For the Lunchables celebrity fieldtrip instant win game, they have provided interviews with Jennette McCurdy asking about her careers in acting and singing as well as her personal life and inspiring advice.
Q: Who is Jennette McCurdy?
A: Trick Question! Jennette McCurdy is a girl, you might not know that. No, I guess all my friends describe me as I think I’m a fun and a loyal friend. Some people think that I’m really shy. I consider myself a shy person until I’m working.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Long Beach and I grew up in a place called Garden Grove right here in California. I have two dogs named Musashi and Chewbacca and I have a turtle named Tootsen and two birds that kind of come and go named Tweetie and McFly.
Q: What’s your favorite food?
A: My favorite food is, I love sushi. I love apples! And.. I love pasta! My mom makes really good pasta.
Q: What do you do in your free time?
A: When I’m just hanging out with my friends, you know I just love to see comedy shows or I love going to the movie theater with my mom, that’s always fun. I love trying things that are fun and new and exciting, whether that be go-karting or going to the batting cages or riding a horse or just anything new and random and fun. I love cooking, it’s so much fun. I love baking too. I make mean coconut brownies, they’re so good! I’m a walking contradiction aren’t I, jeez. That would explain a lot.
Q: What’s it like being an actress?
A: Some of the things that come with acting are different than I thought they would be. The attention, the dealing with you know everytime you walk out your door, having people come up to you and ask you for your autograph and pictures and stuff you know, that’s wild, it’s really weird. Lots of times, what? huh? I do a double take. I don’t know cause it’s my job. Acting is just my job. People always say, “wow what’s it like being famous?” or “Oh I wanna be famous”, but that’s not, you can’t want to do the business ’cause you want to be famous. It’s the least reason to want to do it. You have to do it because you love it so much and cause you love whatever aspect of it is that you do.
Q: What’s the best part of your job?
A: I love going on the set and inhabiting another person’s skin and being able to see what it feels like to be somebody else. As an actress I love playing roles that are as far removed from me as they can be. That’s where all the fun lies in creating different characteristics and maybe taking bits and pieces from different people you know or things you think would be fun to incorporate into a character. That’s all the fun. I think if I was playing myself all the time, I would be quite bored.
Q: Do you have any advice for kids?
A: Anybody who wants to be an actor or actress, advice that I can give hands down would be to watch as many movies as you possibly can. Just always expand your taste. Expand your influences and read. I truly believe there is an answer to whatever you need in a book. There’s nothing you can’t find in some book out there and just constantly keep seeing what’s out there entertainment-wise and be sure to study up on the classics ’cause they’ll never be reached again and there’s a reason why they’re called the classics.
Q: Acting vs Singing?
A: Acting and singing are so different to perform because for acting you can be a really internal and express things that way but with music, everything has to be outward and broad and you know bigger gestures because you have to be expressing things in a way that the person in the very back row can see and understand and can connect with. I love being able to express myself. You know with acting I’m always expressing other peoples intentions and motives and who they are but for music I get to express myself. So when somebody says that they like my songs or when somebody says “oh this song means something, it means so special to me”, I know that they’re really commenting on something that’s personal and it’s a connection that feels like your meeting a friend. Songwriting for me is very theraputic, it’s really pretty much like writing in your diary but you just get to make it more fun by putting a melody to it and making it a cool three and a half minute nugget.
Q: Where do you want to be in 10 years?
A: Well I hope I’ll have gone to film school. I really want to go to film school. I wanna be directing and writing and producing. I want to continue singing and I’d like to continue acting as well. I want to be a part of entertainment in many capacities and I love to entertain and I just want to continue doing it. 10 years from now.. 10 years from now! That’s a big projection! I’m just thinking about today, haha you know.