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"iCarly" Star Jennette McCurdy Officially Quit Acting And Opened Up About Her "Embarrassing" Career

"I resent my career in a lot of ways."

If you grew up watching Nickelodeon, you're surely familiar with Jennette McCurdy — she played Sam Puckett on iCarly and then reprised her role for the spinoff, Sam & Cat.

Sam and Carly in the iCarly pilot
Nickelodeon

You may have been wondering if Jennette plans to appear in the upcoming iCarly reboot, but on a recent episode of her podcast, Empty Inside, she explained to Anna Faris that she has quit acting for good.

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“I quit a few years ago to try my hand at writing and directing," she said. "I quit...because I initially didn't want to do it. My mom put me in it when I was 6 and by...age 10 or 11, I was the main financial support for my family."

Later in the episode, Jennette talked about her feelings about her childhood roles. “My experience with acting is I'm so ashamed of the parts that I've done in the past...but I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most just cheesy, embarrassing [experience]...”

Still from iCarly
Nickelodeon Network/Courtesy Everett Collection

"I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed. My friends at 15, they're not like, 'Oh, cool, you're on this Nickelodeon show.' It was embarrassing.

Jennette McCurdy and Miranda Cosgrove on iCarly
Nickelodeon

"I imagine there's a very different experience to be had with acting if you're proud of your roles, and if you feel fulfilled by them."

You can listen to Jennette and Anna's candid conversation on Empty Inside here.

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