Jennette McCurdy talks about her career after iCarly

Posted on November 16, 2012

The iCarly cast reflects on the series ending with the final episode to air on November 23rd, 2012 at 8 p.m. titled iGoodbye. Jennette McCurdy and Noah Munck talk about what they plan to do in their careers in the following article provided by The OCRegister. Jennette mentions she has a lot of new and exciting events which includes her show with Ariana Grande (Sam & Cat), the Nickelodeon movie Swindle, her performance during the Macy Day Parade, and even a Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe.

“I’ve thought about this a lot recently,” Jennette says when ask her to talk about what it feels like to no longer be working at the studio where “iCarly” was shot. “So many things happened to me for the first time on that set and around that group of people. So much so that we became a kind of family.”

Since shooting ended in June she’s seen her costar Miranda Cosgrove, who played Carly, three or four times a week, and gets together with Jerry Trainor, who played Spencer, Carly’s older brother, a few times a month. “But it’s not the same as seeing each other every day for so long.”

The final episode was especially difficult, Jennette says. Show creator and executive producer Dan Schneider didn’t give them their scripts ahead of time, which was unusual.

“Dan said he wanted us to have a pre-table read because he was sure we were all going to cry,” she says. “And we all stayed and we read it and we understood why he did it because we all were sobbing.

“Even thinking about it now I get all verklempt. It was brutal. Everyone in the room was crying. I thought Miranda and I would cry for sure but I didn’t think the boys would cry. I think it put into perspective how much it meant to everyone.”

The week after work on the show as done was quietly depressing, Jennette says.

“We got back together and had dinner,” she says. “I think we were trying to cope with the reality that it was over. We’d gotten so comfortable not only in our characters but the stage where we worked. Everything was so second nature that to have your second nature torn away was a new kind of learning curve.”

She did have one nice thing to look forward to in her after “iCarly”: Schneider already had made plans to shoot a pilot starring Jennette in a spinoff show called “Sam & Cat,” Cat being Cat Valentine, a character played by Ariana Grande on “Victorious,” another of Schneider’s shows for Nickelodeon.

In that series, Jennette’s character Sam travels from Seattle where “iCarly” was set to speak about web TV series at Hollywood Arts High School, the setting for “Victorious.” There she and Cat meet up and eventually become friends and roommates and partners in a babysitting business.

“We talked a lot about what to do with Sam,” Jennette says of her conversations with Schneider about the pilot. “We wanted to make it interesting for her and for viewers who’ve been watching (“iCarly”) for five years.

“Sam was always the smart aleck and brazen and crass and kind of a jerk. And now that Sam’s front and center, Dan and the writers did a really, really excellent job of toning her down just enough that in my opinion she’s more likable.”

So far there’s no word on whether “Sam & Cat” is being picked up as a series – Jennette offers only a cryptic, “We can’t say anything,” when asked – but she’s still quite busy with other projects.

She’s shot a Nickelodeon movie called “Swindle,” which also stars Noah Munck. Already a recording artist with a few singles and EPs out, she’ll be singing from a perch on the Pepperidge Farms goldfish crackers float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, singing the Stevie Wonder song “What Christmas Means To Me” as she rides through Manhattan.

Beyond that, Jennette’s been admitted to the Groundlings improvisational comedy troupe in Los Angeles and hopes to eventually create and write and star in a show like her idol Tina Fey of “30 Rock” fame.

“Five or 10 years from now?” she says when asked what her long-range plans might include. “There’s so many things that can take place that you don’t even know at the time. So who knows? I just hope I’m having fun and doing good work.”

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2 responses

  1. your so hop jennette be with me

  2. vora harper says:

    I watched you on DVD I miss you guys were easy to watch family oriented they should do a reunion all grown up I Carly gang big fan of y’all puberty came in.