Much to the disappointment of ‘iCarly’ fans, Jennette McCurdy has confessed in a recent episode of a podcast she hosts called “Empty Inside” that she is done with acting, and is not particularly proud of her previous roles.
McCurdy played the role of Sam Puckett on hitting Nickelodeon show ‘iCarly’ for six seasons. Alongside McCurdy, Miranda Cosgrove (Carly Shay) also starred in the show that aired on Nickelodeon from 2007 to 2012. McCurdy’s character was later spun off in the series “Sam & Cat,” which launched the career of pop star Ariana Grande (a k a Cat Valentine).
“My experience with acting is, I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past,” she said. “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.”
“I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed,” McCurdy recalled. “My friends at 15, they’re not like, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon show.’ It was embarrassing. 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.”
Conversing to Anna Faris, a guest on “Empty Inside,” McCurdy admitted she’d ultimately quit acting in favour of taking on more writing and directing work.
McCurdy’s family didn’t come from a lot of money, due to which her mom encouraged her to take the role
“I quit a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it. My mom 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. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and this was the way out, which I actually think was helpful in driving me to some degree of success.”
She explained how her mother’s passing was what pushed her to withdraw from acting. McCurdy admitted that “always, always, always, acting was difficult for me,” and that the nerves got the best of her.
“Once I started to get the nerves under control was when I started to actually get some traction, but I ultimately quit after my mom passed away because with her death kind of died a lot of her ideas for my life, and that was its own journey, and a difficult one for sure,” she explained.