Who is Amanda Setton?
Amanda Setton was born in New York City, USA, on 16 December 1985 – her zodiac sign is Sagittarius and she holds American nationality. She’s an actress who’s probably known best for her portrayal of the supporting character Penelope Shafai in the romantic drama series “Gossip Girl”, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, and which starred Blake Lively, Penn Badgley and Leighton Meester. The series aired from 2007 to 2012, and follows a mysterious blogger who’s revealing the secrets of privileged teenagers from New York’s Upper East Side on the internet. It won 21 of the 57 awards for which it was nominated.
Early life and education
Amanda spent the first couple of years in New York City before her family moved to Great Neck in New York State. She was raised as an only child by her parents Sue and Joseph Setton, who prefer to be left out of media; it’s known that her mother is of Egyptian-Jewish descent, and her father of Syrian-Jewish ancestry.
Amanda attended a local high school at which she became interested in acting, appearing in plays performed at the school as well as at a local theatre. Upon matriculating in 2003 she enrolled at Ithaca College, and in 2005, Amanda launched her acting career with her portrayal of The God in the short musical film “Surrendering Serendipity: A Rock Opera”.
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama in 2009, and then practiced acting at The Actor’s Workshop in Ithaca’s Meisner technique program.
Roles in movies
Amanda appeared in her first feature movie in 2008, when she portrayed Hot Woman in the critically acclaimed romantic comedy “What Happens in Vegas”, written by Dana Fox, directed by Tom Vaughan, and which starred Cameron Diaz, Ashton Kutcher and Rob Corddry. It follows a man and a woman who have decided to live together as a couple because they will receive a big amount of money for it. The movie won two of the five awards for which it was nominated.
Later that year, Amanda played a supporting character in the romantic comedy “Sex and the City”, written and directed by Michael Patrick King, and which starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall and Cynthia Nixon. She also played Director’s Assistant in the drama “All the World’s a Stage”, which failed to attract any attention. The year 2013 saw Amanda as Erica in the comedy drama “That Thing with the Cat”, and in 2015 she portrayed Aazeen in the family thriller drama “Black Dog, Red Dog”, written by 11 people, directed by 10 people, and which starred Olivia Wilde, James Franco and Chloe Sevigny. It follows the life of the famous writer Stephen Dobyns, but the movie failed to attract any attention.
Amanda’s only other film credit has been her portrayal of one of the lead characters, Aazeen in the 2018 15-minute drama “Birth of a Poem”, which follows Stephen Dobyns’ transition from being a journalist to becoming a popular poet.
Roles in TV series
Amanda made her debut TV series appearance in 2010, with her portrayal of Barb in two episodes of the drama “Mercy”, and in 2011, she played Sylvia in the episode “To Tell the Truth” of the mystery crime drama “Blue Bloods”.
She gained recognition when cast to play Kimberly Andrews in the long-running romantic drama “One Life to Live”, which aired from 1968 to 2013 counting 3,534 episodes. The series follows three families living in Llanview in Philadelphia, and won 95 of the 518 awards it was nominated for. In 2013, Amanda was cast to star as Lauren Slotsky in the comedy “The Crazy Ones”, created by David E. Kelley, and which also starred the late actor Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar.
It follows Simon Roberts who’s the owner of an advertisement agency, and who has a Type-A daughter, Sydney; the series was nominated for three awards. In 2014, Amanda played Dr. Mindy Shaw in the popular action crime drama “Hawaii Five-0”, and in 2016, she made a guest appearance as Bootsy Durbrige in the episode “Beast Interrupted” of the romantic horror drama “Beauty and the Beast”.
Since 2019, she has been playing one of the lead characters, Brook Lynn Quartermain, in the romantic comedy drama “General Hospital”, which has been airing since 1963 and today numbers over 6,700 episodes. It was created by Frank Hursley and Doris Hursley, and currently stars Maurice Benard and Steve Burton, while it follows the lives of the people living in Port Charles in New York.
The series has won 295 awards, and has been nominated for 621 others, including a Golden Globe.
Between 2008 and 2015, Amanda appeared in six episodes of the news talk-show “Fashion News Live”.
In 2012, she played both Carlo I and Signora Xxx in the biographical historical documentary “Pasolini’s Last Words”.
In 2018, Amanda received special thanks for the historical war drama “The Manhattan Front”.
Love life and husband
Amanda’s very secretive when it comes to her love life, and while it’s known that she’s a married woman, she hasn’t revealed any details concerning her husband, including his name, how they met, when they exchanged vows, and their childrens’ births.
There are rumors circulating the internet claiming that the two met while Amanda was attending her senior year at college, and that they exchanged vows sometime in the early 2010s, however, this hasn’t been confirmed.
The two have three children, with the latest having been born in late 2020, but Amanda and her husband are keeping details of their children away from the media’s attention, and not even their names are known.
Amanda hasn’t spoken of any other men (or women) she has perhaps been with, and as of April 2021, she’s married to an unknown man and has three children.
Hobbies and other interests
Being as secretive as she is, Amanda doesn’t have an Instagram account and thus not a lot about what she does in her spare time is known. She appears to enjoy being in nature with her children, and prefers to be in parks and woods rather than in the streets of overcrowded cities.
Amanda’s physically active, as she has several training sessions at the gym each week, while she’s also following a strict diet, thus her fit body.
She’s keen on travelling, and her career has taken her to various US states as well as to a couple of European countries, including France and Croatia.
Amanda has her own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Johnny Depp, Will Smith and Meryl Streep, and her favorite movies include the franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean”, “I Am Legend”, and “The Devil Wears Prada”.
Age, height and net worth
Amanda’s age is 35. She has long brown hair and brown eyes, her height is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) and she weighs around 120lbs (55kgs).
As of April 2021, her net worth has been estimated at over $1.5 million.