To be honest. Over the years, former Nickelodeon stars have opened up about their journey as child actors on the network, and not everyone had the same experience.
Jennette mccurdy shocked her fans when she revealed that she wasn’t thrilled with her time on icarly.
“I did the shows I was on from 13 to 21, and at 15 I was already embarrassed. My friends at 15 weren’t like, ‘Oh great, you’re on this Nickelodeon show. It was embarrassing,” admitted the actress, who played Sam Puckett, during an episode of her “Empty Inside” podcast in March 2021. “I imagine there’s a very different experience with acting if you’re proud of your roles. ”
At the time, McCurdy recalled feeling “pointless and shallow”, prompting her to take a break from acting. “I quit a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it,” she added. “I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past. … My career bothers me in many ways. I feel so dissatisfied with the roles I played and felt like it was the most cheesy and embarrassing. [thing].”
The former child star later elaborated on her ups and downs with Hollywood in her memoir, I’m glad my mom died. “My whole childhood and adolescence were very exploited,” she said. The New York Times in August 2022. “My nervous system still reacts to saying it. There were cases where people had the best of intentions and perhaps didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did: they knew exactly what they were doing.”
In the meantime, jamie lynn spears I had a more positive memory of the Zoey 101 established after starring in the title role from 2005 to 2008. “The show attracted some of the best people in the business. The creator and director, Dan Schneiderhe was demanding and insisted on professionalism,” he wrote in his things i should have said memories in January 2022.
Spears noted that Schneider “recognized [her] talent” and “was the driving force” behind his involvement in the project. The Mississippi native also praised the producer for knowing “how to get just what he needed from a rambunctious group of teenagers who thought they were all that.”
Schneider previously made headlines after being accused of inappropriate misconduct during his time on the network. (The screenwriter parted ways with Nickelodeon in 2018 after a long-term partnership.)
The Tennessee native has repeatedly denied any allegations against him, saying The New York Times in July 2021, “The comedy was totally innocent. … I never interacted with the actors in any way, texting or otherwise, that should make anyone uncomfortable.”
Scroll down to see the former Nickelodeon stars’ most candid comments about the network: