Jennette McCurdy recalls being yelled at multiple times while filming her first kiss with ‘iCarly’ co-star Nathan Kress

  • Jennette McCurdy recalled the harrowing experience of filming her very first kiss scene.

  • Sam and Freddie’s kiss in season two of “iCarly” marked McCurdy’s first real-life and on-screen kiss.

  • She said that during filming, a man called The Creator yelled at her to move her head more.

Former Nickelodeon star Jennette McCurdy has recalled her negative experience filming her very first kiss scene while starring in the hit sitcom ‘iCarly’.

McCurdy wrote in depth about her time portraying Sam Puckett in “iCarly” and the spin-off series “Sam & Cat,” both created by TV producer Dan Schneider, in her new memoir, “I’ m Glad My Mom Died,” posted Tuesday.

“iCarly” ran for six seasons between 2007 and 2012, starring Miranda Cosgrove as Carly Shay and Nathan Kress as Freddie Benson. Together, Sam, Carly, and Freddie launched a hit high school web series.

Jennette McCurdy, Miranda Cosgrove and Nathan Kress in the first season of “iCarly”.Nickelodeon

Although McCurdy’s character often bullied and teased Freddie, the two had a brief romantic relationship on the show.

In the Season 2 episode titled “iKiss”, Sam and Freddie kissed for the first time. The moment came after they both revealed they hadn’t kissed anyone before and decided to call it quits.

In her memoir, McCurdy said the scene marked her first kiss, both onscreen and in real life. The actress said her nerves were made worse by a man called only ‘The Creator’ yelling at her during filming.

“Our lips are touching,” McCurdy recalled. “He moves his mouth a bit, but I can’t move mine. I’m frozen. His eyes are closed. Mine aren’t. Mine are open wide and looking at him. your faces are touching. I don’t don’t like it. I can smell her hair gel.

She continued: “”Move your head a little more, Jennette! “The Creator shouts out of frame.”

McCurdy said she “honestly” tried to do what was asked of her, but her body was “stiff” and “inflexible”.

“My mind tells me, who cares if it’s your first kiss, if your first kiss is on camera. Get it over with. Do what you’re told,” she said. “My body is saying no, I don’t want this. I don’t want my first kiss to be like this. I want my first kiss to be a real first kiss, not a kiss for a TV show.”

Nathan Kress as Freddie and Jennette McCurdy as Sam in the second season of

Nathan Kress as Freddie and Jennette McCurdy as Sam in the second season of “iCarly.”Nickelodeon

The star said she suppressed her romantic side and was “embarrassed” about it because her mother, Debra McCurdy, didn’t encourage her. Due to her lack of experience, McCurdy found filming to be nerve-wracking.

“You try to deal with it, and if you’re Nathan, my partner, it looks like you can,” she wrote. “But if you’re me, you can’t. If you’re me, you just think about every little thing that happens, and your mind races, and you can’t wait for it to be over with.”

McCurdy said The Creator yelled “cut!” and approached her afterward to double her note.

“The Creator looks me straight in the eye but doesn’t say anything for four or five seconds,” she said. “I almost start laughing, thinking he might be playing with me for fun like he sometimes does, but then I recognize there’s a deep anger in him. Now is not the time to laugh. Finally, he speaks.”

“‘Jennette. More. Head. Movement,'” she recalled, adding that he yelled at the team to roll the cameras.

Nathan Kress as Freddie and Jennette McCurdy as Sam in the second season of

Nathan Kress as Freddie and Jennette McCurdy as Sam in the second season of “iCarly.”Nickelodeon

McCurdy said she had an “out of body experience” in the scene leading up to the kiss, with her heart pounding and palms sweaty.

“We lean in,” she wrote. “Our lips are touching. Lips are nasty. They look like big piles of fleshy flesh. It’s disgusting to be a person.”

McCurdy continued, “Shoot, I’m supposed to move my head. I start moving it. Back and forth. Back and forth. I rock it. It doesn’t feel natural, so I’m sure it doesn’t feel not natural. Nathan, as his character, Freddie, finally escapes.”

McCurdy said the creator yelled “cut!” and she could “tell by his tone” that he was unhappy with the pictures.

The star said The Creator asked the assistant director if they had time for another take.

When told they had to move on after doing seven takes, McCurdy recalled he had been laconic.

“‘Good,’ he said angrily,” McCurdy wrote in his memoir. “‘It wasn’t ideal but GOOD, we’ll move on. I’ll be crafty!'”

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