Jennette McCurdy Shares How Working With Ariana Grande “Broken” Her – Billboard

Both Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy have had their big breaks playing supporting characters on Nickelodeon TV shows – Victorious and iCarly, respectively. But when the two reunited as co-stars on a third show – Sam and cat — on the Kids’ Network, McCurdy claims she was treated far less fairly than her bandmate, who would go on to become one of the biggest pop stars on the planet.


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Just days away from the release of McCurdy’s memoir on Tuesday, August 9 I’m glad my mother died, The New York Times interviewed the 30-year-old actress and posted an excerpt from the book. In the passage, she alleges Nickelodeon encouraged Grande to pursue career endeavors outside of the show, but prevented her from doing the same.

“What finally undid me was when Ariana came over excitedly whistling because she had spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’ house,” McCurdy wrote in the memoir, according to NOWis extracted. “That’s when I snapped.”

sam and cat only aired for one 35-episode season before being canceled in 2014. By then, Grande had already released her debut album Yours sincerelytwo singles of which (“The Way” feat. Mac Miller and “Baby I”) are in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

“I want to thank Nickelodeon for making one of my childhood dreams come true,” the “Positions” singer tweeted afterwards. Sam and catThe cancellation has been announced. “For being family to me, for being so accommodating and supportive of my multitasking with my music career, and of course for introducing me to many of my fans many years ago.”

Just before the show ended, it was speculated that Grande and McCurdy were at odds, supposedly because the former’s salary was higher than the latter’s. The two-time Grammy winner took to Twitter in 2014 to clear the air. “The rumors going around about our contracts and our unequal salary are absolutely ridiculous and untrue,” she wrote at the time, although the tweet was deleted since. “I don’t know who is posting these silly quotes, but I thought I should straighten them out and try to put a stop to this nonsense.”

Although Grande seemed to deny any conflict with McCurdy in her tweets, McCurdy appeared to take some photos of her former co-star later that year via her web series. What’s next for Sarah? The show featured a character named Gloriana, who wears a high ponytail similar to Grande’s signature style, claims to be vegan (like Grande) while carrying a leather bag, and brags about the perfection of her life and of his musical career.

Years later, McCurdy opened up about her empty inside podcast about what it felt like to work with Grande during the pop star’s sudden rise to international fame. “She should take time off from work because she was being pulled all over the place,” she added. Scam said the actress. “She’s performing at the Grammys and I’m performing on this show with a box because they decided that week that her character needed to be boxed so she could go perform at the Grammys.”

Since his days at Nickelodeon, McCurdy has quit acting and notably declined to take part in the 2021 Paramount+ reboot of iCarly. In I’m glad my mother diedshe details how her career, her life and even her physical appearance were controlled by her mother Debra, who died of cancer in 2013.

According to NOW, McCurdy also writes about what she feels like the indignities of working for Nickelodeon, which she says offered her $300,000 not to talk about what working for the network was like — which she says she got. refuse. She also alleges how a supervisory figure she calls “The Creator” encouraged her to drink alcohol, even though she was just a teenager on the show.

Nickelodeon declined to comment for the NOW story; Billboard also asked for comments.

“My whole childhood and teenage years were very exploited,” she told the Time. “It still gives my nervous system a reaction to say that. There have been cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did – they knew exactly what they were doing.

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