By New York Natives Staff

Amanda Peet

Born: January 11, 1972, New York, New York

Occupation: Actress

Marital Status: Married to David Benioff

Children: Frances Pen Benioff, Molly June Benioff

Education: Friends Seminary, Columbia University


Beauty is only skin deep. If you go after someone just because she’s beautiful but don’t have anything to talk about, it’s going to get boring fast. You want to look beyond the surface and see if you can have fun or if you have anything in common with this person.

-Amanda Peet


Amanda Peet has worked with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood during her diverse and accomplished career. She has starred in a number of supporting roles in various genres that include drama, comedy and thriller. She is a capable and respected actress.

Peet’s big screen debut came in the feature film Animal Room, which also starred Neil Patrick Harris and Matthew Lillard.  While the film was touted as a modern day Clockwork Orange, it was critically panned. Peet would go on to star in a number of independent features during the ‘90’s that include Two Ninas, Grind, and Origin of the Species.

Peet’s career gained traction when she was cast in the WB Network series, Jack & Jill in 1999. Though the show only lasted two seasons, it had a very popular following that rallied for its renewal. Following its cancellation, Peet had her breakthrough performance in the mafia comedy The Whole Nine Yards. The film was a commercial and critical success. Peet received favorable reviews for her role in the film.

She followed up The Whole Nine Yards with a role in the comedy Saving Silverman. While the critics only met the film with derision, it was a small success at the box office. In 2003, Peet had two high-profile roles in two very successful movies. Peet starred as Diane Keaton’s daughter in the romantic comedy, Something’s Gotta Give. The film was a massive success, being a hit with both the critics and fans. Her other role was in the thriller Identity. She played a prostitute named Paris Nevada. The critics celebrated the film.

In 2006, Peet was cast in Aaron Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. While the critics liked the show, it was cancelled after one season. In 2009 she was reunited with her Identity costar John Cusack in the disaster film 2012. While movie wasn’t exactly an Oscar winner, it was a smash hit at the box office.

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