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"Sam's a great role model! She's confident, loyal to her friends, smart, and true to who she is."
— Jennette McCurdy about her character Sam Puckett.

Jennette McCurdy
Jennette McCurdy at the 2013 TeenNick Halo Awards
Biographical information
Full Name

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy

Nickname(s)

Jenn (by Ariana Grande)

Gender

Female

Born

June 26, 1992 (age 28)
Long Beach, California

Occupation

Actress, producer, screenwriter, singer, songwriter

Years active

2000–present (actress)
2008–present (singer)

Physical description
Height

5'2.5" (1.59 m)[1][2]

Hair color

Blonde (natural)
Brown (dyed)
Blonde (re-dyed)

Eye color

Blue

Production information
First appearance

#Pilot

Last appearance

#GettinWiggy

Role

Sam Puckett
Melanie Puckett

Gallery (images · videos)

Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy is an American actress, writer, producer, and singer-songwriter. In Sam & Cat, she reprised her roles as Sam Puckett and Sam's twin sister Melanie from iCarly.

Biography

Early life

McCurdy was born in Long Beach, California, raised in Garden Grove, California,[3] and has three older brothers: Marcus, Scott, and Dustin. She gained interest in acting after watching Harrison Ford in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope right after her mother recovered from breast cancer.[4]

Career

Acting

McCurdy started her acting career in 2000 at the age of 8 on MADtv.[5] Since then she appeared in several television series, including CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Malcolm in the Middle, Lincoln Heights, Will & Grace, 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 movie 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 another commercial for crossing the road safely.

She had a starring role in the Nickelodeon TV series iCarly opposite Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress, Jerry Trainor, and Noah Munck, as one of Carly Shay's best friends, Sam Puckett from 2007 to 2012. In 2008, she was nominated for a Young Artist Award for her work on iCarly, and for 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 also was cast to the role of Bertha in Fred: The Movie, a movie based on a YouTube series about Fred Figglehorn.

On December 1, 2011, she signed with United Talent Agency's cast of actors and performers for film, TV, music and other areas, to a deal starring her in a pilot vehicle. She was previously with Creative Artists Agency and Larry Galper.[6]

Music

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.[7] The second single, "Homeless Heart", was released on May 19.[8] The song was released in honor of McCurdy's recently deceased friend Cody Waters, who died at the age of 9 from brain cancer, and 20% of the proceeds were donated to the Cody Waters Foundation.[9] She met Cody Waters through St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. In mid-2009, McCurdy signed with country music label Capitol Records Nashville.[10]

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.[11] "Not That Far Away" received the most votes, and was released to country radio on May 24, 2010 and iTunes shortly after on June 1.

Capitol Nashville released an EP on August 17, 2010 which included "Not That Far Away" and four new songs, "Stronger", "Put Your Arms Around Someone", and "Break Your Heart". The iTunes version included "Me with You" as a bonus track.

McCurdy's second single, "Generation Love", was released as a digital download on March 22, 2011,[12] followed by its release to radio on April 25, 2011.[13] Capitol Nashville released McCurdy's self-titled extended play on February 8, 2012[14] at clothing retailer Justice.[15] The album was released to iTunes on June 1.

On July 11, 2012, Fanlala released an interview with Jennette in which Jennette confirmed that she has since left Capitol Records Nashville, saying "I'm kind of between projects right now. I actually just left Capital 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."[16]

Screenwriting and Producing

On August 13, 2014, McCurdy launched her own webshow "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. McCurdy explained that the show is based loosely on her life and that the character she plays, Sarah Bronson, is based on her.[17][18]

Personal life

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 described in detail her mother Debra's battle with cancer and how her family coped with the situation. The article also featured tips from McCurdy on living with such a situation.[19]

In addition to supporting the Cody Waters Foundation, McCurdy was active in campaigns with the Invisible Children Inc. group[20] and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. McCurdy did a PSA for Safe Kids USA which aired on Nickelodeon and its sister network TeenNick.

McCurdy currently serves as a StarPower Ambassador for Starlight Children's Foundation, encouraging other young people to commit their time, energy and resources to help other kids and working with Starlight to brighten the lives of seriously ill children.[21]

McCurdy's mother passed away from breast cancer in September 2013 shortly after Sam & Cat resumed filming.[22]

Other credits

Television work

Year Series Role Notes
2000 MADtv Cassidy Gifford
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Jackie Trent Episode: "Cats in the Cradle"
2003 Malcom in the Middle Daisy (female Dewey) Episodes: "If Boys Were Girls"
2004 Karen Sisco Josie Boyle Episode: "No One's Girl"
2004 Strong Medicine Hailey Campos Episode: "Selective Breeding"
2005 Law and Order: Special Victims Unit Holly Purcell Episode: "Contagious"
2005 Medium (TV Series) Sara Crewson Episode: "Coded"
2005 Judging Amy Amber Reid Episode: "My Name is Amy Grey"
2005 Malcom in the Middle Penelope Episode: "Buseys Take a hostage"
2005 The Inside Madison St. Clair Episode: "Everything Nice"
2005 Over There Lynne Episode: "Situation Normal"
2005 Zoey 101 Trisha Kirby Episode: "Bad Girl"
2006 Will and Grace Lisa Episode: "Von Trapped"
2006 Close to Home (2005 TV Series) Stacy Johnson Episode: "Escape"
2007 Lincoln Heights (TV Series) Beckie Episode: "Betrayal"
Episode: "Tricks and Treats"
Episode: "House Arrest"
2007 - 2012 iCarly Sam Puckett Main role 
2008 True Jackson, VP Pinky Turzo Recurring role (2008-2010)
Episode: "Amanda Hires a Pinky"
Episode: "True Drama"
2010 The Penguins of Madagascar Becky Voice only
Episode: "Badger Pride"
2010 Glenn Martin, D.D.S. Mazy Episode: "Courtney's Pony"
2011 Cupcake Wars Herself Guest judge
2012 Victorious Fawn "Ponnie" Leibowitz Episode: "Crazy Ponnie"
2012 Bucket & Skinner's Epic Adventurers Devon Episode: "Epic Break-Up"
2012 Figure It Out Herself Panelist (4 episodes)
2012 Camp Orange: Girls VS Boys Herself Co-host
2013–2014 Sam & Cat Sam Puckett Main role
2015 Between Wiley Day Lead Role[23]

Web Series

Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2014–present What's Next for Sarah? Sarah Bronson [24] Lead role / Writer / Executive Producer

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
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 The Little Girl
2004 Tiger Cruise Kiley Dolan TV Movie
2005 See Anthony Run Lucy Short Film
2006 Against Type Meredith TV Movie
2007 The Last Day Of Summer (Film) Dory Sorenson TV Movie (Credited as Jannette McCurdy)
2008 Proving Ground: From the Adventures of Captain Redlocks Aria Krait
2008 iGo to Japan Sam Puckett TV movie
2009 Minor Details Mia
2010 Fred: The Movie Bertha TV Movie
2011 Best Player Chris "Prodigy" Saunders TV movie
2013 Swindle Savannah Main role: Nickelodeon Original Movie
2013 The Gorey Girls Billie Crow

Discography

Studio albums
Title Details
Jennette McCurdy
  • Release date: June 5, 2012[25]
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Formats: Digital download
Extended plays
Title Details Peak chart
positions
US Country
[26]
US
Heat
[27]
Not That Far Away
  • Release date: August 17, 2010
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Formats: Digital download
32 3
Jennette McCurdy
  • Release date: February 8, 2012
  • Label: Capitol Records Nashville
  • Formats: CD, digital download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Singles
Year Single Peak position Album
US Country
2009 "So Close" Non-album song
"Homeless Heart"
2010 "Not That Far Away" 58[28] Not That Far Away (EP)
2011 "Generation Love" 44[29] Jennette McCurdy
Music videos
Year Song Director
2010 "Not That Far Away"[30] Roman White
2011 "Generation Love"[31]

Trivia

Jennette gives thumbs up at 2012 KCAs
  • On January 31, 2008, Jennette visited a middle school in Los Angeles where she spoke to three different classes. Since it was Career Day, she talked about what being an actress is like.
  • In May 2008, Jennette participated in the Revlon Run/Walk for Women in Los Angeles with her family.
  • Jennette's celebrity crushes include Johnny Depp and Andrew Garfield.
  • In February 2008, Jennette visited a school in Los Angeles, where she read a few chapters of The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide to a crowd of 2nd graders.
  • When she was younger, Jennette appeared in commercials for Simon Malls, Spring PCS, Domino's Pizza, Dinkie Robots, Dental Land, Dental World, and City Corp.
  • She enjoys:
Jennette in the opening credits

Jennette McCurdy in the opening credits

  • Singing and dancing to music
  • Playing the piano
  • Sewing tie-dye blankets
  • Cooking (especially Italian food, candy, and baked desserts)
  • Sports (figure skating, rollerblading, karate, skateboarding, baseball, and basketball)
  • Reading books and writing poetry
    Young Jennette- Black and White
    Young Jennette McCurdy
    Lane and Jennette at Menchies
  • Watching movies and TV (Honey Boo Boo)
  • Eating sushi
  • Playing games (Monopoly, Clue, Moods, and Life)
  • Jennette was inspired to become an actress after watching Harrison Ford's character in Star Wars after her mother recovered from breast cancer .
  • She left Capitol Records Nashville in 2012 and was still not sure about what to do with her music career.
  • Jennette prefers Harry Potter over Twilight.
  • Her worst fears are the ocean and sharks.
  • Her secret talent is figure skating.
  • Jennette's favorite foods include apples (fruit), sushi, pizza, and grilled cheese sandwiches.[32]
  • Jennette has three older brothers named Marcus, Dustin and Scott.
  • Jennette was in a Nickelodeon movie, called Swindle, alongside her co-star Ariana Grande.[33]
  • As of September 2020, Jennette has over 5.7 million followers on Twitter.
  • Jennette performed at the Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York 2012.[34]
  • Jennette wrote an original song and posted it on her SoundCloud.[35]
  • Jennette had a wardrobe fitting for Sam & Cat on January 23, 2013.[36]
  • Jennette got her role as Sam Puckett on iCarly on December 10.[37]
  • Jennette took on a dare to fit as many pieces of gum in her mouth, she was only able to fit 10 pieces of gum.
  • Jennette has attended five Kids Choice Awards so far, skipping the 2014 awards, which she explained was due to being put in an uncomfortable, compromising, unfair situation by Nickelodeon.[38]
  • Jennette's favorite colors are pink and purple.
  • Jennette's favorite subject in school was English.
  • Jennette is of Dutch, French, Irish, English, Italian, and Swedish ancestry.
  • Most of her family calls her "Nettie" or "Net-Net," but her grandfather calls her "Scooter" because she would scoot around on her butt as a baby instead of crawling.
  • On set, the crew members also call her "Nettie."
  • Jennette is a prankster; she once convinced people on the iCarly set that her real name was Jennetteria.
  • Jennette said her mother was the funniest person she knows.
  • Jennette likes really spicy food and once ate a raw jalapeño pepper on a dare.
  • Jennette has a handful of pets. She has three dogs: Snoopy, Chewie/Chewbacca (Yorkshire terrier and Maltese mix), and Musashi (Jack Russell terrier), two turtles named Tootsen and Zeus and two birds; Tweety and McFly.
  • The name "Jennette" originated from her grandmother's middle name.
  • Jennette recently began watching the show Friends after music video director, Roman White, gave her some DVDs, and she is now obsessed.
  • Jennette usually dislikes reality TV shows, except for Dance Moms, Toddlers and Tiaras, and Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo.
  • Jennette comes up with different names for other celebrities she meets, such as "Cosmos" for Miranda Cosgrove, "Kressington" for Nathan Kress, and "Oreo" for Ariana Grande.
  • One of Jennette's favorite movies is Back to the Future, and she has watched it about 100 times.[39]
  • The farthest place from Los Angeles she has ever traveled to is Australia.[39]
  • Jennette has a favorite teddy bear.[39]
  • Her favorite flavor of gum is spearmint.[39]
  • Even though her character Sam Puckett loves fried chicken, Jennette herself does not.[39]
  • Miu Miu and Jimmy Choo are her favorite high heels.[39]
  • Her favorite rollercoaster is X2 at the Six Flags amusement park.[39]
  • Jennette's pet peeves include when people do not screw the caps on their water bottles and the baby blue color of toilet water.[40]
  • Jennette wanted to be a babysitter when she was younger.[41]
  • Her favorite place to vacation is New York or some place tropical.[42]
  • Jennette's besties are Miranda Cosgrove and Allison Hardy.[43]
  • Jennette's favorite dessert is ice cream, and her favorite flavor is cookies and cream, but she prefers vanilla to chocolate.[44][45][46]
  • She prefers acting over singing.[47]
    Jennette and Andre

    Jennette and Andre Drummond

  • Her favorite Ariana Grande songs are "Honeymoon Avenue" and "Daydreamin".[48]
  • She describes her fans as original, supportive, and fabulous.[49]
  • She prefers to have her hair straight instead of curly.[50]
  • She prefers pancakes over waffles (breakfast food).[51]
  • Jennette had a short-lived relationship with NBA player Andre Drummond.[52]
  • Jennette and Ariana share the same birthday, but Jennette is a year older.
  • She is the only main cast member of Sam & Cat to play more than one character.
  • She met the vloggers, Shaytards on May 26, 2014.[53]
  • In 2014, Jennette was named a brand ambassador for Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.[54]
  • In 2015, Jennette starred in the leading role as Wiley Day in the Canada-produced drama Between.

References

  1. Jennette's tweet about her height
  2. Jennette's tweet about being 5'2" and a half
  3. YouTube - Lunchables: Jennette McCurdy interview
  4. PJStar - sheSam on iCarly
  5. Jennette McCurdy's Official Website - TV roles
  6. Deadline - UTA Signs Actress-Singer Jennette McCurdy
  7. First Single "Not That Far Away" From Upcoming Debut Album
  8. iTunes - "Homeless Heart" – Single by Jennette McCurdy
  9. Jennette McCurdy's Official Website
  10. CMT - Jennette McCurdy of Nickelodeon's iCarly Signs With Capitol Nashville
  11. The Boot - Jennette McCurdy Lets Fans Help Decide Debut Single
  12. "Generation Love" is Now Available!
  13. All Access - Future Releases for Country Radio Stations
  14. Jennette McCurdy's official website
  15. New Music In Justice Stores Tuesday, January 24!
  16. Fanlala - Exclusive interview with Jennette
  17. https://twitter.com/jennettemccurdy/status/499673718180675584
  18. https://twitter.com/jennettemccurdy/status/499683041237667840
  19. The Wall Street Journal - Off-Camera, My Mom’s Fight With Cancer
  20. Jennette's tweet about Invisible Children
  21. Starlight Children's Foundation – StarPower Ambassadors
  22. Nickelodeon Star Jennette McCurdy's Mom Dies Of Cancer — So Sad
  23. http://deadline.com/2014/10/jennette-mccurdy-between-drama-series-netflix-city-855286/
  24. What's Next for Sarah? website
  25. Amazon.com - Jennette McCurdy album
  26. Billboard - Jennette McCurdy Album & Song Chart History
  27. Billboard - Jennette McCurdy Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums
  28. Billboard - Top Country Songs & Charts, Country Music Hits & Popular Country Music Charts
  29. Billboard (magazine) - Billboard Country Update
  30. CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy : Not That Far Away
  31. CMT : Videos : Jennette McCurdy: Generation Love
  32. Jennette's tweet about her favorite foods - May 18, 2013
  33. Ariana tweets about filming a Nickelodeon movie with Jennette McCurdy
  34. Jennette in front of a float
  35. Jennette about her little original song
  36. Jennette tweets about her wardroom fitting
  37. Fun Facts About Jennette McCurdy
  38. Jennette McCurdy Explains Why She Skipped the Kids' Choice Awards 2014
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 39.3 39.4 39.5 39.6 10 Things You Don't Know About Jennette
  40. Nick - Jennette's Pet Peeves
  41. Nick - Jennette and Ariana Babysit on Set
  42. Jennette's tweet about her favorite vacation spot - May 18, 2013
  43. Jennette's tweet about her besties - May 18, 2013
  44. Jennette's tweet about ice cream - May 18, 2013
  45. Jennette's tweet about her favorite ice cream flavor - May 18, 2013
  46. Jennette's tweet about preferring vanilla - May 18, 2013
  47. Jennette's tweet about preferring acting over singing
  48. Jennette's tweet about her favorite Ariana Grande songs
  49. Jennette's tweet about describing her fans
  50. Jennette's tweet about her hairstyle
  51. Jennette's tweet about preferring pancakes over waffles
  52. A modern romance! iCarly star Jennette McCurdy gets close to basketball player Andre Drummond after meeting on Twitter
  53. Jennette McCurdy meets the Shaytards
  54. Nickelodeon TV Star Jennette McCurdy Named Brand Ambassador for Tamagotchi L.i.f.e.

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