Amanda Schull

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Amanda Schull
Born (1978-08-26) August 26, 1978 (age 36)
Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Occupation Ballerina, actress
Years active 1999–2006 (ballet)
2000–present (acting)

Amanda Schull (born August 26, 1978) is an American actress and former professional ballet dancer.

Early life and education[edit]

Schull was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. She attended Punahou School and trained at Hawaii State Ballet under the instruction of John Landovsky. As shown in her biographies, she attributes her training to Ballet Hawaii as well.

After years of training, Schull was offered a full scholarship to Indiana University for ballet. While at Indiana University, she joined Delta Delta Delta. During Schull's sophomore year (as a ballet and journalism major), she attended the San Francisco Ballet School Summer Intensive. SFBS subsequently offered Schull a scholarship to continue her studies for an additional year.

When Schull's year-long scholarship ended in 1999, San Francisco Ballet's artistic director offered her an apprenticeship which she accepted. Schull was cast in the starring role of Jody Sawyer in the 2000 movie Center Stage while still an apprentice with SFB. She subsequently joined SFB as a full-time member of its corps de ballet.

Career[edit]

In April 2006, Schull retired from San Francisco Ballet. In May 2008 she went to Australia to film the movie adaptation of Li Cunxin's Mao's Last Dancer.[1] In Mao's Last Dancer, released in North America in 2010, Schull has a major role as Elizabeth "Liz" Mackey, the girlfriend (and later, first wife) of Li Cunxin.

In 2009, Schull had a guest star role on the Fox TV show, Lie to Me, season 1, episode 4. She was recently seen in the Lifetime Movie Sorority Wars starring Lucy Hale and Courtney Thorne-Smith. She also guest stars on The CW's One Tree Hill as Sara, the spirit and memory of the deceased wife of Clay (played by Robert Buckley), and also as Clay's wannabe lover who bears a striking resemblance to Sara - Katie Ryan. She guest starred in an episode of Ghost Whisperer (Greek Tragedy) in 2009, and episode 14 of Bones, in 2010. Schull stars as Meredith, who is Aria's (Lucy Hale's character) dad's former lover, in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars. She also appeared in an episode of Hawaii Five-0. In March 2012, she appeared in a McDonald's commercial for the Shamrock Shake and in April she guest starred in an episode of Psych. She has also just recently appeared in an episode of "Grimm" as Lucinda, a character who resembles Cinderella with a twist. In 2013, she appeared in the recurring role of Katrina Bennett in USA's Suits.

Personal life[edit]

Schull's mother is Susan Schull, the President of Ballet Hawaii.[2]

Filmography[edit]

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Center Stage Jody Sawyer
2007 Women on Top Becca King
2009 Mao's Last Dancer Elizabeth Mackey
2009 Sorority Wars Gwen TV film
2011 J. Edgar Anita Colby
2012 Imaginary Friend Brittany TV film
2013 The Hunt for the Labrynth Killer Shelby Cook TV film
2014 The Off Season Julie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Cleaner Aileen "Five Little Words" (season 1: episode 12)
2008 Cold Case Allison 'Ally' Thurston "Wings" (season 6: episode 11)
2009 Ghost Whisperer Emily Harris "Greek Tragedy" (season 4: episode 15)
2009 Lie to Me Phoebe Headling "Love Always" (season 1: episode 4)
2009–2010 One Tree Hill Sara Evans / Katie Ryan Recurring role; 13 episodes
2010 Bones Neviah Larkin "The Devil in the Details" (season 5: episode 14)
2010–2013 Pretty Little Liars Meredith Sorenson Recurring role; 7 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Nicole Duncan "Ke Kinohi" (season 1: episode 13)
"He Kane Hewa' Ole" (season 1: episode 14)
2011 Castle Joy Jones "Pretty Dead" (season 3: episode 23)
2011 Two and a Half Men Alicia "Thank You for the Intercourse" (season 9: episode 8)
2012 Psych Thea Summers / Dalia Towne "Santabarbaratown" (season 6: episode 16)
2012 Grimm Lucinda Jarvis "Happily Ever Aftermath" (season 1: episode 20)
2012 The Mentalist Marcy Victor "Red Rover, Red Rover" (season 4: episode 23)
2012 Vegas Carol Reyes "Money Plays" (season 1: episode 2)
2013–2014 Suits Katrina Bennett Recurring role
2013 Nikita Naomi Ceaver "Black Badge" (season 3: episode 11)
2014 Suburgatory Linda "The Ballad of Piggy Duckworth" (season 3: episode 9)
2015 12 Monkeys Dr. Cassandra Railly Main role

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