“Although somewhat reluctant to venture into the unknown, my mom knew my dream was from my heart. The family agreed to make the necessary sacrifices to allow me to follow my dreams. I met an actor who became my best friend. She and her mom directed me toward agents and so forth. They have also been a constant source of help, encouragement, knowledge, and friendship. Once I was directed in the right way through some great acting coaches, agents, manager, my family, directors who took a chance on me, and above all, God, I am now well on my way of fulfilling my dream. I have even met Han Solo (Harrison Ford) himself when I worked on his movie ‘Hollywood Homicide.’ Wow, what a dream come true!” Jennette McCurdy (about becoming an actress)
One of Hollywood's gifted young actresses and singers, Jennette McCurdy is probably best known to TV audiences as Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon show “iCarly” (2007-current), from which she was nominated for the Best Supporting Young Actress at the 2008 Young Artist Awards. She received an additional Young Artist nomination that same year for her work in the TV film “The Last Day of Summer” (Nickelodeon, 2007). She stated, “Me and Sam are similar in that we're both a bit edgy and kinda wacky, but I'd say Sam is kinda like me to the 10th level. For example, I wouldn't go smashing boys into lockers or anything like that and Sam hates school but I love school.”
Starting out as a guest star in a 2000 episode of “MADtv,” McCurdy has since appeared in a number of TV series such as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Strong Medicine” (earned a Young Artist nomination), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Judging Amy,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “Zoey 101,” and “Will & Grace.” She was also seen in the made-for-TV films “Tiger Cruise” (2004) and “Against Type” (2006). McCurdy's motion picture credits include “Hollywood Homicide” (2003), “Minor Details” (2009) and the upcoming “Proving Ground: From the Adventures of Captain Redlocks” (2009).
Her debut album, “Jennette McCurdy,” is set to be released in June 2009.
Childhood and Family:
“I love being the youngest and only girl in the family. My three older brothers are awesome! They're fun, supportive, and hilarious. Oh yeah, I'm definitely a tomboy! I love sports, hate dresses, don't own a single pair of high heels, am not a fan of makeup, and I'm not afraid to get messy!”
Jennette Michelle Faye McCurdy was born on June 26, 1992, in Los Angeles, California. She has three older brothers named Marcus, Dustin and Scott. Her acting career began when she was eight years old.
Apart from acting, Jennette McCurdy, whose nicknames are Net Net, Nettie and Nette, enjoys various activities like karate, dance, piano, writing, reading, ice skating, cooking, and watching movies. She also sings, roller blades, skateboards, and plays basketball and baseball. She wants to someday graduate from film school.
When she was very young, Jennette's mother was diagnosed with cancer. Her mom later recovered from the disease. She cites Gavin DeGraw, Michael Buble, and Carrie Underwood as her favorite singers.
The Last Day of Summer
Los Angeles native Jennette McCurdy was inspired to pursue acting after seeing her idol, Harrison Ford, on “Star Wars” (1977). She got her first taste of performing in front of the TV cameras at age eight when she landed a guest spot in a 2000 episode of “MADtv.” The following year, she debuted on the big screen with the supporting role of Anna Markov on the action film “Shadow Fury,” directed by Makoto Yokoyama.
After a guest appearance in “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2002), McCurdy appeared with Rick Otto and Kate Butler in the drama film “My Daughter's Tears” (2002) and had the chance to work with her idol, Harrison Ford, on Ron Shelton's “Hollywood Homicide” (2003), which starred Ford and Josh Hartnett. The next year, she had a featured role in the Mark Edwin Robinson-directed/written mystery “Breaking Dawn.” Also in 2004, McCurdy offered a stellar performance as Kiley Dolan in the made-for-TV film “Tiger Cruise,” opposite Hayden Panettiere, Bill Pullman and Barbara Niven. She continued collecting TV credits with guest appearances in such series as “Karen Sisco” (2004), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Medium,” “Judging Amy,” “Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Inside,” “Zoey 101” (all 2005), “Will & Grace” and “Close to Home” (both 2006). Her portrayal of Haley Campos in a 2004 episode of “Strong Medicine” called “Selective Breeding” won her a Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a Television Series - Guest Starring Young Actress.
In 2005, McCurdy played Lucy Randall in the short film “See Anthony Run,” which was directed by Matthew Piacentini and written by Piacentini and Tom Pope. She appeared the next year in Dave Shelton's comedy “Against Type” (2006), starring Roland Kickinger, Jillian Clare and Caitlin E.J. Meyer. However, it was her work on the Nickelodeon Network Original film “The Last Day of Summer” (2007) that won the talented thespian a Young Artist nomination in the category of Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Supporting Young Actress. In the movie, she played Dory Sorenson.
Still in 2007, McCurdy had the recurring role of Beck in three episodes of the family series “Lincoln Heights,” starring Russell Hornsby and Nicki Micheau. More significantly, she began her popular role of Sam Puckett on the Nickelodeon comedy series “iCarly” (2007-current), alongside Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor. The role brought her a 2008 Young Artist nomination for Best Performance in a TV Series - Supporting Young Actress. McCurdy reprised the role for the made-for-TV version “iCarly: iGo to Japan” (2008). Recalling about how she got the role of Sam, she said, “Well I had actually done a guest starring role on a show called ‘Zoey 101’ and the creator/producer of that is also the creator/producer of ‘iCarly’ so he had me in mind for the role of Sam ever since I shot ‘Zoey 101.’”
Recently costarring with Kelsey Edwards, Caitlin E.J. Meyer, Danielle Chuchran and Lauren Faber in the family film “Minor Details” (2009), McCurdy will star as Aria Krait in the adventure film “Proving Ground: From the Adventures of Captain Redlocks,” which was written and directed by Kevin M. Kraft. Among her costars in the movie are Kim Rhodes, Bobby Coleman, Gary Graham, Holliston Coleman, Jerald Garner and Erik A. Williams.
McCurdy is scheduled to release a self-titled debut album in June 2009. The first single, “So Close,” was released on iTunes on March 10, 2009.