Raquel Lee Bolleau

Former 'Amanda Show' Star Reacts To 'Quiet On Set' Docuseries On TikTok

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By Melanie VanDerveer on March 19, 2024 at 3:00 PM EDT

The recently released docuseries "Quiet On Set" is getting former child actors speaking up about allegations and their days on the sets of popular Nickelodeon shows.

One former child actress, Raquel Lee Bolleau, recently took to TikTok to share her thoughts and stories.

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Raquel Lee Bolleau Shared Her Thoughts On 'Quiet On Set' In TikTok Videos

Raquel Lee Bolleau
TikTok | Raquel Lee Bolleau

If you watched "The Amanda Show" from 1999 to 2000, Bolleau might be a familiar face. The actress was on the show when she was just 13 years old and played a variety of roles on the show during the first season.

She recently took to TikTok to share her thoughts on the recently released docuseries, "Quiet on Set" and Drake Bell's allegations.

"I'm not going to give up too much because I am in the documentary, and I talk about my own personal experiences and being on that show. I am in shock. Matter of fact, I take that back," she said. "I'm not in shock. You wanna know why I'm not in shock? Because this is the type of stuff that has been going on in this industry forever."

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She also brought up the fact that she sees a lot of comments talking about the fact that Bell is just now coming out with this information and why people need to keep in mind that children process things differently than adults.

"So if it took him 10, 20, 30 years to realize that what was being done to him or what he was subjected to at that age as a child really affected him and his decisions later on in life, he's entitled to that," she continued. "You cannot tell a child who's been abused when they should come out or be secure or feel confident to share their story. It takes a lot of guts. It takes a lot of self-reflection. It takes a lot of just, personal internal work to even realize or even to admit that something happened to you."

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Raquel Lee Bolleau Talked About Her Time On 'The Amanda Show'

Bolleau also talked about her time on set on "The Amanda Show."

"I will never forget how young, how impressionable, it was crazy," she explained. "What I'm beginning to understand is that this was an environment that all of us were in. This was a toxic, toxic environment."

The actress said it was "unfortunate" because they were all kids doing something they loved to do and were put in a "situation where we were not protected" and around "people who did not have good intentions."

Bolleau said that even she will be watching the docuseries "with my mouth open" because she wasn't quite sure exactly what would come out because outside of her own experience, she doesn't know what else was happening on the set of "The Amanda Show."

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"That TV show is actually the show that changed the complete trajectory of my life, because I wanna say that that was the first heartbreak that I actually experienced as an actress, as a child actress," she said. "At the same time, seeing this and knowing that Drake went through this, it just breaks my heart."

One of Bolleau's followers asked, "Has anyone talked to Amanda Bynes?" She replied, "I don’t think so… she’s definitely dealing with some childhood issues as well… so sad."

Another follower pointed out, "They also had NDA’s signed so they couldn’t speak without facing a lawsuit."

One other fan shared, "It’s so wild how y’all were such core parts of our childhood making us laugh but were going thru so much pain. I will definitely be watching and supporting! Keep your head up! Please."

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Raquel Lee Bolleau Shared Another TikTok Video Talking About 'Quiet On Set'

Raquel Lee Bolleau
TikTok | Raquel Lee Bolleau

Bolleau shared another video ahead of watching the docuseries and said she was "terrified" because she wasn't sure what she was going to see.

"I have no clue what to expect. I have no clue who else is really involved in the documentary. I was asked to share my experience and that's what I did," she said. "I guess I just didn't know what I was walking myself into because to even have to go back into that period and time of my life and relive a very painful, painful period, I don't know if I'm ready for this, but I feel like no matter what, this is what I need to do."

Bolleau explained that she needed to "face the truth of what was going on while I was on Nickelodeon as a child" to continue her healing process.

Tons of support filled the comment section of her video.

"Raquel, I have so much respect for you and everyone else who shared their stories. I’m so sorry for all of the traumatic things that happened to you and I hope they never happen to any child star again," one person wrote.

Another added, "Thank you for being a part of this and showing us the truth and sharing your experience. I'm so sorry to all of you who went through this and thank you for being a part of my childhood."

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The Story Of How Raquel Lee Bolleau Was Cast On 'The Amanda Show' At 13 Years Old

The Amanda Show
TikTok | Raquel Lee Bolleau

A few months ago, Bolleau shared a video on TikTok that tells the story of how she ended up on "The Amanda Show" as a teenager.

"They wanted me to basically come up with three characters. At first, they didn't tell us like what show it was for. When the show says untitled, it's gonna be big," she said. "For a 13-year-old, it's not easy to just come up with three monologues of three brand new characters. I was super up for the challenge."

She then explained her three characters and the audition process, saying there were a lot of other kids there to audition.

"I go in the room and it's just the casting director at the time. I remember being so prepared because I made these characters up, so I knew them well," she continued. "I get another call back, now this time there's more people in the room."

She then had a final call back at Paramount Studios.

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Raquel Lee Bolleau Explained What It Was Like Auditioning For Nickelodeon Executives

Bolleau said Dan Schneider, as well as other "big execs" at Nickelodeon were at her final call back audition.

She recalled that everyone laughed at her skits, which was a good sign. A few days later her manager called to tell her she booked "The Amanda Show."

"I was so excited!" she said. "When I first met Drake and Amanda, we hit it off immediately. Drake and I were more so newcomers to the game. We were young, we were coming into puberty. I had my first boyfriend when I was on 'The Amanda Show.'"

The actress explained that she realized early on that she wasn't going to be on the show as much as she first assumed since most of the skits revolved around Amanda. She said she felt like a "guest star."

"Never, ever, had my own solo skit on 'The Amanda Show,'" she said. "Unfortunately, after season 1, I wasn't invited back for season 2. They never really gave me a reason why. The way it was done was pretty shady. That's the entertainment industry, right?"

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