iCarly Star Jennette McCurdy Is Embarrassed By Her Roles, Quits Acting (Report)

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iCarly Star Jennette McCurdy Is Embarrassed By Her Roles, Quits Acting (Report)
iCarly Star Jennette McCurdy Is Embarrassed By Her Roles, Quits Acting (Report)

The upcoming iCarly revival will be missing one key cast member: Jennette McCurdy, who played Sam on the original Nickelodeon run, says she’s done with acting entirely, indicating she won’t return to reprise her role.

The 28-year-old is best known for playing Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon TV show from 2007 to 2012, and reprising her role for spin-off series Sam & Cat alongside Ariana Grande.

Speaking on her podcast Empty Inside, Jennette told Anna Faris: “I quit a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it.

“My mum put me in it when I was 6 and by sort of age, I guess, 10 or 11, I was the main financial support for my family.”

She added: “It was very much the pressure of my family [not having] a lot of money, and this was the way out.

“Which I actually think was helpful in driving me to some degree of success, because I don’t think I would have been as ambitious if I didn’t know that it was for my family.”

A reboot of iCarly is currently planned but Paramount+, but Jennette has already ruled herself out of appearing alongside Miranda Cosgrove and Nathan Kress.

“I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past, and I get that this answer is super unlikable,” she continued.

“I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing [thing].

“I did the shows that I was on from like, 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed.”

“My friends at 15, they’re not like, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon show.’ It was embarrassing,” she added.

“And I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles, and if you feel fulfilled by them.”

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