Jennette McCurdy Of ‘ICarly’ Discusses Reactions To Her Emotional Memoir, Revisiting Trauma, And More.
Jennette McCurdy has decided to move on with her life after reflecting on her traumatic past.
McCurdy rose to prominence in the mid-2000s thanks to his role as the sarcastic Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon hit early. Carly Shay, a teen vlogger, was the subject of the show (Miranda Cosgrove). McCurdy reprised the role for a single season on Sam & Cat in 2013, opposite Ariana Grande, and then she was a lead on the dystopian Netflix series Between after the show ended after six seasons in 2012.
She did, however, stop working after the 2016 series finale of Between. McCurdy, 30, explores her complicated relationship with her career, the spotlight, and her mother, Debra McCurdy, who died of cancer in 2013. In her new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, published by Simon & Schuster on August 9, McCurdy, age 30, explores her complicated relationship with her career, the spotlight, and her mother, Debra McCurdy, who died of cancer in 2013.
McCurdy’s account of her mother’s dominance and the pressure she felt at a young age to succeed in the entertainment industry in order to provide for her family has gotten a lot of attention. McCurdy reveals that her mother’s unrealistic beauty standards caused her to develop lifelong eating disorders. After her mother died, McCurdy found the courage to fire her agents and begin her therapy journey, despite previously feeling ashamed of her TV projects.
The book’s depiction of her Hollywood experiences, particularly her friendship with Cosgrove and her feelings of envy toward Grande, who was on the verge of becoming a major pop star while filming Sam & Cat, has recently sparked debate. McCurdy writes about a terrifying man named “The Creator” who worked on the set of iCarly and encouraged her to drink alcohol despite the fact that she was underage. The author does not give credit to Dan Schneider, the creator of iCarly, Victorious, and Sam & Cat. Schneider resigned from Nickelodeon in 2018 after allegations of verbal abuse from former colleagues surfaced, according to a 2021 New York Times profile. (At the time, Schneider refused to give an interview about the investigation.)
In addition to performing in a one-woman show based on the book, McCurdy has been hosting a podcast and directing short films. She is content with writing and directing and declined an offer to star in the iCarly reboot, which debuted on Paramount+ last year.
‘I took my time in processing before approaching this creatively,’ she tells The Hollywood Reporter. I didn’t want to go through the discomfort of crossing personal boundaries in my creative endeavours, and I learned the hard way not to approach something personal too soon.
McCurdy refused to elaborate on her book claims that Nickelodeon offered her $300,000 in “hush money” upon her departure, as well as her experiences working on set with former co-stars or on her Netflix series. (Nickelodeon has been contacted for comment.)
She discusses her experiences working with her family, her feelings about Sam’s food obsession while dealing with disordered eating, learning to trust her traumatic memories, and her hopes for a return to Hollywood, possibly behind the camera, in the interview.