Amy Smart

  • American actress
  • Born March 26, 1976

Amy Lysle Smart (born March 26, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model who rose to prominence in the late 1990s.A native of Los Angeles, Smart began her career modeling in Italy and subsequently enrolled in acting school. Her first role in film was in director Martin Kunert's anthology horror film Campfire Tales, followed by a minor part in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers (1997). She garnered widespread recognition after appearing in the mainstream teen drama Varsity Blues (1999), as well as for her recurring role as Ruby on the television series Felicity (1999–2001).

I'm just kind of taking whatever life gives me and hoping that I make the right decision.

The best gift we can have is living in the present moment and really enjoying it for what it is; and, not being in our heads and getting sidetracked.

Well, what is acting but the study of human behavior? And that's so fascinating to me.

There's so many more better TV shows than films coming out, in my opinion.

I think it's a gift to become a star, to become a celebrity.

I would love to do a period piece - in the 18th or 17th century. To me, it would be such an incredible challenge because of the way people carried themselves. There are so many incredible stories within those centuries - just the language and the way they carried themselves and what they were going through.

I'm not scared to look like a complete fool in front of people. It's just not one of my insecurities.

I notoriously get the hiccups. When I get the hiccups, I get it numerous times in one day.

For me, I'm OK doing embarrassing things, when it's with somebody else. I'm not the only person to look at.

I think that life is about growth. You continue to grow and progress, hopefully.

I would love to make some kind of film about the witches and the Inquisitions. That would be really fun because I don't think their stories have been told enough.

I like any story that starts one place and really takes a huge journey to a whole new place; that people in their life want to take that journey. They want to be able to find things in their life that aren't working and work through them to a new place of change.

I love cooking during Christmas, all smells like the hot apple cider, the hot spiced wine.

I sometimes skip meals when I travel.

I do feel like I'm a tomboy at heart, so I have an easy time working with guys.

I do Pilates and yoga and try to eat healthy.

I have to say that as an actor, I really look for the role. I'm not really looking to see if it's for television or film, because there are highly talented people in both mediums.

I think that as you get older, you learn to live in yourself more securely.

I was a ballerina for 10 years growing up, but I stopped.

Growing up, I was sort of a tomboy. I was the one skating with the boys.

I want to take roles that challenge me and I want to like the script and obviously feel connected with the director because the director to me is so important.