Amanda Catherine Crew (born June 5, 1986) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for portraying Monica Hall on the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley (2014–present). Following her film debut in Final Destination 3 (2006), she had lead roles as Felicia Alpine in Sex Drive (2008) and Tess Carroll in Charlie St. Cloud (2010), as well as Carrie Miller on the television series Whistler.
Amanda Crew was born in Langley, British Columbia. Her mother is a legal secretary and her father is a telecom worker. She began acting when she was cast in the musical Dragon Tales in grade five. This led to talent-agency representation and doing commercials. She went on to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City.
In 2005, at age 19, Crew played Polly Brewer in the ABC teen drama Life as We Know It. She made a cameo appearance as a sorority sister in an episode of Smallville, a television series based on the DC Comics character Superman. From 2005 to 2006, she played Tanis McTaggart on the YTV teen drama 15/Love which co-starred actress and close friend Meaghan Rath. From 2006 to 2008, Crew played Carrie Miller on the CTV drama Whistler, co-starring with David Paetkau.
In 2006, she made her film debut in the supernatural horror film Final Destination 3, the third instalment in the Final Destination film series and the fourth chronologically. She played Julie Christensen, the younger sister of the film's protagonist Wendy Christensen, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Despite mixed reviews from critics, the film became the biggest commercial success for Crew's career, earning $117.72 million at the box office worldwide.
She co-starred with Casper Van Dien in the made for television post-apocalyptic film Meltdown: Days of Destruction, which was released straight to DVD on February 27, 2006. Later that year, she made a cameo in the romantic teen comedy John Tucker Must Die, and later co-starred with Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum in the romantic teen comedy She's the Man. In 2008, she starred as Marie in the romantic comedy That One Night, and as Joanna in the made for television science-fiction film Monster Ark.
Later that year, Crew landed her first lead role in the teen road comedy Sex Drive, co-starring with James Marsden and Seth Green. She played Felicia Alpine, a high school senior who goes on a road trip with her two best friends. In 2009, she had a supporting role with Martin Donovan and Kyle Gallner in the supernatural horror film The Haunting in Connecticut. Despite negative reviews from critics, the film opened in second place at the North American box office and eventually grossed $77.5 million worldwide. That same year, she starred as Britney in the romantic comedy The Break-Up Artist.
In 2010, Crew co-starred with Zac Efron and Kim Basinger in the supernatural romantic drama Charlie St. Cloud, playing the love interest of the titular character. The film was released to negative reviews though it later proved to be Crew's mainstream breakthrough. Crew later co-starred with Dakota Johnson in Funny or Die's All That Glitters. Later that year, she starred in the crime thriller Repeaters as Sonia Logan, a drug addict who becomes trapped in a time loop. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 13, 2010 and received negative reviews from critics. Despite this, the film was nominated for nine Leo Awards, including Best Feature Length Film, losing to Gunless. Crew herself received a nomination for her performance.
In 2011, Crew starred in the crime thriller Charlie Zone as a heroin addicted single mother. After the film had its world premiere at the Atlantic Film Festival on September 16, 2011, the film was later screened at the Vancouver International Film Festival on October 10, 2012. She later starred in the family drama Sisters & Brothers as Nikki, an aspiring actress who comes into conflict with her older half-sister. The film won six Leo Awards, including Best Feature Length Film, and Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture for Crew's performance. Crew also guest-starred on the legal drama Suits, playing an expert hacker who has stolen money from her father's company.
In 2013, Crew co-starred with Kim Coates and Katie Boland in the thriller Ferocious as Leigh Parrish, a small-town girl turned famous actress who goes to great lengths to keep her reputation from being destroyed. Despite negative reviews, Crew earned her fourth Leo nomination for her performance. She later co-starred with Virginia Madsen in the romantic comedy drama Crazy Kind of Love as Bette Mack, a woman who begins a sexual relationship with the youngest son of a family torn apart by the father's infidelity.
Crew co-starred with Rob Lowe and Jamie Chung in the political thriller Knife Fight. She plays a woman involved in an affair with Eric McCormack's character. The film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2012 and released worldwide in 2013. She later had a supporting role with James Woods and J. K. Simmons in the biopic Jobs. She plays a college student who has a one-night stand with Apple Inc. co-founder Steve Jobs, played by Ashton Kutcher. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2013 and was critically panned.
Since 2014, Crew has starred as venture capitalist Monica Hall in Mike Judge's HBO sitcom Silicon Valley. She guest starred on an episode of the CTV police procedural drama Motive as Robin Keaton, a young mother who becomes engaged to the man responsible for the murder of her son's father. She later co-starred Ray Liotta and Ashley Judd in the Christian musical drama The Identical. She plays Helen Hemsley, a Great Depression-era woman who is unable to raise her newborn twin sons and gives one of them to a couple who cannot have children. The film premiered at the Nashville Film Festival on April 17, 2014 to negative reviews and was a box office bomb. Crew was a recurring cast member on the web series Math Bites, and later appeared in the video The Slap.
In her third collaboration with director Carl Bessai, she starred as Izzy Fontaine in the crime comedy Bad City, which was nominated for Best Feature Length Drama at the Leo Awards, along with nine other nominations. In 2015, she co-starred with Blake Lively and Ellen Burstyn in the epic fantasy romance The Age of Adaline, playing the college student daughter of William and Kathy Jones, played by Harrison Ford and Kathy Baker. Crew starred as Alice in the independent comedy-drama Weepah Way for Now, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 16, 2015.
In 2016, Crew co-starred with Jeremy Irons and William Hurt in the biographical sports drama Race, where she played the love interest of track and field coach Larry Snyder, played by Jason Sudeikis. She played prostitute Charlene Rox in the western drama Poor Boy, which starred Michael Shannon. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 17, 2016. She later played ill-tempered professional wrestler Sheena romantic sports comedy Chokeslam, reuniting with Ferocious co-star Michael Eklund. After the film premiered at the Calgary International Film Festival on October 2, 2016, it was released on February 10, 2017 to positive reviews from critics.
In 2017, Crew co-starred with Anna Kendrick and Lisa Kudrow in the critically panned romantic wedding comedy Table 19, playing the girlfriend of Wyatt Russell's character. She later co-starred with Ed Harris and Joanne Froggatt in the drama thriller A Crooked Somebody, and with Stephen McHattie in the crime drama Juggernaut. The former premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 21, while the latter premiered at the San Diego International Film Festival on October 7. Later that year, Crew made her directorial debut with the music video "Butterfly", performed by Rhett George. She was cast alongside Adam Brody in the horror film Isabelle, which began filming in Toronto in September 2016. The film will be released sometime in 2018.
She co-runs the blog Granny Girls with her friend, actress Amber Borycki, which features baking, cooking, crafting, and traveling.