Born in Topanga, California to Judy, who worked at the Jean Paul Getty museum and John, a salesman, Amy Lysle Smart is an actress and former model who studied ballet for ten years.
She had a reputation as a tomboy and was the only girl on her Little League baseball team.
Amy began modeling at the age of thirteen and segued into acting after she landed a gig in the 1994 MTV Rock the Vote campaign.
Amy Smarts debut role was in Campfire Tales. Other roles followed, including parts in Starship Troopers, The 70s, Varsity Blues, Felicity, Road Trip, Rat Race, Starsky & Hutch, and The Butterfly Effect.
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She also appeared in Just Friends, Scrubs, The Best Man, Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Smith, Peaceful Warrior, and Shameless.
Of her career, Amy Smart told E! News, I always like to keep my work varied so I dont get pigeonholed into one category of movies or really just end up bored professionally. I like trying new things and challenging myself as an actress so while Ive done a lot of drama, Ive also done a few comedies, some romantic comedies and some horror. I think the only way you can continue to improve as a performer is to keep pushing yourself.
Regarding filming sex scenes, Amy Smart said, Its just another way to live out a fantasy because you wouldnt probably do this in real lifeIm not scared to look like a complete fool in front of people. Its just not one of my insecurities (askmen.com).
In 2002, Amy was ranked #27 in Stuff Magazines 102 Sexiest Women in the World. She also made Sexiest Lists for FHM in 2006 and Maxim in 2007.
Aside from acting, Amy Smart is an environmentalist and was a speaker for Heal the Bay, an organization that works on cleaning up the ocean. She has said, Seriously, for me, Im a real environmentalist, and I volunteer a lot when Im not working. So, if I were to get $2 million, I would probably want to donate that (askmen.com). She added in a later interview, I do a lot of environmental work and help with different charities, and that feeds me on a soulful level. I just try to stay from drama in my life. Im pretty simple (collider.com).
Amy Smart married Carter Oosterhouse, the eco-carpenter from HGTV in September 2011. She also put up her Beverly Hills cottage and the couple is looking for a place large enough in which to raise a family.