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Now-retired actress, Jennette McCurdy is still healing from the trauma of being a child actor.
She played comedic roles in Nickelodeon's iCarly and Sam & Cat,
When she thinks of her experiences on those sets, all she feels is anger.
"There were cases where people had the best intentions and maybe didn't know what they were doing. And also cases where they did—they knew exactly what they were doing."
She was photographed in a bikini at a wardrobe fitting and being encouraged to drink alcohol by an intimidating figure she simply calls the Creator.
Her mother Debra McCurdy (died of cancer in 2013) was present for instances like this but didn't intervene, because she thought it was a part of being an actress.
Jennette kept her concerns to herself, but grew increasingly upset by the way she was treated on-set.
She was promised a spin-off series but Nickelodeon walked back on their promise,
Instead they made Jennette a co-lead in Sam & Cat, alongside Ariana Grande.
While she starred on 'Sam & Cat', Jennette decided she couldn't take it anymore.
"What finally undid me was when Ariana came whistle-toning in with excitement because she had spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks's house. That was the moment I broke."
After Sam & Cat was canceled, Nickelodeon offered her $300,000 to keep her experiences private but she refused.
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