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Jennette McCurdy Slammed For Saying She’s Ashamed Of Her Acting Career: ‘Dumbest Move’

KEY POINTS

  • Jennette McCurdy slammed on Instagram after quitting acting
  • One user said it was her “dumbest move” because she could earn a lot from acting
  • McCurdy won’t reprise her role as Sam Puckett on the “iCarly” revival

Jennette McCurdy disappointed some of her fans after she made the shocking revelation that she’s ashamed of her acting career and that she’s done being an actress.

Despite not updating her Instagram account recently, many of her fans quickly left messages on McCurdy’s lastest post on the platform after learning about her decision to quit acting for good.

Most of them cheered her on for doing such a bold move and also sent her well-wishes. However, a number also slammed the 28-year-old celebrity after saying that she’s embarrassed by her roles in the past. McCurdy is best known for playing Sam Puckett on Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and the spin-off series “Sam & Cat.”

“Embarrassed?? Why??!! You started being an actress and making good money. Some dream to have that chance. You are ungrateful! Being an actress is about being versatile. You started. You could have had different new roles,” one user commented on McCurdy’s photo of her rocking a yellow top and blue jeans while sitting on the sidewalk. 

“Dumbest move you’ve made so far. The money alone could have propelled any project you ever wanted. Hell I’d never watched or watch that show but f—k!!!!! Do you not like money? Is that the problem. Such a dumb move omg why?” another wrote.

“You don’t need to feel ashamed of your past roles. Yes, they were in a cheesy kids show. So what? Millions of people watched it. If you died tomorrow, you would have done more than 90% of this planet. As for acting, I don’t get why you quit. Not many people get the opportunity you have. Fight through the nerves and book some shows. If you really want to leave a legacy, acting will be your path and not a podcast,” a third user opined.

McCurdy recently confessed in a recent episode of her “Empty Inside” podcast that she’s not pleased with her acting career. In the same episode, she confirmed that she won’t be back as Sam in the highly anticipated “iCarly” reboot as she has officially quit acting.

“My experience with acting is, I’m so ashamed of the parts I’ve done in the past. 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,” she was quoted as saying by New York Post

“I did the shows that I was on from like 13 to 21, and by 15, I was already embarrassed. 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,” McCurdy added.

McCurdy then disclosed to her episode guest Anna Faris that she quit acting “a few years ago because I initially didn’t want to do it.” She said it was her late mom who encouraged her to do acting at age 6, and it helped her achieve “some degree of success” on top of sustaining her family financially. But now she is done with it

Though McCurdy no longer wants to work in front of the camera, she is still pretty much a part of the entertainment industry. Aside from her podcast, she’s currently more focused on doing more writing and directing work.
Jennette McCurdy Jennette McCurdy arrives at the Cartoon Network’s Hall of Game Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. on Feb. 18, 2012. Photo: Reuters/Phil McCarten