Amy Smart

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Amy Smart
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Smart in 2009
Born
Amy Lysle Smart

(1976-03-26) March 26, 1976 (age 43)
OccupationActress
Years active1996–present
Spouse(s)
Carter Oosterhouse (m. 2011)
Children1

Amy Lysle Smart (born March 26, 1976) is an American actress and former fashion model who rose to prominence in the late 1990s. [1] [2]

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A native of Los Angeles, Smart began her career modeling 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). 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 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 2005's Just Friends , 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).

Life and career

1976–1992: Early life

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 10 years, [5] and graduated from Palisades Charter High School. [6]

1993–2003: Modeling and film beginnings

While modeling in Milan, Italy, [7] Smart met fellow model Ali Larter [8] and the two "became instant friends", according to Larter. [9] In Los Angeles, they took acting classes together. [8]

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 the copilot for (and friend of) Carmen Ibanez (Denise Richards), [10] 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 (James Van Der Beek) in the film Varsity Blues, reuniting her with Larter. [11] Also in 1999, she appeared in the film Outside Providence .

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Smart during LA Fashion Week 2008

From 1999 to 2001 Smart played a recurring character on the series Felicity — Ruby, a former girlfriend of Scott Foley's character. She costarred in the films Road Trip (2000), Rat Race (2001), [12] Starsky & Hutch (2004), [13] and the science fiction drama The Butterfly Effect (2004), playing the childhood friend of Ashton Kutcher's character.

In 2003, Smart had a small role in the American sitcom Scrubs , playing Jamie Moyer (aka "Tasty Coma Wife"), one of main character J.D.'s love interests. [11]

2005–2013: Studio films and television

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. [14] Also in 2005, she starred as Sarah in the British independent film The Best Man with Seth Green. She also had a lead role in the independent drama Bigger Than the Sky (2005), a loose adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac , co-starring with Marcus Thomas, Sean Astin, and Patty Duke. [15]

Smart appeared in the 2006 action thriller film Crank , portraying the girlfriend of the lead character, Chev Chelios (Jason Statham). She reprised the role in the sequel, Crank: High Voltage , released in 2009. [16]

Smart was a regular cast member in the short-lived 2006 CBS television series Smith opposite Ray Liotta and Virginia Madsen, 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 , starring Scott Mechlowicz and Nick Nolte, about a gymnast whose life changes after an encounter with a spiritual guide. [17] She also starred as Melissa in the 2008 independent horror film Seventh Moon , [18] and had a supporting role opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Alexandre Aja's supernatural thriller Mirrors (2008). [19]

In March 2011, Smart joined the Showtime comedy-drama Shameless as recurring character Jasmine Hollander, a friend of lead Fiona (Emmy Rossum). [20] 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. [21] [22]

2014–present: Television and independent films

In 2014, Smart appeared in the Tyler Perry comedy The Single Moms Club opposite Nia Long and Wendi McLendon-Covey, followed by the thriller Hangman (2015). In 2016, she appeared in a supporting role in the television film Sister Cities (2016), opposite Jacki Weaver, Michelle Trachtenberg, and Alfred Molina. [23] She also appeared in two episodes of the IFC series Maron (2016), portraying Nina, wife of Dave Anthony. [24]

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." [25]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleDirector(s)NotesRef.
1996 Her Costly Affair Dee John Patterson Television film
1996A & PQueenieBruce Schwartz Short film [26] [27]
1997 Campfire Tales Jenny Martin Kunert Segment: "The Hook"
1997 The Last Time I Committed Suicide Jeananne Stephen T. Kay
1997 Starship Troopers Pilot Cadet Stack Lumbreiser Paul Verhoeven
1997 High Voltage Molly Isaac Florentine
1998 How to Make the Cruelest Month Dot Bryant Kip Koenig
1998CirclesAllisonAdam Kreutner
1998 Starstruck Tracey BeckJohn Enborn
1998 Strangeland Angela StravelliJohn Pipelow
1999 Varsity Blues Julie Harbor Brian Robbins
1999 Outside Providence Jane Weston Michael Corrente
1999BrookfieldDaly RobertsArvin BrownTelevision film
2000The '70sChristie Shales Peter Werner Television film
2000 Road Trip Beth Wagner Todd Phillips
2001 Scotland, PA StacyWilliam Morrissette
2001 Rat Race Tracy Faucet Jerry Zucker
2002 Interstate 60 Lynn Linden Bob Gale
2003 National Lampoon's Barely Legal Naomi David Mickey Evans
2003 The Battle of Shaker Heights Tabitha Bowland
2003 Blind Horizon Liz Culpepper Michael Haussman
2004 The Butterfly Effect Kayleigh Miller
2004 Win a Date with Tad Hamilton! Nurse Betty Robert Luketic
2004 Willowbee BurglarGeorge KenyonShort film
2004 Starsky & Hutch Holly MonkTodd Phillips
2005A Love StoryGirlSpencer SusserShort film
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Grace Hargrove / Roxanne Al Corley
2005 The Best Man Sarah Marie BarkerStefan Schwartz
2005 Just Friends Jamie Palamino Roger Kumble
2006 Peaceful Warrior Joy Victor Salva
2006 Crank Eve Lydon
2008 Life in Flight Catherine SargentTracey Hecht
2008 Mirrors Angela Carson Alexandre Aja
2008 Seventh Moon Melissa Eduardo Sánchez
2008The Meant to Be'sJanineGlenn Gordon CaronTelevision film
2009 Love N' Dancing Jessica Donovan Robert Iscove
2009 Crank: High Voltage Eve Lydon
  • Mark Neveldine
  • Brian Taylor
2009See Kate RunKatherine Sullivan Dean Parisot Television film
2010 Dead Awake Natalie Omar Naim
2010 The Town Boston Police Department Sergeant Jessica Maclellan Ben Affleck
2011Mr. StacheMrs. Stache Jac Schaeffer Short film
2011 House of the Rising Sun Jenny PorterBrian A. Miller
2011 12 Dates of Christmas Kate Stanton James Hayman Television film
2011 The Reunion Nina Cleary Michael Pavone
2012 Columbus Circle Lillian Hart George Gallo
2012Bad GirlsBrandi John Dahl Television film
2013 No Clue Kyra Carl Bessai
2014The VisitantThe MomNicholas PetersonShort film
2014 Break Point Heather Jay Karas
2014 Run for Your Life Meredith RedmondMichael ScottTelevision film
2014 Bad Country Lynn Weiland Chris Brinker
2014 The Single Moms Club Hillary Massey Tyler Perry
2014 Flight 7500 Pia Martin Takashi Shimizu
2014 Among Ravens Wendy Conifer
2015Zoey to the MaxSamantha JenkinsJim Valdez
2015 Hangman MelissaAdam Mason
2016 All the Way to the Ocean MomDoug RowellShort film
2016 Sister Cities Young Mary Baxter Sean Hanish Television film
2016Patient SevenMomNicholas PetersonSegment: "The Visitant"
2017Apple of My EyeCaroline AndrewsCastille Landon
2017Love at First GlanceMary Landers Kevin Connor Television film
2017 The Keeping Hours Amy Karen Moncrieff
2018 Mississippi Requiem
2018 The Brawler Linda WepnerKen Kushner
2018 Avengers of Justice: Farce Wars Jean WonderJarrett Tarnol
2019 Tyson's Run Eloise Kim Bass

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1999–2001 Felicity RubyRecurring role
2003 Scrubs Jamie Moyer3 episodes
2005–2011 Robot Chicken Various voice roles 6 episodes
2006 Smith AnnieMain role
2009 Scrubs Jamie MoyerEpisode: "My Finale: Part
2011–2012 Shameless Jasmine Hollander 6 episodes
2012 Men at Work LisaEpisodes: Pilot, "Super Milo"
2014 Justified Allison Brander9 episodes
2016 Maron Nina2 episodes
2017 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Karla WyattEpisode: "Gone Fishin"
2018 MacGyver Dixie/DawnEpisodes: "Mardi Gras Beads+Chair", "Benjamin Franklin + Grey Duffle"
2020 Stargirl Barbara WhitmoreMain cast

Awards and nominations

YearAssociationCategoryWorkResult
2000 Teen Choice Awards Choice Chemistry (with Breckin Meyer)Road TripNominated
2004 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss [28] Starsky & HutchWon
2009Teen Choice Awards Choice Music/Dance Actress Love N' DancingNominated

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