Jennette McCurdy has confirmed that she is done with the actress and opened up about the complicated feelings she had about her past career.
The former “iCarly” star, which hosts “Empty Inside,” recently spoke to actor Anna Faris on the podcast. Among other topics, McCurdy explained why she quit acting “a few years ago to try my hand at writing and directing.”
“I quit smoking a few years ago because I didn’t want to do it initially. My mom put me in when I was 6 and by kind of age, I guess 10 or 11, I was the main breadwinner in my family. My family didn’t have a lot of money, and that was the solution, which I think has helped me achieve some degree of success, ”she explained.
The 28-year-old went on to say that her nerves made it “hard” for her to play, but mastering them was when I started to get traction. She also shared that it was only after her mother passed away in 2013 that she ‘finally stopped’ performing because ‘a lot of her ideas for my life’ died with her ‘and that was his own journey, and certainly difficult. “
McCurdy, who fans were hoping to perform in an “iCarly” cover, revealed she was “so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past.”
“I don’t enjoy my career in a lot of ways. I feel so dissatisfied with the roles I’ve played and feel like it was the most outdated, the most embarrassing. I did the shows where I was 13 to 21, and by 15 I was already embarrassed. My friends at 15, they don’t say, ‘Oh, cool, you’re on that Nickelodeon show. It was embarrassing. And I imagine there is a very different experience to having acting if you are proud of your roles and feel fulfilled by them, ”she said.
Despite her desire to leave the comedy behind, McCurdy hasn’t ruled out the possibility of returning to the screen at some point in the future. She said she would be open to it if the opportunity to work with a director she “truly admired” presented itself.
“I feel like I have a point of view and a vision. We will see where it is in a few years, ”she said.
McCurdy has been very open with fans about the various challenges she has faced in the limelight, especially her battle with eating disorders. In an essay for the HuffPost in 2019, she wrote: “My messy eating started when I was 11. As a child actress working in Hollywood, I quickly learned that staying physically small for my age meant I had a better chance of securing more roles. “
In this article she talked about battling anorexia and bulimia and later the healing process. “Identifying my eating disorder voice has been the most crucial aspect of my recovery. I had to learn to understand this thing from start to finish, ”she wrote.
McCurdy concluded the essay with a note of hope: “I still have eating disorder cravings, compulsions and occasional fantasies. I still hear that old eating disorder voice, but luckily I hear it less and less often. And when I hear it, I now have the tools to stifle it.
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