Though “wholesome” is an almost impossible label for anyone, let alone a teen actor, to live up to, Bynes did seem to give it a very good go. For the next few years, indeed, her career continued to be successful. She appeared in Love Wrecked, starred in She’s The Man and was named one of the “Hottest Stars Under 25” by Teen People. Then in 2007 came the smash hit musical Hairspray.
Bynes’ performance in Hairspray, a movie based on the musical of the same name, won her rave reviews. People were starting to take her seriously as an adult actress. After that came the film Sydney White, followed by the Lifetime movie Living Proof. And in 2009 Bynes signed a two-picture deal with Screen Gems. Her first film for the company, Easy A, was another hit. The second, however, never came to fruition.
As 2010 rolled on, Bynes’ behavior suddenly started to become strange. Tweets that she posted to her personal account were unnecessarily confrontational or made no sense. She was fired from the Owen Wilson film Hall Pass, reportedly because of her paranoid behavior. Perhaps she could have bounced back from that, but over the next few years things became much worse.