"I think everyone has certain qualities that make them stars. But I think the strongest quality anyone has to bring to a film role is themselves. You have to bring the essence of who you are. That's where your real strength lies." Amy Smart
American actress Amy Smart initially became known for her portrayal of the iron-willed girlfriend of James Van Der Beek, Jules Harbor, in the blockbuster hit Varsity Blues (1999). She gained even more popularity when she did a nude scene in the 2001 smash flick Road Trip, playing the role of Beth Wagner, opposite Tom Green. In 2004, Smart caught the attention of the public with her sizzling performance in the big screen adaptation of the 70's cop series Starsky & Hutch (2004), in which she won a 2004 MTV Movie Award.
Off Screen, number 27 of Stuff magazine's “102 Sexiest Women in the World” (2002), Amy Smart was listed as one of Organic Style magazines’ “Women with Organic Style” in 2004. She was chosen to receive the honor due to her work with such charitable organizations as the Environmental Media Association, Humane Society and Heal the Bay. As for her private life, 5' 3” blonde-haired Smart became engaged to her boyfriend of 10 years, actor Brandon Williams. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and her two cats, Yogi and Nala.
Fans can also catch Smart in the recent and upcoming films Bigger Than the Sky (2005), Just Friends (2006), the romance The Best Man (2006) and the drama Peaceful Warrior (2006, stars with Scott Mechlowicz and Nick Nolte).
Childhood and Family:
On March 26, 1976, Amy Smart was born in Topanga Canyon, California, but was raised in Los Angeles. She is the daughter of John (salesman) and Judy (worked at the J. Paul Getty museum). Amy also has a brother named Adam (artist).
The blue-eyed beauty was a tomboy as a child and once became the only girl on her Little League baseball team. Besides baseball, left-handed Amy studied ballet for ten years. At age thirteen, Amy tried her hand at modeling.
"Seriously, for me, I'm a real environmentalist and I volunteer a lot when I'm not working. So, if I were to get $2 million, I would probably want to donate that." Amy Smart
Off screen, Amy is a vegetarian. She is also a humanitarian who is actively involved in the Humane Society, serves as a director for the Environmental Media Association and a spokesperson for an environmental group dedicated to cleaning up the Santa Monica Bay, called Heal the Bay, as well as attending charities for animal rights.
Thirteen-year-old Amy Smart got her first job as a model walking catwalks in New York and Milan, before she broke into acting in 1994 with a role in MTV’s Rock the Vote campaign. Two years later, Smart decided to fully concentrate on acting and tried to get more roles in films. She played the role of Queenie in director Bruce Schwartz’s short film A & P (1996), then landed small roles in two NBC television movies: Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story (1996) and Her Costly Affair (1996).
In 1997, Smart earned her first film exposure as Molly in the action/thriller High Voltage (1997, starring Antonio Sabato Jr. and Shannon Lee). She also appeared in the horror movie Campfire Tales (1997) and was featured as Jeananne in Stephen Kay's biopic of beat icon Neal Cassady (played by Thomas Jane), The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997). The independent film was screened at 1997's Sundance Film Festival. Additionally, moviegoers briefly caught Smart in the Paul Verhoeven science fiction vehicle Starship Troopers (1997, starring Casper Van Dien, Dina Meyer and Denise Richards).
In the following year, Smart delivered a notable turn as Dot Bryant, an elegant sister of bothered protagonist Bell (played by Clea DuVall), in the independent comedy How to Make the Cruelest Month (1998). With Kip Koenig directed at the helm, Smart received positive reviews from film critics. She next played a role in Circles (1998), was Tracey Beck in Starstruck (1998) and portrayed Angela Stravelli in the thriller StrangeLand (1998).
After portraying series regular Daly Roberts in television’s Brookfield (1999), Smart’s first brush with fame eventually arrived with a costarring role opposite James Van Der Beek in the 1999 sleeper teen hit Varsity Blues. In the comedy/sport film, Smart portrayed the iron-willed Jules Harbor, who longs to escape the football-obsessed culture of her small town. The success of the film helped to launch Smart’s acting career.
Smart’s career gained more momentum in 1999 when she played the small, but memorable role, of Jane Weston, the affluent girl who falls for a working-class young man named Dunphy (played by Shawn Hatosy) in the touching comedy Outside Providence (1999). Moreover, Smart landed the reoccurring role of Ruby, the sweetheart of Felicity's former flame Noel, in WB’s successful "Felicity" (1999-2001).
Starring as Christie Shales, opposite Brad Rowe, Guy Tory and Vinessa Shaw, in the unsatisfactory NBC drama miniseries "The '70s" (2000) was Smart’s opening performance in the new millennium. The same year, Smart stole the hearts of American boys when she was cast as Beth Wagner in the gross-out teen flick Road Trip (2001, alongside Tom Green), in which she appeared topless. Smart’s nude scene in the comedy helped to launch her as a sex-symbol.
"The scene, however, was not as scripted. I wasn't expecting an extensive nude shot, but instead thought I would be topless for just a bit. But, the way it happened I feel fit well with the script and worked with the general feel of the movie.” Amy Smart on her nude scene on Road Trip
After the success of Road Trip, the actress played Stacey, one of a trio of hippies in the Indie Macbeth adaptation Scotland, Pa (2001, screened at the Sundance Film Festival), joined Cuba Gooding Jr. and Whoopi Goldberg in the ensemble film Rat Race (2001, directed by Jerry Zucker) and played the supporting role of Lynn Linden in Interstate 60 (2002). In 2003, Smart added to her resume three films, which included portraying Naomi Feldman in David M. Evans’ comedy After School Special (2003), starring as Tabby, the love interest of Shia LaBeouf's character in the drama film The Battle of Shaker Heights (2003) and playing Liz Culpepper in the thriller Blind Horizon (2003, directed by Michael Haussman).
Smart continued to take on roles in wide screen projects. She costarred with Ashton Kutcher and Melora Walters in the sci-fi thriller The Butterfly Effect (2004), appeared as a nurse in Win a Date with Tad Hamilton (2004) and starred in the short film Willowbee (2004). Smart again drew attention when she joined the ensemble cast of the 2004 movie adaptation of the 1970's cop series Starsky & Hutch. The movie starred Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Snoop Dogg and Fred Wilson. In the comedy film, she picked up a MTV Movie award for Best Kiss (shared with Owen Wilson) in 2004.
Recently, Smart played the lead of Grace Hargrove/Roxanne in the drama/romance film Bigger Than the Sky (2005, also starring Marcus Thomas and John Corbet), and has three wide screen movies in production, including the comedy film Just Friends (2006), the romance film The Best Man (2006) and the drama Peaceful Warrior (2006, stars with Scott Mechlowicz and Nick Nolte).
MTV Movie: Best Kiss, Starsky & Hutch; shared with Owen Wilson, 2004