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Jennette McCurdy, ‘iCarly’ star, has quit acting and resents her career

Written by on March 4, 2021

Jennette McCurdy talked about ditching acting on the podcast she now hosts, "Empty Inside."

(CNN) – Don’t look for Jennette McCurdy to appear in the planned reboot of “iCarly.”

McCurdy, who played Sam Puckett for six seasons on the Nickelodeon show that ended in 2012, talked about ditching acting on the podcast she now hosts, “Empty Inside.”

McCurdy said she never really wanted to be in the business and quit acting a few years ago to try writing and directing.

The acting was difficult for her initially, she said, because of the anxiety she had — especially with auditioning.

While she ultimately went on to co-star with Ariana Grande on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly”/”Victorious” spin-off “Sam & Cat,” McCurdy said acting caused her to have to put her “own emotions on the back burner” to focus on the characters.

“I ultimately quit after my mom passed away, because with her death kind of died a lot of her ideas for my life, and that was its own journey and a difficult one for sure,” McCurdy said.

The whole experience led her to say: “I resent my career in a lot of ways,” and left her feeling “so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most just cheesy, embarrassing” thing.


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