American actress Amanda Foreman is best known to TV viewers as moody roommate Meghan in the popular series “Felicity” (1998-2002). She also played Carrie Bowman in several episodes of “Alias” (2003-2006) and Ivy in the second season of “What About Brian” (2006-2007). All three series were produced by J.J. Abrams. Foreman also worked with Abrams in the films “Forever Young” (1992) and “Star Trek” (2009), which Abrams wrote and directed, respectively. More recently, she appeared as Katie Kent in the spin off of “Grey's Anatomy,” “Private Practice” (2009). Foreman's other film credits include Billy Bob Thornton's “Daddy and Them” (2001), “On the Line” (2001), Don Ross' “Happy Ending” (2005), David Lynch's “Inland Empire” (2006) and “Revolution Summer” (2007).
Apart from acting, Foreman enjoys performing in night clubs as a guitarist and singer. She also sings backup for a popular band in Los Angeles.
Childhood and Family:
Nicknamed Mandy, Amanda Foreman was born on July 15, 1966, in Los Angeles, California. Her father, John Foreman (born in 1925, died in 1992), was a producer of “Prizzi's Honor” (1985) and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” (1969). Her mother, Linda Lawton (born in 1936), is an actress. Mandy's younger sister, Julie Foreman, is also an actress.
Raised in Hollywood, Mandy performed in plays throughout high school before making a promising transformation to film and television acting.
What About Brian
A product of a show business family, Amanda Foreman began acting in plays in high school. She was first seen on television at age 23 when she was featured as Larissa in the based-on-fact TV film “The Preppie Murder” (ABC, 1989), which starred Danny Aiello and William Baldwin. She resurfaced three years later in “Murder Without Motive: The Edmund Perry Story” (NBC, 1992), another TV film based on a true story. Also in 1992, Foreman appeared in the HBO political thriller “Live Wire,” starring Pierce Brosnan and Ron Silver. She debuted on the big screen with a small part in the Mel Gibson starring vehicle “Forever Young,” which was directed by Steve Miner and scripted by J.J. Abrams. She also appeared in the 1992 independent film “The Opposite Sex and How to Live with Them,” starring Arye Gross.
Foreman next played the supporting role of Samantha Moore in the thriller “Sliver” (1993), adapted from Ira Levin's novel of the same name. Phillip Noyce directed the film from a screenplay by Joe Eszterhas and Sharon Stone, William Baldwin, Tom Berenger and Polly Walker starred in the movie. Amanda then appeared in the movie “Future Shock” (1994), teamed up with Diana Ladd, Isabella Rossellini and Mary Steenburgen for the 30 minute short “The Gift” (1994), the directorial debut of actress Laura Dern that premiered on Showtime. She next portrayed Marilyn in the low budget independent movie “Delivery,” directed by Eric Burdett, and Lola in the HBO original movie “Breast Men,” starring David Schwimmer and Chris Cooper.
It was not until the following year when she rejoined J.J. Abrams in the college drama series “Felicity,” starring Keri Russell as the title character, that Foreman experienced her big break. In the series, she was cast in the role of Meghan Rotundi, Felicity's roommate. Initially Foreman joined the cast as a recurring player but was made a series regular in 1999. Debuting on September 29, 1998, “Felicity” ran until May 22, 2002.
In 1999, Foreman supported Jennifer Rubin and Erik Palladino in the comedy film “Road Kill,” which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Narrative Feature at the 1999 New Haven Film Fest and the Audience Choice Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. She then acted alongside Luke Perry, Martin Sheen and Robert Knott in the direct to video thriller “Storm,” helmed by Harris Done, and landed a two episode role as Gina Banks in the CBS police drama “Nash Bridge.” For the next three years, she could be seen in the films “Rocket's Red Glare” (2000, with Andrea Thompson and Chris Potter), “Daddy and Them” (2001), a comedy directed, written and starring Billy Bob Thornton, the Eric Bross directed “On the Line” (2001, starring Lance Bass) and “Purgatory Flats” (2002), for writer and director Harris Done.
After the demise of “Felicity,” Foreman made guest appearances in “Six Feet Under” and “Miss Match” (both 2003) and joined the cast of the J.J. Abrams created “Alias” in the recurring role of Carrie Bowman, an agent and the wife of Marshall Flinkman (played by Kevin Weisman). She appeared in eight episodes of the ABC series from 2003 to 2006. She also appeared in the pilot of “Inconceivable” and in an episode of “Unscripted” (both 2005), as well as played Felicia Hart in the Hallmark Channel mystery film “McBride: Requiem” (2006), starring John Larroquette. On the wide screen, Foreman worked with Devon Sawa, Meat Loaf, Amanda Detmer and Benjamin King on “Extreme Dating” (2004), Lisa Kudrow, Steve Coogan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Laura Dern, Jesse Bradford, Jason Ritter, Tom Arnold and Bobby Cannavale in writer/director Don Ross' “Happy Ending” (2005), and portrayed Stephanie in the award winning drama “Jam” (2006).
Foreman next offered the memorable supporting role of Tracy in David Lynch's “Inland Empire,” Lynch's first film since 2001's “Mulholland Drive.” Starring Laura Dern, Justin Theroux, Harry Dean Stanton, and Grace Zabriski, the mystery premiered in Italy at the Venice Film Festival on September 6, 2006. Also that year, Foreman returned to series TV as a regular on the second season of “What About Brian” (ABC, 2006-2007), which was co-produced by J.J. Abrams' company Bad Robot Productions. In the series, she starred as Ivy.
Next up for Foreman, she appeared in the independent drama “Revolution Summer,” which premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival on May 3, 2007, played Amber in the made for TV film “All I Want for Christmas” (2007), starring Gail O'Grady and Greg Germann, and guest starred in the episode “Truth Will Out” of “ER” (2008). In 2009, she was cast as Hannity in “Star Trek,” the eleventh film based on the “Star Trek” franchise. Directed by J.J. Abrams, the science fiction movie received generally positive reviews from critics and became the eighth highest grossing film of 2009 and the highest grossing film in the series. On TV, Foreman made a guest appearance in an episode of “In Plain Sight” called “In My Humboldt Opinion” (April, 2009) and played the recurring role of Katie in four episodes of the ABC medical drama “Private Practice” (March - October 2009).