Actress Shawnee Smith is famous for her role as Amanda Young in the Saw (2004) horror series of films. In the first film, Amanda is an apprentice of the jigsaw killer who was previously his victim who managed to survive. Amanda was marked because of her drug addiction, and after a stint in prison, Jigsaw had a change of heart, and felt that she had mended her ways and chose her as his predecessor to carry on the work after his death. He frequently tested her loyalty, and she passed all of his tests. As it turns out, Amanda turned out to be truly evil and violent. Although the character died in the Saw III (2006), she appears in the next sequences in flashbacks and is believed to be returning in Saw VII (no date).
Shawnee also appeared in other horror films such her role as Detective Gina Harcourt on the opposite side of the horror TV mini series 30 Days of Night: Dust to Dust (2008); The Grudge 3 (2009); Carnival of Souls (1998); and in the drama films A Slipping-Down Life (1999) and Jayne Mansfield's Car (2012) with Billy Bob Thornton.
Smith has also been successful in her lighter perfomances in film comedies including The Party Crashers (1998); Breakfast of Champions (1999) with Bruce Willis; Every Dog Has His Day (1999), Reel America (2012) and her latest film Grace Unplugged (2013).
Shawnee's versatility as an actress has allowed her to move gracefully from horror films to comedies and everything in between. Her most recent recurring role has been as Jennifer Goodson in the hit television comedy series Anger Management (2012-13) co-starring with Charlie Sheen who stars as a former baseball player who becomes a successful anger management therapist.