops lately on set, but cheese is my biggest weakness. If I had to give up cheese or chocolate, I'd give up chocolate in a heartbeat. Cheese is my favorite thing in the whole world."
Amanda Peet Biography
Born on Januray 11th, 1972, Amanda Peet grew up in New York, and made a decidedly unconventional debut into showbiz -- at three-years-old, a thoroughly uninvited Peet jumped onto a stage during the middle of a play. Despite the auspicious beginning, Peet treated acting as more of a hobby than anything else, and only began to consider it as a potential career after her drama professor at Columbia University encouraged her to audition for renowned acting teacher Uta Hagen. Peet studied with Hagen for four years, during which time she participated in the off-Broadway revival Awake and Sing. Though she would eventually be voted one of the year's 50 most beautiful people in a 2000 issue of People magazine, not to mention participate with the likes of Susan Sarandon, Samuel L. Jackson, and Jack Nicholson, Peet worked as a waitress during the first few years of her acting career.
The sloe-eyed brunette made her onscreen debut in Craig Singer's Animal Room (1996). That same year, she could also be seen in an episode of Law & Order, and went on to play a role in Grind (1996), a crime drama starring Billy Crudup. Before long, Peet landed a small role the Michelle Pfeiffer-George Clooney romantic comedy One Fine Day. Since then, the actress has continued to build both her film and television credits: in 1997, she appeared in the AIDS drama Touch Me, and the following year she had sizable roles in South Boston crime drama Southie with Donnie Wahlberg and Rose McGowan, which one the American Independent award at the Seattle Film Festival in 1998. On television, she could be seen guest starring on a number of shows, including Seinfeld and Ellen Foster. In 1999 she got her own television show, Jack and Jill, on the WB Network. That same year, she could be seen playing Sean Patrick Flanery's fiancée in Simply Irresistible and then acting as his bedmate in Body Shots, another in the long line of explorations into pre-millennial twenty-something dating angst.
After starring in director Neil Turitz's debut Two Ninas, Peet landed a leading role in Peter M. Cohen's independent comedy Whipped. While the film itself performed dismally, Peet met her boyfriend Brian Van Holt on the set. Despite it's independent status, Whipped was given a solid amount of mainstream marketing, and Peet was praised for a game performance in the face of an admittedly weak script.
After a small role in 2000's Isn't She Great with Bette Midler and Nathan Lane, Peet was finally recognized by critics and audiences alike in The Whole Nine Yards. Though the film itself did not fare particularly well, Peet was praised for holding her own against Hollywood heavy-hitter Bruce Willis, which certainly didn't hurt her when it came time to audition for Saving Silverman, which placed her opposite Jason Biggs while he was still reeling from the success of American Pie. In 2002, Peet played a considerably less vicious wife in Changing Lanes with Ben Affleck and Samuel L. Jackson, and won no small amount of praise for her performance as the heroin-addled mistress of Kieran Culkin's character's godfather in Igby Goes Down. Peet would go on to star opposite film veterans Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson in Nancy Meyers' Something's Gotta Give, in which she stars as Nicholson's scandalously young girlfriend, as well as James Mangold's psychological thriller Identity with John Cusack. In 2004, Peet is slated to appear in the sequel to The Whole Nine Yards, aptly titled The Whole Ten Yards, and act alongside Josh Brolin, Chloe Sevigny, and Gene Saks in a yet unnamed Woody Allen feature. The young actress is also scheduled to play the leading role in John McKay's 2005 romantic comedy Piccadilly Jim.
Amanda Peet Filmography
The Ten (2007)
The Martian Child (2006) .... Harlee
Fast Track (2006/I) .... Sofia Kowalski
Griffin and Phoenix (2006)
"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"
... aka Studio 60 (USA: informal alternative title)
- Pilot (2006) TV Episode .... Jordan McDeere
Syriana (2005) .... Julie Woodman
A Lot Like Love (2005) .... Emily Friehl
... aka Complicate (Philippines: English title)
Melinda and Melinda (2004) .... Susan
The Whole Ten Yards (2004) .... Jill
Something's Gotta Give (2003) .... Marin
Identity (2003) .... Paris
Whatever We Do (2003) .... Patty
Igby Goes Down (2002) .... Rachel
Changing Lanes (2002) .... Cynthia Delano Banek
High Crimes (2002) .... Jackie
Saving Silverman (2001) .... Judith Fessbeggler
... aka Evil Woman (Australia) (Europe: English title) (UK) (USA: working title)
Date Squad (2001) (TV) .... Belkis Felcher
Whipped (2000) .... Mia
Takedown (2000) .... Karen
... aka Track Down (USA: DVD box title)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000) .... Jill St. Claire
... aka Nouveau voisin, Le (Canada: French title)
Isn't She Great (2000) .... Debbie
... aka Ist sie nicht großartig? (Germany)
Body Shots (1999) .... Jane Bannister
"Jack & Jill" (1999) TV Series .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett
Two Ninas (1999) .... Nina Harris
Jump (1999) .... Lisa
Simply Irresistible (1999) .... Chris
... aka Einfach unwiderstehlich (Germany)
"Partners" .... Beth Harmon
- Pilot (1999) TV Episode .... Beth Harmon
Playing by Heart (1998) .... Amber
Southie (1998) .... Marianne Silva
1999 (1998) .... Nicole
... aka Girls & Boys (USA: MIFED title)
Origin of the Species (1998) .... Julia
Ellen Foster (1997) (TV) .... Julia Hobbs
Touch Me (1997) .... Bridgette
- The Summer of George (1997) TV Episode .... Linette
Grind (1997) .... Patty
- Snowbound (1997) TV Episode .... Shelly McCrory
Sax and Violins (1997)
One Fine Day (1996) .... Celia
She's the One (1996) .... Molly
"Central Park West" .... Robyn Gainer
... aka C.P.W. (USA: new title)
"The Single Guy"
- Wedding (1996) TV Episode .... Kathy
"One Life to Live" (1968) TV Series .... Layle (1995)
"Law & Order"
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Hot Pursuit (1995) TV Episode .... Leslie Harlan
Animal Room (1995) .... Debbie