Jennette McCurdy: My performed vaginal and breast exams till 17
Actress Jennette McCurdy, well known for her part in “iCarly,” has come forward to talk about the abuse she suffered while working in the industry as a child.
McCurdy writes in her memoir, “I am Glad My Mom Died,” that she was once photographed in a bikini during a Nickelodeon wardrobe fitting by an intimidating figure who also encouraged her to drink alcohol, according to a New York Times profile published on Wednesday. When McCurdy worked for the network, she was just a teenager.
Her mother Debra, who died of breast cancer in 2013, may not have been present during this particular episode, according to passages from the Times report.
She must have told her daughter that this was the price of fame, based on her behaviour.
McCurdy recalls her mother telling her, “Everyone wants what you have.
At Nickelodeon, McCurdy was subjected to numerous forms of physical and verbal harassment. While she had expected her own “iCarly” spinoff on the network, she was instead cast as a co-star on “Sam & Cat,” where she appeared alongside Ariana Grande, the future pop star.
Since her tenure on “Sam & Cat,” McCurdy has stated that Nickelodeon stopped her from embracing other professional chances. However, Grande was exempt from this regulation.
A moment that eventually undone McCurdy was “when Ariana came whistle-toning in with excitement because she had spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’s house,” as she recalls in the memoir. “That was the moment I broke,” she said. After “Sam & Cat” was cancelled in 2014, the performer claims she was offered $300,000 to keep quiet about her experience at Nickelodeon.
In her memoir, McCurdy reveals that she began her acting career to please her mother. Debra, whose own parents had discouraged her from pursuing a career in acting, had her begin auditioning at the tender age of six. When her daughter did not land a job, Debra began to demonstrate manipulating conduct.
She recalls sitting in a booster seat in her mother’s car after she failed to land a job as a youngster because of her inability to cry on cue during the audition, according to an excerpt of her memoir released by Entertainment Weekly
“Uncomfortable” is how McCurdy describes the mixed feelings she had about not getting the job and trying to communicate this to her mother.
When McCurdy told her mother she was quitting, her mother’s face looked “like she just ate a lemon. It contorts in a way that terrifies me.”
She gasps, “’You can’t quit!” We had a chance!’This was our chance! This was ouuuuur chaaaaance!’ McCurdy penned the article.
As a result, she accidently hit the horn with her hand while driving. Her cheeks are drenched in mascara… I am terrified by her hysteria and feel compelled to intervene.”
“Nevermind,” McCurdy says she told her mother, and suggested that they listen to a song her mother liked instead. McCurdy claims that her mother’s “mood having switched” as soon as the music began playing had her mom “giddly” begin singing along.
In the past, McCurdy has spoken up about how her mother sexually abused her. McCurdy revealed to People magazine last year that Debra “insisted on performing vaginal and breast exams” on her until she was 17 and “never let her shower alone.” Debra McCurdy
McCurdy told People at the time, “It was only distance from her that allowed me to get healthy.”