Jennette McCurdy Reveals ‘The Moment I Broke’ While Working On ‘Sam & Cat’ With Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy rose to fame after appearing in supporting roles on Nickelodeon shows. When they co-starred in a third show, Sam & Cat, on the kids’ network, McCurdy claims she was treated unfairly in comparison to her co-star, who went on to become one of the world’s biggest pop stars.
McCurdy spoke with the New York Times, which published an excerpt from her forthcoming memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died (Aug. 9). According to the excerpt, Nickelodeon actively discouraged Grande from leaving the show to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Sam & Cat was canceled in 2014 after 35 episodes in one season. “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller, and “Baby I” from Grande’s debut album, Yours Truly, charted in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
After Sam & Cat was canceled, the “Positions” singer took to Twitter to thank Nickelodeon for allowing her to fulfill a childhood dream. For treating me like family, understanding my need to juggle multiple projects in my music career, and introducing me to many of my fans from the start.
Rumors circulated shortly before the show’s conclusion that Grande and McCurdy were feuding over Grande’s higher salary. In 2014, the two-time Grammy winner used Twitter to set the record straight. “The rumors circulating about our contracts and pay not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false,” she tweeted at the time, but the tweet has since been deleted. I’m not sure who’s spreading these ridiculous quotes, but I thought I’d set the record straight and try to put a stop to it.
Later that year, in her web series What’s Next for Sarah? McCurdy appeared to take shots at her former costar Grande, despite Grande’s tweets denying any conflict with McCurdy. Gloriana, Ariana Grande’s character in the show, flaunts her flawless life and music career while wearing a leather bag and a high ponytail, which is Grande’s signature look.
McCurdy, who worked with Grande during her meteoric rise to international fame, discussed her experiences with the singer on her podcast, Empty Inside. Because she was “pulled in so many directions,” the actress from Swindle frequently had to miss work. “She’s performing at the Grammys,” she might say, “and I’m like, acting on this show with a box because they decided that week that her character had to be trapped in a box so she could go perform at the Grammys.”
McCurdy hasn’t appeared on screen since her Nickelodeon days, and she’s especially avoiding the 2021 iCarly reboot on Paramount+. As she describes in her memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, her mother Debra, who died of cancer in 2013, was very controlling of her daughter’s life and appearance.
According to the New York Times, McCurdy discusses the humiliations she endured while working for Nickelodeon in her book, and she describes being offered $300,000 to keep quiet about her time there. She also claims that while she was still a teenager on set, a supervisor she only refers to as “The Creator” pushed her to start drinking.
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