In most cases, the transition from one professional career to another never comes easy, most especially when people from the new career you intend on pursuing, do not believe you are good enough for the job. Such was what Amy Smart went through when she wanted to become an actress switching from modeling. Filmmakers thought she was not good enough and initially denied her major roles because they believed models do not make good actors and actresses. But after more than two decades of acting professionally, she has shut up her critics and has so far had a blistering career as an actress ever since her transition from modeling.
Amy Smart Biography
Amy Lysle Smart is an American actress and ex-model who was born on March 26, 1976, in Topanga, California, to John Boden Smart and Judy Lysle Barrington. Smart has always been the curious type, while she was still little, she loved art and dreamt of exploring it to the fullest. She got some of her love for art from her mother Judy, who was a museum curator. Amy grew up with both her parents and her brother Adam Smart.
When Amy Smart was 10, she started taking ballet classes and according to her, it helped ease out her stage fright. She continued dancing throughout her days in middle school and high school as well. It was in high school that she started liking the idea of acting and she joined her high school drama club and acted in school plays. She also ventured into modeling just before she graduated from high school. After she finished high school, she went full-time into modeling but still had acting at the back of her mind. Her modeling job earned her lots of money and it took her out of the United States a lot, doing most of her jobs in Europe. During one of her jobs in Italy, she met Alison Larter, and they both became close friends. On their return to the United States, they started taking acting classes together.
Smart started going for auditions in the early 1990s but she barely secured any acting roles. After several failed auditions, she managed to get her first appearance on screen in 1993, when she appeared in the music video of It’s About Time by Lemonhead. Amy kept on going for auditions keeping her dream of becoming an actress alive. She eventually secured her first film role, a minor role in the television film Her Costly Affair in 1996. It then followed other minor roles in A&P and Campfire Tale, both in the same year. Amy Smart continued to play minor roles in films such as Starship Troopers, High Voltage, Varsity Blues and many other films.
Entering the 2000’s, Smart began to bag major roles, she secured a recurring role in the American TV show Felicity as Rudy. She played significant roles in Road Trip (2000), Rat Race (2001), Starsky& Hutch (2004) and in The Butterfly Effect (2004). She and Ryan Reynolds co-starred in the 2005 romantic comedy film, Just Friends. She also co-starred alongside Jason Statham in Crank, in 2006, as Jason’s girlfriend. Smart went on to reprise her role as Eve Lydon in the film’s sequel, Crank: High Voltage, in 2009.
Amy Smart played the main role as Annie in the American TV show Smith, in 2006. She appeared in six episodes of Shameless between 2011 and 2012, as Jasmine Hollander. Amongst other films she has starred in are The Best Man, The Town, Mr. Stache, The Single Moms Club, and Hangman, as well as in TV shows such as Robot Chicken, Scrubs, Justified and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
In 2004, Amy Smart won the MTV Movie Awards for Best Kiss, for her work in Starsky& Hutch.
Amy Smart is enjoying such a profitable career as an actress. She started out as a model but is now a full-time actress, and most of her earnings are attributed to her acting job. Her net worth is estimated to be around $8million.
Amy Smart Husband – Carter Oosterhouse
Carter is a television personality, carpenter and model. He was born on September 19, 1976, in Traverse City, Michigan. Carter learned the skills of carpentry when he was very young. He worked as an apprentice for his neighbor. He is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he studied nutrition and communication.
Amy Smart and Carter Oosterhouse got married on September 10, 2011, in Carter’s home town. The couple had their first child through a surrogate, on December 26, 2016. Their daughter’s name is Flora.
More Facts About Amy Smart
- Aside from being an actress, Amy Smart is also a yoga teacher.
- Before becoming an actress, Amy modeled for several prestigious companies such as Dolce & Gabbana.
- She was rumored to be in a relationship with one of her co-actor but she denied having any extramarital relation.
- The former model’s body measurement is 34-25-33 inches being her bust hips and waist respectively.
- Amy Smart stands at a height of 168cm or 5 feet 5 inches.
- The actress has a body weight of 55kg or 121lbs.