Who is Amanda Schull?
An actress with over 40 acting credits to her name, Amanda Schull is perhaps known best for her parts in the TV series “Suits” and “12 Monkeys”, but moviegoers would likely recognize her as Jody in the drama “Center Stage”. Amanda was a professional ballet dancer for many years before embarking on her acting career. Her fans wanted to know more about her journey from ballet dancer to television and big-screen actress, so if you are one of them, let us tell you everything you need to know about Amanda Schull’s life, career, and what she is doing now.
Early life, family, and education
Born Amanda Arleigh Schull under the zodiac sign of Virgo on 26 August 1978, she will soon celebrate her 45th birthday. She’s a native of Honolulu, Hawaii USA, holds American nationality, and comes from a family of Irish, English, Austrian and German descent. Amanda was raised by her mother, Susan, a president of Ballet Hawaii, and her father about whom nothing is known. Amanda has two siblings, whose names she hasn’t shared, thus it’s assumed that they prefer to keep their lives away from the public eye.
Amanda began practicing ballet at an early age, and for years, she studied at Hawaii State Ballet, under the instructor, John Landovsky. When it comes to her educational background, she attended Punahou School, a private co-educational school, and upon matriculating in 1996, she enrolled at Indiana University, after accepting a scholarship from this facility. During her sophomore year, Amanda transferred to the San Francisco Ballet School, from which she graduated with a BA degree, in 1999, then continued as an apprentice, subsequently joining the San Francisco Ballet as a permanent part of the ballet group (corps de ballet). Amanda retired in December 2006, and focused on her acting career.
Roles in movies
Amanda made her acting debut in 2000, playing the lead role of Jody in the aforementioned movie “Center Stage”. The film followed the story of a group of 12 youngsters from varied backgrounds who enrolled at the American Ballet Academy in New York to pursue a career as a ballet dancer, each of them dealing with the issues and stress of training and advancing in the world of dance. Amanda starred opposite Sascha Radetsky and Ethan Stiefel, and the movie won the American Choreography Award for Outstanding Achievement in Feature Film.
After leaving the San Francisco Ballet, Amanda landed the role of Becca King in the 2007 comedy-drama “Women on Top”, also starring Christie Lynn Smith and Colleen McGrann. Two years later, she was seen as Elizabeth in “Mao’s Last Dancer”, a biographical story about a boy taken from his family and trained to become a dancer, which had 20 award nominations and seven wins.
Amanda’s next role came in 2011, when she was cast to play Anita Colby in another biographic drama “J. Edgar”, about the powerful head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Naomi Watts and Armie Hammer, directed by Clint Eastwood.
In the following years, she was seen starring in the TV movies “Imaginary Friend” (2012), “Hunt for the Labyrinth Killer” (2013), and “Betrayed” (2014). Amanda returned to the big screen as Abbie in the 2016 action thriller “I Am Wrath”, in which she starred opposite John Travolta.
She followed with her lead role as Agent Daria Francis in the 2017 science-fiction horror “Devil’s Gate”, which was nominated for the Independent Horror Movie Award- Best Editing. Next, she was seen in the TV movies “Romance Retreat” (2019), “Project Christmas Wish” (2020), and “One Summer” (2021).
Most recently, Amanda starred as Dawn Spencer in the 2023 TV movie “The Blessing Bracelet”, a family drama about a woman who finds a blessing bracelet that restores her faith and belief in love, which although had no nominations, the audience rated well (6.8/10).
Roles in series
Amanda made her first TV series appearance as Aileen in an episode of the series “The Cleaner” in 2008, followed by her guest role in “Ghost Whisperer” (2009), before she landed the role of Katie Ryan in the drama series “One Tree Hill”, appearing in 11 episodes from 2009 through 2010.
Amanda was next cast to play Meredith Sorenson in “Pretty Little Liars”, and was seen in less than 10 episodes between 2010 and 2013. She followed with one of her most notable roles to date, as Katrina Bennett in the comedy-drama “Suits”, starring Gabriel Macht, Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams.
Between 2013 and 2019, Amanda was seen in 49 episodes of the series, which followed the story of an irrepressible duo, Mike Ross, a brilliant college dropout, and Harvey Specter, one of the best lawyers in New York City. The show was nominated for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramedy.
Concurrently, in 2015, Amanda was cast to play Doctor Cassandra Railly in the series “12 Monkeys”, which aired throughout 2018, Amanda appearing in all 47 episodes of this adventure mystery drama, which recounts the voyage of a time traveler from a post-apocalyptic future who arrives in the present on a quest to find and eliminate the source of a terrible plague that threatens to wipe out the human race.
Amanda starred opposite Aaron Stanford and Noah Ben, and the series had 10 award nominations and four wins.
In the following years, Amanda guest starred as Emilia West in “MacGyver” (2020) and “NCIS” (2022), while most recently she was seen as Special Agent Rose Casey in five episodes of the series “9-1-1: Lone Star” in 2023.
Love life and husband
Amanda is one of those celebrities who prefer to keep their private matters secret. She hasn’t spoken about her previous relationships before she met her future husband, George Wilson. He’s also a quite secretive person, and is only known as the actress’s husband. The two met in Australia while Amanda was filming “Mao’s Last Dancer”, and married on 28 May 2011 – their first child, George Paterson Wilson VI, was born on 25 February 2020.
As of July 2023, the family of three lives in their residence in Los Angeles, California.
How rich is Amanda Schull? Net worth
This former ballet dancer and now an actress with several notable TV series and movie roles, thanks to her talent has earned a hefty sum of money. According to sources, as of July 2023, Amanda’s net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.