Janet McCurdy Said She Was Photographed In A Bikini And Was Given Alcohol While She Was A Nickelodeon Child Star

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“That was the moment I broke up.”

Warning: This post contains discussion of abuse.

Janet McCurdy’s memoir, I’m Glad My Mom Died, is out in a few days — and excerpts show the reality of her time as a child star with Nickelodeon.

For reference, Janet was just 6 years old when she started auditioning for acting jobs. Her mother, Debra, who was controlling and abusive, cast Janet into acting when she herself was discouraged from doing it by her parents.

In an excerpt, Janet recalls trying to tell her mother that she wanted to quit acting after a failed police procedural audition because it made her “uncomfortable.” In return, she wrote of her mother’s reaction: “‘You can’t leave!’ She cries. ‘This was our chance! It was uuuuur chance!’”

“She bangs on the steering wheel, accidentally bangs the horn. Mascara rolls down her cheeks. She’s hysterical,” Janet continued. Janet later told her mom that she would keep acting—and she stopped crying.

Then, when Janet was 14, she booked iCarly. She was in the car with her mom when the call came, and wrote, “I jump into mom’s arms. She squeezes me. I’m excited. Everything’s going to be different now. Everything’s gonna be better.” Mom will finally be happy. Her dream has come true.”

However, at Nickelodeon, things weren’t quite right—according to the New York Times, Janet wrote about being pictured in a bikini at a wardrobe fitting and being a figure called “The Creator” encouraged her to drink alcohol.

Although Janet’s mom was up for some of it, her response was “everybody wants what you have”—and that kind of embarrassment was a part of Hollywood.

Janet was then promised an iCarly spinoff, which ended with Ariana Grande as Sam & Cat — not the solo show she had hoped for. The show’s high stature didn’t let her go after opportunities outside her career, which didn’t necessarily apply to her costars.

“I was finally relieved when Ariana came whistling with excitement as she spent the previous evening at Tom Hanks’ house playing Cowboy. That was the moment I broke up,” she recalled, implying that it went like this. will not be allowed to Janet by her supervisors.

Sam & Cat had one season, after which Janet said she was offered $300,000 from Nickelodeon so that she would never speak publicly about her experiences there.

“My whole childhood and adolescence was very exploited,” she told the New York Times. “It still makes my nervous system react to say this. There were cases where people had the best of intentions and probably didn’t know what they were doing. And also cases where they did – they knew That’s exactly what they were doing.”

You can read excerpts from I’m Glad My Mom Died on August 9 here.

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