Who says nerds can't become hotties?
Nathan Karl Kress (born November 18, 1992) is an American film and television actor. A professional child model and actor since the age of three, he is best known for his role as Freddie Benson on the Nickelodeon
television series iCarly
and starred in the TV-movie Gym Teacher: The Movie
This actor contains examples of:
- Chick Magnet: Towards all Nick girls. In particular, Keke Palmer has confirmed having a crush on him around the time her show True Jackson VP started on Nick.
- Girls on Twitter are always trying to get him to appear shirtless.
- Dogged Nice Guy: The reason why Nathan got popular, as Freddie Benson, and his role as one-shot character Toplin from Drake & Josh was cut from the show after they decided to cast him as Freddie because of it because it'd be the same thing, Nathan's dogged nice guy character hitting on Miranda's not interested female character.
- Early-Bird Cameo: He had voiced the young ape Easy in Babe: Pig in the City.
- Just Friends: with iCarly co-stars Miranda Cosgrove and Jennette McCurdy although he had a crush on Miranda when the series first started that was likely influenced by the fact his first two roles (a cut one episode role on Drake & Josh, and then Freddie) involved having a crush on Miranda's characters.
- Mr. Fanservice: As of Season 5 of iCarly. A lot of his outfits have definitely been fanservice inspired for the female viewers. His guesting in True Jackson VP where he played a foreign prince handwaved this fact with his Rome-inspired painting.
- Nerds Are Sexy: As Freddie Benson.
- Older than They Look: Like many teen/young adult stars, he looks noticeably young for his age. As of this writing, he's 19, but could pass for 3-4 years younger.
- One of Us: He is a very avid video gamer, especially with Call of Duty.
- Real Person Fic: With Miranda for Niranda shippers, and Jennette for Jathan shippers. In Niranda stories, Nathan's rival is Nat Wolff, Miranda's previous Boyfriend. In Jathan stories, The Rival is Madisen Hill, his current girlfriend.
- Romance on the Set: Averted, see Just Friends above.
- Scully Box: The first season of iCarly had him wear ridiculously thick-soled boots to catch up with the girls' heights.
- Type Casting: His role as a dorky character with an overbearing mother in iCarly and Gym Teacher.
- Yoko Oh No: His real-life actress/singer girlfriend Madisen Hill took a brunt of hate from those who actively shipped Nathan with the aforementioned iCarly co-stars in real life.