Former child star Jennette McCurdy is candid about the abuse she allegedly suffered as a Nickelodeon star in the 2000s.
McCurdy, 30, detailed many of the issues she faced while appearing on her hit TV show “iCarly” in her upcoming memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” including an alleged incident where she was photographed in a bikini as a teenager. during a wardrobe fitting.
Filming with an unidentified person – who she referred to as the “Creator” – also allegedly forced her to drink alcohol when she was just a teenager on the network.
Her mother Debra, who died in 2013, said moments like this were just the aftermath of fame. “Everyone wants what you have,” Debra reportedly said.
“My whole childhood and teenage years were very exploited,” McCurdy told The New York Times ahead of the publication of her memoir on August 9. “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.
Elsewhere in the book, McCurdy described how she scored her own “iCarly” spin-off, but thought it would be a solo gig.
Ariana Grande – who had starred in Nick’s sitcom ‘Victorious’ – was offered to star in the spin-off, which became the 2013 show ‘Sam & Cat’.
However, McCurdy claimed she wasn’t allowed to do any other acting jobs while on the show, but noted that this order didn’t appear to apply to Grande, 29.
“So Close” singer McCurdy also alleged that she was offered $300,000 in silent money for not speaking publicly about her tenure on Nickelodeon.
“What finally undid me was when Ariana came in, whistling excitedly because she’d spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’,” McCurdy recalls in her book. “That’s when I snapped.”
In an excerpt from the book obtained by Entertainment Weekly earlier this week, McCurdy also shared how her mother controlled her career and caused her a lot of anxiety.
“I sit in the waiting room, gathering up all my sadness when something changes inside me. It’s weird,” she wrote of an audition during which she was told to cry.
When the audition didn’t go as planned, McCurdy attempted to tell her mother that she wanted to quit acting, but said Debra blamed her for continuing.
It was when the California native booked “iCarly” that she thought her relationship with her mother would soften.
“I jump into mom’s arms. She hugs me. I am thrilled,” McCurdy wrote. “Everything is going to be different now. Everything will be better. Mom will finally be happy. His dream has come true.