Although fans are pleased that Nickelodeon is bringing back one of their most favorite shows, iCarly, for Paramount+ later this year, one of the main cast members will not be involved.
Jennette McCurdy has mostly moved away from acting after iCarly finished, and this is unlikely to shift anytime soon, despite the forthcoming iCarly reboot.
According to McCurdy, she clarified her motivations during the most recent episode of her Empty Inside podcast, where she revealed that she has largely quit acting and that she loathes her profession (via E News).
From that podcast she says: “I quit a few years ago to try my hand and writing and directing—it’s going great. 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.”
McCurdy went on to say: “always, always, always, acting was difficult for me,” and that “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 continued to talk about her past acting jobs, which included iCarly, Sam & Cat, and more. “My experience with acting is, I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past,” McCurdy 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. 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.”