Fans loved watching Jennette McCurdy grow up on Nickelodeon’s iCarly. McCurdy played Sam Puckett on the children’s television show from 2007 to 2012 and then starred for one season in the iCarly spinoff Sam & Cat with Ariana Grande. The spunky actor was a fan favorite, but her life behind the scenes wasn’t happy. McCurdy wrote of a turbulent childhood in her memoir, I’m Glad My Mother Died, which will be released August 9. In October 2021, the former child actor spoke to People about the intense abuse she suffered at the hands of her mother, Debra McCurdy. The Nickelodeon star said her mother pushed her into acting when she was six, despite being “cripplingly shy”. McCurdy said: “I felt my job was to keep the peace. And I wanted to make my mother happy.”
The New York Times shared excerpts from the book and interviewed the actor. The stories about McCurdy’s mother are nightmare fuel. In the book, McCurdy recalls her mother’s complete control over her career and life, even performing breast and vaginal exams. McCurdy was forced on a diet and developed severe eating disorders. The former ‘iCarly’ star told the Times: “It felt like all these decisions were being made on my behalf and I was the last to know. That is really annoying. It led to a lot of anger.”
I’m Glad My Mom Died draws on stories from the actor’s personal life, but McCurdy is also honest about her experience with Grande.
Jennette McCurdy blasts Nickelodeon’s double standard for her and Ariana Grande
Jennette McCurdy blasted Nickelodeon in her memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died. The former tween star slammed the network’s double standards for her and Sam & Cat co-star Ariana Grande. In McCurdy’s memoir (via The New York Times), she describes how Nickelodeon treated her differently than Grande, which allowed the pop singer to explore career options outside of the television series and prevented her from doing the same. McCurdy wrote, “What finally blew my mind was when Ariana came in whistling with excitement from having spent the previous night playing charades at Tom Hank’s house,” the former actor explained. “That was the moment I broke.”
In April, McCurdy spoke to Entertainment Weekly about why she was writing her memoir: “I feel like I didn’t have the tools, language or support at the time to advocate for myself, so this book is an opportunity for me Not only does it honor this experience.” In the Times excerpt from “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” McCurdy described uncomfortable and dangerous situations at Nickelodeon, such as being asked to drink alcohol.
The experiences of the young actor left her with feelings of resentment. McCurdy told the Times, “My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited.” The “iCarly” star broke down in tears as she told the outlet, “There were instances where people had the best of intentions and maybe didn’t know what they did. And also cases where they did – they knew exactly what they were doing.”