McCurdy in 2012
|Born||Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy
(1992-06-26) June 26, 1992
Long Beach, California, U.S.
|Residence||Studio City, California, U.S.|
|Labels||Capitol Nashville/EMI Records|
Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American actress, screenwriter, producer, singer and songwriter. She is best known for her role as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly and its spin-off series Sam & Cat. She 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?. Since May 2015, she has starred in the Netflix / City series Between.
McCurdy was born in Long Beach, California, and grew up in Garden Grove, California. She has three older brothers named Marcus, Scott, and Dustin. She is of Dutch, French, Irish, Italian, English and Swedish heritage. McCurdy gained interest in acting upon watching Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope after her mother recovered from breast cancer.
2000–06: 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.
2007–12: 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. The second single, “Homeless Heart”, was released on May 19. 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.
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. For months in between, rumors of a feud between Grande and McCurdy ran high, but these were later proven to be false. 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 thriller drama series Between, being produced by City Canada and Netflix. She also stars in teen comedy film Little Bitches along with 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.
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.
McCurdy composed an article titled “Off-Camera, My Mom’s Fight With Cancer”, that was published in the Wall Street Journal on June 11, 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.
|2001||Shadow Fury||Anna Markov|
|2002||My Daughter’s Tears||Mary Fields|
|2003||Hollywood Homicide||Van Family Daughter|
|2003||Taylor Simmons||Amanda Simmons|
|2004||Breaking Dawn||Little Girl|
|2005||See Anthony Run||Lucy||Short film|
|2011||The Death and Return of Superman||Eradicator Folks||Short film|
|2013||Snowflake, the White Gorilla||Petunia||Voice|
|2014||Almost Heroes 3D||Sue||Voice|
|2000||Mad TV||Cassidy Gifford||Episode 6.1|
|2002||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Jackie Trent||Episode: “Cats in the Cradle“|
|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“|
|2003||Malcolm in the Middle||Daisy||Episode: “If Boys Were Girls“|
|2005||Judging Amy||Amber Reid||“My Name is Amy Gray” (Season 6, Episode 22)|
|2005||Malcolm in the Middle||Penelope||Episode: “Buseys Take a Hostage“|
|2005||The Inside||Madison St. Clair||“Everything Nice“|
|2005||Over There||Lynne||“Situation Normal“|
|2005||Zoey 101||Trisha Kirby||“Bad Girl“|
|2005||Robot Chicken||Voice||“Joel Hurwitz“|
|2006||Will & Grace||Lisa||“Von Trapped“|
|2006||Close to Home||Stacy Johnson||“Escape“|
|2006||Against Type||Meredith||Television film|
|2007||The Last Day of Summer||Dory Sorenson||Television film|
|2007||Lincoln Heights||Beckie||Recurring role (season 1)|
|2007–12||iCarly||Sam Puckett||Main role|
|2009||Fred: The Movie||Bertha||Television movie|
|2009–10||True Jackson, VP||Pinky Turzo||Episodes: “Amanda Hires a Pink“, “True Drama“|
|2010||The Cleveland Show||Girl #1||Voice; episode: “Little Man on Campus“|
|2010||Glenn Martin, DDS||Mazy||Voice; episode: “Courtney’s Pony“|
|2010; 2015||The Penguins of Madagascar||Becky||Voice; episodes: “Badger Pride“, “Tunnel of Love“|
|2011||Cupcake Wars||Herself / Guest judge||Episode: “Jennette McCurdy Country Cupcakes” (Season 3, Episode 13)|
|2011||Big Time Rush||Training Fan||Episode: “Big Time Concert“|
|2011||Best Player||Christina “Prodigy” Saunders||Television film|
|2011; 2012||Victorious||Sam Puckett
Ponnie / Linda / Fawn Liebowitz
|Crossover: “iParty with Victorious”
Episode: “Crazy Ponnie“
|2012||Bucket & Skinner’s Epic Adventures||Devon||Episode: “Epic Break-Up“|
|2012||Camp Orange||Host||Season 8|
|2013||Ben and Kate||Bethany||Episode: “Gone Fishin’“|
|2013||Swindle||Savannah Westcott||Television film|
|2013–14||Sam & Cat||Sam Puckett||Lead role|
|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–present||Between||Wiley Day||Lead role|
|2016||The Eric Andre Show||Herself||Episode: “Jack Black; Jennette McCurdy“|
|Not That Far Away||
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|“So Close”||2009||—||—||Non-album single|
|“Not That Far Away“||2010||58||58||Not That Far Away|
|“Generation Love“||2011||44||44||Jennette McCurdy|
|“—” denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.|
|“Not That Far Away”||2010||Roman White|