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Amanda Peet


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Amanda Peet




New York City



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5' 8" (1.73 m)


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Amanda Peet - Biography


Amanda Peet (born January 11, 1972) is an American actress.
After studying with Uta Hagen, Peet began her career in television commercials, and progressed to small roles in television and independent films. Featured roles in films such as The Whole Nine Yards (2000) brought her recognition and she was named one of People's "50 Most Beautiful People in the World". Her subsequent film roles have been more prominent, and include Something's Gotta Give (2003), Syriana (2005), and 2012 (2009).

Peet was born in New York City, the daughter of Penny (née Levy), a social worker, and Charles Peet, a corporate lawyer. The two are now divorced. Her father is a Quaker and her mother is Jewish. Peet attended Friends Seminary, then studied history at and graduated from Columbia University, where she auditioned for acting teacher Uta Hagen and decided to become an actress after taking Hagen's class. During her four-year period of study with Hagen, Peet appeared in the off-Broadway revival of Clifford Odets's Awake and Sing.

Peet's first screen performance was a television commercial for Skittles. Her early roles included a guest role on the television series Law & Order. She made her film debut in Animal Room (1995). Peet maintained a steady acting career in relatively obscure independent films.
Her first major role was as "Jack" in the 1999 WB network series Jack & Jill (which aired for two seasons). She also appeared in the eighth-season finale of Seinfeld ("The Summer of George") as a waitress whom Jerry Seinfeld meets. Peet's first role in a widely-released feature film came in 2000, with The Whole Nine Yards, starring with Bruce Willis. That same year, she was voted one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine. Peet was also in the movie Saving Silverman with Jason Biggs, Jack Black and Steve Zahn, where she portrayed psychologist Judith. She also starred in Something's Gotta Give in 2003, playing Diane Keaton's daughter, and, at one point, Jack Nicholson's girlfriend.
In 2005, Peet appeared in the play This Is How It Goes, filling in for Marisa Tomei at the last minute after six days of rehearsal. In the same year, she also co-starred in the films Syriana alongside Matt Damon and George Clooney, and A Lot Like Love, with Ashton Kutcher. In February 2006, she was performing in Neil Simon's Broadway production of Barefoot in the Park.
Peet was a member of the cast of the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which premiered on NBC on September 18, 2006. She starred with Matthew Perry, with whom she worked in The Whole Nine Yards and The Whole Ten Yards, and Sarah Paulson, with whom she co-starred in Jack & Jill. In Studio 60, Peet's character Jordan McDeere was the newly-appointed president of the National Broadcasting System (NBS). In 2006, she also starred along with Dermot Mulroney in Griffin and Phoenix, where she played a terminally-ill woman living life to the fullest.
In 2007's The Ex, a comedy co-starring Zach Braff, Peet played an attorney who stays home to raise a new baby. In 2008, Peet went on to play an FBI agent in The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Peet starred as Kate in 2012, a disaster film directed by Roland Emmerich and released on November 13, 2009.

Peet married screenwriter David Benioff on September 30, 2006, in New York City and gave birth to a daughter, Frances Pen, on February 20, 2007. The three live in Manhattan and Beverly Hills. She was also maid of honor at Lauren Holly's marriage in 2001 with Francis Greco.
On December 10, 2009 she announced that she and David would be expecting their second child.
In 2008 Peet volunteered to be a spokeswoman for Every Child By Two (ECBT), a non-profit organization which advocates childhood vaccination. Peet began working with the group after becoming concerned by the "amount of misinformation floating around, particularly in Hollywood." In an interview with Cookie, Peet stated: "Frankly, I feel that parents who don't vaccinate their children are parasites," referring to the benefit unvaccinated children derive from herd immunity and the concern that dropping vaccination rates may put all children at increased risk of preventable disease. Peet's comments stirred controversy; in response, she apologized for using the term "parasites", but affirmed her position on the importance and safety of vaccination.


Amanda Peet - Personal Quotes


"And I also definitely love glamor. I mean, I love getting dressed up, and having someone do my make-up and feeling pretty. I'm not gonna lie about that, cause that's part of what I love about what I do. But celebrity.. it's like the feeling of going to the prom, the adolescent feeling of popularity. As an actor, my main focus is finding good writing and attacking a good role. I mean, I understand when you're incredibly famous that it becomes difficult to deal with the publicity aspect. But people who are like me, who go, "Oh, I'm not gonna do that. I'm just here for the work!" I find it to be a little pretentious, honestly. Cause you're not that famous. Calm down."


Amanda Peet - Filmography


Gulliver's Travels (2010)
Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2009) (voice) .... Ranger
Please Give (2010) .... Mary
"How I Met Your Mother" .... Jenkins (1 episode, 2010)
... aka H.I.M.Y.M (USA: short title)
- Jenkins (2010) TV episode .... Jenkins
2012 (2009/I) .... Kate Curtis
"Wainy Days" .... Jill (1 episode, 2009)
- Jill (2009) TV episode .... Jill
"Important Things with Demetri Martin" .... Actress (1 episode, 2009)
- Timing (2009) TV episode .... Actress
What Doesn't Kill You (2008) .... Stacy Reilly
The X Files: I Want to Believe (2008) .... ASAC Dakota Whitney
... aka The X-Files (USA: promotional abbreviation)
... aka The X-Files Movie (USA: promotional title)
... aka X-Files: Je veux y croire (Canada: French title)
$5 a Day (2008) .... Maggie
Martian Child (2007) .... Harlee
Terra (2007) (voice) .... Maria Montez
... aka Battle for Terra (International: English title) (USA: new title)
"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" .... Jordan McDeere (22 episodes, 2006-2007)
... aka Studio 60 (USA: informal alternative title)
- What Kind of Day Has It Been (2007) TV episode .... Jordan McDeere
- K&R: Part 3 (2007) TV episode (credit only) .... Jordan McDeere
- K&R: Part 2 (2007) TV episode (credit only) .... Jordan McDeere
- K&R: Part 1 (2007) TV episode .... Jordan McDeere
- Breaking News (2007) TV episode .... Jordan McDeere
(17 more)
Fast Track (2006) .... Sofia Kowalski
... aka The Ex (USA: new title)
Griffin & Phoenix (2006) .... Phoenix
Syriana (2005) .... Julie Woodman
A Lot Like Love (2005) .... Emily Friehl
Melinda and Melinda (2004) .... Susan
The Whole Ten Yards (2004) .... Jill
Something's Gotta Give (2003) .... Marin
Identity (2003) .... Paris
Whatever We Do (2003) .... Patty
Igby Goes Down (2002) .... Rachel
Changing Lanes (2002) .... Cynthia Delano Banek
High Crimes (2002) .... Jackie
"Jack & Jill" .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett (32 episodes, 1999-2001)
- And Jack and Jill Came Down the Hill (2001) TV episode .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett
- ...And Nothing But the Truth (2001) TV episode .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett
- Bag Full of Love (2001) TV episode .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett
- Battle of the Bahamas (2001) TV episode .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett
- The Time/Sex Continuum (2001) TV episode .... Jacqueline 'Jack' Barrett
(27 more)
Saving Silverman (2001) .... Judith
... aka Evil Woman (Australia) (Europe: English title) (Philippines: English title) (UK) (USA: working title)
Date Squad (2001) .... Belkis Felcher
Whipped (2000) .... Mia
Takedown (2000) .... Karen
... aka Hackers 2: Takedown (USA: bootleg title)
... aka Track Down (USA: DVD box title)
The Whole Nine Yards (2000) .... Jill St. Claire
Isn't She Great (2000) .... Debbie
... aka Ist sie nicht großartig? (Germany)
Zoe Loses It (2000) .... Zoe
Body Shots (1999) .... Jane Bannister
Two Ninas (1999) .... Nina Harris
Jump (1999) .... Lisa
Simply Irresistible (1999) .... Chris
... aka Einfach unwiderstehlich (Germany)
"Partners" .... Beth Harmon (1 episode, 1999)
- Pilot (1999) TV episode .... Beth Harmon
Playing by Heart (1998) .... Amber
Southie (1998) .... Marianne Silva
1999 (1998) .... Nicole
... aka Girls & Boys (USA: MIFED title)
Origin of the Species (1998) .... Julia
Ellen Foster (1997) (TV) .... Julia Hobbs
Touch Me (1997) .... Bridgette
"Seinfeld" .... Lanette (1 episode, 1997)
- The Summer of George (1997) TV episode .... Lanette
Grind (1997) .... Patty
"Spin City" .... Shelly McCrory (1 episode, 1997)
- Snowbound (1997) TV episode .... Shelly McCrory
Sax and Violins (1997)
One Fine Day (1996) .... Celia
She's the One (1996) .... Molly
"Central Park West" .... Robyn Gainer (6 episodes, 1996)
... aka C.P.W. (USA: new title)
- Public Execution (1996) TV episode .... Robyn Gainer
- Guess Who's Come to Annoy You? (1996) TV episode .... Robyn Gainer
- Hour of the Devil (1996) TV episode .... Robyn Gainer
- Behind Your Back (????) TV episode .... Robyn Gainer
- She Danced Only One Summer (????) TV episode .... Robyn Gainer
(1 more)
"The Single Guy" .... Kathy (1 episode, 1996)
- Wedding (1996) TV episode .... Kathy
Winterlude (1996)
Virginity (1996)
"One Life to Live" (1968) TV series .... Layle (unknown episodes, 1995)
"Law & Order" .... Leslie Harlan (1 episode, 1995)
... aka Law & Order Prime (USA: informal title)
- Hot Pursuit (1995) TV episode .... Leslie Harlan
Animal Room (1995) .... Debbie


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