Amanda Anka is best known as the wife of the award-winning American actor and filmmaker, Jason Bateman. However, she is also making a name for herself in the movies, the New York-born actress started acting in cameo roles and before long, she rose to fame in the industry by playing the role of a vampire in the American horror movie, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
As time rolled by, Amanda started gaining more fame as she went on to make appearances in other popular movies and TV shows such as Taxi, Lightbulb, Lost Highway, and Cherry Falls. Also, Amanda has interesting family ties that link her to the screen legend Paul Anka who is her dad. The actress’ mum also made a mark in the modelling world.
Amanda Anka Lived Her Early Life In The Spotlight, Thanks To Her Dad’s Fame
Jason Bateman’s wife was born as Amanda Katherine Anka on the 10th of December 1968 in the city of New York, USA. With regards to her birth family, Amanda is the daughter of Paul Anka – father and Anne de Zogheb – mother. Her parents exchanged marriage vows in 1963 and stayed married until 2000 before their relationship hit the rocks and ended in divorce. Their split was rather popular and made the headlines for a long time before the euphoria finally fizzled out.
Growing up, Amanda Anka’s life was always in the limelight thanks to her dad’s profession as one of the most popular actors and musicians of our time. In the same vein, her mum who is an Egyptian citizen by birth is also part of the glittering world of celebs who modelled for high-value agencies like Eileen Ford in the past. From her parents’ background, show business definitely runs in her blood.
In addition, the actress was brought up along with four sisters and one stepbrother in New York City. Amanda Anka is the second child of her parents and her four sisters are Alexandra, Amelia, Anthea, and Alicia. It is obvious that the names of all the girls started with an “A” as a tribute to their mum Anne. Her half-brother‘s name is Ethan Anka.
She Achieved Her Breakout Role After One Year In The Movie Industry
Amanda Anka kick-started her acting career by playing a minor role in the 1991 TV show, Frankenstein: The College Years. The talented actress, however, got her breakout role in the following year when she was cast as a vampire in the American horror movie, Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1992). Subsequently, she began to garner more fame after playing the vampire horror role, and the film, which was written by Joss Whedon and starred Kristy Swanson, was a successful one. She then followed it up by appearing as Rita in the short movie, The Last Job.
The year 1994 was a busy one for the actress as she had back-to-back acting roles, playing the character of Tamara in the movie, Cityscrapes: Los Angeles and also featuring as Patti in the TV show, Renegade. In addition, her popularity reached new heights after she was cast to play the role of Barbara in the famous TV series, Beverly Hills: 90210.
She Has Since Appeared In Many Other Projects
In the ensuing years, Jason Bateman’s wife was seen in several mega-hit television series, including Diagnosis Murder and ER. Since the inception of her acting career, Amanda Anka’s talent has graced the screens of projects such as The Method, Lost Highway, Cherry Falls, Taxi, Ingenious, The Batman, and many more.
At a certain time in her career, the elegant actress was involved in a controversy. She alleged that a famous hotelier named Andre Balazs groped her while she was climbing the firehouse ladder at London’s Chiltern Firehouse to attend the dinner party of her husband’s movie premiere for Horrible Bosses 2.
So far, Amanda Anka has not won any accolade in her acting career but with her great work and unique acting skills, she will definitely bag several awards in the near future. Though she has recorded some great heights in her career, her husband is the one who is really successful as he has all the time in the world to attain greater heights. Amanda, on the other hand, had to put her career on semi-hold to take care of the home front. She doesn’t seem to have much presence on social media, even the Instagram account in her name is private.
Amanda Anka Is A Caring Wife And A Devoted Mother
Speaking of Amanda’s love life, the gorgeous actress is married to Jason Bateman, a man she dated for over two years before tying the knot. According to Jason Bateman, he got to meet his wife through his ex-girlfriend and they commenced dating in no time. The couple finally took their relationship a notch higher by getting married on the 3rd of July 2001, their union is slowly inching towards its second decade and the couple is still engrossed in each other like teenagers in love.
With that said about their union, let’s meet the man that brings out the best in the life of Amanda Anka. Jason Bateman is a renowned American actor and filmmaker who gained popularity in juvenile roles during the 1980s. He made his onscreen debut on the set of the TV series Silver Spoon with his breakout role coming in the sitcom Arrested Development. Since then, Jason has appeared in several other productions, including Couples Retreat, Juno, The Switch, Extract, Identity Thief, and many more.
Meet Amanda And Jason’s Beautiful Children
When you look at a perfect duo like Amanda and Jason, you can’t help but envisage them having adorable children. And of course, they do! Their almost two-decade-long union has resulted in two gorgeous daughters. Francesca Nora Bateman joined the family in October 2006 and soon became a sister to Maple Sylvie Bateman who announced her entrance in February 2012. Presently, the Bateman family lives in Los Angeles, California.
It may not be too much to hope that the couple’s children can follow their parent’s career path and also go into the movie industry as they must have inherited plenty of talent to do so.
For Jason, having a family is like a dream come true, and being a dad is all he ever wanted. According to Amanda Anka’s husband, he is actually a big fan of marriage and family life. He never seizes to praise his wife for making things easy for him, Jason said she spoils him and makes the husband part very simple. He credits her with being the glue that holds them together
How Amanda Is Coping With Family Life
According to reports from MailOnline, Jason said his wife is a full-time mother and almost a full-time father as well, leaving him free to travel for his acting roles. On his own part, Jason tries to spend as much time with his family as possible; bringing them along to every event he needs to attend. It is really rare to see Jason in a function without his family in tow and when he has to make a speech, his wife and children are always the focus; they just make his life worthwhile.
Amanda also works hard to keep her family together as she was able to survive her husband’s drinking habits. She actually gave him an ultimatum earlier in their relationship to either choose to be with her or continue his merry life with the booze and, as you might’ve guessed, the star of Arrested Development made the right decision.