"I am as surprised as anyone would be after working with her and having such a positive experience," says David Robinson, president of Morgan Creek Productions, who was a producer on Bynes' 2007 teen comedy .
"She was always on time, worked hard and was great with the crew and the cast." STORY: Amanda Bynes: A Timeline of Her Legal Troubles Indeed, the young actress had a sterling reputation in Hollywood until, according to sources, she was unable to capitalize on the opportunity she'd long waited for -- an adult role in the 2011 prurient comedy .
But, according to a high-level agency source who was present at one of the meetings Bynes took with her father in tow, the then-22-year-old actress was deeply frustrated with her lot in Hollywood.
PHOTOS: Amanda Bynes' Career in Photos: From Child Star to Troubled Adult "Everybody had her as a goody-goody.
I'm not getting the Lindsay Lohan roles.' " Back then, Bynes and Lohan, born just months apart, were indeed charting different career paths, with Lohan landing parts in adult fare like Robert Altman's .
Even worse for Amber is the fact that it’s not just the audience who loves the new girl in town; Amber’s sweetheart, Link Larkin (Zac Efron), seems to be smitten with ’s eyes to a bigger issue than the latest dance craze or the coolest hairdo – racial inequality.Tracy (Nikki Blonsky) seems a natural fit for the show except for one not-so-little problem – she doesn’t fit in.Her plus-sized figure has always set her apart from the cool crowd, which she is reminded of by her loving but overly protective plus-sized mother, Edna (John Travolta).Throwing caution to the wind, she leads a march with Motormouth Maybelle (Queen Latifah) to fight for integration and winds up with an arrest warrant instead. With people like John Travolta and Michelle and Queen and all those guys, it was just a really amazing thing and to pass it up would be the most craziest thing you could do in your life.I talked to Adam [Shankman] about the fact that it was the most pulled back I’ve ever been in a movie because I’ve been a man in one and I’ve done Nickelodeon where I’ve been many characters; very goofy.