After a four-year absence, Amanda Bynes sat down for an interview and gave us an update on her life today. When we think back on how bad things had become, many will be relieved that the actress is still alive but, if you believe what she’s saying, she’s doing better than just living – she’s thriving.

DUIs and Hit and Run Incidents

Back in 2012, Amanda Bynes’ life really started to spiral out of control. Fans were shocked when she side-swiped a police car in West Hollywood and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. Having been such a clean cut star up to that point, it really felt like a major departure from the actress we had come to know.

Then, a few months later, she was charged with two hit and run incidents but the charges were, ultimately, dismissed after Bynes and the victims reached some sort of financial settlement.

Meanwhile, her license was suspended but that didn’t stop her from getting behind the wheel of a car. In fact, she was arrested for driving with a suspended license just 10 days after it was taken away so they impounded her car. After pleading no contest to the charges, she received three years’s probation and, by April 2014, her license was restored.

Marijuana Possession 

Police showed up at Bynes’ home and allege that they saw her throw a bong out of the window of her 36th floor apartment, although, she claimed it was actually a vase. Despite this, she was still arrested for criminal possession of marijuana as well as tampering with evidence and reckless endangerment.

Noting some unusual behavior, Bynes actually went to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation before even being processed at the police station. Eventually, she was released and the case was dismissed.

Driveway Fire

As if things weren’t already rough, Bynes took to it to the next level by starting a fire in the Thousand Oaks, California driveway of a woman she didn’t know.

In response, the homeowner, Bonnie Braaten (who was 73 years old at the time), said, “I looked out the window and I thought, ‘I [have] my phone, so I’ll call 911,’ but 911 was in my driveway… I hope she gets some help.”

Mental Help and Conservatorship

Immediately following the driveway fire incident, Bynes was placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold. Meanwhile, her parents filed for conservatorship (legal control) over her in an attempt to keep her safe which was maintained by her mother, for some time, in order to ensure that her medical care and finances were being properly managed.

Over the following months, Bynes received “specialized treatment in a private facility” and was eventually released to her parents. Unfortunately, after things seemed to be going well, she was arrested for her second DUI and was, again, hospitalized due to erratic behavior, including publicly accusing her father of sexually molesting her.

Shortly after, Bynes returned to Twitter and wrote: “My dad never did any of those things The microchip in my brain made me say those things but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me.” She, of course, underwent more treatment following these statements.

 

Sober and Ready to Act

Considering how volatile things had become, it’s incredible to imagine that Bynes has turned her life around. In her first interview in four years, the actress said that she’s living a much happier life. Not only has she been sober for three years but she’s ready to get back to work.

 

“I do miss acting and I actually have something surprising to tell you, I’m going to start acting again,” she said. “I want to do TV, maybe a few guest spots on some shows that I’m a fan of and maybe another TV show that I’m the star of it.”

There’s no doubt that fans would gladly welcome her back. In addition to starring in films, Amanda Bynes also appeared in television shows such as What I Like About You and The Amanda Show.