Jennette McCurdy developed an eating disorder on the set of iCarly

Jennette McCurdy developed an eating disorder on the set of iCarly

Published August 7, 2022
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The 30-year-old former actress shot to fame as a teenager playing Sam Puckett on the hit Nickelodeon sitcom alongside Miranda Cosgrove but claimed that she was left “anxious” because of the amount of food her character had to eat as a running gag.

She said: “It’s tragically hilarious. It made me so anxious because my character was constantly eating.I tried speaking with the producers on a couple occasions, asking if we could dial back on that stuff.”

The ‘Sam and Cat’ star went on to explain that although she tried speaking to ‘iCarly’ bosses, she couldn’t face the issue head-on and started to feel “mocked” by her own life when fans would “poke fun” at her for the amount of food her character would eat on the show.

She told The Washington Post: “I had some sort of reasoning [when I spoke to producers], like ‘I think there’s so much more to Sam as a character, and I think she goes much deeper than this.’ But I was not capable of facing the eating disorder for myself so, of course, I wasn’t capable of saying, ‘Hey, I’m actually really struggling with this. So, can we not?’