Jennette McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress, producer, screenwriter, and singer. She is known for playing Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat. McCurdy has also appeared in a number of television series, including Victorious, Zoey 101, True Jackson VP, Malcolm in the Middle, and Lincoln Heights, and has also produced, written, and starred in her own online series titled What's Next for Sarah?. From May 2015 to August 2016, she starred in the Netflix/City drama series Between as Wiley Day.
Jennette McCurdy was born on June 26, 1992 in Long Beach, California, and grew up in Garden Grove, California. She is of Dutch, English, French, Irish, Italian, and Swedish descent.McCurdy reportedly became interested in acting upon watching Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after her mother recovered from breast cancer. However, in a 2014 appearance on the podcast You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, she said that this was not entirely true.
2000–2006: Career beginning
McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of eight on MADtv. Since then she appeared in television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, The Penguins of Madagascar, Zoey 101, True Jackson, VP, Law and Order SVU, Medium, Judging Amy, The Inside, Karen Sisco, Over There, and Close to Home. In 2003, she had the chance to act with her inspiration, Harrison Ford, in the film Hollywood Homicide. In 2005, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Television Series – Guest Starring Young Actress for her performance in Strong Medicine as Hailey Campos. She has also appeared in several commercials, such as one for Sprint and a public service announcement on crossing the road safely.
2007–2012: iCarly and music
In 2007, she won a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly as Sam Puckett, a series she would be a part of until its end in 2012. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly and her performance as Dory Sorenson in the TV movie The Last Day of Summer. She was nominated for a 2009 Teen Choice Award in the Favorite TV Sidekick category for her work on iCarly. She played Bertha in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on a YouTube series about Fred Figglehorn.
In June 2008, McCurdy announced on her official website that she was working on her debut album. The first single, "So Close", was released on March 10, 2009. On May 19 her cover of the Amanda Stott song "Homeless Heart" was released. The song was released in honor of McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of nine from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation. She met Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville. On April 16, 2010, samples of select songs from McCurdy's upcoming debut country album were released online. The song clips were released in order for fans to vote for which one they believed should be McCurdy's first single. "Not That Far Away" received the most votes, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes on June 1.McCurdy at Australian Kids' Choice Awards 2011
She released an EP on August 17, 2010, which included "Not That Far Away" and three new songs: "Stronger", "Put Your Arms Around Someone", and "Break Your Heart". The iTunes version included "Me with You" as a bonus track. "Stronger" was later included on Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35, released on August 31, 2010.McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011, followed by its release to radio April 25, 2011. Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-named seven-track EP on February 8, 2012 at clothing retailer Justice. The full-length, ten-track edition was released to iTunes on June 5, 2012 and is her first full-length album. On July 11, 2012, Fanlala released an interview with McCurdy in which she confirmed that she has since left Capitol Records Nashville, saying, "I'm kind of between projects right now. I actually just left Capitol Records recently. I'm really just deciding what else I want to do next. Right now I'm working on my new show, and I'm just figuring out where I should take my music from here." On July 31, 2012, How to Rock released an interview with McCurdy, in which she talked about her acting and music careers. A follow-up interview was released on August 8, in which McCurdy reflects on her music career.
2013–present: Sam & Cat and Between
She starred alongside Ariana Grande in the Nickelodeon series Sam & Cat, reprising her role as Sam Puckett, with Grande reprising her role as Cat Valentine. The series' plot centers on the girls becoming roommates and starting their own babysitting business. It premiered on June 8, 2013. In 2014 McCurdy along with good friend and former co-star Miranda Cosgrove were absent from the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards. Explaining her absence, McCurdy stated that Nickelodeon put her in an "uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation" where she had to look out for herself, and McCurdy and Grande were having problems with the network over their respective salaries, and that McCurdy accused Nickelodeon of paying Grande more money. The network placed Sam & Cat into hiatus. The network initially stated that the hiatus was planned and that the series was not cancelled. On July 13, 2014, Nickelodeon announced that, after only one season, Sam & Cat was cancelled. In an interview on Entertainment Pop, McCurdy mentioned that she later made up with Grande.
On August 13, 2014, McCurdy launched the online show What's Next for Sarah?. She served as the star of the series as well as the writer of the show, along with duties as executive producer and editor. She says that the show is based loosely on her life and that the character she plays, Sarah Bronson, is based on her.
In 2015, she began starring in the Netflix drama series Between. It was also announced that she would star in teen comedy Little Bitches alongside Virginia Gardner and Kiersey Clemons.
In August 2016, McCurdy signed a deal to develop projects with digital production company Canvas Media Studios to further utilize her social media connections with fans. She also starred as Claire in the psychological thriller film Pet.
In 2011 McCurdy began writing articles in the Wall Street Journal. She has written a total of eight articles for the paper, on various topics ranging from Shirley Temple to body shaming and the corporate culture of smoke and mirrors. She is a columnist for Seventeen magazine. She has also written for The Huffington Post.
In 2013, McCurdy moved to Studio City, California.
McCurdy composed an article titled "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer", which was published in the Wall Street Journal in June 2011. It describes in detail her mother Debra's ongoing battle with cancer and how her family coped with the situation. The article also features advice from McCurdy on living with such a situation. On September 20, 2013, her mother died after battling cancer for 17 years.
FilmographyTelevision and web roles Year Title Role Notes 2000 Mad TV Cassidy Gifford Episode 6.1 2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jackie Trent Episode: "Cats in the Cradle" 2003, 2005 Malcolm in the Middle Daisy / Penelope Episodes: "If Boys Were Girls", "Buseys Take a Hostage" 2004 Karen Sisco Josie Boyle Episode: "No One's Girl" 2004 Strong Medicine Hailey Campos Episode: "Selective Breeding" 2004 Tiger Cruise Kiley Dolan Television film 2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Purcell Episode: "Contagious" 2005 Medium Sara Crewson Episode: "Coded" 2005 Judging Amy Amber Reid Episode: "My Name is Amy Gray" 2005 The Inside Madison St. Clair Episode: "Everything Nice" 2005 Over There Lynne Episode: "Situation Normal" 2005 Zoey 101 Trisha Kirby Episode: "Bad Girl" 2006 Will & Grace Lisa Episode: "Von Trapped" 2006 Close to Home Stacy Johnson Episode: "Escape" 2006 Against Type Meredith Television film 2007 The Last Day of Summer Dory Sorenson Television film 2007 Lincoln Heights Beckie 3 episodes 2007–2012 iCarly Sam Puckett
Melanie Puckett Main role
Episode: iTwins 2009 Fred: The Movie Bertha Television film 2009, 2010 True Jackson, VP Pinky Turzo Episodes: "Amanda Hires a Pink", "True Drama" 2010 The Cleveland Show Girl #1 Voice role; episode: "Little Man on Campus" 2010 Glenn Martin, DDS Mazy Voice role; episode: "Courtney's Pony" 2010, 2015 The Penguins of Madagascar Becky Voice role; episodes: "Badger Pride", "Tunnel of Love" 2011 Cupcake Wars Herself Guest judge; episode: "Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes" 2011 Big Time Rush Training Fan Episode: "Big Time Concert" 2011 Best Player Christina "Prodigy" Saunders Television film 2011
2012 Victorious Sam Puckett
Ponnie / Fawn Liebowitz Crossover movie: "iParty with Victorious"
Special guest star, episode: "Crazy Ponnie" 2012 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventures Devon Episode: "Epic Break-Up" 2012 Camp Orange Herself Co-host (season 8) 2013 Ben and Kate Bethany Episode: "Gone Fishin'" 2013 Swindle Savannah Westcott Television film 2013–2014 Sam & Cat Sam Puckett
Melanie Puckett Lead role
Episode: "#Twinfection" 2014 What's Next for Sarah? Sarah Bronson Web series; lead role; also writer, creator, and executive producer 2014 The Birthday Boys Kendra Taylor Episode: "Love Date Hump" 2015 Comedy Bang! Bang! Allie Dawson Episode: "Simon Helberg Wears a Sky Blue Button Down and Jeans" 2015–2016 Between Wiley Day Main role 2016 Robot Chicken Skipper, Nany, Nurse Voice role; episodes: "Joel Hurwitz" 2016 The Eric Andre Show Herself Episode: "Jack Black / Jennette McCurdy" 2017 8 Bodies TJ Web short; main role; also writer, director and executive producer 2017 Wine and Cheese Jen Web short; main role; writer, director and executive producer
Music videosList of music videos, showing year released and director Title Year Director "Not That Far Away" 2010 Roman White "Generation Love" 2011
Awards and nominations
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- ^ Hatch, Danielle (November 19, 2008). "sheSam on 'iCarly'". Peoria Journal Star. Archived from the original on October 12, 2013. Retrieved January 6, 2016. ...watching the original 'Star Wars' movies, episodes 4, 5 and 6. We'd watch them over and over every day... [McCurdy's mother] recovered and everything and a couple of years after, (one of the films) came out on the big screen. It was a huge deal for our family since it helped us get through a lot of tough times. We went to go see it as a family, and it touched me so much that I turned to my mom and said, 'Mommy, I want to be in the movies, like Han Solo.'
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- ^ PR Newswire, World's Best-Selling Music Compilation Series Announces August 31 Release Date For 'NOW That's What I Call Music! Vol. 35', PR Newswire, August 2, 2010.
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- ^ Exclusive interview on Archived November 9, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.. Fanlala.com. Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- ^ Interview on Archived January 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Learnhowtorock.alloyentertainment.com (December 12, 2012). Retrieved December 18, 2012.
- ^ Another interview on Archived October 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.. Learnhowtorock.alloyentertainment.com (December 11, 2012). Retrieved December 18, 2012.
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- ^ Nellie Andreeva. "Nickelodeon cancels hit 'Sam & Cat' After One Season, On-Set Discord - Deadline". Deadline.
- ^ Emily Yoshida. "Know Your Beef: Ariana Grande vs. Jennette McCurdy (vs. Andre Drummond)". Grantland.
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- ^ "Jennette McCurdy (a.k.a. curmudgeon457) here, AMA! : jennettemccurdy". reddit.
- ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 20, 2014). "Jennette McCurdy Cast In Thriller Drama Series For Netflix - Deadline". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
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- ^ "Jennette McCurdy, Virginia Gardner Join Teen Comedy Little Bitches". Variety. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
- ^ "Jennette McCurdy to Develop Scripted Projects With Digital Studio Canvas Media (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. August 18, 2016. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
- ^ Kroll, Justin (August 11, 2015). "Jennette McCurdy to Co-Star in Indie 'Pet'". Variety.
- ^ "Nickelodeon's Jennette McCurdy on Why America Drank Up Shirley Temple - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. February 12, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- ^ "Do I Look Fat in This Article? Jennette McCurdy on Beauty and Body Shaming - Speakeasy - WSJ". Blogs.wsj.com. January 22, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- ^ McCurdy, Jennette. "TV Music and Movie Reviews for Teens". Seventeen. Archived from the original on April 7, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
- ^ "Jennette McCurdy is Blogging for Seventeen!". Fanlala.com. January 8, 2014. Retrieved April 18, 2014.
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- ^ Beale, Lauren (July 9, 2013). "HOT PROPERTY Actress Jennette McCurdy buys Studio City home". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
- ^ McCurdy, Jennette (June 11, 2011). "Off-Camera, My Mom's Fight With Cancer". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved June 11, 2011.
- ^ "Jennette McCurdy's Mother Passes Away After Battling Cancer". E!. September 20, 2013. Retrieved September 22, 2013.
- ^ "Almost Heroes 3D". DigiArt. Archived from the original on July 24, 2016. Retrieved July 24, 2016.
- ^ "8 Bodies Movie".
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- ^ "Billboard Chart History: "Country Songs"". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved March 29, 2010.
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- ^ "CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy: Generation Love". Country Music Television. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
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