Both Ariana Grande and Jennette McCurdy got their big break playing supporting characters on Nickelodeon TV shows – victorious and iCarly, respectively. But when the two came together as co-stars of a third show – Sam & Kat — on the kids network, McCurdy claims she was treated much less fairly than her castmate, who would go on to become one of the biggest pop stars in the world.
Days Away From The Release Of McCurdy’s Memoirs On Tuesday (August 9) I’m glad my mom passed away, The New York Times interviewed the 30-year-old actress and published an excerpt from the book. In the passage, she claims that Nickelodeon encouraged Grande to pursue a career outside of the show, but prevented her from doing the same.
“What finally set me off was when Ariana came over to whistle excitedly because she had played charades at Tom Hanks’ house the previous night,” McCurdy wrote in the memoir, according to NYTextract. “That was the moment I broke.”
Sam & Kat only aired one season of 35 episodes before it was canceled in 2014. At that time, Grande had already released her debut album Undersignedof which two singles (“The Way” feat. Mac Miller and “Baby I”) were in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.
“I want to thank Nickelodeon for making a childhood dream of mine come true,” the “Positions” singer tweeted. Sam & Kat’s cancellation was announced. “To be a family to me, to be so accommodating and supportive in my multitasking with my music career, and of course introduce me to many of my fans many years ago.”
Just before the show ended, there was speculation that Grande and McCurdy were at odds, presumably because the former’s salary was higher than the latter. The two-time Grammy winner took to Twitter in 2014 to clear the air. “The rumors circulating about our contracts and our salary not being equal are absolutely ridiculous and false,” she wrote at the time, though the tweet since deleted. “I don’t know who’s posting these crazy quotes, but I thought I’d sort it out and try to put an end to this nonsense.”
While Grande seemed to deny any conflict with McCurdy in her tweets, McCurdy appeared to snap some photos of her former costar via her web series later that year. What’s next for Sarah? The show featured a character named Gloriana, who wears a high ponytail that resembles Grande’s signature style, claims to be vegan (like Grande) while carrying a leather bag, and brags about how perfect her life and music career is. to be.
Years later, McCurdy opened her Empty inside podcast about how she felt working with Grande during the pop star’s sudden rise to international fame. “She would have to miss her job because she was being pulled in all directions,” said the… scam said actress. “She’s performing at the Grammys and I’m acting on this show with a box because they decided her character needed to be boxed up that week so she can go to the Grammys.”
Since her Nickelodeon days, McCurdy has renounced acting, notably refusing to participate in the 2021 Paramount+ reboot of iCarly. In I’m glad my mom passed awayshe describes how her career, life and even physical appearance were controlled by her mother Debra, who died of cancer in 2013.
According to the NYTMcCurdy also writes about what she believes are the humiliations of working for Nickelodeon, who she claims offered her $300,000 not to talk about what working for the network was like — which she says she declined. She also claims how a supervising figure she calls “The Creator” encouraged her to drink alcohol even though she was only a teenager on the show.
Nickelodeon declined to comment on the NYT story; Billboard also asked for comment.
“My whole childhood and adolescence was very exploited,” she told the… Time. “It still gives my nervous system a response to say it. There were instances when people had the best of intentions and may not have known what they were doing. And also instances where they did – they knew exactly what they were doing.”