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James Brinsford

iCarly's Jennette McCurdy quits acting saying she's 'ashamed and embarrassed'

Jennette McCurdy has confirmed that she has quit acting and has slated her own career as 'embarrassing'.

The 28-year-old is probably best known for her part in Nickelodeon's iCarly, in which she starred with Ariana Grande.

Jennette was particularly dismissive of her career as she spoken with actress Anna Faris on the Empty Inside podcast.

The former child star said that due to the anxiety she used to feel when auditioning meant that she found acting "always, always, always" difficult.

Jennette said that her acting was pushed by her mother and she was the one who would sign her up for roles.

Jennette McCurdy starred in Sam & Cat with Ariana Grande (©2013 Nickelodeon)

When she died a few years ago, Jennette took the decision to quit the profession and will not appear in the iCarly reboot that is being planned by Paramount+.

She said: "I quit a few years ago because I initially didn't want to do it.

"My mom put me in it when I was six and by sort of age, I guess, 10 or 11, I was the main financial support for my family."

Financial pressures on the family then became the main motivation to continue with her acting career.

Jennette continued: "And it was very much the pressure of my family [not having] a lot of money, and this was the way out.

"Which I actually think was helpful in driving me to some degree of success, because I don't think I would have been as ambitious if I didn't know that it was for my family."

Before making her name in iCarly, Jennette appeared as a child in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, CSI, Malcolm in the Middle and Will & Grace.

For six seasons, she played Sam Puckett in the popular teen comedy, until it came to an end in 2012.

She then joined co-star Ariana Grande in a spin off, Sam & Cat, which included characters from iCarly and Victorious.

It only lasted one season before it was cancelled.

Jennette McCurdy with Miranda Cosgrove and Nathan Kress in iCarly (Copyright © ©Nickelodeon Network/Courtesy Everett Co / Everett Collection)

Speaking about her roles, Jennette said: "I'm so ashamed of the parts I've done in the past, and I get that this answer is super unlikable.

"I resent my career in a lot of ways. I feel so unfulfilled by the roles that I played and felt like it was the most cheesy, embarrassing [thing].

:I did the shows that I was on from like, 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed."

Jennette continued: "My friends at 15, they're not like, 'Oh, cool, you're on this Nickelodeon show.' It was embarrassing.

"And I imagine there's a very different experience to be had with acting if you're proud of your roles, and if you feel fulfilled by them."

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