Amanda Bynes Vows Not to Become the Next Lindsay Lohan in Flashback Video—Watch Now!

Actress credits her father for instilling the value of a dollar in her

By Lily Harrison Jul 29, 2013 9:15 PMTags
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My, how times have changed.

A 2007 Showbiz Tonight interview with Amanda Bynes talking about staying out of trouble has just resurfaced and to say it's ironic may be an understatement.

The former Nickelodeon star touches upon why she's avoided ending up like other child stars, including Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, and credits her family for keeping her on the straight and narrow.

"I'm very lucky I have a great family and I have my eye on the prize which for me is a long career and I just don't want to blow what I've worked so hard to achieve," she told the show's host A.J. Hammer at the time.

When asked how she's managed to stay out of the limelight for negative reasons, like club hopping, she explains that it's been easy not to get caught up with the wrong things.

"I'm not that interested in the club scene and drinking doesn't appeal to me so it's actually easier for me not to do it. I have never been offered drugs…I'm surrounded by people who aren't interested in that. Birds of a feather flock together and I definitely don't fly with that crowd," she said.

And it looks like Amanda was extremely thankful for the people in her life at the time and the upbringing that she had.

"I think people take advantage of the opportunities," she confessed. "For me, I'm just grateful, you know, I appreciate anything that anyone does for me. Maybe because I have parents who worked really hard to earn money—my dad was a dentist for 30 years; he wasn't given anything you know? His parents worked really hard, too; he didn't grow up wealthy…my dad used to always teach me the value of a dollar."

Bynes is currently on a two week psychiatric hold in Ventura, Calif., after she allegedly set a fire in the driveway of a home near her parents' home. No injuries were reported and Bynes was not arrested, according to authorities, but bystanders have attested to seeing the actress' pants on fire.

Her parents, Rick and Lynn, are attempting to secure a conservatorship over their daughter's personal and financial affairs.