Jennette McCurdy doesn’t hold back when she opens up about her life as a child actress. Variety reported that the “iCarly” star’s new memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, contains disturbing new claims about her time at Nickelodeon. The outlet noted that the children’s cable network allegedly offered McCurdy $300,000 to keep quiet about her experience at Nickelodeon. In her memoir, the former actress later described how, as a minor, she was pressured into drinking alcohol at work and getting massages from “The Creator.”
In an excerpt published by Vanity Fair, she wrote: “This is a network with shows for children. Shouldn’t they have some kind of moral compass? Shouldn’t they at least try to report according to an ethical standard?” Things were bad for the “Sam & Cat” actor at work, but according to McCurdy himself, things were even worse at home.
During an episode of her podcast, Empty Inside, McCurdy told Anna Faris that acting was her mother’s dream. She was forced into acting at the age of 6 and was supporting her entire family by the age of 10. But McCurdy also revealed the alarming habits her mother encouraged her into, and the truth will break your heart.
Jennette McCurdy’s mother conditioned and abused the actor
In her new memoir, Jennette McCurdy described how her mother abused her and controlled every part of her life. In “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” the “iCarly” actress recalled how her mother, Debra, performed breast and vaginal exams and wouldn’t let McCurdy shower alone until she was 16. In an interview with The Washington Post, McCurdy said her mother started encouraging extreme dieting when she was only 11 to slow her developing physique so she could be cast in more child actor roles.
“She worked really hard to keep our relationship very private,” McCurdy explained to the outlet. “I see it as conditioning now, but at the time I was like, ‘Oh, Mom and I have such a special relationship.’ Like when you have a best friend and you have all these secrets and that feels like a form of intimacy, that’s what my mom did to me, only it wasn’t friendship, it was abuse.
The young star went on to develop full-blown anorexia, which affected McCurdy’s pediatrician and dance teacher. But the adults worried about the “Sam & Cat” star didn’t push too hard. The ex-actor, now 30, told the Post, “If my dance teacher had kept pushing me, my mom would have pulled me out of the dance for sure.” McCurdy also explained to Entertainment Weekly why she wrote the memoir. “I feel like I didn’t have the tools, language, or support at the time to stand up for myself,” said the former Nickelodeon star. Thankfully, that has since changed for the better.