Jennette McCurdy featured in the latest issue of Bello Magazine

Posted on February 3, 2014


Bello Magazine released their February issue and inside features an exclusive photoshoot and interview with Jennette McCurdy.

You’ve had massive amounts of success 
for the average twenty-one-year-old. 
What do you attribute it to? 
I think I definitely worked very hard. I 
felt like, for me, with acting, there was 
no plan B. I wanted to make people 
laugh, and that was it. I don’t feel 
comfortable doing anything else. I think 
we as humans have some sort of sense 
of home, and you have to pursue that. 
Home to me was acting. There simply 
was no other option.

What grabs you so much about comedy 
as opposed to drama?

Jennette: There is so much happening in life on 
a daily basis that can bring you down in 
so many ways. There’s so much to be 
stressed out about. It’s always like, no, 
not another piece of drama. But you just 
need to laugh; you need to just let loose.  
Every time I see a funny movie or a funny 
TV show, my mood completely changes. 
I was watching Parks & Recreation the other night and I realized that I was just 
having the best time. Just sitting down, 
eating potato chips. Complete cloud 

Nickelodeon has been really kind to 
you. The relationship between your 
costars, both past and present, and 
Dan Schneider very much resembles 
the friendship between Molly Ringwald 
and the late John Hughes. How’s that 
been with you?
I first met Dan when I was twelve years 
old, and I am now twenty-one. He’s 
been in my life for half of it. He’s very 
much like a father to me, or an uncle. 
He takes his actors under his wing 
like nothing I’ve ever seen. He likes 
a certain work ethic, and works hard 
to set an example of [that].  And so, I 
definitely think there’s a different style 
to the talent that’s worked under him 
than others. He’s got his own creative 
voice and we all naturally adopt that 
after working with him. So his method of 
doing things…it clearly works.  Our on-
set environment is very strict. We have 
to know our lines; if we don’t know our 
lines we get a sit-down conversation. 
We have to be on our game, and it’s 
understood that we aren’t going to 
have such a conversation twice. We 
can definitely have opinions regarding 
line delivery and creative decisions like 
that. But at the end of the day, Dan gets 
to do whatever he wants.  Of course, 
he’s the one with the best track record, 
so it makes sense.

So he definitely gives you a certain 
extent of freedom?
Jennette: Especially as I’ve gotten older. When I 
started iCarly it was more instructional, and became more collaborative around 
the age of seventeen. But now I feel like 
I do half of the blocking in an episode; 
I feel like the picking up of props and 
such can really add to the fluidity of a 
joke. So that is something I work on 
with the directors a lot. I enjoy that. 
When it comes to delivery, if I don’t 
like something, I’ll jokingly say to Dan, 
“I hate that, I’m not doing it that way.” 
So our relationship has clearly shifted.  
He’ll sometimes even say, “Hey, what 
do you think is funnier?” I feel honored 
when he asks me that.

Have you had a textbook Dan Schneider 
moment that looking back on your 
years working with him describes 
Jennette: A textbook Dan moment? Let’s see, 
how many times has he made me cry? 
[laughs] I’m kidding. We were doing 
an iCarly run-through during the fifth season of the show. It was our fourth episode in, and we all got called into Dan’s office. We were all like, “Yeah, 
our ratings are so in, we’re going to 
get like gift bags or something, this 
is amazing.” So, we get into the office 
and sit down. At this moment we’re all 
just sitting back and bantering back 
and forth, laughing. Dan is just sitting 
there, stone cold case. We’re ready 
for him to just break into a laugh and 
tell us how great we are. He waits 
a second and then says, “Your run-
through yesterday was atrocious. None 
of you knew your lines. It was sloppy, 
it was muddy. Where was your timing? 
Where was your chemistry? Were you 
thinking about the date you went on 
yesterday? Were you thinking of what 
you were going to do after work? What 
was going through all of your minds? 
Get it together because you all have 
senioritis.” I don’t think either of us 
messed up our lines one more time 
for the remainder of the season. Those 
kind of talks are the reasons why he 
has such successful shows. So I think 
there’s definitely something to take and 
learn from him. I don’t get hurt from 
those things because that’s not uncle 
Dan, that’s boss Dan. I admire it.

What other things are you passionate 
about besides writing?
I love writing. I write all the time. I’m also 
passionate about live comedy. Anything 
from improv groups, groundlings, 
the UCB. I had a moment with figure 
skating, [laughs] I had a little stint, and 
then I tried ice dancing. My Ukrainian 
ice dancing coach coached me to the 
point where I was ready to have my 
male partner come in and rehearse 
with me in order to start competing. 
They try to match you up with a good 
fit. And so these guys were flying in 
from all over the U.S. – and some from 
out of the country – for tryouts. I was 
so uncomfortable being touched at 
where they have to hold you and lift 
you, so needless to say I backtracked 
and stopped [laughs].

Who do you admire professionally?

Jennette: I love Tina Fey – her career is so 
respectable and she’s so classy – as 
well as Kristen Wiig. You don’t see 
them in the tabloids or hear of any 
antics of them clubbing the night 
before or anything like that. They’re 
hilarious, super intelligent, and super 
well spoken. Honestly, just amazing 
businesswomen. You look at them 
and just think, power. Then I also love 
Lucille Ball and Gilda Radner. Also 
Jimmy Fallon? I love him! He’s got the 
most easygoing guy vibe. He’s likeable 
and seems like he’s just living to live; 
he just loves everything.

You’re twenty-one now, and have 
accomplished so much. What sets you 
apart from other child stars who have 
gone off into the deep end?

Jennette: Oh, I’m far off the deep end [laughs].  
I think it’s strange because a lot of 
people that have, for lack of a better 
phrase, “gone off the deep end,” you 
know, if they’re happy taking part in the 
antics that they do, then by all means. 
But I’m twenty-one now; I don’t feel the 
need to walk out in the street naked or 
something like that to show the world 
that I’m twenty-one. I love working for 
Nickelodeon and I love making people 
laugh. Adults and kids come up to 
me all the time and tell me I’m funny. 
That’s my goal in my life, and so I don’t 
see any reason to have to shed that, 
and show that I’m a “grown woman.” I 
say, what’s the rush to grow up; you’re 
going to grow old, and we’re all going 
to die.

What’s a day in the life of Jennette?
When I’m filming it’s very routine: 
Monday through Friday, I wake up in 
the morning and go to work. We’re off 
rehearsal days by 5pm and off on shoot 
days by 11pm. But for a fun day, I like to 
do fun things.
A few months back, I had a few days 
off, and so my friend Colton [Tran] and I set out on a road trip to the Redwood forests. We didn’t have a hotel to stay at, 
and we just went out on an adventure: 
hiking, shopping.  I’m kind of big on 
spontaneous trips. A few weeks before 
going to the Redwood forests, Miranda 
Cosgrove, who I was on with, found an old gift card in her drawer and 
says, “Hey, you want to go to Monarch 
Beach with me?” She came and picked 
me up; we wound up there, and then we 
were in Orange County, then we wound 
up in Disneyland because she made 
some wrong turns. I think there’s so 
much fun in spontaneity and just going 
with the flow. I can be very literal and 
very planny in my head.  So it’s nice to 
turn that handle upside down.

You’re a homeowner now. How 
independent does that make you feel?
I do feel independent. I had lived on 
my own for about a year and half 
beforehand. I lived in an apartment in 
Hollywood, but I had been searching 
for a house. I though it would be nice to 
have a place that I could call my own, 
with all the traveling that I do. When I 
came to my apartment I felt sometimes 
like I was coming back to another hotel, 
so I wanted to change that. But I love 
it. It’s been really hard to find all the 
furnishings and having everything set 
up…ten times harder than I would’ve 
imagined. It’s very fun decorating, but 
it’s quite exhausting. For example, I 
picked out some napkins at Z Gallerie. 
I have taken three separate trips to Z 
Gallerie to pick up these napkin rings 
that did not get delivered due to some 
casual mistake. It’s understandable, 
but at my expense it’s very frustrating, 
especially in the L.A. heat. But I finally 
got the napkin rings, so all is well. But 
I mean, three trips for napkin rings…
come on, Z Gallerie. Get it together.  

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