Hollywood filmmaker Jennette McCurdy recently shared about her dark past revealing the child abuse she suffered at Nickelodeon, stating how her mother impacted and controlled her life. She is popularly known for playing the role of Sam Puckett in the Nickelodeon sitcom iCarly which run from 2007 to 2012. That very role won her many accolades including the four Kids’ Choice Awards.
The former actress quit acting in 2017 and went on to pursue a career in writing and directing. She wrote a heartbreaking and hilarious memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died which talks about her struggles as a former child actor including eating disorders, addiction, and a complicated relationship with her overbearing mother, and how she overcame all that and gain control of her life.
Jennette McCurdy Struggles As a Former Child Actor
In an exclusive interview with EW, the filmmaker shared how she never enjoyed acting and wanted to quit it when she was young, however, her mother never really supported the cause. She further shared a particular audition that made her feel uncomfortable, which she tried explaining to her however the latter freaked out and remorse her into pursuing acting even though the former actress hated it. In another part of the memoir, she elaborates about a moment when she found out about landing into one of the lead roles on iCarly which made her happy only because her mom’s dream come true, not her own.
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In a report shared by New York Times on Wednesday, she stated that the actress was once photographed in a bikini during a Nickelodeon wardrobe fitting by someone who also encouraged her to drink alcohol, while she was a teenager. Though it’s not confirmed whether her mother was present during that incident however according to the excerpts, her mom wouldn’t have intervened on her child’s behalf. She shared that her mother told her “Everyone wants what you have,” concerning the fame, she attained at that time.
Jennette McCurdy’s Mother Abused Her Daughter
The actress even opened up and shared how her mother sexually abused her. Back in 2021, she told People that Debra “insisted on performing vaginal and breast exams” on her until she was 17, and “never let her shower alone. adding, “It was only distance from her that allowed me to get healthy.”
The actress shared how “important” it was for her to explore the “emotional and psychological abuse” she had to go through during her teen period, stating, “I feel I didn’t have the tools, language, or support necessary to speak up for myself back then, so this book is a way for me to not only honor that experience and give voice to my former self, but hopefully to encourage young people to speak up for themselves.”
Jennette McCurdy’s memoir I’m Glad My Mom Died will be available on August 9.