In the world of 90s television, Amber Barretto was a name that resonated with fans of the popular basketball-themed sitcom, “Hang Time.” Her portrayal of Kristy Ford endeared her to audiences, but as the years passed, Amber Barretto stepped away from the limelight. In this article, we’ll explore the journey of Amber Barretto, from her early beginnings to her time on “Hang Time,” her career after the show, and finally, we’ll uncover what she’s up to now.
Amber Barretto was born on January 19, 1978, in Miami Beach, Florida. With her Hispanic descent, she had a unique blend of talent and charisma that didn’t go unnoticed.
Her acting career as a child actress in the late 1980s. Her first credited role was in the iconic television series “All My Children” in 1988, where she portrayed the character Emily Ann Sago. Following this debut, she appeared in “New York Stories” (1989) in an uncredited role as a girl, and then in “Little Monsters” (1989) as Kiersten, a film that featured notable actors Fred Savage and Howie Mandel.
From 1997 to 2000, Amber Barretto became a household name as Kristy Ford on “Hang Time.” The show revolved around a high school basketball team and their off-court adventures, and Amber’s portrayal of Kristy, the smart and sassy cheerleader, was a fan favorite.
She would star in the show alongside: Megan Parlen, Daniella Deutscher, Chad Gabriel and Adam Frost.
Life After ‘Hang Time’
After the conclusion of “Hang Time,” Amber Barretto continued to pursue her acting career. She appeared in various television series and movies, including roles in “The O.C.,” “Medium,” and “Cuts.” While her roles may not have garnered the same level of attention as “Hang Time,” she continued to showcase her versatility as an actress.
Her last known acting credit before retiring from acting was in the movie “Channels” in 2008.
What is Amber Barretto Doing Now?
Today, Amber Barretto has traded the spotlight for a quiet life, stepping back from acting to focus on motherhood. In 2007, she married Gregory Laks, the president of a mortgage company and the couple have been blessed with two children.
Though she hasn’t appeared on screen in recent years, her legacy continues to resonate with fans. Opting for a life away from the public eye, Barretto maintains her privacy, eschewing social media and granting no interviews or updates about her current endeavors.
This choice reflects her desire to shield her family from the scrutiny and attention often associated with fame. Their life together remains a cherished haven for Barretto, a world far removed from the glitz and glamour of Hollywood.