Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy
(June 26, 1992-) is an American film and television actress and country singer-songwriter.
She rose to fame as iCarly
's resident Badass
, Samantha Puckett. Jennette has also starred in other TV shows such as Zoey 101
, Malcolm in the Middle
, Will and Grace
, Strong Medicine
, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
, The Inside
, True Jackson VP
and Judging Amy
, as well as TV movie Best Player
She has also parlayed into a country music career and was signed with Capitol Records Nashville, having released 2 albums as of 2012.
's fifth & final season ending, Jennette began starring in a new series on Nickelodeon called Sam & Cat
, teaming up with Dan Schneider again. It is a Cross Over Spin-Off
with Cat Valentine from Victorious
. She also stars in the web series What's Next for Sarah?
, which she writes and co-produces.
Could be considered Nick's equivalent to Debby Ryan
(incidentally, they're close friends in Real Life
This actress contains examples of:
- Acting for Two:Twice. In iCarly, and again in Sam & Cat, she plays as Samantha and Melanie Puckett, who are identical twins with opposite traits.
- Alpha Bitch: Pinky Turzo in True Jackson VP. An Alternative Character Interpretation for Sam Puckett is that she combines both the Alpha Bitch and Jerk Jock aspects into a single mean bullying bitch.
- Badass Adorable
- Biting-the-Hand Humor: She spent 4 days attacking Nickelodeon after they showed small part of a new music video of hers when she was expecting it to be the entire clip and had been promoting it as such on her twitter. Has also done the same with MTV. Both networks are owned by the same company Viacom. She's since been rewarded with a new contract for iCarly, a new contract with Nick's music label and her own starring show on Nick, so it didn't turn out badly for her.
- She's made extremely vague comments regarding treatment, among the rumors about an alleged salaries dispute after gaining said starring show leading to much fan speculation about behind-the-scenes in-fighting. This time it did end badly for her - though for equally vague reasons, her show has prematurely ended and fans are speculating she is likely a big reason why.
- Celebrity Is Overrated: Basically admits so in this Reddit post.
- Cover Version: Homeless Heart by Amanda Stott.
- Creator Breakdown: The grueling schedule on Sam & Cat, the death of her mother in 2013, her failing friendship with Ariana Grande and her pulling out of the 2014 KCA's, lashing out on Twitter seem, having semi-nude photos of her leaked and dropping shade on Ariana with her "Gloriana" character in her webshow all seem to be adding up to one..
- Cute Bruiser: Sam Puckett
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite a "self-proclaimed nerd" and bubbly all-around in her twitter page, she hilariously counters defamatory tweets against her.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Two of her first acting credits were on MadTV and in the music video for Faith Hill's "The Way You Love Me".
- Genki Girl
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Unlike most of her characters.
- Hetero Sexual Life Partners: Is this with Miranda Cosgrove.
- Like Brother and Sister: Has specifically said kissing Nathan Kress feels like this to her and that she dislikes romantic scenes because of it.
- Mean Character, Nice Actor
- Ms. Fanservice
- Nice Shoes: Regularly posts pictures of the shoes she's wearing on Twitter.
- Old Shame: Admitted on a 2014 podcast interview with Chris Hardwick on Nerdist that she hated her brief country music career, her song "Generation Love" and touring.
- Older Than They Look: During the early years of iCarly, Jennette was the eldest of the 4 main teen actors, but her petite stature was convincing enough to shrug off a few years of her age.
- Rapunzel Hair
- Running Gag: The Kids Choice Awards never gets to spell her name right. Jennette personally calls them on this in her twitter account every year.