- Jennette McCurdy says she was forced to drink when she was 18.
- McCurdy said in her memoirs that a man she called her creator told her it would help her image.
- McCurdy said he told her, “‘iCarly’ kids are very healthy. We need to give you an edge.”
‘ICarly’ star Janet McCurdy said she was encouraged to drink underage to give her an “advantage,” like the cast of Nickelodeon’s show “Victory.”
The actress writes about her time working for the network in her new memoir,”I’m so glad my mom died,” is set to hit theaters on Tuesday. McCurdy starred in “iCarly” and its spin-off “Sam & Cat,” both of which were created by TV producer Dan Schneider.
in by Vanity Fair On Friday, McCurdy recalled a man — known only as “The Creator” — urging her to take a sip of an alcoholic drink.
“I’ve never drank before. And I’m only 18. Am I not going to get in trouble?” McCurdy said.
In response, McCurdy said she was told, “No one’s watching, Janet. You’re fine.”
According to the actor, Creator continued: “The kids of ‘Victory’ always get drunk together. The kids of ‘Icarly’ are very healthy. We need to give you a little edge.”
“Icarly” stars McCurdy and Miranda Cosgrove as best friends Sam Parker and Carly Shea, respectively, who launched their hit web series in high school. The show ran for six seasons from 2007 to 2012.
Another sitcom from Schneider, “Victory,” follows a teen named Tory Vega (Victoria Justice) who attends a performing arts high school. The series, co-starring Ariana Grande and Elizabeth Gillis, ran for four seasons from 2010 to 2013.
The success of the two series led to a 2011 crossover TV movie titled “iParty With Victorious” and a spin-off “Sam & Cat” starring McCurdy and Grande.
McCurdy said in her memoir: “The Creator always compares our ‘Icarly’ kids to the kids in his other hit show ‘Victory’. I think he thinks it will make us work harder .”
“I didn’t know if drinking would give someone an advantage,” the actor recalled telling him.
McCurdy said the creator’s drink looked like “some kind of whisky mixed with coffee and cream,” and he told her again to “take a sip.”
“The Creator handed me his cup and I took a sip. I hated it,” recalls McCurdy.
McCurdy said she lied about the wine’s bad taste, and he called her out and said, “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 the drink.
“I did a good job. I made him happy. Mission accomplished,” McCurdy wrote in her memoir, explaining that at the time, during her spinoff series contract, she dined with the Creator more often high.
“The Creator is doing what I’ve heard from my co-stars, he’s doing it with every new star of the show he’s making — he’s putting you under his wings,” she said. “You’re his favorite. Right now. I like being his favorite now. I feel like I’m doing the right thing.”