Jennette McCurdy recalls moment she ‘broke’ while filming with co-star Ariana Grande
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Former iCarly star Jennette McCurdy says she “broke” while filming with co-star Ariana Grandeafter allegedly never being offered the same opportunities as the now-famous pop star.
In another excerpt shared from her upcoming memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Diedpublished by The New York TimesMcCurdy detailed the “double standard” she experienced while filming her and Grande’s spinoff show Sam & Cat.
“What finally undid me was when Ariana came whistle-toning in with excitement because she had spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’s house,” McCurdy recalled.
“That was the moment I broke.”
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McCurdy, who is now 30, co-starred with Grande in Sam & Cat from 2013 to 2014 before it was cancelled.
The former child star has also alleged that after the show was cancelled, she rejected a US$300,000 (approx. $430,600) offer to not publicly discuss her time at Nickelodeon.
After ending her time on Nickelodean, McCurdy went on to star in Netflix’s short-lived series Between before finally walking away from acting.
In another memoir excerpt released by Entertainment Weekly, McCurdy revealed the complicated relationship she had with her mother, which may explain her memoir’s biting title.
McCurdy’s mum Debbie died in 2013 following a long battle with breast cancer.
In the excerpt she recalls the bittersweet moment she was cast in her first-ever series, iCarly. While she was relieved to score the regular role as Sam Puckett to give her and her mum some financial freedom, she says she never enjoyed acting the part.
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When she mentions this to her mother, it causes her to lash out.
“Mom looks at me in the rearview mirror,” McCurdy writes, “a mixture of shock and disappointment fills her eyes. I immediately regret saying anything.”
Her mother then broke into a fit, McCurdy says: “[She] bangs on the steering wheel, accidentally hitting the horn. Mascara trickles down her cheeks. Her hysteria frightens me and demands to be taken care of.
“‘Never mind,’ I say loudly so Mom can hear it through her sobs. Her crying stops immediately, except for one leftover sniffle, but as soon as that sniffle is over, it’s complete silence. I’m not the only one who can cry on cue.”
Last year on her podcast Empty InsideMcCurdy opened up about her decision to ditch acting.
“I resent my career in a lot of ways,” she said. “I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was just cheesy, embarrassing … I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles. I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past.”
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