Jennette McCurdy was a fan favorite for over five years on the hit Nickelodeon series iCarly for her role as Sam Puckett, per IMDb. The show was a huge hit, and while viewers fell in love with the teenage sitcom, McCurdy’s behind-the-scenes experience was far from pleasant. During an episode of her podcast, Empty Inside, the actress admitted that despite being a star on screen, she didn’t feel happy inside. Additionally, she felt immense regret for taking on roles she deemed “pointless and superficial,” which later led to her dealing with an identity crisis. “No one really knew me. I was very different from the character I was playing,” McCurdy said (via Insider). “I am known as something I am not.”
McCurdy also opened up on another episode of Empty Inside, in which she spoke to Scary Movie star Anna Faris about the mental warfare she’s been going through in relation to acting. “I resent my career in a lot of ways,” she said (via E! News). “I feel so unfulfilled by the roles I’ve played and found it to be the cheesiest and most embarrassing.” As a result, McCurdy decided it was best for her to give up acting altogether. “I quit a few years ago to try my hand at writing and directing – it’s going great.”
Though the actress has coped with a number of traumatizing experiences, she’s ready to reveal what really happened at Nickelodeon.
Nickelodeon reportedly offered Jennette McCurdy hush money
Jennette McCurdy’s new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, tells the story of a young girl who was not only forced onto the Hollywood scene, but also exploited by people close to her, according to The New York Times. McCurdy revealed while working at Nickelodeon that a man – whom she refers to as “the creator” – pressured her into drinking alcohol when she was a teenager and even “photographed her in a bikini at a wardrobe fitting.” became. According to Variety, the same man massaged McCurdy’s shoulders without her consent. “My shoulders have a lot of knots but I don’t want the creator to be the one rubbing them out,” she wrote. “I want to say something, tell him to stop, but I’m so scared.”
McCurdy’s mother, who was there for anything, chose to ignore the situation rather than stand up for her daughter. “Everyone wants what you have,” she told McCurdy. Additionally, the “Between” star also felt jaded at being blocked from exploring other possibilities, while Ariana Grande wasn’t given the same restrictions on “Sam & Cat.” “What finally crushed me was when Ariana came whistling in with excitement from having spent the previous night playing charades at Tom Hanks,” she wrote (via Fox News). “That was the moment I broke.”
At one point, Nickelodeon offered McCurdy $300,000 to remain silent and not voice her story, the New York Times reported. However, according to Variety, she turned down the offer.