- Jennette McCurdy said she was forced to drink alcohol at 18.
- In her memoir, McCurdy said a man she referred to as The Creator told her he would help her image.
- McCurdy said he told her, “The ‘iCarly’ kids are so wholesome. We have to give you a little edge.”
“iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy said she was encouraged to drink alcohol as a minor to give her an “edge” like the cast of fellow Nickelodeon series “Victorious.”
The actress wrote about her time working for the network in her new memoir.I’m Glad My Mom Died,” is expected to be released on Tuesday. McCurdy starred in “iCarly” and its spin-off “Sam & Cat,” which were created by television producer Dan Schneider.
In an excerpt published by Vanity fair On Friday, McCurdy recalled a man — referred to only as “The Maker” — urging her to take a sip of an alcoholic drink.
“I’ve never had alcohol before. And I’m only 18. Couldn’t I be in trouble?” McCurdy said.
In response, McCurdy said she was told, “Nobody’s looking, Jennetter. You’re fine.”
According to the actor, The Creator continued, “The ‘Victorious’ kids get drunk together all the time. The ‘iCarly’ kids are so wholesome. We have to give you a little edge.”
“iCarly” starred McCurdy and Miranda Cosgrove as best friends Sam Puckett and Carly Shay, respectively, who launched a hit web series while in high school. The show ran for six seasons between 2007 and 2012.
“Victorious,” another sitcom created by Schneider, follows a teenage girl named Tori Vega (Victoria Justice) who attends a performing arts high school. The series, which starred Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillies, ran for four seasons between 2010 and 2013.
The success of both series led to a 2011 crossover TV movie titled “iParty With Victorious,” as well as the spin-off “Sam & Cat” starring McCurdy and Grande.
In her memoir, McCurdy said, “The Creator always compares us ‘iCarly’ kids to the kids on his other hit show, ‘Victorious.’ I think he thinks it’s going to make us try harder.”
“I don’t know if drinking is what gives a person an edge,” the actor remembers telling him.
McCurdy said The Creator’s drink tasted like “some kind of whiskey mixed with coffee and cream” and told her, again, to take “a sip”.
“The Creator hands me his glass and I take a sip. I hate it,” McCurdy recalled.
McCurdy said he talked about how good the drink tasted and yelled at her saying, “Don’t lie to me. I don’t like it when you lie to me.”
McCurdy said The Creator was pleased with her when she admitted she hated drinking.
“I did well. I thanked him. Mission accomplished,” McCurdy wrote in her memoir, explaining that at the time, she had more frequent dinners with The Creator in the midst of her spin-off series contract.
“The Creator does what I’ve heard from my colleagues that he does with every new star of a series he makes — he takes you under his wing,” he said. “You’re his favorite. For now. I like being his favorite for now. I feel like I’m doing something right.”