McCurdian.com released an exclusive interview with Jennette McCurdy to discuss about her recent hit web series, What’s Next for Sarah. Jennette and interviewer, Danielle Villaluna, also discussed about confidence, style advice, social media, comedy inspirations, future projects and fans.
You can read the entire interview on McCurdian Fanzine.
Danni: What’s Next for Sarah really shows the diversity of your talents in film and TV–acting, producing, and writing. Which aspect did you like the most about doing WNFS?
Jennette: Producing definitely brought on unique, unexpected, and fun challenges, but the writing process of WNFS came so naturally to me that I’d have to say writing.
Danni: Was it difficult to balance acting, producing, and writing the show?
Jennette: Once I finished the initial drafts, we pretty much stuck to the pages except for a few on-set revisions. Juggling producing and acting was difficult at times, though, because I wanted to perform well but also had multiple behind-the-camera issues to consider simultaneously. I learned and appreciated so much more about producing.
Danni: Many fans believe what really made WNFS a hit is the fact that it didn’t seem to be directed at any specific audience–girls, boys, adults, teens–but became something that everyone enjoyed. Many fans noted that even their parents watched the show and genuinely found it funny and entertaining. Did you intend on directing the show toward any specific audience? Do you find more freedom in being able to write your own material?
Jennette: First off, yay! I’m super happy that the show struck a chord with all kinds of different people. Whenever I’m working on a project, I don’t have a specific audience in mind. I do what I do and make what I make. If someone likes it – whoever that someone is – great.
Danni: Many fans go through hardships battling insecurities, both online and in real life. How do you build confidence in yourself? What advice can you give to the fans on how to stay true to who you are, even in the face of criticism?
Jennette: Remember that everyone doesn’t have to like you. The most important thing is that you like yourself.
Danni: McCurdians have witnessed the evolution of your style over the years. What’s your current go-to outfit? How would you describe your current style in one word?
Jennette: My current style in one word is classic. To me, simplifying and minimizing an outfit makes that outfit beautiful and classic. I definitely like to have fun with my style, but I don’t want to look back in two years and have major regrets (I’m talking to you, high-waisted shorts). For the fall weather, I love a pair of leggings and wedge boots with a super comfy sweater and a pendant necklace. I also love black jeans with oxfords, a cozy tee or button-up, and a blazer or warm sweater.
Danni: We’re pretty sure you’ve owned every social media known to man–Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, etc. Despite having all these accounts, you’ve voiced some powerful insights on having social media, and not letting it rule your life. How do you find that healthy balance of having social media, but not getting too wrapped up in it?
Jennette: I try not to get caught up in “having” to post anything. If I want to post something, I do. If not, great. I’ve really come to peace with social media and I feel my time is better spent because of it.
Danni: Many absolutely love your witty, sarcastic humor. Do you have any major influences when writing comedy?
Jennette: Yes! Tina Fey is a huge inspiration to me, Kristen Wiig, Fred Armisen is a genius, 90s Adam Sandler, Mike Myers, Gilda Radner, Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Pete Holmes.
Danni: What are you trying to focus more on now in your career, behind-the-scenes work like you did in What’s Next for Sarah or acting onscreen in film or movies? Do you have a preference between acting on TV, where you’re given a script, or acting in your own web show, where you get to make your own script?
Jennette: A little of both. I have a few “pet” projects that I’m working on, but I will always have a special place in my heart for acting.
Danni: If you had the chance to work with anyone, who would it be?
Jennette: Lorne Michaels, Will Ferrell, Johnny Depp, Andrew Garfield, George Lucas, Fred Armisen, Aaron Sorkin, Tina Fey… so many more!
Danni: It’s no secret that the fans absolutely freak out when they meet you! But what are these fan encounters like on your end? When you meet a fan you recognize from twitter for the first time, how do you feel?
Jennette: It’s great to put faces to names. I love talking to fans and seeing what they’re into.
Danni: What’s it like having millions and millions of likes and followers on social media?
Jennette: It’s great! I love that I have a big fanbase, but I do recognize my “core” fans most of all… the ones with the screen names, profile pictures, and bios all set to something relating to me. Those are the fans that I most hope to keep entertained, in the loop, and united as a group, because they set the tone for everyone around them.
A huge thank-you to Jennette for taking the time to do this interview with us! We’re hoping to hear from her again. Keep tuning in to the Fanzine for more everything Jennette!—and of course, follow Jennette on Twitter and Instagram for the most current updates from Jennette herself!