AMANDA BYNES (Viola Hastings) is today best known to television audiences for her starring role as Holly Tyler on the WB series “What I Like About You.” On the big screen, she recently starred in the comedy “What a Girl Wants,” for which she won a Kid’s Choice Award—her sixth—for Favorite Movie Actress.
Born and raised in California, the young actress has worked steadily since the age of ten. She was first discovered in a showcase performance in Los Angeles by producers from Nickelodeon, who added her to the cast of Nickelodeon’s “All That” in 1996. After just one season, she was nominated for a 1997 Cable ACE Award. Remaining on the show for four seasons, Bynes was kept doubly busy with other television and film projects.
At the age of 12, Bynes became the youngest performer ever to host her own variety sketch show, “The Amanda Show,” which debuted in 1999. Her work on the show brought her four consecutive Kid’s Choice Awards for Favorite Television Actress.
In 2002, Bynes made her feature film debut starring opposite Frankie Muniz in the comedy “Big Fat Liar,” for which she won a Kid’s Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress. She also lent her voice to the role of Piper in the animated hit “Robots.” Bynes next stars in the romantic comedy “Lovewrecked,” directed by Randal Kleiser.
CHANNING TATUM (Duke) made his feature film debut in Thomas Carter’s high school sports drama “Coach Carter,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. He was then seen in the independent films “Havoc” and “Supercross. Later this year, he will star with Rachel Griffith in an as-yet-untitled romantic drama.
Born in Culman, Alabama, Tatum moved at the age of six to Mississippi where his family lived on a bayou. Tatum began his career as a model and was featured in ad campaigns for Abercrombie & Fitch, Dolce & Gabbana and Aéropostale. He was also featured in commercial spots for Pepsi and Mountain Dew. Making the transition from modeling to acting, Tatum landed his first acting role in a guest spot on “CSI: Miami.”
LAURA RAMSEY (Olivia) made her major feature film debut in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Lords of Dogtown,” in which she co-starred with Emile Hirsch, Heath Ledger, Nikki Reed and Rebecca De Mornay.
Hailing from Rosendale, Wisconsin, Ramsey began pursuing her acting career immediately after graduating from high school. Moving to Los Angeles, she was waiting tables when she was discovered and sent on her first audition for a small film role, which she subsequently landed.
Ramsey more recently appeared in the independent horror films “Venom” and “Cruel World.” On television, she had a series regular role on the ABC drama “The Days.”
JONATHAN SADOWSKI (Paul) makes his feature film debut in the tentatively titled “She's The Man.”
Sadowski was born and raised in Chicago, where he studied theater at the University of Illinois. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he moved to Los Angeles. Soon after, he landed the recurring role of Jefferson on the NBC series “American Dreams. He also had a lead role in the Fox television pilot “Pool Guys,” and has guest starred on the series “Navy: NCIS,” “LAX” and “The Division.”
In addition to his acting, Sadowski is a talented screenwriter, who just sold his first film script together with his writing partner. He is also very musical and plays piano and guitar.
ROBERT HOFFMAN (Justin) is one of the stars of MTV’s new series “Wild ‘N Out,” an improv show produced by Nick Cannon. His other credits include Wade Robson’s short film “I,” and a recurring role on Fox ’s “Quintuplets.”
In addition to his acting skills, Hoffman has been much sought-after for his skills as a dancer and choreographer. He shared in an American Choreographer Award for the film “You Got Served,” in which he also co-starred. In addition, he has been seen dancing in such films as “Guess Who?,” “Coach Carter,” “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Vanilla Sky.” As a dancer, Hoffman has also worked with such stars as Christina Aguilera, Usher, Mya, Marilyn Manson, Paulina Rubio, Brittany Murphy, and Ricky Martin, for whom he also served as a dance double in a music video.
Growing up in Florida, Hoffman was first inspired to dance when he was mesmerized by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. He began his dance training while still in kindergarten and went on to attend a fine arts high school. He later joined Ballet South, headed by American Ballet Company legend Wes Chapman.
When not acting or dancing, Hoffman spends his time making short films that he says have “a Johnny Knoxville brand of fearlessness.” Other hobbies include basketball, football, ping-pong, skateboarding, comic art and video editing.
JAMES SNYDER (Malcolm) was born and raised in Sacramento, California, where he began acting at the age of 14. After receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Southern California, he went on to land guest roles on such television series as “Gilmore Girls,” “Married to the Kellys,” The Suite Life of Jack and Cody” and “Related.” Snyder’s feature film credits include “Pretty Persuasion,” which premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, and “The Gingerdead Man.”
Also an accomplished singer, Snyder starred in several musicals while attending USC, including playing the role of Curly in “Oklahoma.” He has since appeared in numerous musicals in Los Angeles and worked under the direction of Andy Fickman in the stage production “Reefer Madness: The Musical.” In 2004, Snyder played Matt in “The Fantastiks” at the Sacramento Music Theater. In addition, he played Luke Skywalker in the critically acclaimed production “Star Wars Trilogy in 30 Minutes” in Los Angeles, Paris and Scotland. He has also lent his voice to the animated films “Tuck Everlasting” and “Darby O’Gill.”
Snyder plays several musical instruments including the piano, guitar, trumpet and didgeridoo.
ALEX BRECKENRIDGE (Monique) has previously been seen in such films as “Wishcraft” and “Big Fat Liar.” She also starred in the comedy short “D.E.B.S.” and in the video “Rings,” which served as a bridge between the two horror films “The Ring” and “The Ring 2.” On television, she has guest starred on numerous series, including “C.S.I.,” “Medium,” “JAG,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Charmed,” “Freaks and Geeks” and “Dawson’s Creek.” She also appeared in the ABC Family movie “Romy and Michele: In The Beginning,” and lent her voice to two episodes of Fox’s “Family Guy.”
Breckenridge lived in Darien, Connecticut, until the age of 12 when she and her mother moved to California to allow Alex to pursue her dream of becoming an actress. After several years performing with children’s theatre, Breckenridge got the break she’d been waiting for when she landed a starring role on ABC’s “R. L. Stine’s Ghost of Fear Street.” Her first recurring series role came on the WB’s comedy series “Opposite Sex.”
Currently, Breckenridge lives in Hollywood with her black labrador retriever Esmerelda, named after a character in “Pulp Fiction.” Her uncle, actor Michael Wetherly of “Navy: NCIS,” is an important role model in her life.
AMANDA CREW (Kia) next co-stars in the horror thriller sequel “Final Destination 3,” due out in February 2006. She also co-stars with Casper Van Dien in the television movie “Meltdown,” which will air on the Sci-Fi Channel in 2006.
Hailing from British Columbia, Canada, Crew will star on the new Canadian drama series “Whistler,” which is scheduled to debut in spring 2006. She previously had a regular role on the Canadian television series “15/Love,” and also had guest roles on the series “Smallville” and “Life As We Know It.”
JESSICA LUCAS (Yvonne) first gained attention for her starring role on the ABC series “Life As We Know It.” The tentatively titled “She's The Man” marks her feature film debut. She more recently wrapped production on the horror thriller “The Covenant,” in which she stars under the direction of Renny Harlin.
Lucas’ previous credits include the acclaimed television movie “Damaged Care,” starring Laura Dern, as well as regular roles on the series “Edgemont” and “2030 CE.” She has also had guest roles on the Showtime series “The L Word” and the Nickelodeon series “Romeo!”
Lucas makes her home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with her dog Bailey. A talented athlete, she excels in baseball and has been a valuable member of several local women’s baseball teams.
JAMES KIRK (Sebastian Hastings) has been seen in a wide range of film and television projects. His previous film credits include “Two for the Money,” “X2: X-Men United,” “Final Destination 2,” “Mindstorm,” “Once Upon a Christmas” and “Golf Punks,” in which he made his film debut.
Kirk’s television work includes the miniseries “Into the West” and “Steven Spielberg Presents: Taken,” and such telefilms as “FBI: Negotiator,” “Confessions of a Sociopathic Social Climber,” “Ladies Night,” “Naughty or Nice,” “Eve’s Christmas,” “Word of Honor,” “Shadow Realm,” “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead,” “Due East,” “A Season on the Brink” and “Twice Upon a Christmas.” He also had a regular role on the series “Edgemont” for three seasons, and has guest starred on the series “Smallville” and “Dead Like Me.”
A resident of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Kirk enjoys writing, playing the piano, camping, tap dancing, singing, swimming and improv.
CLIFTON MURRAY (Andrew) makes his feature film debut in the tentatively titled “Dirty Little Secret.” He recently had a guest role on an episode of the hit ABC series “Boston Legal.”
Murray makes his home in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, where he is an avid skateboarder. He also sings and plays guitar.
BRANDON JAY McLAREN (Toby) made his feature film debut in “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.” He was also seen in the television movies “Perfect Romance” and “D.C. Sniper: 23 Days of Fear,” and had a starring role on the television series “Secret Central.” In addition, he appeared in a recurring role on the ABC series “The Days,” and has guest starred on such series as “Reunion,” “The Collector,” “Smallville” and “The Chris Isaak Show.”
Of Trinidadian and Grenadian descent, McLaren was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. A gifted athlete, he received a full soccer scholarship to the State University of New York in Albany, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree with plans to attend medical school. Upon returning to Canada, however, he turned his attention to acting and made his professional acting debut as a guest star on the series “Just Cause.”
Today, McLaren still enjoys playing soccer, running and spending time with his girlfriend. He is also learning to play the guitar.