Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy (born June 26, 1992) is an American writer, director, producer, YouTuber, singer-songwriter, and former actress. She rose to fame on Nickelodeon as Samantha Puckett, the resident badass of iCarly and one of the leads of Sam & Cat, a Crossover Spin-Off of the series alongside Cat Valentine from Victorious.
McCurdy has also featured in other TV shows such as Zoey 101, Malcolm in the Middle, Will & Grace, Strong Medicine, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Inside, True Jackson, VP and Judging Amy, as well as TV movie Best Player and Netflix original series Between. She also had a brief career as a country artist shortly after rising to stardom, signing with Capitol Records Nashville and releasing two EPs and one album.
In 2014, she began working on original projects with the four-episode web series What's Next for Sarah?, which she co-produced, starred in and wrote, drawing heavily from her own life as a Hollywood actress. This would turn out to foreshadow her creative future, as she officially quit acting in 2017, with her site bio claiming that she was "ashamed of 90% of her resume and ultimately unfulfilled". In 2021, McCurdy would publicly open up about the fact that her time as a child actor took a rather huge toll on her both mentally and physically, and that she had been struggling with self-esteem issues and eating disorders as a result.
McCurdy currently works as a film writer-director, with her stories playing off her life experiences to far more serious (albeit sometimes comic) effect, with subject matter including the death of her mother and her lifelong struggles with eating disorders. She has currently finished four short films (The McCurdys, Kenny, The Grave, Strong Independent Women); however, only Kenny and Strong Independent Women have seen public release. She has also discussed the aforementioned topics alongside others in essay form through various publications including Seventeen, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.
In 2019, she starred in a one-woman tragicomedy show called I'm Glad My Mom Died in various theaters in Los Angeles and New York that has since been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The following year, she started an ongoing podcast called Empty Inside where she speaks with guests about uncomfortable topics.
This writer, director, producer page contains examples of:
- 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.
- The Cast Showoff: Showed off her tap-dancing skills on iCarly.
- Cover Version: Homeless Heart by Amanda Stott.
- Cute Bruiser: Look at the lovely picture of Jennette, isnt she cute? Ok, now watch five minutes of Sam Puckett hanging around someone who isnt Carly.
- Deadpan Snarker: Quite a "self-proclaimed nerd" and bubbly all-around on 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".
- Friend to All Children: Unlike many of the characters she plays, Jennette herself absolutely adores kids.
- Old Shame: Has admitted that she is ashamed of 90% of her resume and considers her time as an actress a traumatic experience, even outright saying she thinks iCarly is "shit" during a podcast with Mikhaila Peterson. With news breaking that she would not be involved in the iCarly revival on Paramount+, many have put two and two together.
- She also never released country music.
- Running Gag: The Kids Choice Awards never spelt her name right, and Jennette personally called them on this via her Twitter account on several occasions.