Amanda Crew

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Amanda Crew
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Crew at the premiere of Repeaters in September 2010
Born (1986-06-05) June 5, 1986 (age 28)
Langley, British Columbia, Canada
Residence Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality Canadian
Education Brookswood Secondary School
Occupation Actress
Years active 2005–present

Amanda Crew (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian actress. She is known for her roles in the television series 15/Love and Whistler, and in the feature-length films Final Destination 3, Sex Drive, The Haunting in Connecticut, Charlie St. Cloud, and The Age of Adaline. She made appearances in shows such as Life as We Know It, Suits and Motive. She is currently a main cast member on Silicon Valley as Monica.

Early life[edit]

Amanda Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia. Her mother is a legal secretary and her father is a telecom worker.[1] She began acting when she was cast in the musical Dragon Tales during her fourth grade in elementary school. Three agents contacted her, and she has been acting ever since. As a child, she has appeared in a Coca-Cola commercial and acted in stage plays like Stalling, Cordstons Courts, and Langley, the Musical. She attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.[2][3] She cites Sandra Bullock, Jim Carrey, and Robin Williams as several of her favorite actors and Alanis Morissette as her idol.

Career[edit]

2005–2009: Early work[edit]

In 2005, at age 19, she made her acting debut on the teen drama Life as We Know It as Polly Brewer. She made a cameo in an episode of Smallville, a television drama based on the DC Comics character Superman. From 2005 to 2006, she played Tanis McTaggart on the teen drama 15/Love, with Meaghan Rath. From 2006 to 2008, she played Carrie Miller on the teen drama Whistler. Her role on the show earned her the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series.

She made her motion picture debut in the supernatural horror film Final Destination 3, with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ryan Merriman, and Alexz Johnson. During casting, she originally auditioned for the role of Erin Ulmer, but ended up switching roles and landed the part of Julie Christensen, while Johnson was cast as Erin. The film was released on February 10, 2006 to mixed reviews from critics. That same year, she starred as Kimberly in the television film Meltdown: Days of Destruction with Casper Van Dien.

She made a cameo in the teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, which starred Jesse Metcalfe, Brittany Snow, Ashanti, Sophia Bush, Arielle Kebbel, Penn Badgley, and Jenny McCarthy. The film was released on July 28, 2006 to negative reviews, however, it was a surprise box office hit, opening at #3 and number #1 at the U.S. and Australian box offices, respectively. She starred as Kia in She's the Man, with Amanda Bynes, Channing Tatum, Jessica Lucas, and David Cross. The film was released on March 17, 2006 to mixed reviews.

Amanda Crew in 2009

She landed her first lead role as Felicia Alpine in the ensemble comedy Sex Drive, which starred Josh Zuckerman, Clark Duke, Seth Green, James Marsden, Katrina Bowden, Michael Cudlitz, and David Koechner. The film was released on October 17, 2008 to mixed reviews from critics. That same year, she starred as Marie in the romantic comedy That One Night, and as Joanna in the television film Monster Ark. In early 2009, she auditioned for the role of Nancy Holbrook in the 2010 A Nightmare on Elm Street remake, but lost the role to Rooney Mara.

She starred as Wendy Campbell in the supernatural horror film The Haunting in Connecticut with Virginia Madsen and Kyle Gallner. The film was released on March 23, 2009 to negative reviews, however, it opened at #2 at the box office. That same year, she starred as Britney in the romantic comedy The Break-Up Artist, starring opposite Serinda Swan. When the thriller Breaking the Girls was still in pre-production, she and Adrianne Palicki were originally cast in the lead female roles, but due to a troubled production process, they both dropped out from the project.

2010–2013: Breakthrough success[edit]

She starred opposite Zac Efron, Charlie Tahan, Kim Basinger, Ray Liotta, Donal Logue, and Dave Franco in the romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud as Tess Carroll. It is based on the novel The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood. The film was released on July 30, 2010, and despite negative reviews, the film was modest box office success. She made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, where she and Johnny Knoxville guest starred.

Later that year, she starred as Sonia Logan in the crime thriller Repeaters with Dustin Milligan, Richard de Klerk, and Alexia Fast. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2010, and received negative reviews from critics. Despite this, her performance earned her a nomination for the Leo Award for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama, she lost to April Telek for Amazon Falls. She starred as Whitney Carmichael in Funny or Die's All That Glitters with Dakota Johnson.

She starred as Jan in the crime thriller Charlie Zone, which was released on September 16, 2011. She reunited with Repeaters co-star Dustin Milligan in the family drama Sisters & Brothers, which also starred Cory Monteith and Gabrielle Miller. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2011. Her performance earned her a second Leo Award win, this time for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama.

Crew at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival with Alexia Fast, Richard de Klerk, and Dustin Milligan for the movie Repeaters

Earlier that year, she guest starred on the legal drama Suits as Lola Jensen. She starred as Helena St. John in the political thriller Knife Fight, featuring an A-list ensemble cast that starred Rob Lowe, Carrie-Anne Moss, Jamie Chung, Julie Bowen, Eric McCormack, and Jennifer Morrison. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 25, 2012. She made a cameo in the viral video Sexy Pool Party with Nathan Fillion.

Her performance in the 2012 thriller Ferocious, which starred Kim Coates, Katie Boland, Dustin Milligan and Michael Eklund, earned her a Leo Award nomination for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama, she lost to Jennifer Copping for Becoming Redwood. She made a cameo as Julie in the Steve Jobs biographical drama Jobs, starring opposite Ashton Kutcher, Lukas Haas, J. K. Simmons, James Woods, and Lesley Ann Warren. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2013, and was released worldwide on August 16 to negative reviews.

Tricia Helfer and herself were to appear in the science-fiction horror film Stranded, but for unknown reasons, they no longer pursued the project. She made a cameo in the romantic comedy Miss Dial, which featured Beth Grant and Gabrielle Union. The film was released on February 16, 2013. In addition to starring with Aly Michalka and Eva Longoria, she reunited with The Haunting in Connecticut co-star Virginia Madsen in the romantic comedy drama Crazy Kind of Love, a film based on the 1995 novel Angel Angel by April Stevens. The film was released on July 9, 2013.

2014–present: Subsequent roles[edit]

Since 2014, she stars as Monica in Mike Judge's sitcom Silicon Valley, starring opposite Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Martin Starr, and Kumail Nanjiani. Silicon Valley has received widespread acclaim, and her performance earned her a Golden Maple Award nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S., and the series itself was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Earlier that year, she guest starred on the crime drama Motive as Robin Keaton.

She reunited with Charlie St. Cloud co-star Ray Liotta and Sex Drive co-star Seth Green in the musical drama The Identical, also starring alongside Brian Geraghty, Ashley Judd, and Joe Pantoliano. The film premiered at the Nashville Film Festival on April 17, 2014, and was released worldwide on September 5. The film was universally panned by critics and was a box office bomb. She was a recurring cast member on the web Math Bites, which was hosted by Danica McKellar. She and Dustin Milligan reunited in the viral video The Slap with Chloe Dykstra, Elizabeth Gillies, Haley Joel Osment, and Jessica Stroup.

She reunited with Dustin Milligan once again in the crime comedy Bad City, with Reece Thompson. The film premiered at the Whistler Film Festival on December 9, 2014. Her performance earned a Leo nomination for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture. She starred as Kikki Jones in the epic fantasy romance The Age of Adaline, with Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Harrison Ford, Kathy Baker, and Ellen Burstyn. The film was released on April 24, 2015 to mixed reviews.

She is set to appear in the upcoming sports drama Race, with Jason Sudeikis, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt, and Carice van Houten. The film is set to be released on April 8, 2016. In 2015, she was cast in the upcoming comedy-drama Table 19 in an unspecified role. The film is to star Anna Kendrick, Lisa Kudrow, Wyatt Russell, Craig Robinson, and June Squibb. Later that year, she guest starred on an episode of Last Call with Carson Daly with Teresa Palmer, and on The Home and Family Show with Jackson Galaxy.

Personal life[edit]

Crew co-runs the blog Granny Girls with her friend, actress Amber Borycki, which features their shared love of baking, cooking, and crafting.[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Final Destination 3 Julie Christensen Film debut
2006 John Tucker Must Die Hallway Girl Cameo
2006 Meltdown: Days of Destruction Kimberly
2006 She's the Man Kia
2008 Monster Ark Joanna
2008 Sex Drive Felicia Alpine
2008 That One Night Marie
2009 The Break-Up Artist Britney
2009 The Haunting in Connecticut Wendy Campbell
2010 Charlie St. Cloud Tess Carroll
2010 Repeaters Sonia Logan
2011 Charlie Zone Jan
2011 Sisters & Brothers Nikki
2012 Ferocious Leigh Parrish
2012 Knife Fight Helena St. John
2013 Crazy Kind of Love Bette Mack Also known as Long Time Gone
2013 Jobs Julie
2013 Miss Dial Amanda
2014 Bad City Crystal Ball / Izzy Fontaine
2014 The Identical Helen Hemsley
2015 The Age of Adaline Kikki Jones
2016 Race Peggy post-production
2016 Table 19 TBA filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2005 Life as We Know It Polly Brewer 2 episodes
2005 Smallville Sorority Girl Episode: "Recruit"
2005–2006 15/Love Tanis McTaggart Main Cast (Season 1-2)
Guest (Season 3)
2006–2008 Whistler Carrie Miller Main Cast
2010 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Herself
2011 Suits Lola Jensen / Mildred Wisnewski Episode: "Identity Crisis"
2014 Motive Robin Keaton Episode: "Raw Deal"
2014–present Silicon Valley Monica Main Cast (Season 1-Present)
2015 Last Call with Carson Daly Herself
2015 The Home and Family Show Herself

Other[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 All That Glitters Whitney Carmichael
2013 Sexy Pool Party Herself Cameo
2014 Math Bites Various Web series, 3 episodes
2014 The Slap Herself

Awards and Nominations[edit]

Golden Maple Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Work Category Result
2015 Silicon Valley Best Actress in a TV Series Broadcasted in the U.S. Pending

Leo Awards[edit]

Year Nominated Work Category Result
2007 Whistler Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Won
2011 Repeaters Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Nominated
2012 Sisters & Brothers Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Won
2013 Ferocious Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Feature Length Drama Nominated
2015 Bad City Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture Pending

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schaeffer, Kyle (2010-07-30). "Smooth sailing for gal from Langley". The Province. Archived from the original on 8 August 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ Amanda Crew Maxim interview
  3. ^ "Amanda Crew Photos, Gossip, Bio & Reviews - AskMen.com UK". Uk.askmen.com. 1986-06-05. Retrieved 2010-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Granny Girls". 

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