Nickelodeon star Larisa Oleynik captured kids’ imaginations as a girl named Alex with superpowers on “The Secret World of Alex Mack.” As a teen idol, she made American youngsters all over wonder how awesome it would be to be a famous TV star.
But Larisa wanted to know how it would be to be a regular teen in high school. She left the show after four seasons and went back to high school. Guess what? She got bored. Most kids could have told her that!
Victoria Justice’s career in the spotlight as a teen idol and actress fizzled after "Victorious" was canceled and her solo venture flopped. During her superstardom height, in the two years before Victorious was canceled, she starred in three films, "The Boy Who Cried Werewolf," "Fun Size," and "The First Time."
Since then, she hasn’t found much work as an adult actress besides starring in the MTV thriller "Eye Candy," as well as the Netflix Films, " A Perfect Pairing," and "The Afterlife of the Party."
Amanda Bynes Then
Child actress Amanda Bynes hosted her very own comedy show, "The Amanda Show," on Nickelodeon when she was just 13 years old! She starred in "All That" when she was 10. Starting with commercials and stage work, the adorable actress became an influential teen star in the 90s, raking in Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards right and left.
In the 2000s, she starred in big blockbuster hits like"Big Fat Liar" and "She’s The Man." But in 2010, she abruptly ended her showbiz career with the tweet " I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it.”
Amanda sadly dealt with various substance abuse problems for several years after her untimely retirement. However, she started to get her life back on track! In an interview with "Paper Magazine" in 2018, she announced her intention to start a designer clothing label and get back into acting.
She also announced her engagement on Instagram in February 2020 to Paul Michael. Sadly the two broke it off in 2021. Fingers crossed that Bynes bounces back soon!
Larisa Oleynik is now all grown up. She is a beautiful woman with a busy career. After high school, she went back to acting and landed roles in the cult classic "10 Things I Hate About You" and the hit show "3rd Rock from the Sun." But she wasn’t done with school. Oleynik finished oof her education at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New, York. She said it was “the best decision she ever made.”
A few years later she was cast as a recurring character, Cynthis Cosgrove on "Mad Men" which made her feel like she truly made it. She's continued to prove herself as a formidable force with roles in"Half-Life," "The Healing Powers of Dude," and "Trinkets."