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Miranda Taylor Cosgrove (born May 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. Her first major role was as the manipulative and grade-conscious Summer Hathaway in School of Rock opposite Jack Black. She later gained more recognition in the Dan Schneider-produced Nickelodeon sitcoms Drake & Josh as Megan Parker and iCarly as the lead character Carly Shay. Miranda had starred in a few films like Keeping Up with the Steins, The Wild Stallion, and the 2005 remake of Yours, Mine and Ours. She's also the voice actress of Margo in the Despicable Me films.

She was one of Nick's flagship Teen Idols in the late '00s and early '10s, and works under the pop-rock music genre of Columbia Records.



  • 2009: About You Now [EP]
  • 2010: Sparks Fly
  • 2011: High Maintenance [EP]

This actress contains examples of:

  • Album Title Drop: "Sparks fly, it's like electricity..."
  • Almost Kiss: Mentioned in "Shakespeare":
    Now we're walking up my street
    And you slowly turn to me
    You're three inches from my lips
    But before we do this...
  • Break Up Song: "Brand New You", "There Will Be Tears", and "Oh Oh", with all 3 being the "I'm over you" type.
  • Character Title: "Charlie", more like a One Boy Song.
  • Caught in the Rain: The music video of "Kissin' U".
  • Celebrity Crush:
  • Cover Version:
    • "About You Now" (Sugababes), "Christmas Wrapping" (The Waitresses), "Shakespeare" (Susan Cagle), "Kiss You Up" (Shontelle Layne) and "All Kinds of Wrong" (Claude Kelly). Miranda also sings a lot of cover songs during live performances.
    • "Disgusting" was originally written/sung by Kesha but the song was scrapped, so a toned-down version was later written for Miranda's album. Outside Europe, "Stay My Baby" had also been identified as Miranda's over its original Scandinavian artist Amy Diamond.
    • The First Cut Is the Deepest is considered as a Sheryl Crow cover, despite the original song dating back to Cat Stevens and Rod Stewart.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: The video of Dancing Crazy focuses Cosgrove spending all midnight out with friends, dancing in a football field, finding romance, and coming back home just in time for her alarm clock to ring.
    "Everybody's dancing, dancing crazy and we never stop, we never stop..."
  • Endearingly Dorky: Especially regarding her picture posts about Pearl or Penelope or just smiling away.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Is best friends with Jennette McCurdy on-screen and off-screen.
  • Hotter and Sexier: While her debut single Kissin U is promoted to tweendom, the song's music video seems to deviate from that demographic.
    • Her obscure tracks Party Girl and FYI have adult-like lyrics, with the latter stepping on Darker and Edgier. And these were released prior to both her well-known albums.
    • High Maintenance. After reaching the age of 18, her concert tours for that album is oozing with this trope in terms of her Fanservice-y outfits and more daring cover songs.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Imagine the page image with glasses and a ponytail, and the resemblance to Margo is clear.
  • Intercourse with You: Sayonara is definitely not just a dance song.
    • What Are You Waiting For gives strong Their First Time implications before parting with her lover/unrequited friend for good.
  • Love Martyr: Beautiful Mess sings this trope; subverted with Brand New You.
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The seemingly fluffy/peppy titles Hey You and What Are You Waiting For have extremely depressing themes.
    • The break-up songs mentioned above involve bad break-ups and heartaches, but are set to lively, upbeat music; lyrically, the songs are about being perfectly fine with the separation and moving on. In Brand New You, she's searching for someone new to prove that she won't miss him. Oh Oh has her going out with her friends and having a good time instead of being miserable, and There Will Be Tears has her reflecting on the break-up and saying "there will be tears, but they're not gonna be mine!"
  • Lyric Swap: Being under Nickelodeon's wing, it's not a surprise with regards to her song lyrics.
    • Ke$ha's Disgusting originally has "I should kill you" which is changed into "I should hate you" in Miranda's version.
    • Miranda even covered Cee-Lo Green's Fuck You in her recent tour, replacing the titular lyrics into the more-used "Forget you".
  • Mistaken for Cheating: The plot for her music video of About You Now, which gets resolved at the end.
  • Mistaken Nationality: Miranda once posted on Twitter in response to a fan question that people often assume she is of various nationalities; she is of English, Irish, and French descent. The most common ones to come up include being Filipino, or some kind of East Asian or Latin American.
  • Money Song: Averted with Million Dollars.
  • Motor Mouth: Dan Schneider notes Miranda's fluency with rapid-fire delivery of long dialogues. Miranda herself is quite a fast talker in her interviews, and some of her songs have long rap-like lyrics (i.e. Disgusting and Face of Love) that she barely stops to catch in a breath.
  • Older Than They Look: When she was in her late teens, she could easily pass as an 8th or 9th grader.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Carly's early childhood best friend is played by actress Haley Ramm, one of Miranda's real-life best friends.
  • Reclusive Artist: She has an Instagram and a Twitter, both of which aren't updated on any consistent basis, and she generally stays out of the public spotlight, in stark contrast to her contemporary Victoria Justice.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Headphones On
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: High Maintenance
  • She Is All Grown Up: Her Kurv and Block magazine photoshoots.
    • Her recent short film/photoshoot in Spirit and Flesh really shows that Summer/Megan is now a grown-up.
  • Silly Love Songs: A huge percentage of her discography, apart from being a main theme of Sparks Fly.
  • Take That!: The Good Wife episode "Bad Girls" mentioned the "Disney-ghetto" a couple of times, with regards to the usual trend of image-changing from a lot of the network's teen stars. It is also worth noting that the episode title is a possible homage to a film starred by a certain Disney alumna loosely based for Miranda's character Sloan.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: In the "About You Now" video, we never see what happens to Miranda's three girl friends after she goes to the bench to apologize to her boyfriend.