Amanda Bynes says ‘She’s the Man’ led her to ‘a deep depression’

In a frank and revealing interview, Amanda Bynes talked about her battle with drug addiction, and said that the experience of making her 2006 comedy “She’s the Man” led her into what she describes as “a deep depression.”

“When the movie came out and I saw it,” she told Paper Magazine, “I went into a deep depression for four to six months because I didn’t like how I looked when I was a boy.”

Directed by Andy Fickman, “She’s the Man” starred Bynes as a teenager who, after her all-girl’s school’s soccer team is cut, disguises herself as a boy in order to play for an exclusive all-male prep school. Byrnes tells paper that seeing herself with short hair and sideburns was “a super strange and out-of-body experience. It just really put me into a funk.”

The film also features Channing Tatum in his first starring role in a feature film. “I totally fought for Channing [to get cast in] that movie because he wasn’t famous yet,” said Bynes. “He’d just done a Mountain Dew commercial and I was like, ‘This guy’s a star — every girl will love him!’ But [the producers] were like, ‘He’s so much older than all of you!’ And I was like, ‘It doesn’t matter! Trust me!'”

About her drug abuse, Bynes said that she didn’t really drink much as a teenager, but started smoking marijuana when she was 16.

“Even though everyone thought I was the ‘good girl,’ I did smoke marijuana from that point on.” she said. “I didn’t get addicted [then] and I wasn’t abusing it. And I wasn’t going out and partying or making a fool of myself… yet.”

She added, “Later on it progressed to doing molly and ecstasy. [I tried] cocaine three times but I never got high from cocaine. I never liked it. It was never my drug of choice… I definitely abused Adderall.”

She said that she read an article that said Adderall was “the new skinny pill,” which prompted her to want to get her hands on it. She said she was able to get a prescription for it after going “to a psychiatrist and faking the symptoms of ADD.”

“When I was doing ‘Hall Pass,’ I remember being in the trailer and I used to chew the Adderall tablets because I thought they made me [more] high [that way],” she said. “I remember chewing on a bunch of them and literally being scatterbrained and not being able to focus on my lines or memorize them for that matter.”

She said she “remembers seeing my image on the screen and literally tripping out and thinking my arm looked so fat because it was in the foreground or whatever and I remember rushing off set and thinking, ‘Oh my god, I look so bad.'”

In 2014, Bynes was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. She had previously been booked for hitting a police car in 2012, and entered rehab the following year. Now, the former Nickelodeon star said, she’s been “sober for almost four years.”

Read the full interview here.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 25: Amanda Bynes is seen on August 25, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 23: Former actress Amanda Bynes attends the Michael Costello and Style PR Capsule Collection launch party on July 23, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Amanda Bynes attends NYLON Magazine's IT Girl Party at Gilded Lily on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYLON)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen doing her make-up outside in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen doing her make-up outside in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 10: Amanda Bynes is seen at LAX on October 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen doing her make-up outside in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen doing her make-up outside in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen doing her make-up outside in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Actress Amanda Bynes is seen with friends in Soho on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 06: Amanda Bynes attends NYLON Magazine's IT Girl Party at Gilded Lily on October 6, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYLON)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: Actress Amanda Bynes attends an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2013 in New York City. Bynes is facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana in relation to her arrest on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 06: In this handout image provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office, actress Amanda Bynes is seen in a police booking photo April 6, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. Bynes was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. (Photo by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 24: Actress Amanda Bynes departs Manhattan Central Booking after being arrested on May 23 2013 for alleged charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana at Manhattan Criminal Court on May 24, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Amanda Bynes as seen on July 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: Amanda Bynes sighted on July 9, 2013 in Midtown, New York City. Bynes earlier appeared at Manhattan Criminal Court to face charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana in relation to her arrest on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: Actress Amanda Bynes attends an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2013 in New York City. Bynes is facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana in relation to her arrest on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Raymond Hall/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: Actress Amanda Bynes enters Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2013 in New York City. Bynes is facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana in relation to her arrest on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09: Amanda Bynes arrives for an appearance at Manhattan Criminal Court on July 9, 2013 in New York City. Bynes is facing charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana in relation to her arrest on May 23, 2013. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MAY 14: Amanda Bynes leaves the Neil George Salon on May 14, 2009 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by OutOfSightMedia/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - JUNE 05: Amanda Bynes attends the 2011 MTV Movie Awards on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 03: Actress Amanda Bynes arrives at the Tao Nightclub at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino during the club's four-year anniversary party October 3, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Actress Amanda Bynes arrives at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on June 5, 2011 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
Amanda Bynes and Frankie Muniz at the 11th Annual Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation's 'A Time For Heroes' carnival and picnic at Ken Robert's estate in Mandeville Canyon, Los Angeles, Ca.
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Actress Amanda Bynes poses in the press room at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on August 14, 2005 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Amanda Bynes during What A Girl Wants Cast Members Appear At Planet Hollywood at Planet Hollywood in New York, New York, United States. (Photo by Lawrence Lucier/FilmMagic)
Amanda Bynes during 5th Annual Lullabies and Luxuries Luncheon and Fashion Show Benefitting Caring For Children and Families With AIDS at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 14: Actors Shawn Wayans, Amanda Bynes and Marlon Wayans present an award onstage at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards held at Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal CityWalk on August 14, 2005 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 06: Vanessa Minnillo and Amanda Bynes attend The Maxim Party 2010 at The Raleigh on February 6, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/Getty Images for Maxim)
MIAMI - FEBRUARY 06: Actress Amanda Bynes attends The Maxim Party 2010 at The Raleigh on February 6, 2010 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Vallery Jean/Getty Images for Maxim)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Amanda Bynes attends the Ann Taylor Fall 2009 'See Now, Wear Now' Runway Show at the New York Public Library - Celeste Bartos Forum on September 17, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/WireImage for Shadow PR)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Amanda Bynes attends the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Amanda Bynes at Bryant Park on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actor Amanda Bynes poses for a picture at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on September 13, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 13: Actress Amanda Bynes (L) poses with designer Max Azria at the Herve Leger Spring 2010 Fashion Show at the Promenade at Bryant Park on September 13, 2009 in in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Herve Leger)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 10: Lyn Collins, actress Amanda Bynes, actress Joanna Garcia and singer Solange Knowles attend the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2010 Fashion Show at the Tent during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on September 10, 2009 in New York, New York. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for BCBG Max Azria)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Hilary Duff and Actress Amanda Bynes are seen around Bryant Park on September 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by John Parra/WireImage)
NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 12: Amanda Bynes and Kelly Rutherford attend the QVC Style Live celebration during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2010 at Bryant Park on September 12, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 09: Actress Amanda Bynes arrives at the Teen Choice Awards 2009 held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 9, 2009 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
June 6, 2009 Brentwood, Ca.; Amanda Bynes; 8th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball; Held at a Private Residence (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 08: Actresses Angie Harmon and Amanda Bynes attend the 16th Annual Race To Erase MS cocktail reception co-chaired by Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 8, 2009 in Century City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 08: Actress Amanda Bynes attends the 16th Annual Race To Erase MS cocktail reception co-chaired by Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 8, 2009 in Century City, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/WireImage)
CENTURY CITY, CA - MAY 08: Actress Amanda Bynes arrives at the 16th Annual Race to Erase MS event co-chaired by Nancy Davis and Tommy Hilfiger at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza on May 8, 2009 in Century City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Amanda Bynes as seen on July 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by NCP/Star Max/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Amanda Bynes is seen in Chelsea on July 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/FilmMagic)
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