Jennette McCurdy Discusses ‘The Moment I Broke’ While Working on ‘Sam & Cat’ With Ariana Grande

Jennette McCurdy 'The Moment I Broke' 'Sam & Cat' Ariana Grande
Jennette McCurdy 'The Moment I Broke' 'Sam & Cat' Ariana Grande

Jennette McCurdy was “broken” by an incident involving Tom Hanks while working with Ariana Grande.

“Sam & Cat” is a spinoff of “iCarly” and “Victorious,” and in an excerpt of her new memoir, McCurdy claims Nickelodeon treated her differently than Grande while filming.

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Jennette McCurdy Discusses ‘The Moment I Broke’ While Working on ‘Sam & Cat’

According to reports, the 29-year-old singer of the song “Sweetener” was allowed to pursue other endeavors outside of the children’s show, but McCurdy, 30, alleges she was not.

Ariana’s excitement about spending the night before playing charades at Tom Hanks’ house finally undid McCurdy, as she recounts in “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” a memoir published by the New York Times.

“At that point, I shattered.”

Both “iCarly” and “Sam & Cat,” which debuted in 2013 and 2014, had their original runs came to an end in 2012.

The network offered McCurdy $300,000 in exchange for her silence about her time at Nickelodeon, but she refused the money.

A Nickelodeon representative declined to comment for the Times.

Jennette McCurdy 'The Moment I Broke' 'Sam & Cat' Ariana Grande
Jennette McCurdy ‘The Moment I Broke’ ‘Sam & Cat’ Ariana Grande

McCurdy had a starring role in the Netflix series “Between” for a short time before deciding to quit acting.

She first talked about her acting experience on the “Empty Inside” podcast in early 2021. “There are many things about my job that I despise. The parts I played left me feeling hollow and unfulfilled, and I thought it was the most cheesy, embarrassing thing I could have done.”

The shows McCurdy was on from the age of 13 to 21 were “embarrassing” to her at that point. “My friends at 15 are not like, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on this Nickelodeon show.’ It was embarrassing. And I imagine there’s a very different experience to be had with acting if you’re proud of your roles and feel fulfilled by them.”

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