Amy Smart

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Amy Smart
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Smart in 2013
Amy Lysle Smart

(1976-03-26) March 26, 1976 (age 46)
Years active1996–present
(m. 2011)

Amy Lysle Smart (born March 26, 1976) is an American actress.[1][2] A native of Los Angeles, Smart began her career modelling in Italy and subsequently enrolled in acting school.

Her first role in film was in director Martin Kunert's anthology horror film Campfire Tales, followed by a minor part in Paul Verhoeven's Starship Troopers (1997). In 1998, Smart played a role in Dee Snider's Strangeland. She garnered widespread recognition after appearing in the mainstream teen drama Varsity Blues (1999), as well as for her recurring role as Ruby on the television series Felicity (1999–2001). She followed this with a lead role in the college sex comedy Road Trip (2000), and co-starred in Jerry Zucker's ensemble comedy Rat Race (2001). She had a lead role opposite Ashton Kutcher in the sci-fi drama The Butterfly Effect (2004).

Smart co-starred with Ryan Reynolds and Anna Faris in Just Friends (2005), followed by the sports drama Peaceful Warrior (2006). From 2011 to 2012, she had a recurring role as Jasmine Hollander on the series Shameless. She subsequently starred in Tyler Perry's comedy The Single Moms Club (2014). Since 2020, Smart has starred as Barbara Whitmore in the DC Universe/The CW superhero drama series Stargirl.

Life and career[edit]

1976–1992: Early life[edit]

Smart was born in Los Angeles, California,[3] and raised in Topanga Canyon.[4] Her mother, Judy Lysle (née Carrington), worked at a museum, and her father, John Boden Smart, was a salesman. She studied ballet for ten years,[5] and graduated from Palisades Charter High School.[6]

1993–2003: Modeling and film beginnings[edit]

While modeling in Milan, Italy,[7] Smart met fellow model Ali Larter and the two "became instant friends", according to Larter.[8] In Los Angeles, they took acting classes together.[citation needed]

After appearing in the video for The Lemonheads' "It's About Time" in 1993, Smart's first film role was in director Martin Kunert's Campfire Tales, followed by a small role as Queenie in the 1996 adaptation of John Updike's short story "A&P". She had a minor role in Paul Verhoeven's science fiction thriller Starship Troopers (1997) as a copilot,[9] and a starring role in the miniseries The 70s, playing a young woman from Ohio. In 1999, Smart played the girlfriend of a popular American football player in the film Varsity Blues, reuniting her with Larter.[10] Also in 1999, she appeared in the film Outside Providence.

From 1999 to 2001 Smart played Ruby, a recurring character on the series Felicity. She costarred in the films Road Trip (2000), Rat Race (2001),[11] Starsky & Hutch (2004),[12] and the science fiction drama The Butterfly Effect (2004).

In 2003, Smart had a small role in the American sitcom Scrubs, playing Jamie Moyer.[10]

2005–2013: Studio films and television[edit]

Smart at the 2008 LA Fashion Week

In 2005, Smart co-starred with Ryan Reynolds in the romantic comedy film Just Friends, playing the high school friend of a previously overweight young man who, years later, returns to her hometown and attempts to confess his love for her. The film was a box office hit, grossing over $50 million worldwide.[13] Also in 2005, she starred as Sarah in the British independent film The Best Man with Seth Green. She had a lead role in the independent drama Bigger Than the Sky (2005), a loose adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac.[14]

Smart appeared in the 2006 action thriller film Crank. She reprised the role in the sequel, Crank: High Voltage, released in 2009.[15]

Smart was a regular cast member in the short-lived 2006 CBS television series Smith, playing a professional burglar.[7] She has also voiced characters in the animated series Robot Chicken, created by Seth Green. Smart appeared as Joy in the 2006 sports drama Peaceful Warrior, about a gymnast whose life changes after an encounter with a spiritual guide.[16] She starred as Melissa in the 2008 independent horror film Seventh Moon,[17] and had a supporting role in Alexandre Aja's supernatural thriller Mirrors (2008).[18]

In March 2011, Smart joined the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless as recurring character Jasmine Hollander.[19] She continued to guest star in season two. On September 20, 2011, Smart married TV carpenter Carter Oosterhouse from the U.S. cable channel HGTV, in Traverse City, Michigan.[20][21]

2014–present: Television and independent films[edit]

In 2014, Smart appeared in the Tyler Perry comedy The Single Moms Club, followed by the thriller Hangman (2015). In 2016, she appeared in a supporting role in the television film Sister Cities (2016).[22] She also appeared in two episodes of the IFC series Maron (2016), portraying Nina.[23]

On December 26, 2016, Smart's daughter, Flora, was born via a surrogate; she revealed this publicly in 2017, explaining that she struggled for years trying to conceive, writing: "After years of fertility struggles I give thanks today to our kind, loving surrogate for carrying her."[24]

In 2019, Smart was cast to play Barbara Whitmore in the DC Universe/The CW superhero drama television series Stargirl, a role she has played since 2020.[25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Smart married television personality Carter Oosterhouse on September 10, 2011, in Traverse City, Michigan.[27][28] They had their first child, Flora Oosterhouse, via surrogate.[29]



Year Title Role Notes
1997 Campfire Tales Jenny Segment: "The Hook"
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Jeananne
1997 Starship Troopers Pilot Cadet Stack Lumbreiser
1997 High Voltage Molly
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Dot Bryant
1998 Circles Allison
1998 Starstruck Tracey Beck
1998 Strangeland Angela Stravelli
1999 Varsity Blues Jules Harbor
1999 Outside Providence Jane Weston
2000 Road Trip Beth Wagner
2001 Scotland, PA Stacy
2001 Rat Race Tracy Faucet
2002 Interstate 60 Lynn Linden
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Naomi
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Tabitha Bowland
2003 Blind Horizon Liz Culpepper
2004 The Butterfly Effect Kayleigh Miller
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Nurse Betty
2004 Starsky & Hutch Holly Monk
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Grace Hargrove / Roxanne
2005 The Best Man Sarah Marie Barker
2005 Just Friends Jamie Palamino
2006 Peaceful Warrior Joy
2006 Crank Eve Lydon
2008 Life in Flight Catherine Sargent
2008 Mirrors Angela Carson
2008 Seventh Moon Melissa
2009 Love N' Dancing Jessica Donovan
2009 Crank: High Voltage Eve Lydon
2010 Dead Awake Natalie
2011 House of the Rising Sun Jenny Porter
2011 The Reunion Nina Cleary
2012 Columbus Circle Lillian Hart
2013 No Clue Kyra
2014 Break Point Heather
2014 Bad Country Lynn Weiland
2014 The Single Moms Club Hillary Massey
2014 Flight 7500 Pia Martin
2014 Among Ravens Wendy Conifer
2015 Zoey to the Max Samantha Jenkins
2015 Hangman Melissa
2016 Patient Seven Mom Segment: "The Visitant"
2017 Apple of My Eye Caroline Andrews
2017 The Keeping Hours Amy
2018 Mississippi Requiem N/A
2018 The Brawler Linda Wepner
2018 Avengers of Justice: Farce Wars Jean Wonder
2021 13 Minutes Kim
2022 Tyson's Run Eloise


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Her Costly Affair Dee Television film
1999 Brookfield Daly Roberts Unsold TV pilot
1999–2001 Felicity Ruby Recurring role (seasons 2–3)
2000 The '70s Christie Shales Miniseries
2003 Scrubs Jamie Moyer 3 episodes
2005–2011 Robot Chicken various Voice role; 6 episodes
2006 Smith Annie Main role
2008 The Meant to Be's Janine Unsold TV pilot
2009 Scrubs Jamie Moyer Episode: "My Finale"
2009 See Kate Run Katherine Sullivan Unsold TV pilot
2011 12 Dates of Christmas Kate Stanton Television film
2011–2012 Shameless Jasmine Hollander Recurring role, 6 episodes
2012 Men at Work Lisa Episodes: Pilot, "Super Milo"
2012 Bad Girls Brandi Unsold TV pilot
2014 Justified Alison Brander Recurring role (season 5), 9 episodes
2014 Run for Your Life Meredith Redmond Television film
2016 Maron Nina 2 episodes
2016 Sister Cities Young Mary Baxter Television film
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Karla Wyatt Episode: "Gone Fishin"
2017 Love at First Glance Mary Landers Television film
2018 MacGyver Dixie/Dawn Episodes: "Mardi Gras Beads+Chair", "Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle"
2020–2022 Stargirl Barbara Whitmore Main role

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Work Result Refs
2000 Teen Choice Awards Choice Chemistry (with Breckin Meyer) Road Trip Nominated
2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Starsky & Hutch Won [30]
2009 Teen Choice Awards Choice Music/Dance Actress Love N' Dancing Nominated

In popular culture[edit]

Amy Smart is the subject of the Last Letters song "I Love You, Amy Smart".[31]


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  3. ^ "Amy Smart Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  4. ^ Smart, Amy; Ferguson, Craig (February 16, 2012). The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. CBS.
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  8. ^ "Ali Larter People Biography". People magazine. Archived from the original on December 11, 2011. Retrieved March 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Berseford, Jack (May 26, 2017). "Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Starship Troopers". Screen Rant. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Amy Smart- Biography: About Amy Smart". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved May 11, 2013.
  11. ^ Bowen, Kit (August 17, 2001). "Rat Race – Interview with Amy Smart". Archived from the original on May 19, 2012.
  12. ^ Fischer, Paul (February 24, 2004). "Carmen Electra and Amy Smart: Starsky & Hutch Grrls Cheer On!", Film Monthly. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
  13. ^ "Just Friends (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  14. ^ Gates, Anita (February 18, 2005). "Film in Review; 'Bigger Than the Sky'". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  15. ^ "'Crank' calls: Amy Smart gets a rush from action sequel 'High Voltage'". Boston Herald. April 14, 2009. Retrieved August 4, 2019.
  16. ^ Ebert, Roger (June 22, 2006). "Peaceful Warrior". Chicago Sun-Times. Archived from the original on August 6, 2019. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  17. ^ Janson, Tim (October 13, 2009). Seventh Moon DVD review, Fangoria. Retrieved February 5, 2012.
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  19. ^ Jeffery, Morgan (March 2, 2011). "Amy Smart wins 'Shameless' role". Digital Spy. Retrieved August 6, 2019.
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  22. ^ Robinson, Will (July 21, 2015). "Casting Net: Amy Smart co-headlines indie Sister Cities". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  23. ^ Steele, Brian (June 21, 2016). "Amy Smart's 5 Most Memorable Roles". IFC. Archived from the original on April 24, 2018.
  24. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen (January 24, 2017). "Amy Smart Reveals Daughter Flora Carried by Surrogate". People.
  25. ^ Sarner, Lauren (February 22, 2019). "Amy Smart Among Four to Join DC Universe Series 'Stargirl'". Variety. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
  26. ^ Otterson, Joe (July 29, 2020). "Amy Smart reveals the most challenging part of her role in 'DC's Stargirl'". New York Post. Retrieved September 16, 2021.
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  28. ^ Fleeman, Mike (September 10, 2011). "Amy Smart Marries Carter Oosterhouse". People. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  29. ^ Karen Mizoguchi (January 24, 2017). "Amy Smart Reveals Daughter Flora Carried by Surrogate: 'I Give Thanks". People. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  30. ^ "2004 MTV Movie Awards". MTV (MTV Networks). Archived from the original on May 19, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2015.Note: Click on the 'Winners' tab.
  31. ^ BUZZMUSIC (January 8, 2021). "Last Letters Gets The Last Word With, "I Love You, Amy Smart"". BuzzMusic. Retrieved January 20, 2022.

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