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Amanda Crew

  • Canadian actress
  • Born June 5, 1986

Amanda Catherine Crew (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for portraying Monica Hall on the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley (2014–present). Following her film debut in Final Destination 3 (2006), she had lead roles as Felicia Alpine in Sex Drive (2008) and Tess Carroll in Charlie St. Cloud (2010), as well as Carrie Miller on the television series Whistler (2006-2008).


I grew up watching stuff with Jim Carey, Robin Williams and Sandra Bullock in them. I've always been attracted to the actors who are a little more off beat.




For myself, I would rather take less roles and be working on films that I'm passionate about, that are going to challenge me and that I'm going to be growing from. I don't ever want to take a movie just for the sake of working.




It's weird but I've never really been the type to have fixations on the leading man actor. I've always been drawn more to the rock star. I love a guy on the microphone commanding an audience.




When I look for the next project, it's always about, 'Is it going to push me out of my comfort zone? Am I doing something different? Am I working with people who are passionate about what they're doing?' At the end of the day, if I'm going to be bored on set, then I'm not gonna be happy.




I have mixed feelings about how fast things are changing as a result of technology. There's no denying that through technology there are amazing things being created that help people with diseases or help people's dreams come true. But there's also this obsession. Social media is the most dangerous of them all.




Life is too short to be doing work that doesn't make you feel happy and fulfilled. I'd rather wait for the right project, as opposed to just taking whatever is handed to me.




Everyone has different goals. For myself, I would rather take less roles and be working on films that I'm passionate about, that are going to challenge me, and that I'm going to be growing from. I don't ever want to take a movie just for the sake of working.




I just have to work on the apologetic side because I'm Canadian. We apologize for everything.




If I had an idea for a genius app, don't you think I would be getting it made immediately?




I had a hard enough time in high school, fitting in without having to keep up with Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook - all these ways you have to keep up your image.




I've never seen any ghost, but I definitely believe that there's some sort of something spiritual out there. I mean, there has to be.




I've always been a very goal-driven person.




Television has changed. There's obviously the generic shows, but on HBO and AMC, there are some really great series, so I'm not closed off to television. If there's an amazing role with amazing people and a great story, I'd definitely be open to it.




My biggest beauty tip would be exfoliation, exfoliation, exfoliation! After a lifetime of almost no breakouts, I started having some pretty embarrassing ones and learned that if you don't exfoliate, your skin has a hard time shedding the old skin and therefore clogs your pores and causes zits.




How can you not be affected by disappointments relating to work you love so much?




I did television a lot in my earlier years, so to do the high school student that's just the pretty girl, I've done that before, so I don't have any interest in that.



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