Jennette McCurdy Discusses Working With Ariana Grande on ‘Sam & Cat’

Jennette McCurdy Calls Out Nickelodeon's Double Standard for Her and 'Sam & Cat' Costar Ariana Grande: 'That Was the Moment I Broke'

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Reflecting on her half. Jennette McCurdy addresses her private {and professional} life in her upcoming memoir I’m Glad My Mother Died — which incorporates her tumultuous time on Nickelodeon.

The previous actress, 30, rose to fame enjoying Sam Puckett on iCarly from 2007 to 2012. After the present ended, McCurdy reprised her position within the community’s spinoff sequence Sam & Cat. The sequence, which ran from 2013 to 2014, additionally starred Ariana Grande in her Victorious position as Cat Valentine.

In an excerpt from her e book, which was first posted through The New York Occasions, McCurdy claimed that she was handled otherwise by Nickelodeon in comparison with her costar, 29.

In accordance with the California native, the community prevented her from exploring different profession alternatives throughout her time on Sam & Cat — which didn’t apply to Grande. “What lastly undid me was when Ariana got here whistle-toning in with pleasure as a result of she had spent the earlier night enjoying charades at Tom Hanks’s home,” McCurdy recalled. “That was the second I broke.”

The Zoey 101 alum additionally alleged that after the present was canceled, she rejected a $300,000 supply to not publicly focus on her time at Nickelodeon. McCurdy went on to attain a starring position in Netflix’s short-lived sequence Between earlier than selecting to stroll away from the trade.

Jennette McCurdy Calls Out Nickelodeon's Double Standard for Her and 'Sam & Cat' Costar Ariana Grande: 'That Was the Moment I Broke'

Jennette McCurdy and Ariana Grande.
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The previous singer beforehand opened up about her resolution to maneuver on from performing. “I stop a number of years in the past as a result of I initially didn’t wish to do it,” she defined throughout an episode of her “Empty Inside” podcast in March 2021. “I’m so ashamed of the components I’ve performed prior to now. … I resent my profession in numerous methods. I really feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I performed and felt prefer it was essentially the most tacky, embarrassing [thing].”

McCurdy continued: “I did the exhibits that I used to be on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I used to be already embarrassed. My buddies at 15 weren’t like ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon present.’ It was embarrassing. I think about there’s a really totally different expertise available with performing should you’re happy with your roles.”

On the time, the podcast host detailed how she began to audition for roles due to her mom, Debra McCurdy. Following Debra’s dying in 2013, Jennette determined to in the end stop performing. “Together with her dying type of died numerous concepts for my life, and that was its personal journey — and a troublesome one for positive,” she admitted.

In one other excerpt from I’m Glad My Mother Died, Jennette revealed that she isn’t ruling out a return. “I’ve folks round me now which are so supportive and so loving,” she wrote. “It makes me tearful with pleasure. I really feel so protected. I really feel a lot belief and a lot openness.”

I’m Glad My Mother Died is on the market on Tuesday, August 9.

Nickelodeon didn’t instantly reply to Us Weekly‘s request for remark.

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